‘Santa Barbara Sports Figures’ make 2012 a year to remember

Each Month, Presidio Sports recognizes a local sports figure for their extraordinary contribution to the Santa Barbara athletic community.

It is our way to recognize those who are making a lasting impact in our sports community, whether it is an outstanding athletic performance, a lifetime achievement award, or perhaps a great example of leadership.

Presidio Sports is thrilled to have been able to highlight 11 local sports figures so far in 2012 as part of our Santa Barbara Sports Figure of the Month series. December’s honoree will be unveiled next week.

Our Sports Figure of the Month profiles – written by Randy Weiss, John Dvorak and Barry Punzal – have created an in-depth month-to-month catalogue of the individuals doing big things in our athletic community.

A special thanks goes to American Riviera Bank for making this award possible.

Here is a recap of the amazing people and events that were a big part of the local sports scene in 2012. While the awards were given out for what happened that month, the impact of their contributions will be felt for some time.

2012 Sports Figures of the Month:


Bryan Fernandez – Dos Pueblos senior wins CIF Cross Country State Championship
Rusty & June Snow – Husband & wife build SB International Marathon
Mark Walsh – Longtime Santa Barbara High aquatics coach in 20th year
Wolf Wigo – UCSB water polo coach excels as NBC Olympic broadcaster
Todd Rogers – SB native represents again at Olympic Games
Chuckie Roth – San Marcos aquatics coach named SB County Educator of Year
Ema Boateng – Named as High School Player of the Year by Gatorade
Addi Zerrenner – Distance runner breaks two Santa Barbara County records
Carlene Mitchell – Rookie head coach finds success with Gauchos
Ryan Fitch – Helping to expand local support services for autism
John Zant – Longtime Santa Barbara Sports Reporter

2011 Sports Figures of the Month:


December, 2011: Andre Barbieri
November, 2011: Lauren Stratman
October, 2011: Rich Hanna
September, 2011: Lauren Capone
August, 2011: Orlando Johnson
July, 2011: Bill Pintard
June, 2011: John & Mardi Warkentin
May, 2011: Lakey Peterson
April, 2011: Van Latham
March, 2011: Ethel Byers
February, 2011: Kiley Neushul

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