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With Cid, there’s no fear of flying, just running

February 20, 2008|By SORAYA NADIA McDONALD

The first time I covered the Sage Hill School girls’ soccer team, the Lightning lost, 2-0, to Costa Mesa.

When the game ended, I looked for Coach Chino Cid, and since I’d never met the man before, I put my money on the guy I’d witnessed doing all the arm-waving and shouting during the game.

Seemed like a smart idea.

To wit: there’s a joke about former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith that falls in step with this logic.

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Sometime in the future, a man who doesn’t know anything about basketball dies and goes to heaven. He gets the royal tour from Saint Peter, and they make their rounds to the heavenly basketball courts.

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“Who’s that?” the man asks, pointing at a bald guy in a Bulls jersey.

“That’s Michael Jordan, the greatest to ever play the game,” Saint Peter says.

They move on, and Saint Peter points out Spudd Wedd.

“That’s the shortest guy ever to play the game,” he says.

The two continue to walk and they see a man on the sideline of a court, waving his arms and yelling.

“Who’s that?” the dead guy asks.

“That,” Saint Peter says, “Is God. He thinks he’s Dean Smith.”

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I approached the man who’d been displaying all the typical coaching histrionics, but that turned out to be Nacho Cid. He referred me to Chino, who is listed before Nacho on the Sage Hill roster.

It took the rest of the season to learn what the heck was going on.

The two brothers took over the team after former coach Amy Ray went on maternity leave. But despite the familial bond, Nacho wasn’t really sure he’d be able to work with his older brother.

Even adult siblings have their differences.

In the end, Nacho became the tactical coach, and by some estimations, “the mean one,” while Chino handled all the administrative duties.

“When the job was offered to me, I said, ‘I want to be the assistant coach, and I want Nacho to be the head coach,’” Chino said. “Nacho had doubts about me and him coaching together. I basically said to him, ‘You’re in charge of all practices. I’ll do everything else.”

“Everything else” includes talking to the media, communicating with parents, and keeping track of paperwork.

So far, it’s been a winning combination. The Lightning are playing against Animo Leadership in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division VI championship playoffs today after winning the Academy League title for the first time in school history.

The game is at 5 p.m at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington.

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