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Joe Peron Becomes Career Coaching Wins Leader in PCC Basketball

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Joe Peron, the Pasadena City College women's basketball head coach in his 14th season, recorded his 333rd and 334th career victories at the Rose City Classic Tournament Dec. 11-12 to pass former men's coach George Terzian as PCC's all-time winningest basketball coach.

Peron passed Terzian (332 career wins in two stints as men's coach, starting in 1979 and ending in 2004) when the Lancers defeated LA Pierce, 72-57, Friday. A brief ceremony was held Saturday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium to announce the accomplishment as Coach Terzian congratulated Coach Peron and greeted him with a game ball from the Pierce victory. 

Peron played for Terzian's 1983 state runner-up Lancers team, and he credits Terzian for his success as a coach.

"George is the reason I got into coaching basketball, and the foundation of my coaching philosophy and teaching is what I've learned under his guidance," Peron said. "He was my mentor. To be able to pass him in career coaching wins is an honor. I cannot think of a better person to stand side by side in achievement."

It's been a year of great accomplishments for Peron, who directed the women's team to the CCCAA state championship in March, and then was named the South Coast Conference Women's Coach of the Year for all sports in the 2008-2009 season.

[Photo--Joe Peron (left) is congratulated by George Terzian (right) for passing Terzian as the winningest basketball coach in PCC history, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 12/14/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu