Coaching Staff

  • Crescenta Valley Coaching Staff








    Shawn Zargarian
    Head Coach

    Joe Maniccia

    Head Coach

    Mark Samford

    Head Coach




    DoVall Boykins

    Assistant Coach

    Kevin Yoo

    Assistant Coach





    Jack Dunbar
    Varsity Assistant






    Eric Strangis
    Varsity Assistant



    Matt Reid
    Varsity Assistant

    Shawn Zargarian, Head Varsity Coach

    Coach Shawn Zargarian is all about relationships. His teams regularly outplay, out-execute and out-hustle opponents in large part because of player buy-in. Shawn builds trust in his program with love, loyalty, honesty, and high expectations. Evidence of this is found throughout his association with Falcon Basketball.

    Whether it’s words of encouragement in the campus hallways, a personal text at just the right time, or a heart-to-heart conversation, Shawn has a knack for connecting with his players, building allegianceand devotion through integrity. Simply put, his players know he loves them. It all came full-circle last year
    as his wife Nadin fought an aggressive form of cancer that ultimately took her life in the summer.

    “Our guys picked me up at a time when I needed it most,” Shawn says. “We’re there for each other.
    That’s what our program has always been about - standing with each other, taking care of each other. The
    basketball end is important, but the relationships are the most lasting part. It’s as special as it is indescribable.”

    Shawn was introduced to Falcon basketball as a 15-year old and immediately began building lifelong bonds. On-court success
    followed. As a player, his teams won 66 of their 77 games in large part because of the qualities he possessed in his youth and instills
    in his players today. The former captain and all-tournament performer was the 1995 Defensive Player of the Year on the 25-2 squad that ranked as high as second in the state of California. By season’s end, he received the program’s longest-running honor, the Charles Schrobilgen Memorial Award.

    “CV basketball helped shape my perspective as a young man,” Coach says. “I played in a program that went above and beyond
    the court. Coaching here gives me the chance to repay that by continuing and elevating that tradition.”

    Indeed, Shawn’s teams have soared to heights previously unknown in the program’s proud history. Last year’s team tied the
    all-time single-season record of 29 wins. Coach Z guided his squad to the CIF semi-finals for the third time in his career then saw the Falcons make the state playoffs for just the fourth time in school history - three coming with Shawn at the reigns. The 2018-19 squad was the first to win a state playoff game and charged all the way to the California State Region Final.

    “I’m proud of what our young men accomplished on the floor last year - matching the school win record, winning three state
    playoff games. It’s really something. What means much more is the way members of the Falcon family care for each other.”

    That care translates to basketball success. Over the last decade Shawn’s teams have averaged more than 20 wins per season, a
    benchmark of excellence. During that time, the Falcons have finished first or second in Pacific League play 7 times, settling for third the other three occasions. 

    Shawn enters the year with career milestones in reach and on the horizon. Just 34 varsity wins shy of 300, Shawn is also 62
    victories away from becoming the winningest coach in the history of a program that has won 7 out of every 10 games it’s played since the school first fielded a team in 1963.

    “The program has always been about players’ unselfishness and willingness to lay it on the line for each other,” says Coach Z. “That’s who we are and always have been. We find a way to play competitive basketball no matter the personnel. Our track record speaks for itself.”

    Though he enters the season without the physical presence of his wife for the first time as head coach, Shawn is surrounded by
    the love of his players and family. With his sons, Vaughn, 12, and Christian, 9, at the center of his life, Shawn's life view is simple;

    “What matters above all is the relationships you build with the people you love. That’s the essence of our program and the

    LET'S GO ROUDI! essence of life.”


    DoVall Boykins, Asst. Coach

    DoVall returns for his 13th 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, little man Quintin, and little mama Brooklynne.

    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 38 years, and their children and two grandsons.


      Eric Strangis- Varsity Assistant


    Eric Strangis is in his 8th year as a Varsity Assistant Coach for the Falcons. He was a 4-year Varsity player for Coach Z at Crescenta Valley before completing his playing career in the PAC-12 at USC. Eric is a lifelong Falcon!

    Matt Reid - Varsity Assistant   



    Joe Maniccia - Junior Varsity Head Coach

    Joe Maniccia is back for his 19th year coaching Falcon Basketball. Coach Maniccia’s teams have won 9 Pacific League titles in the last 18 years. Over the last 11 years Coach Maniccia’s teams have a
    combined league record of 133 wins and 21 losses, a 86% winning percentage.. Joe also is the director of the Falcon Youth Basketball League.

    Coach Maniccia has a degree in History from Sonoma State University and a MBA from Pepperdine University.

    A Crescenta Valley graduate, Joe lives in La Crescenta, and has his own signage business.

    Kevin Yoo - Junior Varsity Assistant

    Kevin Yoo has previously assisted Coach Samford’s Soph/Frosh team and is now in his second year of coaching the Junior Varsity team alongside 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 of 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 graduated from Cal State Northridge studying business.


    Mark Samford - Soph/Frosh Head Coach

    This will be Mark’s 18th year as coach of the Soph/Frosh Falcons.

    As a 1971 graduate of CV, he has had a long time to absorb the elements of Pride, Tradition, Honor. Teaching those new to the 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, Claire and Desmond.