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The CIF State Office recently announced the Section nominees for the NFHS California Coach of the Year award for the 2019-20 school year.

“The coaches were selected based on the positive work they have done with the student-athletes in their respective sports programs,” per a CIF press release.

SBLive is taking a closer look at the nominees from each of the state’s 10 Sections. Here are the nominees from the Oakland Section:

Orlando Watkins - Oakland - Boys Basketball

Watkins led the Wildcats to the Oakland Section Championship, taking down Oakland Tech in the finals.

Leroy Hurt - Oakland Tech - Girls Basketball

Hurt led Oakland Tech to the Oakland Section Championship and into the CIF State Championship game before the COVID-19 cancellation.

Sean Kohles - Skyline - Boys Cross Country

A graduate of Skyline, Kohles coaches Cross Country and Track & Field for the Titans.

Richie Boulet - Oakland Tech - Girls Cross Country

A former All-American at Cal, Boulet has coached at Oakland Tech for the past six years.

Joe Bates - Skyline - Football

Bates led the Titans to a 9-3 record and a berth into the OAL Championship game.

James Salazar - Skyline - Girls Golf

Salazar led the Titans to their third consecutive OAL Championship.

Joel Higgins - Oakland Tech - Boys Soccer

Higgins led the Bulldogs to the Oakland Section Championship as well as the D5 Northern California Regional Championship.

Mark Savvides - Oakland Tech - Girls Soccer

Savvides guided the Bulldogs to an 18-1-4 record to capture the Oakland Section Championship.

Lauren Brown - Madison Park Academy - Girls Tennis

Brown led the Trojans to the 2019-20 OAL Championship.

Erica Hansen - Skyline - Girls Volleyball

Hansen led the Titans to the OAL Championship and an appearance in the CIF D5 State playoffs.

Dennis Spencer - Skyline - Boys Wrestling

Spencer helped the Titans capture the OAL Championship.