Jose Luis Villegas/ jvillegas@sacbee.com

Golden Eagles head coach Casey Taylor pauses during the National Anthem on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 in the NorCal Division l Championship between Del Oro High School and Serra-San Mateo at San Jose City College. Taylor, 43, was so animated, so passionate during his interview for the Del Oro post 12 years ago in front of a whiteboard that he sweated through his shirt. He landed the job, his first as a head coach. He elevated a program that won section titles in the 1990s, guiding seven teams to the section finals, winning four, while taking on every powerhouse he can find, be it De La Salle or Grant.

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