The Times' girls' basketball coach of the year: Adam Levine

Palisade’s girls’ basketball was the standard of excellence in the City Section until Torino Johnson left three years ago to pursue college coaching. A rare loss season followed. Enter Adam Levine, a new Santa Monica Crossroads coach.

Last season, the Dolphins won the title of City Division I. This season, they won the City Open Division title and the Southern California Division II regional title. Levine helped bring out the best in Jane Nwaba, a Pepperdine-bound, athletic all-round player who led the dolphins to a 26-9 record.

“He very well created a winning atmosphere to create the buy-in needed for an athlete of the caliber of Nwaba to build on her skills and bring the rest of the team together,” said Johnson, now a women’s coach. at Cal State Los Angeles.

Levine has been selected as The Times’ Basketball Coach of the Year for Girls.

“We were hungry,” said Levine of an experienced team who worked hard in practice and learned well from watching movies.

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