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Lewis, Tolbert selected to lead Manteca High basketball programs

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Mary Ann Tolbert is the new Manteca High girls basketball coach.

HIME ROMERO/Bulletin file photos/

POSTED April 6, 2014 9:55 p.m.

The new kids on the block are anything but new.

The 2014-2015 Manteca High boys and girls basketball programs will have new head coaches in Brett Lewis and Mary Ann Tolbert, but both of them have long and productive local basketball histories.

Tolbert will assume the reigns of the girls program, taking over after assisting Cody Norman for the last two seasons.

“We have strong athletes with experience and several returners including Elizabeth Aschenbrenner and Kelly Ramos who will be beginning their third year at the varsity level,” Tolbert said. “We also have several returning juniors including Allison Rachels and strong incoming sophomores with a lot of speed.”

Tolbert was a three-year varsity player for the Buffaloes under coach Butch Linn before playing for a season at Delta College. Tolbert began her coaching career in 2003 as the Manteca girls freshman coach and the following season took over at the sophomore level, winning Valley Oak League titles both years.

She continued as the sophomore coach until she moved up to the varsity level for Andrea Hiatt’s last season and then with Norman for his two seasons, winning a VOL title with each coach. Tolbert has been the girls varsity tennis coach since 2007.

Where Tolbert’s prep background is entirely green, Lewis has a good smattering of red in his. As a junior and a senior Lewis started for Eric Simoni at East Union and both of those teams won the VOL. His sophomore coach was Bill Slikker. 

After graduating high school, Lewis was a sophomore assistant to Jeff Lund at East Union and as a 20-year-old in 2008 took over the Lancers freshman and went 24-2 on the way to a VOL title. The following season began a four-year stint as the Lancers varsity coach where he went 62-44 with three playoff appearances.

Lewis was an assistant to Dave Asuncion at Manteca last season and Asuncion has headed the program since 2004. Asuncion took over from Ron Inderbitzen and like Lewis, Asuncion and Inderbitzen are both East Union graduates.

Red is not the only color to be represented in the Manteca program. Former Weston Ranch coach Ryan Bono was an assistant with Lewis under Asuncion and will stay with the program next season.

“Dave Asuncion left a good tradition at Manteca High that I just have to build upon,” Lewis said. “I am excited to add my style to what he has done the last 10 years.

“Dave Fontanilla at the freshman level has been a staple for the program and I am excited to have him sticking around to stay as the freshman head coach. Ryan Bono will be staying around too as the varsity assistant, he is going to be a huge asset. He’s a winner, and has a lot of experience that he brings to the table for the program.”


The boys team will be young as it will lose 12 seniors, returning just two players with significant experience – Marcus Montano (junior) and Tydus Verhoeven (freshman).

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