Bernardi staying on with UCLA football team
When Karl Dorrell took over the coaching reigns of the UCLA
football program last month, many expected him to clean house and get
rid of all of the assistants from the previous administration.
However, although Dorrell has brought in a new group of
assistants, one longtime Bruin mainstay has remained with the
Gary Bernardi -- a former Burroughs High head coach -- is staying
on with UCLA, overseeing the university’s nationwide recruiting
efforts. Last season, the nine-year Bruin coach also worked with the
tight ends and helped with the offensive line and punt-return teams.
Bernardi first became a Pacific 10 Conference assistant in 1980
and has worked previously at conference rivals Arizona and USC.
This past season, UCLA posted an 8-5 record and the Bruins notched
a 27-13 victory Dec. 25 against New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Head Coach Bob Toledo was fired Dec. 9 after seven seasons with the
Bernardi, 48, coached at Burroughs for one season in 1993, taking
over a program that went 0-10 and 0-4 in the Foothill League the
previous season. During his tenure, the Indians improved to 5-6 and
earned a spot in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
Bernardi began his football coaching career in 1973 as an
assistant at Bellarmine-Jefferson.
Pioneers motivated by their stomachs
Winning a championship two weeks ago in the Santa Maria Valley
Christian Tournament might have come about because of the Providence
High girls’ basketball team’s desire for a good meal.
Playing in a championship-round game, the Pioneers were faced with
a dilemma: If they lost the game, they would have to play in a
consolation contest with little time off. However, if they won the
game, they would get a few hours off to take a nap and eat before the
“The possibility of not eating and not getting their nap might
have did the trick,” Providence Coach Andrew Bencze said. “Food is
very important to this team.”
The victory also provided a motto for the team for the rest of the
“Natalie Guzman made up the saying ‘Win. Eat. Sleep,’ ” Bencze
said. “And that was our motto for the tournament, and we had it
written all over the place, like on our scorebooks.”
Burroughs girls’ team ranked in CIF poll
Fresh from a fine effort in the Ayala Tournament, the Burroughs
High girls’ basketball team is ranked No. 7 in CIF Southern Section