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PCC Names Nick Colon New Men's/Women's Track and Field Coach
In a busy offseason that saw two coaches retire and two others change posts, the Pasadena City College Athletic Department has hired a part-time men’s and women’s track and field head coach in Nick Colon.
Colon is a veteran of coaching at the collegiate and prep level, including serving as head track coach at Compton College in 1985. Previous men’s and women’s track and field head coach Jesse Gomez (directed men's track to a 10th in the state finish earlier this year) will continue his duties as a co-head coach for men’s and women’s cross country with fellow co-head coach Grace Apiafi. In 2003, Gomez coached the men's cross country team separately, while Apiafi ran the women's team.
Colon is the second part-time head coach to be hired in the past month after Mike Jones was named to the head men’s basketball post. Longtime men’s head coach George Terzian and Myron Tarkanian, a former football, soccer and tennis coach at PCC, both announced their retirements from their full-time teaching positions. Colon will be in an adjunct position.
In 1981-82, Colon began his coaching career as an assistant track coach at Morningside High School in Inglewood. In 1983-84, he moved on to be an assistant track coach at LA Southwest College, before taking the Compton head coaching job.
As an athlete, Colon was a miler for prep track and field powerhouse Morningside High, then ran both cross country and track at LA Southwest College. He went on to run both sports at Azusa Pacific University. Colon also raced in national competition in the Pan American Games, participating for Team Puerto Rico.
In 1986, he went back to Morningside to be head boys’ basketball coach and then in 1987 he coached future NBA player Harold Miner at Inglewood High as the school captured the CIF championship. In 1988-89, Colon turned his coaching to the professional ranks in the CBA (Continental Basketball Association), directing the Mexico City franchise in 1988-89.
From 1990-93, Colon served as principal, head basketball and head track and field coach at Coast Christian High in Redondo Beach. In 1994-95, he was boys' basketball coach at St. Anthony’s in Long Beach.
After taking two years off from coaching, Colon was an assistant coach for the Cal State Bakersfield men’s basketball program in 1998, helping Bakersfield to the NCAA Division II semifinals. He moved over to Master’s College (CA) in 1999-2000 in the same assistant capacity as that men’s basketball team finished in the Elite 8 in NAIA playoffs.
In 2001, Colon served as head men’s basketball coach at Patton College in Oakland before taking a position as assistant coach at Sacramento State in 2002.
Colon, who earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Philippines School of Business, has a daughter, Giovanna, 14.
Release Date: 08/30/04