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Nick Colon Named New PCC Men's Basketball Coach

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Pasadena City College Athletic Director/Physical Education Division Dean Skip Robinson decided to stay in-house by selecting Nick Colon as the college's new men's basketball head coach. Colon replaces Mike Jones, who stepped down from the part-time position after two seasons.

Colon originally was hired at PCC in 2004 as the women's track and field coach, and has continued as an adjunct insructor at the college. Jim Richardson took over as the men's and women's track and field coach just before the 2006 season, allowing Colon an opportunity to switch sports with Jones' resignation.

Colon will be the 13th head coach in PCC's basketball history beginning with the 2006-2007 season. It is his first season coaching basketball in the community college system after a variety of coaching jobs at the four-year university, professional, and high school levels.

Before coming to PCC, Colon was head basketball coach for the University of the Philippines from 2002-2004. In 2000-2001, Colon served as head men’s basketball coach at Patten College in Oakland before taking a position as an assistant coach at Sacramento State University in 2001-2002.

Colon also served as an assistant coach for the Cal State Bakersfield men’s basketball program in 1998, helping Bakersfield to the NCAA Division II semifinals with a 25-2 record. He moved over to Master’s College (CA) in 1998-2000 in the same assistant capacity as that men’s basketball team finished in the Elite 8 in the 2000 NAIA playoffs.

"I'm very excited to take over a men's basketball program that has a history of great coaches including Jerry Tarkanian (1967 state title) and George Terzian," Colon said. "I want to bring in an up-tempo type style of play and hopefully PCC fans will like what they see."

From 1986-1988, Colon served as Inglewood High School's head boys’ basketball coach and directed future NBA player Harold Miner in winning a CIF championship.

Besides his college and prep experience, Colon has several years of professional service in coaching, running tryout camps, and helping with player personel for the Southern California Summer Pro Basketball League, held each July. He was previously a consultant coach from 2002-2004 for the Purefoods franchise, a pro team in the Philippines Basketball Association. In 1988-89, Colon first pro job was directing the Mexico City franchise of the Continental Basketball Association.

"Today, you don't often get the luxury of having a coach that has expertise in different areas," said Robinson of Colon's move to basketball from track.

"Nick has been involved with basketball most of his coaching career. This is a great opportunity for him, and it's going to help that he already knows the way of the campus. Recruiting is one of his strong points, too, so that's another plus for the program."

Jones, a long-time assistant for both men's and women's basketball before taking over the men's team in 2004-2005, continues to be a part-time teacher in the P.E. division. The team made only a slight improvement in 2005-2006 (10-22 record) after his first season (7-20). The Lancers finished in sixth place in the South Coast Conference North Division both seasons.

PCC MEN'S BASKETBALL HEAD COACHES, 1979-Present

2006-2007--Nick Colon, in 1st season

2004-2006--Mike Jones, 2 seasons (17-42 overall record)

1979-1997 and 2002-2004--George Terzian, 20 seasons (332-284)

1997-2002--Bill "Rocky" Moore, 5 seasons (42-113)

[PHOTO--Nick Colon becomes PCC's 13th men's basketball coach (image courtesy of Sacramento State University)]

Release Date: 05/17/06
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu