Craig Law '84 named CA boys tennis coach of the year
Posted 06/26/2017 01:08PM

Congratulations to Coach Law, who celebrated his second NorCal championship this past season. He was honored at the California Coaches Association's 60th annual Hall of Fame & Coach of the Year Banquet on June 17 at the Hilton Doubletree Inn. Click here for more information.

Below is a preview of the story that will appear about Coach Law in the Summer Genesis magazine.

Craig Law '84, who coaches both the boys' and girls' varsity tennis teams, has an enviable record. Last year and this year his boys went undefeated to win the league, CCS and NorCal crowns. Last fall, the girls' team lost only two matches and also won the league and NorCal titles. For those of you who are counting, the tally over this span is 80 wins and 2 losses for these three teams.

While other coaches may talk the talk regarding the secondary importance of records over teamwork, Law walks the walk.

"It's great for the school and the kids to have such success," he said. "I tell them that if they put in the effort and work as a team, the awards will come. But I never do what I do for the record books. If my team worked hard every match and went 0 and 27, I'd be just as happy. I care far more about how my athletes represent themselves on the courts, in their classrooms and at their homes. That's the bottom line."

What makes this season's 27–0 run for the boys' team unusual is that this is such a young squad, with only one senior starter and two senior alternates on the roster — Captains Daniel Landa and Kristopher Churton along with Daniel Begovich.

The others include freshmen Maxwell Belandres, Daniel Boudagian and Marshall Leung; sophomores Ryan Ali, Neal Begovich, Joshua Belandres, John Carroll, Mason Fung and Ryder Jackson; and juniors Michael Hymowitz, Diego Morales, Ethan Smith and captain Campbell Nakayama. Of this talented group, Jackson stands out, as he is ranked 11th in the nation for players 16 and under.

Working with such young students, Law added, has its advantages, as the great majority will return next year. It also comes with its share of challenges, as the athletes, he noted, "can act a little goofy at times. Nonetheless, they pulled through at the end and supported each other. They created a lifetime of memories along the way."

Two of the freshmen clinched the NorCal title for the 'Cats when SI faced Menlo School, which SI had defeated earlier 6–1 for the CCS crown. SI won NorCals 4–3 thanks to the number-3 doubles team of Daniel Boudagian and Marshall Leung. "For CCS, the doubles team won in straight sets against Menlo. They faced the same team in NorCals, and Menlo came out a lot stronger. Daniel and Marshall dropped the first set, and I could see they felt a little dejected. I asked them to ride out the wave, concentrate on the rhythm of the game and stay positive. Then something clicked when they were down in the middle of the second set. They turned it around — an incredible sight. From there, they took control for the rest of the match. Now they know what teamwork is all about."

The team motto for the past two years has been "together," added Law. "For me, I care more about my athletes being men and women for and with others. I hope they learn to respect themselves and their opponents and come together as a team. I hope we can keep the NorCal trophy here for a third year, but I hope even more that the athletes continue to learn these lessons."

Coaches: V: Craig Law; JV: Ed Grafilo assisted by James Greig.

Record: V: 27–0 overall and 14–0 in league; JV 12–2 overall and 12–1 in league.

Highlights: V: back-to-back WCAL, CCS and NorCal titles; 27–0 overall; 55–0 in the last two seasons; WCAL Doubles champions: Jack Carroll and Cambell Nakayama; JV shared league title with Bellarmine.

Awards: League Doubles Team of the Year: Ethan Smith and Josh Belandres; All league 1st team: Ryder Jackson, Daniel Landa, Cambell Nakayama; HM: Jack Carroll, Ryan Ali, Mason Fung, Ethan Smith, Josh Belandres, Marshall Leung, Daniel Boudagian. Brother Lee Award: Ethan Smith; Magis Award: Daniel Begovich; Wildcat Award: Daniel Landa, Kris Churton.

Graduating Seniors: Daniel Landa, Kris Churton, Daniel Begovich. S

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