As a former athletic director it is hard to express how much respect and appreciation I have for those individuals that give so freely of their time to our youth.
Coaching any team takes a lot of time and commitment, especially at the high school level. Buzz McCulloch is one of those special people.
Buzz is a 1973 graduate of Del Norte High School. While a Warrior Buzz played both basketball and baseball. He says he feels very fortunate to have had two excellent basketball coaches while at Del Norte. Dale Thomas was his junior varsity coach and Wally Maciel was his varsity mentor. These two have been great contributors to Warrior history.
After graduation Buzz went on to Shasta College in Redding, where he continued his basketball career. After finishing at Shasta Buzz returned to Crescent City and went to work for the local power company.
Buzz’s strong interest in basketball led him into basketball officiating.
He first started refereeing games when he was 18. This interest eventually led him to join the Humboldt-Del Norte Officials Association, where he worked high school games for several years.
He eventually got bit by the coaching bug and went to work under Marc Slayton as an assistant in the Del Norte High varsity girls program. He did this for one year. When Marc resigned as head coach Buzz took over the reins as the varsity girls head coach. It is a position he has held for six years.
He says he feels like every year he becomes a better coach, as he is always trying to learn from more experienced, successful coaches.
His teams have definitely shown this commitment as they always appear prepared and play hard. They are really fun to watch. His hard work shows in this year’s record, which at this writing is 6-3, the best starting record in some time.
When I asked Buzz what he enjoys most about coaching, he said “the challenges and the great positive experience of working with teenagers.”
Buzz has two daughters, which I am sure help him understand the girls that play for him. I know I look forward to seeing Buzz on the court for years to come. He is great for the program.
I also want to thank his understanding wife for sharing her husband with our youth. It takes a special person to understand the time commitment involved.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.