Feb. 13, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara will celebrate the career of Lou Cvijanovich, Jr., the winningest high school basketball coach in California history, with Lou Cvijanovich Night at the Gauchos' men's basketball game against Pacific on Thursday, February 19.
Cvijanovich guided Santa Clara High School in Oxnard, Calif., from 1958 through 1999. In his 41 seasons as head coach of the Saints, he amassed 829 victories. In addition, Cvijanovich led the Santa Clara program to three California State Championships (1989, 1990 and 1999), 15 CIF Southern Section titles, the second highest total in California history, and 30 league championships, the most ever. He coached several players who moved on to collegiate careers, including current UCSB guard Nick Jones and former Gaucho guard B.J. Ward.
"We are excited about the opportunity to salute such a great man and a great coach," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "Coach Cvijanovich has meant so much to basketball in this area [Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties] and in the state of California, but more than that he has been a great teacher and a tremendous role model for young people."
Cvijanovich was inducted into the California High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998, the National High School Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Ventura County Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1996, Santa Clara High School re-named its gymnasium "Cjijanovich Gymnasium".
In addition to his time as the basketball coach at Santa Clara, Cvijanovich was the head football coach for 17 years and the head baseball coach for 11 years. He posted 104 wins in football, earning a pair of CIF championships and seven league crowns. In his time as the baseball coach, Cvijanovich guided the Saints to a 114-30-2 record, one CIF title and five league championships.
Lou Cvijanovich Night will also be "Kids to College Night" at the Thunderdome, with three students (kindergarten to 12th-grade) admitted free with every adult ticket purchased.