Coach of Note
Carlos Giron, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
To put Carlos Giron’s national-best 645 wins in perspective, a rookie coach in Hawaii, playing the maximum 19 matches, would need to piece together 36 straight undefeated, untied seasons before matching Giron’s win total. Daunting? Yep. That's a lot like St. Thomas Aquinas’ program has been for most opponents for 26 years under Giron. Sure, the days of absolute dominance – such as the team’s run of 119 straight wins during the mid-1990s -- may be gone, but that hasn’t changed the fact the Raiders remain a force in Florida Class 5A. Giron has a chance this year to put himself 50 wins ahead of the No. 2 coach on the all-time, Paul Heenehan of Ramapo (Franklin Lakes, N.J.). Ramapo recently concluded its fall season.