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Sporting File: Enrique ‘Sporty’ Baza III | Sports

Guiding athletes through his vision of hard work and fun, Enrique “Sporty” Baza III coached Southern High School’s wrestling and rugby teams for approximately five years and into the successful 2021-2022 seasons.

An alumnus of Southern High School, Baza was invited back to school by former rugby coach Steven McManus to take the lead in coaching the new breed of student-athletes.

Southern High girls’ head rugby coach Enrique Baza during an ISA Girls rugby match at George Washington High School Field in Mangilao on April 23, 2022.

Baza started playing rugby in his first year under McManus. He then broadened his sporting horizons after the death of his father.

It was during his freshman year, on his way to rugby training, that he met wrestling coach Neil Crams. From there, wrestling became an outlet for Baza; a positive way to deal with the difficulties he was facing.

Crams was instrumental in guiding Baza throughout his youth. Ultimately, Crams helped shape the future manager by setting goals and conquering them; something he passes on to his student-athletes today.

“(I want) to prove to everyone that southern kids are hardworking and driven,” Baza said.

He plans to take the Dolphins all the way to the championships, replicating last year’s success and doing it through hard work and dedication.