Athletes, coaches of character honored

ATHLETES and Coaches of Character with board members and officials of the Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD photo).

The Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education recognized Athletes and Coaches of Character from each of the district’s seven comprehensive high schools at the Jan. 21 Board of Education meeting. The coaches and student athletes represent a wide variety of sports and help develop and enrich GGUSD athletic programs by modeling respect, teamwork, and a winning attitude.

“Congratulations to our 2020 coaches and athletes of character for being dedicated scholars and positive role models on their campuses,” said Board of Education Trustee Dina Nguyen. “These students dedicate countless hours to their teams and help contribute to a positive athletic experience for all students.”

The Athletes of Character are student scholars who excel in academics, serve as leaders in their sport, and are role models in their schools. They are:

  • Bolsa Grande: Matthew Le, basketball
  • Garden Grove: Heavyn Agu, tennis
  • La Quinta: Marianna Ramos, cross country and track
  • Los Amigos: Brian Pacheco, football and basketball
  • Pacifica: Abby Chavez, swim, track, and soccer
  • Rancho Alamitos: Andres Marrufo Puentes, football
  • Santiago: Bernardo Monroy, football

The Coaches of Character have helped develop CIF league champions and teach students important skills like determination and confidence. They are:

  • Bolsa Grande: Enrique Gonzalez, boys soccer
  • Garden Grove: Rebekah Girard, girls soccer
  • La Quinta: Steven Navarro, frosh football and track
  • Los Amigos: Chris Sandro, athletic director and boys soccer
  • Pacifica: Mike Sutton, soccer
  • Rancho Alamitos: Mark Patterson, football
  • Santiago: Cheryl Garcia, girls tennis

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