After a year in charge at Hoopa Valley, local basketball legend Augie Valdez is returning to St. Bernard’s to take over as girls basketball coach.
Valdez, who has been hired as the school’s new vice principal, will coach the St. Bernard’s team along with former player Makenna Schoenhofer, who returns to Crusaderville after a college career playing Division-I basketball at Seattle University.
Valdez has been a head basketball coach at the high school and college level for more than two decades, including a stint as the director of girls basketball at Alameda High before taking over at Hoopa.
“I’ve known Augie for over 30 years and I know our SB family is getting a leader who will have an immediate impact on our community,” St. Bernard’s principal Paul Shanahan said in a press release announcing the news on Friday. “I’m excited to help Augie get a step closer to his goal of becoming a high school principal.”
Valdez previously coached at St. Bernard’s in the late 1990s, leading the girls basketball team to back-to-back league titles in 1997-98 and 1998-99.
He spent the past year working as athletic director and boys basketball coach at Hoopa Valley, the school he graduated from in the early 90s after a legendary career playing the sport there.
The two new coaches replace the busy Matt Tomlin, who steps away from the girls basketball program after one season back, but will continue to coach the school’s football and baseball teams.
Schoenhofer returns to the program she helped lead to league, North Coast Section and NorCal titles while playing under Tomlin in his previous stint in charge of the team.
“When I heard from coach Tomlin that Makenna was interested in coaching at St. Bernard’s, I called her immediately,” Shanahan said. “I am so excited to welcome Makenna’s leadership, Division-I experience, family-centered approach, generous spirit, and unparalleled grit and work ethic back to SBA. She will be a blessing for every athlete in our program.”