As the year ticks on, we find more and more to be grateful for, including our amazing supporters and alumni. Thank you for everything you do! This month, we look at coaching updates and more.
The Globetrotter Comes Home: Jackie White '80 Returns to Coach Women's Basketball
Jackie White still relishes the feel of the court under her shoes, the feel of a basketball in her hands, the pure joy of the game. For her, she feels that as a player and coach, she’s come full circle.

This year, she steps in as the Head Coach of the San Joaquin Memorial High School Women’s Basketball team, 40 some years after she herself became part of Memorial’s legacy of fantastic athletes.

“I am elated,” she said. “I feel very honored and blessed to take up this position and it really feels like I’ve come full circle. It’s such a special thing.”

White herself is a Memorial legend. Before graduating in 1980, she dominated Valley basketball courts— winning four straight Valley titles—before moving on to Cal Poly Pomona, where she won a National Championship, and Long Beach State. In 1985, she was tapped for a rare honor: White became only the second ever female Harlem Globetrotter. It was after leaving the Globetrotters, however, that White found a new interest: coaching. White entered the corrections field and ended up coaching young men at the facilities she worked. She went on later to coach at Edison High School from 2018 to 2021.

At Memorial, White’s eyes are on the prize: leading the girls to their first state championship.

However, she also aims to emphasize the importance of personal growth and development to her girls.

“Who these young ladies become as human beings is more important than basketball to me,” she said. “Basketball is just a means to an end. It helps you get to where you want to go in life. It doesn’t take you where you want to go. Education, good character, and work ethic, and a plan with life skills equals success. That’s what I want to teach them.”

Athletic Director Stephen Ferdinandi said Coach White will be a great asset for Memorial.

Coach White will be an invaluable resource for our girls and the school as a whole,” said Ferdinandi. “Coach Santino Reynolds and Cory Fischer did a great job building the program over the last handful of years, and now it is Coach White's turn to take the baton. Any time alumni come back to be a part of the school is special, but Jackie's athletic pedigree makes her return to SJM even more of a highlight for the current team and the future of SJM Basketball.”
Save the Date: A Celebration of 75 Years
Join us on September 20, 2021 for the St. Patrick's Golf Tournament

As Board Chair for the Saint Patrick’s Golf Tournament I would like to welcome all the
Irish back to the course at Sunnyside Country Club to make up for lost time we all had
to endure. On September 20th , 2021 the Leprechauns will safely step back on the
greens in honor of Saint Patrick and San Joaquin Memorial High School. We are so
Thankful for all of our sponsors that contributed in 2020 even though we could not have
our golf tournament and celebration of a record year in sponsorships and donations.
Our committee felt is was necessary to have this golf tournament this year to honor
those past sponsors that gave to our charitable golf tournament in lieu of the Covid
Pandemic that affected all of us deeply. With those funds raised, we put them to work by
remodeling the 90’s Bathrooms, purchased touchless water fountains, finished the
beautification of the Courtyard between the cafeteria and boys locker room, earmarked
more funds to the gymnasium locker room and contributed to the Hall of Fame Wall on
the north side of the football field. The grand total of $63,855.00 was unanimously
approved graciously by our Saint Patrick’s Board. We are dedicated to serving to this
private Catholic School that has been in existence for 75 years and blessed to be able
to complete these projects that the students can utilize and share in the wonderful
attributes of all of our generous sponsors.
Steve Orlando `87 Co-Chair

Justin McKeighan `91 Co-Chair
Pete Orlando `80 Co-Chair
Bob Coyle `79
Chris Gutilla Jr. `03
Jarrod Martinez`89
Tom Ryan `65
Robert C. Supino `76
Ron Wathen `86
Taylor Whelan `04
Derek Youpel `02
Thank You for Supporting our Drive Through BBQ!
Thank you to the sponsors of our Athletics Drive Through BBQ and Auction!

Lane `99 and Curtis `99 Davies

Stacy and Frank Roque `85 Panoche Creek Packing

Dorothy `83 and Phil Christensen Agriglobe Inc.

Lisa and Brian Dalena `88 Dalena & Dalena Farms

Thank you to our coaches and our Athletic Director Stephen Ferdinandi.

