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Amaral Takes Helm as New Boys' Basketball Head Coach

Oaks Christian has hired Mark Amaral as its new head boys’ basketball coach, Head of Athletics Brad Cook announced July 15.

Amaral spent the last three seasons as the head assistant coach for the Xingliang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. Prior to coaching in China, Amaral was the associate head coach at Pepperdine University from 2011-18 under head coach Marty Wilson.

With the Flying Tigers, Amaral led the team to a 103-33 overall record. In Amaral’s first season with the Flying Tigers, 2018-29, the team achieved their best season, ending as the league runners-up. The team never missed the playoffs in Amaral’s tenure.

"I want to thank Head of School Rob Black, Chief Operating Officer Mike Parkinson, Outgoing Head of Athletics Jan Hethcock, and Brad Cook for entrusting me with the future of Oaks basketball and the development of our youth programs,” Amaral said. “I am very excited to return to the Conejo Valley where I have lived and coached for many years.  There is a rich tradition of success in the athletic department at Oaks and I look forward to contributing to that by creating a culture in our basketball program that is built on the pillars of enthusiasm, appreciation, service and toughness."

Amaral has over 30 years of collegiate basketball coaching experience, making stops at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Colorado State, UC Santa Barbara, Montana Tech, Lewis and Clark and Carroll College. This will be his first head coaching job at the high school level.

"I am excited to see the positive impact Coach Amaral will have on our student-athletes, as well as the Oaks Christian community,” Cook said. “Coach Amaral's experience at the collegiate and professional levels will prove beneficial to shaping our program. In addition, his willingness to serve others will strengthen the Oaks Christian Athletic Department."

The Lions finished 4-9 during the shortened 2020-21 season.