Head Coach: Joe Peron, 20th Season, 2015-2016
Career Record: 451-137, .767 win percentage
The longest current tenured head coach at Pasadena City College in his 20th season, Joe Peron is one of the state's winningest coaches in recent women's basketball history. He has directed his Lancers teams to 451 victories in his career, six South Coast Conference titles, and a string of seven consecutive trips from 2004-2010 to the CCCAA state tournament. In 2009, Peron reached his highest achievement when the Lancers captured the state championship.
Peron was named the South Coast Conference Women's Coach of the Year for all sports in the 2008-09 season, and is one of only two PCC head coaches to ever receive the award. In 2005, he was named the WBCA Regional Coach of the Year.
While the 2014-15 season had its ups and downs, the Lancers featured one of the state's most dynamic duos in All-State Third Team forward Regerina Baker, who was named the CCCSIA State Women's Athlete of the Month for January, and record-setting point guard Judith Espinoza. Baker had the highest scoring average by a Lancer this century at 18.4 points per game and added an 11.4 rebounds average, the highest by a PCC player since 1996-97. Espinoza, who was second in the state in assists, averaged a new PCC standard of 7.5 assists a game and set the single-game mark of 17 in a Jan. 7 game at El Camino College-Compton Center.
In 2013-14, the Lancers made it to the SoCal regional quarterfinals and settled for a 22-8 overall record. PCC won the Glendale and Irvine Valley Tournaments and placed second in the SCC North Division. PCC had the distinction of defeating eventual CCCAA state champion Ventura twice, handing the Pirates two of their three losses. All-State First Team center Kaitlyn Parks (Prarie View A&M) and All-State Second Team point guard Desiree Loving (Arkansas-Fort Smith) were among five Lancers sophomores who earned university scholarships.
PCC had an amazing streak of 18 straight postseason home wins snapped in 2013 when Irvine Valley upset the Lancers for the program's first playoff loss at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium since it opened its doors in 1999. The loss was also the first time PCC lost a first-round playoff, home or road, ending a 16-game win streak in opening playoff games. The state's No. 9-ranked Lancers still had a rebound season with a 22-7 overall record and a strong third place (12-4) in the powerful South Coast Conference. Last year's conference champions, Mt. San Antonio, won the CCCAA state title.
In 2012, the Lancers made the biggest rally in their playoff history, coming back from 25 points down to defeat Antelope Valley, 67-65, in a Round 1 game. PCC, a 15th seed, pushed No. 2 Ventura to the brink before being eliminated in the second round, 55-50.
Under Peron's leadership, forty-four Lancers have earned 4-year university playing scholarships
After back-to-back spots in
the state championship game in 2004 and 2005 and a pair of state semifinal finishes in 2007 and 2008, the 2009 South's No. 4 seeded Lancers scored wins over North No. 1 City College of San Francisco in the quarterfinals, undefeated 34-0 Ventura in the semifinals, and finally San Joaquin Delta in the '09 championship game played at Fresno's Selland Arena.
PCC had three State Player of the Year selections in Jeanine Deno in 2007, Dionne Pounds in 2005, and Tiana Sanders in 1999. In 2010-2011, Dominique Scott (later played at USC) became the college's ninth SCC MVP after previous SCC Players of the Year in Deno (2006-2007), Pounds (twice--2003-2004, 2004-2005), Ariel Towns (2002-2003), Tyrea Smith (1999-2000), Sanders (1998-99), Jackie Sadler (1997-1998), and Biljana Bosanac (1992-93)..
Lancers twice made it to the state championship game at the University
of San Diego, losing to Mt. San Antonio in 2004 and Cypress in 2005,
as the program established itself as a perennial state power. In the next three seasons, the state runner-ups from the North--Foothill in 2008, Sierra in 2007, and San Joaquin Delta in 2006, each beat PCC at the state tournament held in Northern California at both Selland Arena ('06-07) and Stockton's Spanos Center ('08). In 2010, the team was knocked out in the quarterfinals by San Francisco at Cal Lutheran University.
In 2006-2007, PCC ran off a school-record 28-game winning streak and recorded another school mark for most wins in a season with 34. Deno was a CCCAA/CCCSIA State Athlete of the Month for December, 2006.
Lancers finished 29-2 in 2004-2005, including a 25-game winning streak.
2003-2004, PCC won three tournament championships in the regular
season and started the year with a 22-game winning streak. The Lancers
then knocked off three Orange Empire Conference teams, Fullerton,
Cypress and Saddleback, in the Southern California Regional Playoffs
to reach the State Final Four.
In 2008-09, the Lancers boasted CCCAA Tournament MVP and point guard Kinyada Johnson and All-CCCAA Tournament team selections in forward Easter Faafiti and guard Melia Basavand. Johnson was the CCCAA/CCCSIA Athlete of the Month for March, 2009 and Faafiti was a State Farm All-American honorable mention as well as winning a South Coast Conference Special Achievement award. Faafiti went on to become an All-American at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the USA Deaf Olympics gold medal winning team.
Forward Monique Diaz (who went on to Cal State
Los Angeles) had the distinction of twice being named to the All-State Tournament
team. In 2006-2007, it was transfer guard Adriana Tovalin who made All-State Tournament.
Johnson joined Pounds, a Kodak All-American, and Deno as members of the elite PCC 1,000-point club. Johnson is the college's all-time leading scorer with 1,091 points.
Sanders was inducted into the PCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and. In October, 2013, Pounds took her spot in the Hall of Fame.