South High Athletics

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Welcome to South High Athletics!

My name is Kevin Van Waardenburg and I am the Athletic Director at South HS.  Athletics are a special part of the high school experience, and I hope our student-athletes, as well as our supporters, enjoy their time here at South High School.  Thank you to all of the people both on campus (dedicated coaches, teachers, administration, office and support staff, trainers, and students) and off campus (parents, family, friends, community members, officials, and beyond) that are a part of making these experiences possible.

SHS Athletics is a member of the South Bay Athletic Association (SBAA), a collection of 19 South Bay and surrounding area schools within the CIF-SS (our governing body).  The majority of our sports programs are members of the Pioneer League, consisting of the four TUSD high schools, El Segundo HS, Lawndale HS, and Wiseburn DaVinci HS.  

Our programs have a rich history, including 244 league titles, 24 CIF-SS Team Championships, and 3 Southern California Regional Championships.  Beyond these successes, I am most proud of the valuable lessons, good sportsmanship, and dedication that come with these experiences.

We hope to see you at an SHS Athletic contest soon!  Our schedules are posted below.  When attending our games, please be supportive and cheer for your teams with respect for the opposing school and its fans.  

Here are a few important dates and tips for those of you new to the SHS Athletics Family:


All student-athletes participating in sports (including Marching Band), must complete the Athletic Clearance process detailed on this site below.  The whole process, including uploading a current, valid physical exam, must be completed before participation in our programs (this is not needed for the SHS Summer Programs).  The window for submitting clearances opened July 1, 2023.  Physicals must be dated after July 1, 2023 so they are valid for the entire school year, so please plan your appointments accordingly.  If you are unable to get an appointment with your doctor, there are a number of low-cost options available in our area.


We encourage you to be a part of the SHS Athletics family in many ways.  Your donations are a vital part of our success, and we cannot operate without them.  Please donate to the Transportation Contribution page during the Athletic Clearance (or cash/check can be brought to the Athletics Office), purchase ASB during registration (this helps pay for officials, awards, tournament costs, and many other expenditures), and to your individual sports Booster Club programs.  Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!


Most of your needs can be found here on this page.  Below this message you will find the Athletic Clearance process with directions and forms, tryout information and upcoming special events, SHS Athletic schedules, and head coach contact information.


Our annual Meet the Coaches Night will be Wednesday, May 15th at 6pm in the cafeteria.  Information on Summer 2024 will be posted in March/April 2024.  The 2023 Summer info is at the bottom of this page for reference.  All of our CIF-SS based sports observe a yearly mandatory 14+ day dead period during the summer.  The dead period this past summer was 7/15/23 - 7/28/23 - the dead period for 2024 will be announced as soon as possible.  


Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter (X) at SHS_Athletics1 for updates, as well as all of our other programs individual accounts.


Athletic Clearance Site

Physical Exam Form - 2023/2024 School Year

The window for 2023/2024 Clearances will open June 20, 2023.  Physicals must be dated after June 19, 2023 in order to be valid for the whole 23/24 school year.

Need Help?  Try Clearance Handout or Clearance Help Video


You must be fully cleared before participation outside of 6th period in your program during the school year.

All clearance materials will be submitted online, including uploading your current physical.  You do not need to submit a hard copy of your physical once you upload it to the website.  Transportation donations can be made on the Athletic Clearance site as well.

For in-person transportation payments, please come to the Athletic Office F-1A or Classroom F-2 during business hours.


Transportation Forms

Transportation donations can be done with the clearance process, or cash/check to the Athletics Office during business hours.  The donations are $130 for one program, $200 for 2 or more programs, or $300 for siblings in 3 or more total programs.

If you are a parent volunteering to drive other students, please make sure this form is filled out on file with the school and/or coach.

If you are a student transporting yourself to a school activity, please make sure this form is filled out and on file with the school and/or coach.


Tryout Information

Dates are posted below.  If you miss a tryout date, you may contact the coaches listed at the bottom of this page for possible tryout makeup dates. Dates will be posted as they become available.


