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Lou Cvijanovich was the boys basketball coach for Santa Clara High School in Oxnard, California from 1958-1999. His 829 wins are the most by a high school basketball coach in California history.
In addition to his 829 victories, Cvijanovich led the Santa Clara program to three California State Championships (1989, 1990 and 1999), 15 CIF Southern Section titles, the second highest total in California history, and 30 league championships, the most ever. He coached several players who moved on to collegiate careers, including Nick Jones, B.J. Ward, and Shon Tarver.
Cvijanovich was inducted into the California High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998, the National High School Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Ventura County Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1996, Santa Clara High School renamed its gymnasium "Cvijanovich Gymnasium".
In addition to his time as the basketball coach at Santa Clara, Cvijanovich was the head football coach for 17 years and the head baseball coach for 11 years. He posted 104 wins in football, earning a pair of CIF championships and seven league crowns. In his time as the baseball coach, Cvijanovich guided the Saints to a 114-30-2 record, one CIF title, and five league championships. He is the only coach in California prep history to win CIF championships in football, basketball, and baseball.
UCSB Basketball head coach Bob Williams was quoted in 2004 saying: "Coach Cvijanovich has meant so much to basketball in the state of California, but more than that he has been a great teacher and a tremendous role model for young people."
In addition to his monumental basketball achievements, "Coach C" (as he is lovingly referred to by Santa Clara High School faculty, students and alumni) maintained a rigid and robust physical education curriculum, which he developed during his esteemed career at Santa Clara High School. A consummate physical education proponent, Lou Cvijanovich understood the importance of weight training and an overall sense of physical and spiritual well being, especially for young people. This emphasis stemmed from Cvijanovich himself, in terms of his own physical prowess, which has become legendary. It is rumored by many students that the familiar sounds of Coach C's forceful grunts and groans echoed throughout the hallowed halls of Santa Clara, as he was known to bench in excess of 400 pounds, through powerful thrusting repetitions on the weight bench, well into his late 70's.
- "Lou Cvijanovich, California's All-Time Winningest High School Coach, Will be Saluted at February 19 Game Against Pacific" (English). Retrieved 2009-01-05.
- http://articles.latimes.com/1998/dec/09/sports/sp-52174 LA Times December 9, 1998
- http://www.socalhoops.tierranet.com/archive/prepnotes/0399/coachC0328.htm Socal Hoops
- http://www.vcshf.com/hall_of_fame_members.htm Ventura Hall of Fame