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Selma's AD named the Central Section Athletic Director of the Year

Selma High athletic director Randy Esraelian will soon add another award alongside numerous championship plaques at his on-campus office.

Esraelian will be given the award for the Central Section athletic director of the year by the California State Athletic Directors Association (CSADA) at a banquet in April.

It’s the first time Esraelian has earned the recognition, which is a award that “humbles” him.

“It’s a very humbling award because there’s a lot of good ADs in our section,” Esraelian said. “There’s a lot of good ADs that are good athletic leaders. It’s kind of like when your name is next to them it’s kind of a good feeling because there’s a lot of work that goes into this job.”

Esraelian was notified about winning the award in December. He was nominated by fellow athletic directors in the Central Section and the CSADA executive committee voted for him.

Esraelian has served as the Selma High athletic director in 2000.

Over the past decade, Bears athletics has had success including numerous Valley championship and state playoff appearances in basketball, baseball, football, softball, volleyball and girls water polo. For the past three years, girls wrestling has been the most successful program at Selma, winning three-straight state titles. The boys wrestling team has been in contention for a state title for the past few seasons with most recently placing fourth at the CIF State Tournament in 2018.

“If you look across the board and see what we accomplish, that’s probably what I’m proud about,” Esraelian said the school’s athletic success. “Selma gets recognized by the state now. Our wrestlers are really good, our football team has had a great run and we got to get some state recognition in volleyball. We get some state recognition now in basketball with boys. Our girls basketball program is on track this year to be really good. They’re really talented, they’re really athletic, the sky's the limit for them.”

In 2018, Selma made Valley championship appearances including boys basketball (third-straight), softball (third-straight), and Volleyball (first in program history). The boys basketball and volleyball teams lost, but both squads competed in the state playoffs. For volleyball, it was the first state playoff appearance in program history. The Bears volleyball team also won the program’s first state playoff game. As for Softball, the team won its second-straight title in 2018.

Esraelian credits all of the head coaches, former and current athletes at Selma for having all the recent success.

“I’m extremely proud to have such great coaches,” Esraelian said. “They expect a lot of their athletes and they expect athletes to perform at a high level.”

“We were fortunate to have great, great, great leaders in those sports.”

Over the past year, Selma High had numerous athletes continue their athletic careers at the next level. In 2017-18, several Bears athletes either went on or have signed a letter of intent to universities that compete in the NCAA Division I, Division II and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) level.

Selma underclassmen Richard Figueroa (wrestling, Arizona State), Tristan Lujan (wrestling, Fresno State), and Clarissa Moreno (softball, Boise State) are Bear athletes that are verbally committed to take their talents to the next level.

Esraelian said he’s proud of the numerous past and current student-athletes that have had the opportunity on to continue their sport in college.

When he accepts the award in April, Esraelian said the award is not an individual honor. He said the honor is an award to the athletic department at Selma High.

“When I get this award, I almost feel like this award should be shared with the athletic department as a whole,” Esraelian said. “It took all of us make it happen.”

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