All Fall Sport tryouts are concluded.  See individual coaches for more information.


All Winter Sport tryouts are concluded.  See individual coaches for more information.


Baseball: August 29 thru September 8.  3:30pm - 4:30pm on the Varsity Baseball Field.  Additional tryout dates TBA for Spring.

Boys Tennis: January 18th - 3pm (if 6th period is open), after school if you have 6th period.

Girls Beach Volleyball:  Wednesday, December 6th from 3pm to 4:30pm.  6th Street Hermosa Beach Courts.  (If you have Athletics 6th period you may go during 6th period, but if you have an academic class 6th period you may go over after your class is completed).

Track and Field:  December 12-15 (if you have 6th Period available) or January 9-12 (after school 3:45-4:45pm) in the Stadium.  Must attend all 4 days - Winter Sport Athletes may tryout after their sport has ended.

South High Athletics Calendar:
To use the calendar below - use the sorting options at the top of the section.  You can use the top sorting options to sort by sport and/or level, the middle checkbox sorting options to sort by location and/or game type, and the final sorting options with the blue rectangles will allow you to show the calendar by day/week/month/year - the default is a daily schedule.




VANWAARDENBURG.KEVIN@TUSD.ORG        310-533-4352 X7320

Fall Sports 

Cross Country 
Head Coach : Brian Tokuda
Phone: 533-4352 x7471
WebsiteCross Country Site 

Girls Golf
Head Coach : Kelly Wood 
Phone: 533-4352 x7425

Head Coach : Matt Mishler
WebsiteFootball Site

Boys & Girls Surf 
Head Coach : Todd Mullin

Girls Tennis 
Head Coach : Ken Hance
Girls Volleyball 
Head Coach : Robert Kutsch
Phone: 533-4352 x7320
WebsiteVolleyball Site

Boys Water Polo 
Head Coach : Parris Ruth
Website: SHS Water Polo

Girls Flag Football 
Head Coach : Adam Daley & Kevin Mitchell
Email: &

Winter Sports

Boys Basketball 
Head Coach : Ari Haghanimanesh
WebsiteBasketball Site 

Girls Basketball
Head Coach : Robert Imamura
WebsiteGirls Basketball Site 
Boys Soccer 
Head Coach : Chad Lagerwey 
Phone: 533-4352 x7497
WebsiteSoccer Site
Girls Soccer
Head Coach : Sean Lockhart
WebsiteSoccer Site

Girls Water Polo 
Head Coach : Parris Ruth
Website: SHS Water Polo

Head Coach : Donald Garriott 

Spring Sports

Head Coach : Grady Sain
Phone: 533 - 4352 x7553
WebsiteBaseball site

Boys Golf
Head Coach : Kelly Wood 
Phone: 533-4352 x7425

Head Coach : Ajay Malik
Boys & Girls Swimming 
Head Coach : Sharon Thompson
Phone: 533-4352 x7434
WebsiteSwimming Site

Boys Tennis 
Head Coach :  Ken Hance

Boys & Girls Track
Head Coach :  Rick Esponda
Website: Track and Field 

Boys Volleyball
Head Coach :  Mike Longacre
WebsiteVolleyball Site

Girls Beach Volleyball
Head Coach :  Raffe Paulis
Website: Beach Volleyball



Head Coach : Denise Mandel
Website:  Cheer Site

Drill Team
Head Coach : Cassie Harris

Head Coach : Thmoas Pham

2023 SHS Summer Camps and Activities

Summer Camp Schedule and Registration Page - Click Here - Revised 6/9

Camps will run from Tuesday, June 20 through Friday, July 14th

Forms and contributions may be brought to the main office during regular business hours.  

Meet the Coaches and Summer Registration Night - Tuesday, May 23rd at 6pm in the SHS Cafeteria. - Click Here for Info and FAQ

Meet the Coaches Night Presentation Slides - Click Here

Information on Summer 2024 will be posted in March/April 2024.