Collision XII coaches announcedÂ
Pat Roy (Inglewood), Derrick Taylor (Taft) will coach boys while Mel Sims (Chino Hills Ayala) and Victoria Sanders (Narbonne) face off in the girls game
Inglewood High School veteran coach Patrick Roy, who has guided the Sentinels for 18 years, will make his Collision All Star basketball game coaching debut when he pilots the boys representing the Southern Section Saturday April 24 at El Camino College in Torrance.
“This is a tremendous honor for me. I missed it last year, but I am on deck for this year to go out this year on a winning note,” Roy said.
Roy was scheduled to coach the Southern Section Boys representatives last year, but a conflict preventing him from doing so.
He will be joined on the sideline in the boys game by Derrick Taylor of Woodland Hills Taft who will be making his third coaching appearance. Taylor will coach the City Section boys representatives.
“I was finally able to win one last year, so I want to come back and defend my crown so to speak,” said Taylor who led Taft to the City Division I championship game and the semifinals of the Division I state regional tournament for the second straight year.
Veteran coach Mel Sims of Ayala High School in Chino will return to coach the Southern Sections girl’s squad. Sims has piloted the Southern girls to eight of the 11 victories they own in the event.
“Hey, I guess I’ll keep doing it until somebody beats me. I feel really good about the event and I want to keep dominating it,” Sims added with a grin.
Meanwhile, Victoria Sanders, who led Narbonne’s girls to the City Division I title game for the second time in three seasons, is committed to helping the City girls earn another victory in the event.
She will be coaching the City girls for the third consecutive year.
“The gap is getting narrow. I know the City does not have the number of schools to draw from as the Southern Section, but there are no excuses and I am going to fix that,” Sanders vowed.
The game will pay tribute to former UCLA coach Jim Harrick, honoring him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Harrick, who was the last coach to win a National Championship at UCLA in 1995, began his illustrious coaching journey at Inglewood’s Morningside High School. He will become the first former college coach so honored and the event will rename the Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor.
“This recognition is most appropriate because Jim Harrick represents what is great about high school basketball in Southern California,” said event director Kenneth Miller.
Since the installment of the award, the recipients have included former high school coaching legend Willie West of Crenshaw High School, Westchester High School’s successful coach Ed Azzam, former Ocean View High standout Matt Sergeant who was also named a Collision Scholar Athlete and graduated from Princeton, and Sims.
The 12th annual Collision XII prep all-star game featuring the top senior players representing the LA City against the Southern Section will be held Saturday April 24th at El Camino College. The girls game tips at 5p.m. and the boys game at 6:30 p.m. For more information call (310) 924-7851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.