SUN VALLEY, CALIF. – Village Christian School has hired Michael Westphal
as its new Director of Boys Basketball and Assistant Athletic Director.
Westphal is coming off a stellar 2016-2017 season at Providence High School
in Burbank, his first at the school, where he led the Pioneers to a 19-9
overall record and an undefeated run in the Independence League. Providence
finished 9-18 and 0-10 the season before Westphal’s arrival.
At VCS, he will be serve as the varsity head coach and manage all levels
of the basketball program for student-athletes in grades 6-12.
“I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at Village
Christian,” Westphal said. “They have rich a history in their
basketball program. I am honored to be part of the future of Village Christian
basketball and to build it from the inside and maintain a high standard
of success both on and off the court.”
The former University of Washington and Pepperdine University guard and
son of NBA All-Star, NBA head coach, and NCAA Division I head coach, Paul
Westphal, previously spent two seasons as the head coach at Moorpark High
School after coaching with 2014 CIF-SS runner-up Oaks Christian and 2012
CIF-SS champion Calabasas High. Westphal has also worked with the Basketball
Training Institute and brings a unique perspective, passion, and positivity
to VCS. He holds an MBA in Sports Business from Saint Leo University.
“I am extremely excited to add Michael Westphal to our staff,”
said VCS Athletic Director Kevin Aust. “He is a perfect fit for
the mission of VCS and the vision of the Athletic Department. Coach Westphal
is an outstanding man, and he has a strong basketball resume as a coach
and a former player. I am confident the VCS basketball program will thrive
under his leadership.”
Westphal takes over for Jon Shaw, who resigned in March after amassing
a 166-54 overall record, four Olympic League titles, two CIF-Southern
Section titles, and the 2012 CIF State championship in his seven years
at VCS. Under Shaw’s leadership, Village Christian became a Nike
Elite Basketball Program and helped boost numerous players into the NCAA
ranks, including Bennie Boatwright (USC), Bryan Alberts (Gonzaga), Bear
Henderson (Eastern Washington), Clifton Powell (UC Santa Barbara), Marquis
Salmon (Wagner), and Marsalis Johnson (Northeastern Junior College).
“We are delighted to have Coach Westphal carrying on the championship
tradition of VCS basketball,” said VCS Head of School Tom Konjoyan.
“I am convinced that he and our assistant coaches will help our
student athletes to thrive in the classroom, on the court, and in their