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Shanan Rosenberg has been named men’s basketball coach at Linfield College, director of athletics Scott Carnahan announced Friday. Rosenberg becomes the 17th coach in program history, replacing retired coach Larry Doty.

“I’ve always considered teaching and coaching at Linfield to be my dream job,” said Rosenberg, 41. “Linfield offers tremendous balance between pursuing excellence in the liberal arts and achievement in athletics. In basketball terms, there’s great potential to be successful and develop a program that can vie for championships year in and year out. All the people I’ve met from Linfield have been fantastic and nothing but first-class.”

Rosenberg was head men’s basketball coach the past 11 years at Foothill College, a two-year community college near Palo Alto in the south San Francisco Bay region. At Foothill, he compiled a 186-131 win-loss record. His 2012-13 team went 22-5, achieving the best regular-season finish in program history.

In 2002-03, he took over a troubled Foothill program that was staggered by player behavioral problems and rules violations. After a 6-22 record during his first season, Rosenberg guided the Owls to the California Community College Athletic Association playoffs, the first of eight state playoff appearances. The CCCAA comprises 82 institutions spanning 10 athletic conferences.

Under Rosenberg’s leadership, Foothill became a top-10 regionally ranked basketball program, a regular state tournament qualifier and a program that enjoyed a 99 percent graduation rate.

Prior to taking over at Foothill, Rosenberg spent three years as assistant head coach at Lewis & Clark College from 1998 until 2002, a period when the Pioneers won two Northwest Conference championships and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III playoff tournament.

In the mid-1990s, Rosenberg spent four seasons as lead assistant coach at Cañada College in Redwood City, helping the program compile a 104-20 record that included two Coast Conference championships.

Rosenberg was selected for the position from a pool of more than 100 applicants. He will oversee the Linfield varsity and junior varsity men’s basketball squads, as well as teach health and kinesiology courses in the Health and Human Performance department.

“I’m very pleased with the search committee’s recommendation to hire Shanan Rosenberg as Linfield’s next men’s basketball coach,” Carnahan said. “I believe Shanan is a great fit for Linfield. He has all the attributes we were looking for and has achieved great success in every coaching opportunity he has had.

“From a basketball standpoint, he’s proven he can develop players. He knows the Northwest Conference from his time at Lewis & Clark. And he’s a capable recruiter who will be able to open doors to high school and junior college kids from California.”

At Linfield he takes over a sleeping giant, inheriting a program with a history of 20 conference or district championships in men’s basketball, the most recent coming in 2000-01. Rosenberg’s task will be to restore luster to a program that is coming off a last-place finish in the NWC, winning just four games last winter.

“Linfield basketball has wonderful potential and a rich history,” he said. “I would not have accepted this position if I didn’t believe with every fiber of my body that this can be a highly successful program.”

“Shanan is accomplished in every facet we were looking for,” said Carnahan. “He’ll be a strong addition to our exercise science program and he has excellent depth in his coaching experiences. I’m confident he is going to be able to turn our basketball program around and return Linfield to a position of being nationally competitive.”

“As a teacher and coach, Shanan understands his role is to develop young men into contributing members of society,” said search committee member Mark Wickman, a graduated Wildcats All-American. “Whether he is talking about basketball or the game of life, he’s able to communicate concepts and ideas in ways that are practical and understandable.”

Wickman praised Rosenberg’s understanding of the appropriate balance point between academic and athletic pursuits.

“At Foothill, he had no scholarships to work with yet his team achieved a 3.5 grade point average. His focus was not simply on basketball but rather on helping student-athletes prepare for the next step in their lives, which for many of them, meant moving on to a four-year school,” said Wickman.

Rosenberg has been active professionally, serving on the California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Executive Board for 10 years, including a two-year term as State President from 2009 until 2011.

He received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from UC-Davis in 1994 and went on to earn a master’s degree at Chico State in 1999.

A native of central California, Rosenberg starred in basketball at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, leading the Lancers to a Central Coast Section championship in 1988. As a student-athlete and three-year letterman at UC-Davis, he earned all-North Coast Athletic Conference honors while leading the Aggies in rebounding his final two seasons.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to Scott Carnahan, Linfield President Thomas Hellie and each of the search committee members,” said Rosenberg. “I’m absolutely honored and thrilled to be offered this position.”

