Miramonte tabs Mike Shaughnessy to be next head basketball coach

ORINDA — Miramonte didn’t need to look too far to find its next boys basketball coach.

The Orinda school hired former Northgate coach Mike Shaughnessy to be its next head coach, Miramonte announced on Friday.

“I feel like it was a good fit for me,” Shaughnessy told the Bay Area News Group Tuesday. “We live very close to Miramonte and we feel like we’re a part of the community. I’m excited to be back in the Diablo Athletic League.”

Shaughnessy’s hiring comes a month after Miramonte parted ways with Chris Lavdiotis, who was the Matadors’ head coach for the past five seasons. Lavdiotis recently accepted a position to be the head coach at San Marin. 

Shaughnessy led Northgate to a North Coast Section Open Division playoff berth in 2022. In three seasons, the New Jersey-born coach had a 37-33 record. 

“After an extensive search and thorough evaluation of numerous highly qualified candidates, Mike emerged as a standout contender from the get-go,” said Miramonte athletic director Sean Hennessy in a statement. “Feedback from those who’ve crossed paths with him speaks volumes about his dedication, basketball knowledge, and ability to mold young men into cohesive teams.”

Shaughnessy stepped down as head coach this past season to help take care of his newborn daughter. 

He did not stay completely away from basketball during that time as he continued his work as a basketball trainer and AAU coach. 

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