DANVILLE -- A small-but-passionate crowd attended a meeting at San Ramon Valley High School tonight to voice their support for Wolves junior varsity boys basketball coach Brian Botteen, who they feel was wrongly passed over for the head coaching position on the varsity boys basketball team.
Members of San Ramon Valley High School's administration and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District held a meeting Tuesday night inside the school's cafeteria to discuss the process of selecting the new coach. San Ramon Valley Principal Ruth Steele confirmed after the meeting that the other candidate is Frank Borghi, a former girls basketball coach at James Logan. John Raynor, the school's athletic director, stepped down as the boys basketball coach in March after leading the program for almost 30 years.
Many members of the crowd of more than 100 people were wearing t-shirts that read "Support Botteen" on the front. Botteen has coached the Wolves junior varsity team for seven seasons, compiling a 150-32 record, two East Bay Athletic League titles and four second-place finishes, according to assistant Joe Olson.
"I've been a coach in the Valley for 35-plus years. Brian is by far the most well-prepared coach I've seen," Olson said. "The players really love Coach Botteen ... My biggest disappointment is the kids won't play for him if this process goes forth."
Borghi, a teacher at Iron Horse Middle School in San Ramon, coached at James Logan for three seasons. He stepped down in April 2011, telling the Bay Area News Group in July of 2011 that it was for personal reasons.
Borghi's overall record at James Logan was 58-30 overall and 27-10 in the Mission Valley Athletic League with a co-MVAL title in 2010-2011.
There will be a vote at the San Ramon Valley Unified School District board meeting on May 20 on the candidate recommended by high school administration. Board member Greg Marvel said that he will ask that the item be removed from consent "so that there will be a more informed discussion."
Mitchell Allan, a junior at San Ramon Valley who played under Botteen for one season, put a petition on change.org approximately a week and a half ago that is titled "Reconsider Brian Botteen for the San Ramon Valley High School Varsity Basketball Coaching Job." It has more than 1,160 signatures.
"It goes way beyond a coach in basketball. He's a coach in life," Allan said. "He truly believes if you become good men during the season, you will become a good team."