Rosenberg and his wife, Sarah, have three sons: twins Walt and Clyde, 6, and Gus, 2.

“Living in a city as nice as McMinnville and being involved the college culture at a school as great as Linfield is something my wife and I really desire for our family.”

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John Smith Resigns at Riverside City

Posted by Robert Schmidt at Apr 5, 2013 11:03AM PDT ( 14 Comments )

Riverside City College’s John Smith, who coached the Tigers to a state championship in 2009 and has led the Tigers since 2004, is leaving the program. In his 9 seasons the Tigers won four conference championships and reached the postseason each year. In 2009, the Tigers claimed the program’s first state title in 43 years. RCC won conference championships in 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Smith’s overall record at RCC was 196-87.

Reportedly he’ll join the coaching staff at CS Fullerton.

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Available Tournament Openings

Posted by Robert Lewis at Mar 19, 2013 9:49AM PDT

Los Angeles Harbor is looking for a tourney and 2 single games. Open all of December as well as Jan. 3rd and Jan. 4th is available. Contact Tony Loza at (562) 533-1699.
Foothill College needs 1 team to fill out its December 13-15 tournament. Please contact Susan Gutkind, the Foothill AD, to confirm at 650.949.7741
City College of San Francisco is looking for one team to fill it’s 8 team tip-off tourney on Nov 8th,9th, and 10th. Please call Justin Labagh for more information. 415-577-7019
Los Medanos looking for two single games, open the first two weeks. Contact Derrick.
Santa Barbara is looking for a single game in November and January 4. Contact Morris Hodges at
Cypress Tournament – Nov. 7-9
Needs three more teams for opening weekend 8-team tournament. Contact Chris St. Clair at 714-366-9075
Palomar Tournament – Nov, 29-31
Needs 1 team for its 8-team Thanksgiving Tournament. Contact John Hotaling at 760-744-1150, x3697
Mt. San Antonio Tournament
Looking for 1 team for our tournament, Dec 6-8. Will help with hotel or a team meal. Please contact Assistant Coach Keith Hollimon (626)712-7196/ or Assistant Coach Xavier Goss (909) 538-0542/
Sequoias Tournament – Dec. 20-22
Looking for 1 team for our 8-team tournament. Will provide 5 complimentary rooms each night of the tournament. Contact Rusty Smith at
Los Angeles Southwest Tournament – Dec. 13-14
Looking for 3 teams for its 8-team tournament. Contact Calvin Kyles @ 310-977-4833
Canyons Tournament – Nov. 8-9 (opening weekend)
A 4-team tip-off event. Contact Howard Fisher at
Lassen College Tournament – Nov. 22-24
Looking to put together an 8-team tournament, offering FREE HOTEL ROOMs!! Please contact Devin Aye at or 510-332-0939
Lassen looking for a tournament on either Nov. 15-17, Nov. 22-24 or Dec. 20-22. Contact Devin Aye at 510-332-0939 or
Victor Valley is looking for a home-and-home (over the next two years). Also looking for an October scrimmage. Contact Tom Dudgeon at
Cerritos is looking for two single games. Open Dates are Nov 8,9,13, 15, 16, 27 and Jan 3 or 4. Contact Russ May at or 562-860-2451, x2871
Mt San Jacinto is looking for home games on Nov 23, Nov 30 and Jan 4. Will pay a $200 guarantee. Please contact Patrick Springer at 951.258.6498 or
Butte Thanksgiving Tournament, November 29-30
Looking for one team. No entry fee, good hotels, will return a game in 2013 or 2014. Contact Russ Critchfield for more information, 530-895-2456
Desert Tournament, November 7-9
Looking for two teams. Hospitality area, trophies. Contact Henry Viveros, or 760-641-0108 or Assistant Coach, Jerry Carmona, or 760-777-0177.
Monterey Tournament – December 5-7
In need one 1 team. Contact Blake Spiering at 831-645-1385
Santa Monica Tournament – December 5-7
Needs 3 more teams for an 8 team tournament. For more information contact Coach Jerome Jenkins at 916 730-5932 or
Cuesta Tournament – November 8th-10th
Have an opening in tournament. All teams and personnel will be served post game meals Friday and Saturday night. Full stats, shoot-arounds, free video filming of your games, uniforms washed daily. Contact Rusty Blair at (805) 471-6161 or
Also looking for a single game on Nov. 16th or Dec. 21st.
Columbia Tournament – December 26-27 or 27-28
Lookng for 1 team to play in its Holiday Classic. This is a three team round robin. Contact Nathan Rien at 209-588-5182
Chabot Tournament – December 28-30
Needs 1 team for 8-team tourney. Contact Denny Aye at 510-305-4344
Pasadena City College – Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1
8-team tourney; Looking for 2 more teams. Contact Coach Mike Swanegan at 626-585-7783 or by email at
Bakersfield Tournament- November 29-December 1st.
4 teams confirmed but would prefer to make it an 8 team tournament. Cheap hotels, trophies, stats, etc. We will throw in an “I love Bakersfield” T-shirt for the first four coaches to confirm entry. Email or call me: or 805 714-3060
San Diego City Tournament – November 15-17. Contact Mitch Charlens at 619 388-3703. Also looking for an opening weekend single game or tournament and a December 28th tourney to play in.
Redwoods Looking for a Tournament to PLAY IN – November 22-24 in North California. Contact Justin Mora at 707-476-4245
Ventura Tournament – November 7-9
Have an opening in our kick off tournament. We will feed your players on that Friday Night. Also looking for some single games. Contact Joey Ramirez 805-654-6400 ext 1388
Lassen College Tournament – Dec. 13-15.
Looking for 1 team for an 8-team tournament, offering FREE HOTEL ROOMs!! Also looking for single home games, will pay $200 to traveling team. Please contact Devin Aye at or 510-332-0939
Siskiyous Tournament – December 27-28 or December 28-29
I’m looking to do a 4 team tourney either date, whatever works best for interested teams. Siskiyous and Mendocino are confirmed. Pay for hotel rooms and possibly breakfast. Also, in my six years at Siskiyous we haven’t had a game postponed or canceled in the month of December to alleviate any fear of traveling in bad weather. Contact me at
Imperial Valley Tournament – December 28-30
Looking for one team for 8-team tourney. Will guarantee three hotel rooms per night, full game stats, great media coverage, and best hospitality room around. Also offering a $300.00 guarantee for a single home game. Contact Tyson Aye 949-400-5968 or

