Murrieta: Nighthawks Basketball Coach Steve Tarabilda is Stepping Down


Photo by Mike Clary

Tarabilda has Coached at Murrieta Valley High School for the Past 24 Years

Murrieta Valley Unified School District announced today that Steve Tarabilda is stepping down as Murrieta Valley High School’s head basketball coach, a position he has held for the past 24 years.

Tarabilda retired from teaching at Murrieta Valley three years ago.

Before becoming a Nighthawk, Tarabilda had 18 years of experience coaching basketball. “There is no replacing a coach like Steve Tarabilda,” said Murrieta Valley High School Athletic Director Darin Mott.

Steve is truly one of a kind. He not only loved the game of basketball, he loved teaching and he loved kids. Every student athlete that came through his program was better off for the experience. Steve was never about the wins and losses; he was about the development of young men.”

A fixture in the coaching community, Tarabilda’s fundamental, no-nonsense coaching style made him a favorite among players, fans and even opposing coaches.

Under his leadership, the Nighthawks basketball teams won six league championships and 21 tournament championships. Over 24 years, the Nighthawks made 21 CIF playoffs appearances, a CIF 2AA Championship appearance and two State CIF playoff appearances.

Tarabilda accumulated 446 career wins as a varsity coach, 386 of them as a Nighthawk. Tarabilda‘s three sons were all Nighthawks varsity basketball players for their father.

Tarabilda served on the board of the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (SCIBCA) for 15 years. SCIBCA inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2017 for contributing his time, talent and expertise to the growth of basketball throughout Southern California.

Tarabilda served on the CIF Basketball Advisory Committee and in 2010 he was named CIF Coach of the Year.“Coach Tarabilda has been a fixture leading our boys’ basketball program and we will miss his leadership tremendously,” said Mott. Assistant Superintendent of Human Recourses Darren Daniel said, “Given the success of Murrieta Valley’s basketball program, the head coaching position will more than likely attract a number of highly qualified candidates.”

For more information, contact Darin Mott at (951) 894-5750 ext. 6782

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