Dan Glenn battled a rare form of eye cancer during a Newport Harbor High School season in which practically everything on the court looked perfect to the girls' volleyball coach. In his 24th year at Newport Harbor, Glenn led the Sailors to a CIF State Division I championship and a CIF Southern Section Division I-AA championship.
In his 15th season as women's basketball coach at Vanguard University, Russ Davis is among the most successful coaches in the NAIA. He guided the Lions to the NAIA Division I championship in 2007-08. His teams have captured seven of the last eight Golden State Athletic Conference titles and made 12 trips to the NAIA tournament. Known equally for his sideline scowl and sense of humor, he alternately terrorizes and amuses officials.
Kirk McIntosh, the Daily Pilot Cup tournament director, helped launch what has become one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in Orange County. He has been aggressive in gathering volunteers to help with the weeklong tournament that features third- through sixth-graders competing in various divisions. This year's Pilot Cup, the 11th annual tournament, set yet another record, with 201 teams participating.
A lobbyist for pharmaceutical giant Allergan, Ed Reno tried to use his political connections to beat Rush Hill for the District 3 seat in Newport Beach. That strategy backfired, as the Republican Party of Orange County tried to associate Hill with the corrupting influence of public employee unions elsewhere. "Bell by the Bay" read one flier. It angered Mayor Keith Curry enough that he endorsed Hill after first backing Reno.
Democrat Phu Nguyen came to America from Vietnam. He runs a family business in Little Saigon, which is part of the 68th Assembly district that includes Costa Mesa. He couldn't overcome the wide Republican advantage of about 41% registered voters to the Democrat's 32%. Nguyen also had to answer questions about his residency. Neighbors told the Daily Pilot that he lived outside the district when he entered the race.