Marty James

Marty James

J.L. Sousa, Register

Fred Jones, a former athletic director for Vacaville High School, was named as one of six model coach award winners for the 2017-18 school year by the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, it was announced on Monday.

Jones has been a coach with the Vacaville High football program since 1969 and has been a part of three CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championship teams.

He has also coached wrestling for 11 years, tennis for six years, junior varsity basketball for four years, and track and field and softball for one year each, the Sac-Joaquin said in a press release.

He was the founder and coach of the school’s rugby club for 14 years.

Jones is the event coordinator for Vaca Sports Night – a major fundraiser each year for the athletic department.

“Fred is a cornerstone of the athletic program at Vacaville High as we know it today,” Vacaville Athletic Director and head football coach Mike Papadopoulos said in a press release. “His commitment to promoting the development of our students into high achieving adults through the avenue of sport is as evident today as when he started many decades ago.”

Sarah McLaughlin of Rodriguez-Cordelia was also named as a model coach. McLaughlin has been Rodriguez’s JV and varsity swimming coach since 2001.

Mike Lee of Bella Vista-Fair Oaks, Mary McCullick of Atwater, Linda Merrida of Pioneer-Woodland and Steve White of Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills are the other model coaches.

This year’s six winners represent five different leagues and four of the seven divisions, the SJS said. To date, 104 coaches, including a few from Napa, have been honored from 68 schools over the last 17 years.

The award honors coaches who are positive role models within their schools and the community at large, the section said.

Each of the six model coaches will be honored at an awards breakfast on May 1 in Lodi.


Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was named as the Week 15 Western Conference Player of the Week, the NBA announced Monday.

Curry’s season-high 49-point performance in a game against Boston on Saturday in Oakland capped a 3-0 week for Golden State.

Curry averaged 35.3 points on 59.6 percent from the field and 56.8 percent from three-point range, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 35.7 minutes per game for the week.

He became just the fifth player in franchise history to reach the 14,000-point mark for his career on Jan. 25 in a game against Minnesota, the Warriors said.

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Executive Sports Editor

Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the