Gray Named State Coach of the Year

The Palisades High boys volleyball team enjoyed a historic run last spring when the Dolphins captured their second City Section title in a row and reached the semifinals of the CIF Southern California Regionals for the first time.

On the heels of one of the most successful seasons in program history, head coach Carlos Gray has been named the National Federation of High School Coaches’ California State Coach of the Year for the 2018 boys campaign.

“I just found out and I am truly humbled and honored,” Gray tweeted. “The effort from all of our players and coaches made it possible!”

Palisades ended the season ranked in the top 10 in the state after compiling a 34-3 record and winning the Redondo Varsity Classic. Two of the Dolphins’ defeats came at the hands of Division I state champion Corona del Mar from Newport Beach and the other was to Alemany of Mission Hills, which ended the season 15th in California.    

Along the way the Dolphins reached the finals of both the Dos Pueblos Invitational and the Karch Kiraly Tournament of Champions and went undefeated in City competition, sweeping Chatsworth in the Open Division final.