Crescenta Valley Coaching Staff
Shawn Zargarian, Head Varsity Coach
Falcon basketball has a history of excellence on and off the court that spans more than half a century. Since the school opened, CV has won nearly 7 of every 10 games while facilitating the development of the young men who have the honor of taking the hardwood in a Falcon uniform. Shawn Zargarian has been a common thread of that excellence over much of the last three decades.
Introduced to CV basketball as a player at age 15, Shawn had an outstanding high school experience before coaching lower levels and assisting the varsity over the next decade. As head coach for the last 14 seasons, Coach Z is the primary leader of the direction of the program. During his reign, the Falcons regularly outpace even the most optimistic expectations. Over the last decade, the varsity has averaged 19.7 wins per season and made the playoffs every year.
“Our program’s success comes because the players buy in,” Coach says. “We aim to be our best in terms of effort, togetherness, unselfishness, and attitude. When that happens, the kids have a special experience.”
Those who have seen Shawn’s teams play know that happens every single year. It’s his ability to inspire the players to dig down and be at their best each day that sets Shawn’s teams apart. His undying work ethic and high expectations of everyone in the program sets the stage for getting the most out of his players.
“Sure it feels good to see our guys out-execute and out-effort other squads, but it’s witnessing their growth as young men that energizes us,” Shawn says. “I know from my time as a player how powerful the life lessons learned in Falcon basketball can be. Our staff is driven to deliver those experiences to the best of our ability and to prepare these guys for outstanding, productive lives. That vision fuels the entire program. There’s nothing like it.”
Shawn’s CV roots run deep. As a player, Shawn’s teams won 66 of their 75 games with two league titles in three years to go along with six tournament championships. A unanimous selection as captain during his playing career, Shawn was the Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season when his team finished with a 25-2 record. That year he received the program’s longest-running scholarship, the Charles Schrobilgen Memorial Award.
“The coaches and the program gave me so much when I was a student-athlete,” Shawn says. “Looking back on that time of life makes me grateful and motivates me to ensure our players receive everything I did. The big picture is clear: this time in the players’ lives is foundational to their development as men. It’s easy to be driven as we keep sight of why we’re here – to help create young men with the necessary traits and outlooks to thrive for the rest of their lives.”
Family comes first for Shawn who draws strength, support, and inspiration from Nadin, his wife of thirteen years. Together they've forged a strong family with their sons, Vaughn who turns 12 in July, and Christian who’ll be 9 in March.
DoVall Boykins, Asst. Coach
DoVall returns for his 12th year helping Coach Z with the Varsity team. He brings with him a wealth of basketball experience. A three-year varsity standout at Taft High School, DoVall has coached at his alma mater and CV. His wealth of experience and passion for the game will no doubt help the program. DoVall graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting and Real Estate. He currently works as a claims adjuster at ESIS Workers' Comp.
DoVall lives in Santa Clarita with his lovely wife, Bree and little man Quintin. They are expecting their daughter Brooklynne during the upcoming season.
Jack Dunbar, Varsity Assistant
Coach Jack Dunbar began his coaching career at Crescenta Valley High School in 1990, coaching the Freshman and then Sophomore teams and assisting Coach Goffredo. During that time, CV won over 100 games in 5 years, going to the CIF Finals. Jack went on to the be a successful head varsity coach in other programs, including El Monte, La Mirada and Wilson High Schools. Coach Dunbar has also coached at the Community College and professional levels. He enjoys working with players on an individual basis and is glad to be coaching CV. In his off time, he enjoys watching and attending sporting events of all types (go Bruins!) and spending time with Suzan, his wife of 37 years, and their children and two grandsons.
Eric Strangis- Varsity Assistant
Eric Strangis is entering his 7th year as a Varsity Assistant Coach at CV. He played 4 years of varsity basketball for Shawn Zargarian as an all-league selection and 2-time captain. Eric continued his basketball career collegiately, playing and graduating from the University of Southern California in 2012. He currently works in management at Equinox Fitness.
Joe Maniccia, Head JV Coach
Joe Maniccia is back for his 18th year coaching Falcon Basketball. Coach Maniccia’s teams have won 9 Pacific League titles in his 17 years as coach. Over the last 10 years, Coach Maniccia’s teams have a combined league record of 121 wins and 19 losses, an 85% winning percentage. Joe is also the director of the Falcon Youth Basketball League.
Coach Maniccia has a degree in History from Sonoma State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
A Crescenta Valley graduate, Joe resides in La Crescenta and has his own signage business.
Kevin Yoo, Assistant JV Coach
Kevin Yoo has previously assisted Coach Samford’s Soph/Frosh team for the past five years. Now Kevin has moved up to coach the Junior Varsity team with Coach Maniccia. Kevin played basketball at CV High School for all four years and played varsity his senior year for Coach Z.
Kevin is very passionate about the game and he strives to help the team improve. He will use his knowledge and experience in basketball to lead the team to a successful season. Kevin is currently attending Cal State Northridge studying business management.
Mark Samford, Head Soph/Frosh Coach
This will be Mark’s 16th year as coach of the Soph/Frosh Falcons.
As a 1971 graduate of CV, he has had a long time to absorb the elements that comprise Pride, Tradition, Honor. Teaching those to the new freshman class is one of his most important jobs.
Mark played two years of basketball at William Jessup University and graduated from Linfield College with a degree in Political Science.
He lives in La Crescenta, is married to Tomi, and together they cannot get enough of their grandkids, Nicolas, Brooke, and Claire.