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Serra now officially a WCAL North lightweight

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padre powerless

Santa Clara, CA

#1 Jun 28, 2009
With the wierd hiring of Craig Gianinno, the Padres chose a safe, nice guy that should please the over protective parental crowd, but will do absolutley nothing to maintain Serra's years of competitive baseball.

Based on his resume, Gianinno is basically a rec ball coach whose claim to fame is winning a Colt Section with a bunch of 13 years olds.

I am sure he is a nice guy...but nice guys don't win championships. Nice guys will not win over 500 games and come close to filling those enormous shoes of Coach Jensen. Name one guy in any sport that didn't coach with an iron fist and won?

The WCAL is no rec ball league and if he uses that style to coach the Padres, they will get crushed. Coach Kmak was the logical choice. He has been a part of that program since he was a kid. He knows the demands and expectations that the alumni want. He understands what being a Padre means. And, as a teacher, he is there 100% for the kids. Gianinno will only be a part time coach.

The Padres are known for their well run and tough practices. They are known for developing a players mental toughness. From what I hear, that will all end as will the Padres reign as a WCAL threat.
Spaz

San Jose, CA

#2 Jun 29, 2009
Wow! You're a total class act!
Rec Coach

Brisbane, CA

#3 Jun 29, 2009
Well I feel you should give him a chance first, then give your opions. I have been coaching in a so called rec league for years, and have developed many ball players to solid players. Both mentally, and physically. Bottom line, you maybe surprised. Again give him a chance.
Jose Bubba Goldsmith

Fremont, CA

#4 Jun 29, 2009
New broom sweeps clean.
Baseball guy

Petaluma, CA

#5 Jun 29, 2009
Spaz wrote:
Wow! You're a total class act!
Spaz,
Don't talk to me about lack of class. Serra administrators own that title for not giving Coach Joe Kmak a chance at all. He was never taken seriously and there's not one baseball alum alive that likes this hiring. People that know absolutley zero about baseball or sports in general made this decision. Others may have been in on the hiring process, but did you notice the part in the story that states that it was the principals final decision? That was put there because nobody agreed with this hire except the principal and a few over protective parents that are extremely baseball challenged.

Former Padre baseball alums are upset that the one person that was more than qualified to fill the enormous shoes of the great Pete Jensen was never given the time of day. That's totally classless. Joe Kmak is and should have been the only choice. He was the choice of one of the greatest high school coaches of all time in the state of California. That should have been good enough. We can look upon this day as the end of Padre baseball as we know it.
Ted

Petaluma, CA

#6 Jun 29, 2009
Rec Coach wrote:
I have been coaching in a so called rec league for years, and have developed many ball players to solid players.
That doesn't qualify you to coach a high profile high school team that practices 14 days in the fall and over 75 days in the spring. And those practices are to ensure that the 40 games that Serra is used to playing each year including pay-offs, results in either a WCAL or top four finish or better in CCS. Anything less in Padre land is considered a failed season.
Bobby

San Jose, CA

#7 Jun 29, 2009
Look at the politics! The Alums are upset?
WOW--money will talk when the checks dwindle.
Ah--private school!!! Notice Serra never talks about academics??
Baseball girl

San Mateo, CA

#8 Jun 29, 2009
Whomever made this decision also needs a class in loyalty. The Serra tradition is honoring those who have put themselves on the line. Not only is Joe Kmak a grad of Serra, played in the majors, put in 8 years under the great Pete Jensen but he is also a teacher at Serra. Those qualifications are matched by no others.
I was first told they would make a nation-wide search....define "nation" when they made it three miles up highway 92.
This discussion is NOT over!!!
AWQ

San Francisco, CA

#9 Jun 29, 2009
Anyone can become angry, that is easy, but to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way....that is not easy.
Perplexed

AOL

#10 Jun 29, 2009
Baseball girl wrote:
Whomever made this decision also needs a class in loyalty. The Serra tradition is honoring those who have put themselves on the line. Not only is Joe Kmak a grad of Serra, played in the majors, put in 8 years under the great Pete Jensen but he is also a teacher at Serra. Those qualifications are matched by no others.
I was first told they would make a nation-wide search....define "nation" when they made it three miles up highway 92.
This discussion is NOT over!!!
The new Serra administration seems to be intent on changing the entire image of the school. It's clear they hate the persistent notion that the place is simply a jock factory and nothing more. The June Chronicle piece on Tony Renda and his relationship with Barry Bonds' disgraced trainer didn't help. Longtime Serra alumni director Russ Bertetta was fired more than a year ago. Mike Peterson, a Serra principal for 25 years and alumni consultant/fund-raiser, was eased out this spring. Teacher/coach/administrator John Grosey did not get the principal's job as many had anticipated. Athletic director Kevin Donahue is getting ready to bail. Now there is the Pete Jensen/Joe Kmak debacle. If you are Patrick Walsh or Chuck Rapp you have to be looking over your shoulder. It seems painfully obvious. The new guys are cleaning house with an intent to emphasize academics, drama, music, etc. They intend to put the clamps on the athletic program. Very sad. It's entirely possible to have both a strong sports program and outstanding academics. Look no farther than Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. Maybe Serra should just bring in some Jesuits.
Dr Ab

San Francisco, CA

#11 Jun 29, 2009
Many of the past Serra alums are simply skeptical that real change can occur. There is so much fear, so much mistrust that has built up over the years. But if the Serra alums choose to be bound by the past, they will never move forward.
Baseball Family

San Mateo, CA

#12 Jun 29, 2009
Ted wrote:
<quoted text>
That doesn't qualify you to coach a high profile high school team that practices 14 days in the fall and over 75 days in the spring. And those practices are to ensure that the 40 games that Serra is used to playing each year including pay-offs, results in either a WCAL or top four finish or better in CCS. Anything less in Padre land is considered a failed season.
I think that Pete Jensen comments last weekend were out of line. What a sad ending for Pete Jensen to now be known as a cry baby and bad sportsmans. I think everyone is missing something very important and that Serra High School is a place for kids to get an Education, not become Pro Ball Players. I for one will welcome Mr. Craig Gianinno to Serra High School and if asked to I will also write a check to support the school and any efforts to help educate the kids. I will also offer to help raise money and offer my time if needed.

