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Coach Hamel Named SGV Tribune's Tennis Coach Of The Year

Story by Steve Ramirez, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Picture by Leo Jarzomb, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Annually, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune examines the best coaches and players in high school sports. This year, the newspaper named brahma Dave Hamel "Boys Tennis Coach of the Year". In addition, three brahma boys tennis players were chosen as "First Team" by the newspaper.


COACH OF THE YEAR:

DAVE HAMEL, DIAMOND BAR

Hamel, who took Diamond Bar to the Division 2 finals in 2007, has been one of the area’s top coaches. This season was one of his best. It included the Brahmas advancing to the Division 2 semifinals and playing the CIF State Southern California Regionals for the first time. Diamond Bar also upset No. 3 seed Beverly Hills in the quarterfinals and pushed Palisades before losing in the first round of the regional tournament.

“The team did a great job,” said Hamel, who is in his 15th season at Diamond Bar. “They worked hard and it paid off in the end. We got a big win over Beverly Hills, which was unexpected. It was a lot of fun, the boys had a great time and we’re looking forward to next year.”


FIRST TEAM - SINGLES

NEIL TENGBUMROONG

Tengbumroong went 52-9 and was runner-up in the Hacienda League tournament. He also advanced two rounds in the CIF-SS tournament and helped Diamond Bar to the CIF-State Southern California Regional tournament for the first time.


FIRST TEAM - DOUBLES

MINSONG HSU/KENNY SAKATA

Hsu and Sakata went 52-16 and won the Hacienda League title. They also advanced two rounds at the CIF-SS tournament. The duo were a key piece in Diamond Bar advancing to the Division 2 semifinals and the state tournament.