However, there were other memories, off the court, that Boyce also
holds true to his heart.
Boyce came to Estancia as a 20-year-old assistant coach. And,
thanks to colleagues, some of whom he called friends, he left a man,
and a better coach. Boyce was head coach of the Estancia boys
basketball team for four seasons (1996-2000).
"Most of the memories were about the people I worked with," said
Boyce, who is now a coach and teacher at Edison. "I worked for great
people: Tim O'Brien and Tim Parsel. They gave me great insight on how
to be a great coach. Tim O'Brien was the best man in my wedding. With
Tim Parsel, we talk about everything from fantasy football to golf. I
also met Bob Francy and Bill Wetzel and Tom Antal. I worked for some
great people. I find myself fortunate to work in something I love. I
feel very fortunate."
Boyce began pursuing that passion shortly after graduating from
Tustin High in 1985. He lettered in basketball and baseball for the
He was planning to play basketball at Golden West College, but he
injured his knee. He then coached with O'Brien and Rich Prospero at
Tustin. O'Brien coached Boyce when he played at Tustin. Three years
later, when O'Brien left to work at Estancia, Boyce followed.
Some of Boyce's best basketball memories were produced in the
1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. The Eagles won the CIF Division III
state championship in 1991 and a CIF section title in 1990. There
were also games that stood out.
"There was the triple-overtime game at Lompoc when Matt
Fuerbringer made the layup to win," Boyce said. "It was just an
emotional game. That was the year we won CIF in 1990. That basketball
memory was unbelievable. Winning the state title was unbelievable.
The journey to the title is what I remember. The triple-OT game is
the one I remember. We had some great wins and some great kids in
Boyce was plenty prepared when he became head coach of the Eagles
in 1996. He guided Estancia to the playoffs all four seasons and won
a Pacific Coast League title his first year.
Boyce, 36, lives in Lake Forest with is wife, Michelle, and their
1-year-old son, Kyle.