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Carondelet welcomes new basketball coach

Kelly Sopak's coaching career includes a 398-45 record in the CIF. Photo courtesy of Carondelet High School
Kelly Sopak's coaching career includes a 398-45 record in the CIF. Photo courtesy of Carondelet High School

Carondelet ushered in a new era to its basketball program Thursday.

Athletic director Scott Kennedy announced Kelly Sopak as the new girls basketball coach, bringing in an abundance of success at his previous stops – including over the past decade at Miramonte. 

“Kelly Sopak brings in a healthy resume with an abundance of experiences that we haven’t had before with a good solid reputation and work ethic,” Kennedy said in a press release. “Coach Sopak is not just the best head coach for us right now, he’s the best head coach for us today, tomorrow, this year, and next. Coach Sopak is the future of Carondelet basketball, bringing a skillset and mindset that we need both on and off the court. Kelly Sopak makes us better on Day 1.”

Sopak spent 2005-09 seasons at Northgate and then moved over to Miramonte, where he was from 2009-20 while guiding a Lady Matadors squad that developed into one of the best at the regional and state level

His high school coaching record features a 398-45 mark in the California Interscholastic Federation, alongside a Northern California Open Division title in 2016 and five separate North Coast Section crowns.

Sabrina Ionescu – the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft to the New York Liberty after becoming the NCAA’s all-time leader in career triple-doubles, a two-time Wooden Award winner and much more at Oregon – was one of Sopak’s players at Miramonte.

Including Ionescu, more than 250 players under Sopak’s tutelage have carved out college careers on the hardwood.

Additionally, Sopak has more than a decade of experience as a club coach for the Cal Stars, winning three national titles and also having one runner-up finish.

Now, Sopak joins a Carondelet program that has experienced its own share of success, capturing three North Coast Section titles in the past four years – featuring a three-peat at the Division I level from 2017-19.

“Carondelet is the pinnacle of girls basketball here in the Bay Area, if not the state of California. Our goal is to put it on the national map, as well,” Sopak said in a press release. “I think Carondelet has the resources and the administrative support and community backing that could put our school on the national map as far as women’s basketball.”

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