Sometimes as an athletic director you really get lucky.
An important part of the job is assisting in the hiring of coaches for the many athletic programs at the high school. when looking for a coach you want someone that is not only going to teach the sound fundamentals of the sport, but is also going to instill in the participants those qualities that are going to make them better people for having been in the sport and associated with the person leading that activity.
When Jane Rumiano applied for the position of girls tennis coach at Del Norte High School we got just that kind of person.
She is one of those very special people that is more than just an outstanding teacher of tennis skills, but also emphasizes those character traits we as parents want our kids to have.
Jane was originally from Folsom. She started playing tennis there when she was 10 years old. She had a great coach at that time that took her to age group tournaments.
She graduated from Folsom High School in 1968. Folsom did not have a girls program so Jane played on the boys team.
In order to play on the boys team she had to challenge and beat the high school principal. This she did.
After graduating from high school Jane first went to California State University Santa Barbara.
She was in Santa Barbara for two years where she was a biology major with her ultimate goal to be a physical therapist. After two years at Santa Barbara she transferred to St. Marys College in Moraga. It was while at St. Mary's that she met her future husband, Baird Rumiano.
After marrying Baird they eventually moved to Crescent City, where Baird took over the running of Rumiano Cheese.
Since Jane took over our girls tennis program in 1983, the warrior girls have regularly been one of the top teams in the league.
When asked about her most rewarding accomplishments as a coach it was not the victories and there have been many, but the fact that her teams regularly were California Interscholastic Federation Scholastic honor teams.
This means the entire team maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during the season. there were also several times where her teams won the Northcoast section team GPA championship. This is a honor that is special because it covers all the girls tennis teams in the section.
The past season was another championship where her team joined our football, wrestling and boys basketball teams as league champions.
For this the Warrior family says thank you Jane for your hard work and dedication in helping our girls be the best they can be.
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. Currently, he is head coach of the Wild Rivers Storm semi-pro football team.