Congratulations on your recent article focusing on Cary Nerelli’s stellar girls basketball coaching career at Morro Bay High School and announcing his new position at Allan Hancock College. We wish him well in his new challenge.
Perhaps not as well known to the public are his achievements in other sports and in the classroom. In addition to basketball, this former altar boy, dedicated family man and avid surfer also coached girls and boys cross-country teams. The high school trophy case attests to the many individual and team league titles, as well as CIF and state championships.
Yet teachers are hired first and foremost to teach in the classroom. Many of us believe the work in the classroom by this (gasp!) former Mission Indian and Cal Poly grad was his finest achievement.
Numerous teacher-of-the-year awards and off-the-chart passing rates for his advanced placement U.S. history students are only part of the story.
Former students often ask about him and comment on how much he influenced their lives. His reputation for being well prepared, interesting, exceedingly demanding and highly popular was well earned.
As Cary’s days at MBHS come to a close and a new day and new challenge begins, we wish him the best.