DiMuro steps up game for Ea­gles

Los Angeles Times - - HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AREA BASKETBALL - Eric Sond­heimer

The chal­lenges and ex­pec­ta­tions were un­like any other in Kelli DiMuro’s 17 sea­sons as girls’ bas­ket­ball coach at West Hills Cham­i­nade. With her team’s ros­ter filled with top play­ers, she needed to step up her game.

She went to col­lege prac­tices, watched video and de­vel­oped prac­tice plans to chal­lenge her ath­letes.

“Oh my gosh, it was so fun,” she said. “Right from the get-go, we beat Mater Dei, and we knew it was go­ing to be a spe­cial team.”

Cham­i­nade went on to win the South­ern Sec­tion Open Di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship. DiMuro has been named The Times’ coach of the year in girls’ bas­ket­ball.

The Ea­gles de­feated Mater Dei twice in sin­gle-point games be­fore los­ing to the Mon­archs in the re­gional fi­nal. A 27-4 record and a cham­pi­onship in the tough­est di­vi­sion in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia val­i­dated DiMuro’s ef­forts.

“Pro­fes­sion­ally, it chal­lenged me,” she said. “I feel I had to make sure the kids were stay­ing com­pet­i­tive and stay­ing chal­lenged. We made sure kids had to play their parts.”

To be able to knock off Mater Dei twice, DiMuro said, “It took a lot of plan­ning to make sure our game plan could beat their game plan.”

Kelli DiMuro

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