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Walter Guerra
07/24/2014 12:59 PM
Kaleb Cagle will replace Paul Neville as Amador High School's head men's basketball coach. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

When Amador High School Vice Principal and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Paul Neville announced his departure from the Amador County Unified School District, the question arose, “Who will step in as head coach of the Amador High School basketball team?” The answer is, Kaleb Cagle, long-time assistant to Neville, will be taking over the Amador basketball program as head coach of the Buffalos.

Cagle is a 30-year-old teacher at Amador who grew up in a basketball family, watching Duke basketball teams play under his idol, “Coach K,” and playing a very active role in the Amador program throughout his high school years. He was a key player on a Buffalo team that went to two Sac-Joaquin Section championship games at the arena formerly known as Arco. His team won the section title in 2002, the first time a Mother Lode League team ever achieved that distinction. Kaleb’s younger brother, Tyler, also played on the 2002 team, as well as on the 2003 team that won a second consecutive section championship.

Now that he is head coach, Cagle wants continue the program and build kids’ character. Then, as he put it, “The wins take care of themselves.” He believes to be successful you need to “compete every day” and that’s the attitude he will bring in as coach.

"No one has more Amador Pride than me, I grew up here, went to than me," Cagle said. "I grew up here, went to school here and now I’m giving back to the community that was so great to me as a youth.”

When asked about his long-time friend Paul Neville leaving, Cagle answered, “As a friend, I am sad to see him leave, but as a colleague, I wish him the best.”

Neville was coach of the Buffalos for nine years, leading the team to five 20-win seasons, two Sac-Joaquin Section finals, in Sacramento, and three Section semifinals, at Tokay High School, in Lodi.

Cagle wants to continue the legacy at Amador, so when someone hears the name Amador, they think of a great winning tradition. Kaleb is very excited to continue that tradition of basketball, which has been so successful in the past.

When asked about “Amador pride” before I could finish my sentence Kaleb quickly answered, “No

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