Sigi Schmid ‘71 is a name that everyone familiar with soccer in the United States knows very well. Although soccer was not a CIF sport until the mid-1960’s and did not become a sport at Bishop Montgomery until after Schmid graduated, his impact on the program is huge. Schmid and fellow-inductee Marine Cano ’72 started the boys’ soccer program at Bishop Montgomery in 1974 and their impact was immediate. In the inaugural 1974-75 season, the Knights finished 12-5-1 overall, 9-0-1 in league play, capturing the league title, and qualifying for the CIF playoffs. The following year under Schmid and Cano, the Knights went 13-5-1 overall and 11-2-1 to win another league title. In two years, they went 25-10-2 for a .675 winning percentage. Following his graduation in 1971, Schmid went on to star at UCLA, where he earned his degree in Economics. As a player for the Bruins, Schmid helped lead UCLA to NCAA runner-up finishes during his first two years on campus and finished 11th in career assists. In 1980, Schmid started an illustrious coaching career at UCLA. From 1980-1999, he led the Bruins to three national titles (1985, 1990, 1997) and had a career record of 322-63-33. He was named 1984 Coach of the Year by Soccer America and in 1997 he was named National Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 1996. After UCLA, Schmid began a decorated career as a professional coach in the MLS. He coached the LA Galaxy from 1999-2004, winning the 2002 MLS Cup; he coached the Columbus Crew from 2006-2008, winning the 2008 MLS Cup; and the Seattle Sounders from 2009-2016. He has the most coaching wins in MLS history and in 2015, Schmid was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Marine Cano '72
Maine Cano ’72 is, without question, a soccer pioneer in Southern California. He is responsible for starting programs at Bishop Montgomery, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Soka University. Cano did not play soccer at Bishop Montgomery since it was not yet a sport at the school. He did, however, contribute on the basketball team as a 2-year varsity letter winner, helping the Knights to a league title his senior year. In fact, Cano credits his basketball coach at Bishop, Coach Sebeck, with being “a guiding light” in his life. Cano arrived back on campus a few years after graduating to start the boys’ soccer program at BMHS along with Sigi Schmid ‘71. In three years as coach from 1974-75 – 1976-77, Cano compiled an impressive 39-15-4 record, two league titles and three CIF playoff appearances. As an athlete, Cano was a goalkeeper who played for 10 years professionally beginning in 1976 for the Los Angeles Skyhawks, becoming the first ever AYSO player to sign a professional contract. Following his rookie season with Los Angeles, he was named to the US National team. His professional career also saw him play for the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL, the California Sunshine and Cleveland Cobras of the American Soccer League, the MLS’ Cleveland Force, and the Los Angeles Heat of the WSL. Even while playing, Cano began his career as a college coach. In 1984 he began coaching at his alma mater, Cal State Dominguez Hills, where he compiled a career record of 83-76-17 as the men’s coach and 133-58-16 as the women’s coach. He not only started the women’s program at Dominguez Hills, he guided the team to two Division II Final Four appearances and the 1991 Division II NCAA title. In 1993, he became head women’s soccer coach at UC Irvine. In 12 seasons, he led his teams to 2 Big West Conference titles and 5 conference tournament appearances. He is the all-time winningest coach at UC Irvine with a record of 113-96-27. In 2007, Cano started the men’s program at Soka University and in 2009, founded the women’s team. Cano coached both teams until 2013, when he began focusing solely on the men’s team, where he is currently in his 9th season.
Tashara Carter '97
In a program with a long history of great players, Tashara Carter ’97 is one of the best girls’ basketball players ever to wear the Bishop Montgomery uniform. She arrived on campus at a time when the girls’ basketball program was becoming a force in both the CIF Southern Section and the state, and she helped bring the program to even greater heights. In fact, she is one of the most decorated basketball players, male or female, in school history. As a 4-year letter winner, Carter was named 1st Team All-Del Rey League 3 times and Del Rey League MVP twice. She was named 1st Team All-CIF 3 times, including being named CIF Player of the Year as a senior after leading the Lady Knights to the second of back-to-back CIF titles. On the state level, Carter was a 2-time Division II All-State selection, a 1st Team All-State Junior and a 2nd Team All-State Elite team selection as a senior. In 1996-97, she helped lead the Lady Knights to the second of back-to-back state titles and was named the Division III State Player of the Year. In all, she helped BMHS to three CIF finals appearances, two CIF titles, and two state titles. Carter was also a 3-time Daily Breeze All-Area pick and was the first basketball player in school history, male or female, to earn Daily Breeze Player of the Year honors, an award that has now been won by a BMHS basketball player 13 times. Following her senior season, Carter was named a 1997 USA Today Honorable Mention All-America. She is third in program history with an impressive 1,767 points scored. After graduation, Carter accepted a full scholarship to attend USC. As a 4-year letter winner at USC, Carter earned Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors in 1999-00 and she is a member of the USC 1,000 point club, scoring 1,001 points in her college career.
Danielle Graham '97
One could argue that the Graham’s are the most decorated family in the history of Bishop Montgomery athletics; and the youngest, Danielle, did more than just add to the family’s list of accomplishments. Danielle’s father, Dan, was the CIF Player-of-the-Year in both football and baseball and helped the Knights to the 1967 CIF title in baseball. He was the 1967 Male Athlete-of-the-Year and he was inducted into the inaugural hall of fame class in 2011. Danielle’s sister, Shelly ’89, was an all-league volleyball and basketball player and was the 1989 BMHS Female Athlete-of-the-Year. Natalie ’93 helped the girls’ volleyball team win the program’s 1st CIF title in 1992 and on the basketball court was an All-CIF pick, recorded one of only two known triple-doubles in program history, and scored 1,560 points (7th in program history). She was named 1993 BMHS Sportswoman-of-the-Year. Dan, Shelly, and Natalie, by themselves, make the Graham’s Bishop Montgomery athletic royalty. By the time Danielle was finished with her athletic career at BMHS, however, her family most likely needed to purchase a new trophy case for her accomplishments alone. As a 4-year varsity letter winner in volleyball, Danielle helped the Lady Knights to 3 league titles, 2 CIF titles, and a state title. She was a 3-time All-Del Rey League selection. As a junior, she was named 2nd Team All-CIF. As a senior, she was named 1st Team All-CIF and the State Player of the Year. On the basketball court, Danielle was also a 4-year letter winner and helped the Lady Knights to back-to-back CIF and State titles in 1995-96 and 1996-97. She was named to the All-Del Rey League team as a sophomore, junior and senior; as a senior in 1996-97, she was named 1st Team All-CIF, 1st Team All-State, and 1st Team Daily Breeze All-Area. She finished her basketball career with 1,402 points, which currently ranks 10th in program history. In total during her four years, Danielle won 4 CIF titles and 3 State titles, making her one of the most decorated athletes in school history. She was the 1997 BMHS Female Athlete-of-the-Year and went on to play basketball at Fresno State University.