CHINO VALLEY - What the Chino Valley High School boys' basketball program could use is some consistency. Turning to a coach who previously spent 14 years with program will insure that.
The school announced that former varsity head coach Mike Fogel will take over the Cougars' coaching duties in 2014-15. Fogel was Chino's head coach from 1993-98, and then served as a program assistant through 2007 before moving into school district administration.
He'll become the varsity program's fifth head coach in three years, and recognizes that stability and consistency are part of a winning foundation.
"That is what's needed and that's what I'm going to try and bring," Fogel said Wednesday.
During his 1990s stint on the Cougars bench, Fogel in 1995-96 led the Cougars to the Class 3A state quarterfinals, and a then-program-best ever record of 19-9.
Prior to coaching at Chino, Fogel was the head women's basketball coach at Northeastern Illinois College for five years. Before that he was an assistant men's coach at Cal State Los Angeles, and also assisted at Stockbridge (Mass.) Junior College, as well as McAlester JC in St. Paul, Minn.
"I was involved with basketball in one way or another throughout most of the years except when I was administrating," Fogel added. "So it's almost like I haven't been away from the game that much."
First order of business for Fogel and his assistant Bill Fisher will be implementing a summer program, including tournaments, scrimmages with other teams, and even open gym a couple nights a week.
He's already been recruiting hoops players on campus.
"There's always a general interest in major sports, and that's going on here as well," he said. "I've been out getting a sense of the guys who want to go out for basketball next year. It's over 20 guys."
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