I'm glad to see you have recognized coach Ernst for his success and the quality individual he is, too. You are right...it's always been about football at that school. But other programs - basketball and track and field come to mind - have been very successful on a consistent basis over the last decade or more as well. Here's hoping it's 4 in a row for the Toro hoopsters this year!
BEST HIGH SCHOOL COACH - 2007
Last season, Mountain View became the first large school to win three state titles in a row since the defunct Phoenix Union won four from 1958 to 1961. The title marked Ernst's seventh as a head coach, including one with Chandler High back in 1976, when he was still in his 20s. Not yet 60, the lanky, professorial Ernst looks as if he's not going anywhere for years to come, a frightening notion for his opponents. His teams usually reflect his own personality rarely flashy, but fundamentally sound and doggedly determined to win, especially against more athletic opponents. Now getting close to 700 wins, which makes him one of the winningest basketball coaches in Arizona history, Gary Ernst does it the right way, demanding a lot from his teenagers on and off the court, and getting it.