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Krug, Johnson Hang it Up

June 01, 2002

Jim Riggio

BURBANK -- Anything and everything are two ways to describe what Hal

Krug and Russ Johnson have done for Bellarmine-Jefferson High athletic


After years of heading Guard teams, the two veteran coaches are

retiring -- Krug as the school's girls' volleyball coach and Johnson as

boys' volleyball coach.


"They are definitely irreplaceable," Bell-Jeff Athletic Director Bryan

Camacho said. "They are people who love kids and have helped so many of

them mature and become adults. The impact they've made at the school,

and in the community, has been beautiful to see."

Krug said he leaves his program at tough time.

"We had our best team in five years and we went 14-4 with five

sophomores starting, so I'm going to miss them," Krug said of last

season's team. "It's a good feeling to leave the new coach with such

skilled players."

Krug, 75, has been a teacher, athletic director and multisport coach

at the school since 1976. In his tenure, he hascoached the football team

for seven years and the baseball and girls' volleyball teams each 15

seasons each. He also assisted with the girls' softball program and the

boys' volleyball teams,working with Johnson.

Johnson, 65, a long-time walk-on coach who started the boys'

volleyball program in 1987, plans to continue to assist with the Guard

boys' basketball program in a limited capacity.

Gloria Arancibia, a 1991 Bell-Jeff grad and a former player of Krug's,

is new girls' volleyball coach. She will be assisted by Marina Amis, who

also played under Krug.

Taking over the boys' volleyball team is Miguel Segura, a 1996 grad

who was a player under Johnson.

Krug, who is retiring from the school as a coach and teacher, won five

league championships with the girls' volleyball team and brought nine

teams to the CIF playoffs.

In baseball, he led the team to one league title and nine playoff

appearances. He was also the school's athletic director from 1976 to 1981

and played a key role in the construction of the the school's Keating

Memorial Gymnasium.

"We were 0-28 in football the three years before I got here," Krug

said. "Basketball and baseball had averaged two wins a year in the three

previous years. Our school was rumored to be closing and we had no gym

and the graduating classes were around 80 students."

As the head football coach from 1978 to 1984, Krug posted a 26-32


"I'm proud of the fact that I was part of the group that got our home

football games at Burroughs," said Krug, who said the team used to play

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