Sol Batoon is the new varsity basketball coach at Saint Louis.
“It was a long process. You have to respect the process. I really appreciate all the support that I got. I feel great. I’m looking forward to the opportunity, having one this late in my life. I’m excited having my battery recharged,” he said.
Batoon, 70, has spent most of his life in and around basketball. He was an assistant coach and assistant athletic director at Chaminade, then had stops at Kaiser, St. Joseph, Campbell and Thompson Academy. He was athletic director and boys basketball coach at St. Francis, starting a program from scratch and getting the gym constructed.
The administration received the resignation of previous coach Alan Silva less than a month ago, which prompted a search that drew interest near and far. Most of the basketball team’s players are currently suiting up for football, where the Crusaders are No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.
“I’m trying to have an open mind so when we have tryouts after the state football championship, we can be objective about who we can have on the team. I know there’s great athletes,” Batoon said.