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Fred Fimbres Chosen 24th PCC Head Football Coach
Fred Fimbres was selected as the 24th head coach in Pasadena City College football history, replacing the retiring Dennis Gossard. Fimbres' appointment will be formally approved at the July 6 Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees meeting.
Fimbres, 39, served as head coach the past 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.
Last season, 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 will make his PCC coaching debut on Sept. 3 when the Lancers play their 2011 season opener against visiting Glendale College. Pasadena is a member of the National Southern Conference.
[Photo--Fred Fimbres was named the 24th head coach in PCC football history, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 06/24/11