FOUR & MORE: Best Inland Area Coaches

1. Matt Logan, Corona Centennial — The Huskies are a juggernaut — and have never been anything but — during Logan’s term as head coach. According to the Press-Enterprise’s Eric-Paul Johnson, this season is more about “reloading rather than rebuilding.” Logan’s program seems to always have the right talent, but questions about a diminished 2011 offense will persist all season.

2. Coley Candaele, Vista Murrieta — Putting together a top flight football program is difficult enough. Candaele has not only reached the Inland Division championship game the last two seasons, but also won national titles as coach of the Broncos track and field program. Can he now find a way to completely integrate the track team’s speed into the football team?

3. Todd Gerhart, Norco — Hard to think about Gerhart as the old guard, but it seems that the Cougars’ coach has a veteran air about him. Maybe its all the battles with Corona Centennial that have hardened this grand communicator into a coach receiving some serious respect. And there’s that whole, “his kid is Toby Gerhart,” thing. Some quality parenting going on there.

4. Rick Bray, Colton — Emerged from Colton stalwart Harold Strauss’s considerable shadow to win the CIF-Southern Section Central Division title game in his first season as head coach of the Yellowjackets. He then endured a lengthy process to return to the job this season, first being released from his contract before ultimately being re-hired after a suitable replacement could not be found.

AND MORE: Tony Barile, Fontana Summit — What this coach did last season should be considered a miracle. Not only did he manage the hoopla surrounding his best player — Devon Blackmon — but he also fathered two daughters (twins) and remained sane. All of this AND he guided the SkyHawks to the CIF-SS Eastern Division title game. An unforgettable season.

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