Coach Peron Reaches Milestone No. 400 Women's Basketball Victory
Already the winningest head coach in Pasadena City College basketball history, Joe Peron reached another milestone Sunday in notching career win No. 400 in now his 17th season in charge of the Lancers. The PCC women downed host San Jose, 56-48, to take third place at the San Jose City College Lady Jaguar Invitational.
Peron raised his career record to 400-114, a run that includes the 2009 state championship, two state runner-up finishes, six South Coast Conference titles, and a string of seven straight appearances in the CCCAA state championship tournament from 2004-2010.
Peron's win mark is surpassed in PCC sports history by only retired softball coach Sandi Iverson, who recorded 562 victories over a 27-year career that ended in 2006. In a few more seasons, Peron could very well reach 500 wins, a total that has been attained by seven coaches in California Community College basketball history.
At the end of the contest, the players applauded their coach as San Jose head coach Terri Oberg (upon learning of Peron's achievement by the Lancers assistant coaching staff) presented Peron with the game ball.
"I'm really happy about reaching 400 wins," Peron said in a telephone interview Sunday evening. "I thank God that I'm coaching this level because I never saw myself coaching basketball for a living. I've enjoyed these past 17 years, and it's especially fun getting the milestone with this particular team and assistant coaching staff."
Against San Jose, sophomore point guard Shay Jackson led the way with 10 points, six assists and six steals. Jackson was selected All-Lady Jaguar Tournament, making it her fourth selection this year to an all-tournament team.
Sophomore guard Kahlia Theus added nine points and five steals while freshman center Kaitlyn Parks contributed eight points and eight rebounds. The Lancers led 32-26 at halftime and once again used a signature swarm defense to win for the sixth time when holding an opponent to less than 50 points.
On Saturday, the state No. 10-ranked Lancers lost to No. 6 Fresno City College, 72-65, in the San Jose tourney's semifinals. Theus totaled her Lancer career high with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Freshman guard Tyler Crockom added 11 points while Jackson scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half while dishing out eight assists.
The Lancers are 10-4 overall, but just 3-4 since a seven-game win streak to start the season.
"We're still trying to find our niche as a team," Peron said. "We've lost to three top-ranked teams so I can't fault the players for running into a tough stretch. I feel good about our defense and I think once we can get some of our players to get more involved in the offense, we will see consistency. We're anxious to get back to conference play."
PCC is 0-2 in South Coast Conference play after losses to state top-ranked Mt. San Antonio and No. 8 ranked Long Beach City College. The Lancers start the new year with a SCC contest at El Camino College-Compton Center on Friday, Jan. 4.