Year at PCC: 20th Season (as Head Coach in 2015-2016)
Coached first CCCAA State Championship in PCC women's team sports history in 2008-2009
7 Consecutive Appearances in State Championship Tournament (2004-2010)
7 Southern California Regional Bracket Champions
6 South Coast Conference Champion Teams,
1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007
3 Appearances in the State Championship Game:
2004, 2005, 2009
Entering his 20th season in charge of the Lancers in 2015-2016, Joe Peron has the longest current tenure of any PCC athletics head coach. Six seasons ago, he directed PCC to the first state title in Lancers women's sports history in 2009.
In his 19 seasons running the women's basketball team, Peron has coached six South Coast Conference champion teams and seen his teams have a phenomenal playoff run in making the postseason in all but one of those years. Thirteen times his teams have accomplished 20-win seasons, and eight times he's coached teams that have won 25 or more games. Peron's Lancers had an impressive nine-year streak of winning 24 or more games from 2002-2012.
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 Peron-coached player since his first season in 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.
Peron earned his milestone 400th career victory on Dec. 30, 2012 when PCC downed San Jose City College at the San Jose Tournament. Peron has the most career victories of any PCC men's sports coach and is only surpassed by career wins by retired women's softball coach Sandi Iverson (562 in 27 seasons). Peron coached All-State Second Team point guard Shay Jackson, who also was an All-SCC First Team selection.
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.
Peron has done a strong job of helping move Lancers to the next level. Forty-four of his players have earned 4-year university playing scholarships.
Peron directed his teams to appearances in seven
consecutive State Championship Tournaments from 2004-2010. 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, Peron coached the 2009 South's No. 4 seeded Lancers to 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.
For the 2008-2009 school year, Peron was honored as the South Coast Conference Women's Coach of the Year for all sports. It was the first time any PCC coach earned the award since the college joined the SCC in 1987.
Peron has coached three State Player of the Year selections in Jeanine Deno in 2007, Dionne Pounds in 2005, and Tiana Sanders in 1999. In 2010-2011, Peron prepped his eighth conference MVP in Dominique Scott (later played at USC) after developing 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), and Jackie Sadler (1997-1998).
Peron holds a career mark at PCC of 451 wins, 137 losses for an impressive winning percentage of .767. His conference record is nearly as strong at 137-46 or a .749 winning mark.
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. For the third time, Peron also was selected Southern California Regional Coach of the Year. 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. He was selected as the WBCA Region 8 Community Colleges Coach
of the Year after being chosen as the South Coast Conference Coach
of the Year for the North Division.
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. He was named Southern California Region Coach of the Year for
2003-2004 by the coaches association for directing a team that included
12 freshmen, two sophomores and an all first-year starting squad.
He coached CCCAA Tournament MVP and point guard Kinyada Johnson in 2008-2009 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.
In April, 2011, Peron had the pleasure of watching Sanders be inducted into the PCC Sports Hall of Fame, the first such Peron-coached athlete to be honored among the Lancers' all-time elite. In October, 2013, Pounds took her spot in the Hall of Fame.
Peron directs an annual November tournament. In 2007, Peron's teams had a glorious run of 26 straight victories snapped in PCC-hosted tournaments, including eight consecutive home tourney titles.
Peron is married to wife Zandra and the couple has two children, Joseph and Zadan. The Perons live in Long Beach.
Joe Peron’s Overall Head Coaching Record
1996-1997 12-14 (Co-Head Coach with Greg Smith), 2nd Round Regional Playoffs
1997-1998 26-3 (Co-Head Coach with Greg Smith),
SCC Champions, 3rd Round Regionals
1998-1999 31-2, SCC Champions, 3rd Round Regionals
1999-2000 19-11, SCC Co-Champions, 2nd Round Regionals
2000-2001 18-13 (only season in which a Peron team did not qualify for the postseason)
2001-2002 18-12, 2nd Round Regional Playoffs
2002-2003 24-8, SCC Co-Champions, 3rd Round Regionals,
2003-2004 27-3, Southern California Bracket Champions,
2004-2005 29-2, Southern California Bracket Champions,
SCC Co-Champions, State Runner-Up
2005-2006 24-6, Southern California Bracket Champions,
2006-2007 34-2, Southern California Bracket Champions,
SCC Co-Champions, State Semifinalists
2007-2008 29-6, Southern California Bracket Champions,
2008-2009 33-4, CCCAA State Champions, Southern California Bracket Champions
2009-2010 25-5, Southern California Bracket Champions,
2010-2011 24-6, Southern California 3rd Round Regionals
2011-2012 17-13, Southern California 2nd Round Regionals
2012-2013 22-7, Southern California 2nd Round Regionals
2013-2014 22-8, Southern California 3rd Round Regionals
2014-2015 17-12, Southern California 2nd Round Regionals
Career Record: 19 Seasons, 451-137, .767 Winning Percentage