For the upcoming 2018-19 school year, Valencia High School’s (VHS) Orange County Academic Decathlon (OCAD) team will have a new head coach, Dr. Samuel Myovich. Mr. Fred Jenkins, the former OCAD coach, wanted to spend more with his family so he decided to step down as head coach and passed this role onto Myovich. The transition for the OCAD team was made easy because for many years, Jenkins and Myovich coached as virtual partners. Myovich explained how Jenkins is a “true numbers guy and his analytics from the numbers perspective cannot be matched by anyone.” As a result, even though Myovich is the new head coach, he still considers his new role a partnership with Jenkins, however he will have some new responsibilities. For example, Myovich will have to communicate with the Orange County Department of Education and he will manage paperwork for student transcripts to make sure they are in the correct category for the Sacramento California Academic Decathlon. Besides the paperwork, Myovich stated that the actual coaching will not change that much.
As the new head coach, Myovich wishes to “continue the traditions of excellence” and win county, getting top 10 in states, where they have been close but never succeeded. Next year will mark Movich’s last year as a teacher at VHS and coach for OCAD, he aspires to end off on a good note. One struggle that Myovich believes he will encounter is receiving commitment from each member, because he knows that the team is only as strong as its weakest link. With that, he wants to build the relationship between every member where they all have mutual respect for one another. Myovich hopes that every student will leave OCAD with more knowledge on various topics, understanding of how each category interconnects with one other and better study skills. He loves what OCAD represents in its interdisciplinary approach to topics and how enjoyable and rewarding it can be.