Santa Barbara Sports Figure of the Month: presented by American Riviera Bank

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 have made a positive impact, whether it is an inspirational athletic performance, a lifetime achievement award, a philanthropist, or just a special story worth sharing.

This award is made possible by American Riviera Bank.


Bishop-Diego-Girls-BasketballJeff Burich had a head for coaching when he was playing basketball at Bishop Diego. It was the summer before Burich’s senior year. Coach John Ward placed him on a team of reserves for a split-squad game against the better players.

“I was with the lower guys and I remember Ward saying to me, ‘Are you going to win?‘” Burich recalled. “I said if we do this and we do that, then I think we got a chance. He said, ‘No! You’re a player, you’re supposed to look at me and say: Yes, coach, I think we’re going to win.’ Already then I was analyzing things.”

A basketball coach in the community since the age of 19, Burich, now 44, experienced the ultimate reward for a high school coach this season: winning a CIF-Southern Section championship. He guided the Bishop Diego girls to the Division 5A title. The team also won its first-ever state tournament game.

Continue Reading the Full-Length Article HERE

Previous Presidio Sports Sports Figures of the Month:

March, 2015: Jeff Burich
January, 2015: Aaron Solis
November, 2014: John Moore
October, 2014: Russell Smelley
August, 2014: Monica Jones
July, 2014: Josh Priester
May, 2014: Stamatia Scarvelis
March, 2014: Becky Aaronson
February, 2014: Alex Valente
December, 2013: Chris Keet
November, 2013: Andrew Butcher
October, 2013: Jake Clinton
September, 2013: Craig Moropoulos
August, 2013: Mark Massari
July, 2013: Dave Odell
June, 2013: Jerry Johnson
May, 2013: Andrew Checketts
April 2013: Jack Bianchi 
March 2013: Rudy Ybarra
February 2013: Tugce Canitez
January 2013: Simon Chavez
December 2012: Kirsten Moore
November 2012: Bryan Fernandez
October 2012: Rusty and June Snow
September, 2012: Mark Walsh
August, 2012: Wolf Wigo
July, 2012: Todd Rogers
June, 2012: Chuckie Roth
May, 2012: Ema Boateng
April, 2012: Addi Zerrenner
March, 2012: Carlene Mitchell
February, 2012: Ryan Fitch
January, 2012: John Zant
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

This award is made possible by American Riviera Bank