Royal Coach Steps Down

Coach Bob Ferguson, who started the Royal High boys' volleyball program and turned it into a Southern California power, has resigned after 14 seasons.

Ferguson guided the Highlanders to four Southern Section championships and eight finals, and 13 league titles. His career record was 267-29, 157-1 in league play.

Ferguson, 53, will be replaced by his son Travis, a former All-Southern Section setter at Royal.

Ferguson will continue to teach history at Royal.

"It was hard, but I let the [players] know I'm going my own way," Ferguson said. "You know that the good Lord has been looking down on you for a long time when you get the kind of kids, results and parents that we did."

Royal lost to Mira Costa in the Division II final on May 26.

Travis Ferguson, coach of the Royal girls' team, completed his fifth season as an assistant with the Highlander boys' team.

"He'll do a great job," Bob Ferguson said. "It's great to have a person who has similar beliefs in what it takes to make a program strong and to make players better."

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