I joked with Craig Bergman the other day that he must be the best athletic director in the country considering that four Mustangs teams had not lost a single game in the winter season.
Monte Vista teams in boys soccer, girls soccer, boys basketball and girls basketball entered the week a combined 49-0-2.
Bergman's chuckling response?
They've done it "in spite of me."
Perhaps there's something in the water at Monte Vista -- a win potion?
Not likely. You can chalk it all up to a time-honored success formula that generally applies to East Bay Athletic League programs: Good coaching, good kids, good athletes, and a great youth development system.
It's inevitable that one of the aforementioned Mustangs teams will eventually taste defeat. But these remain the salad days for the department, with extra croutons.
Consider that Monte Vista's girls soccer team entered the week with an 11-0-1 overall mark and tied with rival San Ramon Valley with 4-0 EBAL records. The Mustangs and Wolves will meet in EBAL action on Jan. 21 at Monte Vista. They tied 1-1 in the championship game of the Tri-Valley Classic Invitation Division, before the Mustangs prevailed on penalty kicks.
The dominating Monte Vista girls basketball team entered the week 13-0, with a showdown looming on the road against powerful Carondelet on Jan. 17. The Mustangs have been outscoring opponents by an average of nearly 27 points.
The Monte Vista boys basketball team started the week at 14-0 overall and 2-0 in the EBAL, and host defending league champion De La Salle on Jan. 17.
The Monte Vista boys soccer team, coming off a huge 1-0 win over De La Salle on Jan. 9, entered the week at 11-0-1 and 4-0 in the EBAL, like the girls team.
DAYAK'S NATIONAL HONOR: Former Livermore High star and Earthquakes Hall of Famer Troy Dayak can add another major accomplishment to his resume.
Dayak, who has built Livermore-based West Coast Soccer to prominence in three short years, will receive the award as National Coach of the Year for youth girls at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national convention on Friday in Pennsylvania.
Dayak also oversees the Granada girls soccer program and is a regional director for the Earthquakes youth academy.
"It was a huge surprise. I had no idea," Dayak said of the national honor.
Dayak said he thinks Becky McDougald from the WCS office got together with some parents and made Dayak's case for the national award.
"I guess they got some letters together and sent them in, from players and parents and stuff," Dayak said. "Some of the nice things they said. So I called them and talked to them on the field, and just said thank you very much for the nice words. They were really adamant about writing in. That was so cool."
The seemingly tireless Dayak coaches five of his WCS teams, the under-14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 squads. They compete in the National Premier League. Parents and kids make big sacrifices to participate in elite youth soccer clubs. Teams train three times a week and travel together, creating sort of a second-family effect for everyone. Dayak is thrilled with the support he's received from all quarters: dedicated coaches, parents and players. He also praises his own family for supporting him during all his time away.