Lancers Football -- Head Coach
Head Football Coach
Overall Record at PCC: 6-14
Office Phone: 626-585-3202
Cell Phone: 626-688-7039
Fred Fimbres became the 24th head coach in Pasadena City College football history when he was hired in June of 2011.
After a rough 2012 season that saw the Lancers beset by injuries to key players on both sides of the ball, Fimbres hopes to use a retooled assistant coaching staff to bounce back in 2013.
Four of PCC's 2012 opponents advanced to the postseason, including fellow SCFA National Northern Conference foes Ventura (the conference champion) and Bakersfield, the eventual CCCAA state champion (later vacated title and forfeited 2012 season). PCC played both of those teams tough in late-season defeats. Pasadena was switched to the NNC for 2012 and 2013.
In 2011, Fimbres coached the Lancers to a 49-28 victory over Glendale for a successful PCC debut. While PCC went 3-7 overall, the Lancers earned respect in the difficult SCFA National Southern Conference when Pasadena upset then nationally-ranked Fullerton, 30-20, in the conference opener. It was the first conference victory by the Lancers of any kind since 2009.
The team later would slow down two-time, defending state champion Mt. San Antonio, holding the Mounties' offense in check during a 27-13 loss.
Due to injuries, PCC survived despite having to use four different quarterbacks throughout the year. Fimbres still coached the talents of state receptions leader Wayne Peters (81 catches) and utilized of one of the region's top defensive ends in Pone Faleofa, who made nine sacks. Linebacker Grant Haggard, whose combined 116 tackles were the most by any Lancer in 2010-2011, earned the college's prestigious Horrell Scholarship Award for playing performance, sportsmanship, and academic standing.
Fimbres, 40, served as head coach for five seasons at College of DuPage (Illinois), a NJCAA community college. At DuPage, Fimbres turned around a program that had just one victory in the two seasons prior to his arrival. From 2007-2010, he directed the Chaparrals to a winning 24-20 record, including four consecutive appearances in the Midwest Football Conference divisional championship game.
In 2010, DuPage captured the Graphic Edge Bowl title, defeating pre-season, nationally ranked Coffeyville (Kansas). DuPage finished with a 7-5 overall record.
In 2005, Fimbres was defensive line coach at Fort Valley State University (Georgia).
From 1994-2004, the Whittier native earned experience as a coach at three Southern California Football Association (SCFA) colleges. In 2004, Fimbres was an assistant coach in charge of the offensive line at East Los Angeles College. From 2002-2003, Fimbres was both a head coach and a defensive coordinator at College of the Desert.
For the first nine seasons of his coaching career, Fimbres worked as an assistant at Cerritos College under legendary head coach Frank Mazzotta. Fimbres coached linebackers, defensive backs, and the defensive line at Cerritos, where he was a part of six bowl champion teams.
Fimbres played for his mentor Mazzotta as a defensive back at Cerritos in 1990-91. He earned a scholarship at Azusa Pacific University, where he later earned bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education.
Strong in moving his players to the next level, Fimbres has sent more than 100 players with playing scholarships to 4-year universities.
On becoming the new Lancers coach, Fimbres said: "PCC has a strong tradition both athletically and academically. I look forward to the challenge of competing in one of the toughest conferences in the state. Coming from a community college background, I understand the importance of academics to the players' development. I hope to make an impact on our student-athletes and help them mature as they make the transition from high school to college."
Fimbres married Myriam (formerly Sanchez) in July, and the happy newlyweds live in Temple City.
All-American QB Nathan Chandler dives in for touchdown in a 2001 game. Chandler helped the Lancers win the Mission Conference championship that season. He went on to a successful career at Iowa University.
RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF PCC FOOTBALL
Jerome Harrison (2002-2003 Lancers) with the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. Harrison joined the NFL in 2006 and in 2009 he posted the third highest single-game rushing total in pro history.
Jonathan Smith (2001 Lancers, with ball right) set a PCC record for rushing yards in a single season with 2,049, and set a national record for most all-purpose yards in a game with 515. He went on to become an All-Pac 10 selection at Washington State University and later led NFL Europe in rushing.
Placekicker Nick Luevano set a new PCC distance record with a 49-yard field goal in 2009.
Revised August 21, 2013 by email@example.com