When Steve Baik resigned as the boys basketball coach after leading Chino Hills (Calif.) to the No. 1 ranking in the Super 25, a 35-0 record and a state Open Division title, he said he was hoping assistant Stephen Gilling would be named his successor.
Gilling, who spent the last two years as a Chino assistant, was named head coach Wednesday.
Baik, who spent six seasons at Chino and was named the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, will resume his coaching career at Fairfax (Los Angeles).
“I’m excited about the opportunity and we’re looking forward to picking up where we left off last year,” Gilling told the Inland Valley Bulletin. “We have the same expectations. That’s what we’re out there working hard toward. The guys are getting better.”
It will be hard to top what the Huskies accomplished last season. They scored 100 points in 18 games, tying a state record, and won each postseason game by more than 20 points.
American Family Insurance ALL-USA Player of the Year Lonzo Ball has moved on to UCLA, but the remainder of the roster remains, including starters LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball, Eli Scott and big man Onyeka Okongwu.
“If it’s working you don’t go out and change anything,” Gilling said. “You can always be stronger, bigger, better. We’re going to go out and try and do it even better than we did last year.”
Gilling is a former guard at Colorado State and Long Beach State and is native of the area.