The fundraiser was a success and all funds will be used to support Memorial athletics. Thank you to all who participated.
Enter our Spring Fling Giveaway for a chance to win and support The Fund for San Joaquin Memorial! You could win up to $5,000 in Cash.
May They Rest in Peace... with God Forever
Anthony Simone passed away on January 17, 2021. He was the father of Margie (Margaret) Simone '11 and Mauro Simone '19. Read more about his life at

Christopher Monge passed away on December 30, 2020. He is the father of Samantha Monge '19 and Daniel Monge '21. He loved all things Memorial, especially the education his children received and he was a big fan of Panther sports.

Kimberly A. O'Connor '80 passed away on January 23, 2021. She is the daughter of James O'Connor, music instructor at Memorial for many, many years (and Hall of Fame inductee). Read more about her life at

Carmine LaRocca passed away February 15, 2021. Though neither he nor his children attended Memorial, he and his wife Giuseppina left Memorial a legacy of love, loyalty and commitment by way of their grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is the grandfather of: Joanna Paolilli ’94, Rocco Paolilli ’99, Michael Karagozian '05, Francesca LaRocca ’12 and Isabella LaRocca ’14. He is the uncle of Pasquale DiCicco 77, Giuliano DiCicco ’78, Vittorio DiCicco ’79, Enrico DiCicco ’82, Marlena Paolilli ’87, Mario Vitucci ’93, Joanna Vitucci Lopez 94, Adrianna Paolilli ’97, Christian Paolilli ’01 and Cinzia DiCicco Vaughn ’10. He is the great uncle of Nicola DiCicco ’05, Dante DiCicco ’07, Rocco DiCicco ’08, Arianna DiCicco ’09, Evangelea DiCicco ’14 and Evenia DiCicco ’18. Read more about his life at

Terry Tuell passed away May 2, 2020. He is the father of Andrew Tuell '97 and Jonathan Tuell '00. Read more about his life at

Morris "Muggs" Rossi, Jr. '62 passed away December 16, 2020. He is the brother-in-law of James Pardini '64 and the uncle of James Pardini '01 and Jeff Pardini '04. Read more about his life at

Patricia Johnson passed away January 11, 2021. She is the sister of Doreen Johnson Wathen '51, sister-in-law of Jack Wathen '51 and aunt of Gerald Wathen '72, Mark Wathen '73, Janet Wathen Wright '74, John Wathen '76, Eileen Wathen Wilner '78 and Ann Wathen '82. Read more about her life at

Arthur Brager '59 passed away February 10, 2021. Read more about his life at

Robert Earl "Bob" Smittcamp passed awy March 4, 2021. He is the father-in-law of Lisa Sondergaard Smittcamp '87 and the grandfather of Nicole Smittcamp '22. Read more about his life at

Brother Martin John Yribarren '65, FSC, passed away March 8, 2021. He entered the novitiate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Napa after graduating from Memorial in 1965. He is the brother of Ann Yribarren Hay '59 and George Yribarren '68.  Read more about his life at

Patrick "Pat" Mastro '57 passed away March 8, 2021. He is the spouse of Linda Pardini Mastro '61 and father of Natalie Mastro Beck '84 and Marco Mastro '93. He is the grandfather of Mauro DeBenedetto '07 and Luke DeBenedetto '09. He is the brother of Joyce Mastro Priolo '54. Read more about his life at

James Grubb passed away March 17, 2021. He is the father of Christopher Grubb '85 and Gaylen Grubb '87. Read more about him at

Chris T. Mendes passed away February 18, 2021. He is the father of Christopher Mendes '99 and Daniel Mendes '00. He is the uncle of Shannon Mendes '20, Samuel Mendes '23 and Max Mendes '24. Read more about him at

Linda Fredrick passed away March 7, 2021. She is the mother of Stephanie Nitchals, past principal at Memorial, and the grandmother of Aaron Nitchals '16. Read more about her at!/Obituary
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Call for SJM Memorabilia

Do you have SJM memorabilia from the past 75 years? If you have items you would like to share with us for our 75th anniversary, please contact Shirley Boujikian at
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