Steve Johnson was not happy. His stare haunting, his voice booming above the din of Arco Arena, the Rialto Eisenhower High boys' basketball coach unloaded on sophomore guard Devin Garner in the final minutes of the state Division II title game.
Moments later, television analyst Sean Farnham passed a note down press row, incredulous at the scene unfolding before him.
"Ike is leading, right?" the note read.
Indeed, the Eagles were routing Rocklin by double digits and well on their way to becoming the first boys' team from San Bernardino County to win a California state title. But their coach was upset that Garner had fouled an opposing player on a three-point attempt, and he wasn't afraid to let Garner -- or anyone else in the cavernous arena -- know it.
"Even when we're blowing teams out by 40, I'm trying to stay on kids the whole time," Johnson said later. "Our philosophy is to get these guys to play at their top potential."
Eisenhower wouldn't have gone far this season without its screaming Eagle. Johnson, The Times' coach of the year, was the guiding influence throughout his team's championship run.