Ten active coaches are among the 41 who have won at least 100 games in the San Diego Section as teams begin practice this week in advance of opening games Aug. 28.
Ron Hamamoto, 201-127-4 in 30 years at University, Rancho Bernardo, Lincoln, and Monte Vista, ranks eighth on the all-time list, 12 victories ahead of Rob Gilster, 189-117-5 at Orange Glen and Valley Center, 47 behind leader John Carroll, who retired at Oceanside after the 2014 season.
A 12-win season would tie Hamamoto with Jim Arnaiz, No. 7 all time with a 213-77-11 record in 27 campaigns at Helix.
At least two more could reach 100 wins this year. Damian Gonzalez is 92-77-3 in 14 seasons at Army-Navy and Poway, and Paul Gomes is 91-75-7 in 12 seasons at Escondido and Rancho Buena Vista.
Others moving up but still seasons away are Vista’s Dan Williams, 73-54-2 in 11 seasons, and Helix’ Troy Starr, 72-16-1 in six, and El Capitan’s Ron Burner, 70-44-2 in 10.
Damon Baldwin is 69-43-1 in 10 seasons at Ramona, Brian Hay 69-84 in 15 at El Centro Southwest, Hilltop, Mar Vista, and Sweetwater, and Tom Karlo 68-43-2 in 11 at Mount Miguel and Grossmont.
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The active leaders:
|Ron Hamamoto (1)||Monte Vista||201-127-4||.611||8/30|
|Ron Gilster (2)||Valley Center||189-117-5||.616||11/26|
|Willie Matson (3)||Mission Bay||170-123-6||.573||12/26|
|Gary Blevins||Mira Mesa||132-97-4||.575||20/21|
|Chris Hauser (4)||Mission Hills||124-57-2||.680||28/15|
|Jerry Ralph (5)||Hoover||121-68-2||.636||30/16|
|Mike Hastings||Point Loma||120-77-4||.607||33/17|
1) Hamamoto also was at University, Rancho Bernardo, and Lincoln. 2) Gilster also was at Orange Glen. 3) Matson also was at Kearny, Hoover, and University City. 4) Hauser also was at Vista. 5) Ralph also was at Santana, St. Augustine, and Del Norte.