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Mt. San Antonio State Champs

Posted by Robert Schmidt at Mar 18, 2013 9:19AM PDT ( 110 Comments )

Mt. San Antonio College tallied the highest score in California
Community College Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship Game history Sunday afternoon to win its first title, defeating Chaffey College of Rancho Cucamonga, 102-88, at the Cosumnes River College Community and Athletic Center.

Garrett Nevels (out of Palisades Charter High School) had 32 points and Corey Allen (St. Louis-Ritenour) had 25 points and eight assists to lead the Mounties in scoring. Forward Cliff Sims (Compton High) pulled down a game-high ten rebounds. All are Mt. SAC sophomores.
Nevels, a 6-2 guard, was the tournament MVP and the 6-2 Allen also made the all-tourney team.

Chaffey (27-7) was led by all-tournament guards Justin Long, 23 points, and Ryan Nitz, 15 points – both sophomore guards from Rancho Cucamonga High School.

Mt. SAC (29-3) led by as many 23 points, 58-35, with 15:22 left in the game. But the Panthers came back to close to within eight points at 83-75 with 3:35 to play on a three-point play by Long. A seven-point run by the Mounties then led to the victory.
Mt. San Antonio led, 41-29, at the half and then scored the first three baskets after the intermission to quickly increase the margin to 19 points.

Chaffey had led early, 11-7. Mt. SAC took the lead for good at 15-13 with 13:12 left in the half on two
technical foul shots by Allen following a game tying dunk by Chaffey’s Adom Jacko, who was called for hanging
on the rim.

Mt. SAC shot nearly 70 per cent (37 of 53) from the field – and 86.4 per cent in the second half.

The 190 points were the highest two-team total in a state final. The only previous 100 point score was Bakersfield 100, City College of San Francisco 85 (for a thenrecord 185 points) in 1978.