As for Pete Jensen he should be fired and that goes for his sidekick Mr. Komak as well.

Play Ball.........
ghghg

San Mateo, CA

#13 Jun 30, 2009
Baseball Family wrote:
<quoted text>
I think that Pete Jensen comments last weekend were out of line. What a sad ending for Pete Jensen to now be known as a cry baby and bad sportsmans. I think everyone is missing something very important and that Serra High School is a place for kids to get an Education, not become Pro Ball Players. I for one will welcome Mr. Craig Gianinno to Serra High School and if asked to I will also write a check to support the school and any efforts to help educate the kids. I will also offer to help raise money and offer my time if needed.
As for Pete Jensen he should be fired and that goes for his sidekick Mr. Komak as well.
Play Ball.........
Can somebody post the article about what Pete Jensen said
Father_Jack_Zoph

Belmont, CA

#14 Jun 30, 2009
Serra alum

Oakland, CA

#16 Jun 30, 2009
Dr Ab writes "Many of the past Serra alums are simply skeptical that real change can occur. There is so much fear, so much mistrust that has built up over the years. But if the Serra alums choose to be bound by the past, they will never move forward."

Can you please define your definition of "so much fear, so much mistrust ... " Of what? Please don't throw words around without a context. It seems like an attack, or perhaps you are a frustrated psychologist? and "skeptical that real change can occur?" What is that supposed to mean? You are talking about passionate people, who have orchestrated change throughout their lives as a direct result of their involvement with Serra. It makes me wonder if you're just projecting your own fears and mistrust.
Athletics is as important to a well-rounded education as reading, writing, arithmetic, the arts and religion. Or does competition, with a sense of sportsmanship, not exist in the real world? Serra graduates have gone on to become lawyers, doctors, authors, journalists, artists, CEO's, teachers, have worked overseas with underprivileged peoples, have become politicians and everything in between. They have been educated in Ivy League schools, Notre Dame and Santa Clara. This has nothing to do with Craig Gianinno, just ask Dr. Ab. It has everything to do with friendships, loyalty and supporting an outstanding human being and teacher. There's no Serra vs. the world thing going on here.
Serra Mom

Orinda, CA

#17 Jun 30, 2009
It is hard to observe this wonderful institution destroyed from the inside.

Gone-being able to stand up for what you believe in.
Gone-valuing the individuals who love Serra and who over the years have helped to "build this house".
Gone-being able to speak freely.

All the old-timers and anyone else on the staff that doesn't march lock step to the current administation should be afraid.

Be very afraid.
Serra Equals Sarah

Santa Clara, CA

#18 Jun 30, 2009
This administration wants to shed the athletic image and thinks that eliminating the emphasis on athletics will change that.
It's a good thing that Duke, Stanford, Notre Dame, UCLA, Cal and USC don't feel that way. All are great academic institutions that emphasize greatness in all aspects of the collegiate experience...athletics included.
The principal and others in power at Serra are emphasizing the Wimpification of it's students by hiring a rec ball coach that will probably play everyone, please everyone and win nothing. All of those great athletes like Swann, Brady, Bonds, Jeffries and more are just distant memories now. I'm sure they will have a season ending team dinner where everyone gets a trophy too.
This happend at nearby Notre Dame HS and their enrollment is at an all time low and fees at an all time high.
The irony is, nearly 100% of Serra graduates go on to college. I guess those colleges that the graduates attend aren't good enough for the new administration. Notre Dame felt that way too. Soon they will cease to exist and Serra will soon follow.
Mom of Serra grads

Orinda, CA

#19 Jul 1, 2009
Serra Equals Sarah wrote:
...Notre Dame felt that way too. Soon they will cease to exist and Serra will soon follow.
I certainly hope not. Our community needs Serra. Serra just needs to remember how it became a great school. The current administration turning its back on the school's tradition is foolish at best, complete and total idiocy at worst.
MJOP

San Francisco, CA

#20 Jul 1, 2009
Without accepting the fact that everything changes, Alums cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for Alums to accept change.
CONTRIBUTOR

Petaluma, CA

#21 Jul 1, 2009
MJOP,
Change has nothing to do with it. There's a difference between change and common sense.

Alums are a big reason why Serra operates in the Black each year. They attend those highly competitive athletic events because they know that the combination of great athletes and a coach that they admire will keep them in the league race year in and year out. It's that type of entertainment that keeps them coming back for games and subsequent fundraisers like the hugely successful Tri-tip dinners and auctions. Those events make the school a lot of money.

The Alums remain loyal because they have a stake to go along iwth the great memories of brotherhood at the school. So, when Alums are overruled and their loyalty to the school is betrayed, you could imagine why they would become upset. There were much better candidates first of all and one of them was Coach Kmak.

The one chosen is "coaching light". An appeasing, feel good choice that the administrators may like, but serious athletes may not embrace. The outcome of this decision will not become apparent for a few years. Serra has a lot of talent in the upcoming Senior class that should contend for a title once again. Credit any future 2010 wins to Jensen. After that, the lack of new, incoming talent will render Serra a non entity. And, that's a shame. There is a whole lot of baseball history at this school. Unfortunately, unless a serious, tough as nails coach is hired, history is what the baseball program will become.

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