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Breakers name three new coaches for upcoming season

Mark Lewis, Alan Ludloff and Mike Bair will lead Breakers' girls' basketball, softball and baseball programs, respectively.

October 06, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

A few new faces will grace the sidelines for the upcoming winter and spring seasons at Laguna Beach High.

Laguna hired new coaches for the 2011-12 school year in girls' basketball, softball and baseball, Athletic Director Mike Churchill said. Mark Lewis has been selected to head the girls' basketball program, Alan Ludloff the softball program and Mike Bair the baseball program.

"We are very happy to have these three coaches in place for our athletes this year," Churchill said. "The common thread is that each of these coaches has worked with our present athletes in the past and know what the role of the student-athlete is at Laguna Beach High School. Continuity and stability were important, but the respect that our athletes hold for these coaches made it easy to promote them to the head coach's position."

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Girls' Basketball

Lewis has coached and served for the past four years as chapter director for Laguna Beach National Junior Basketball. He previously worked as an assistant boys' varsity basketball coach at Los Amigos (1990-92) and Laguna Beach (2000-01). He also coached boys' NJB teams between 2003-2008, the last two years while serving as Laguna's NJB chapter director.

"I love the game of basketball and love coaching it," Lewis said. "When this opportunity became available, I jumped at the chance.

"I bring my knowledge and passion for the game of basketball to the girls' program at Laguna Beach High School. What I want to instill early on and continue to build upon is the passion and desire to compete. I want to see our players play the game with emotion and leave it all on the court. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to getting on the hardwood and working with the girls."

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Softball

Ludloff's pedigree brings plenty of experience to his new position: he's coached several softball All-Star and travel ball teams and had teams ranked No. 1 in the state and third nationally. He said two of his "closest friends," are former Laguna baseball Coach Jeff Sears and Laguna boys' and girls' volleyball Coach Lance Stewart.

"My goal is to bring Laguna Beach softball to the level that Sears and Lance took Laguna baseball and volleyball programs," he said. "I am very excited to be part of Laguna Beach High softball. The players all want to learn and they understand that the team comes first. The incoming freshmen I have seen are very talented and we had no seniors last year, so we did not lose anyone.

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