This was the time the Mounties had reached the state finals since 1955 — their only previous appearance — when they lost to Fresno, 88-85. It was Chaffey first state title game appearance.

All-tournament team:
Quincy Smith, CCSF
Marcus Green, Merritt
Ryan Nitz, Chaffey
Justin Long, Chaffey
Corey Allen, Mt. SAC
Garrett Nevls, Mt. SAC (MVP)

The California Community Colleges Men’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today the induction of former Diablo Valley player Jason Williams, former San Jose City College and NBA player Torraye Braggs, contributor Dan Hooper and former UC Irvine and Cal State Bakersfield head coach Pat Douglass, who is being inducted in the Alumni category, into the CCCMBCA Hall of Fame next month. All three will be enshrined during the CCCAA State Tournament in Sacramento.

Williams, who starred at Diablo Valley in 1995-1997, led his teams to consecutive conference championships and a two-year record of 55-14. He was a two-time All-Bay Valley selection, and in 1997 was named the Northern California Player of the Year. He concluded his sophomore season averaging 19.7 points a game, 9.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 blocks. He went on to play two years at the University of Pacific in Stockton, CA earning All-Big West honors his senior season.

He went on to play oversees in Asia and Europe for five years. His career also included stops in the ABA, USBL and the IBL. Recently Diablo Valley honored Williams by retiring his #44 jersey.

Braggs finished his collegiate career at San Jose City as the Jaguars all-time leading rebounder and second in scoring behind former San Jose City great, Vince Barnett. In his two years at San Jose City, Braggs helped the Jaguars to a 55-12 record. He was a two-time all-state selection, a conference MVP and a two-time all-conference selection. His sophomore season he averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds. After concluding his playing career at San Jose City, Braggs accepted a scholarship to Xavier University where he helped the Musketeers to a 23-6 record his junior year and a 23-6 record his senior season. He averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds as a junior, earning second-team all-conference honors. His senior season, he averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds and again was selected to the second team all-conference.

Xavier qualified for the NCAA Tournament both season, advancing to the second round both years. He became the 57th player selected in the 1998 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. During his professional career he also played for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and the Houston Rockets. He also took his game overseas, playing in 12 different countries.

Today, he lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and his three children. He works with inner-city children in skill development.

Hooper, who will be inducted in the Contributor category, was a top official and eventually became the supervisor of officials for Division II NCAC. He currently oversees 380 officials as the assigner for 106 men’s and women’s programs at the Division II level.

He began his career officiating high school games in the Sacramento area, way back in 1966. In 1984, he began assigning officials for community college games in Northern California. He did it all the while teaching elementary history from 1963 until his retirement in 2001. Hooper, who was widowed when his wife, Lillian passes away in 1999, has four children and three grandchildren.

Douglass, who began his career at Columbia College, was the longest-tenured and winningest coach in the history of UC Irvine men’s basketball, serving 13 seasons (1997-2010) as head coach and compiling 197 victories. He became UCI’s all-time leader in wins in 2008 when he passed previous leader Bill Mulligan (163) in a 74-59 win over Pacific Feb. 14, 2008.

At Cal State Bakersfield, he was the winningest coach in the Roadrunners’ history. Douglass was 257-61 (.808) in 10 seasons with the Roadrunners. He led the university to the NCAA Division II playoffs all 10 years, reaching the Elite Eight on seven occasions. His 1992-93 NCAA championship team was 33-0 as Bakersfield became just one of six four-year college teams in the nation to post an undefeated record over a 25-year span.

In 28 seasons as a head coach in the four-year collegiate ranks, Douglass compiled a career record
of 573-310.

Douglass was also the head coach at Eastern Montana (now Montana State-Billings) for six seasons prior
to arriving at Bakersfield. He compiled a six-year mark of 119-57 (.676) at that school, including a
berth in the NCAA Division II Final Four his last season of 1986-87 and three previous trips to the
NCAA Regionals. He was inducted into that university’s Hall of Fame in February 1999.

The CCCMBCA wishes to congratulate all three individuals on their success on the floor and welcomes them into the CCCMBCA Hall of Fame. The induction luncheon will be held on Friday, March 15 at noon at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street, Sacramento, CA 95815-3306.