Community college basketball in California has been the proving ground for an unusually high number of successful college and university coaches. It is doubtful that any area or organization can match the current number or high quality of major college coaches that have developed in the California community college ranks.

A former California community college coach has reached the NCAA Final Four nine times since 1980.

Former CCCMBCA Basketball Coaches
1980 Denny Crum, Louisville (LA Pierce)
1980 Lute Olson, Iowa (Long Beach)
1982 Denny Crum, Louisville
1983 Denny Crum, Louisville
1986 Denny Crum, Louisville
1987 Jerry Tarkanian, UNLV (Riverside/Pasadena)  
1988 Lute Olson, Arizona
1990 Jerry Tarkanian, UNLV
1991 Jerry Tarkanian, UNLV  
1994 Lute Olson, Arizona

The major reason for this success rate is the high level of competition within the state system. Ninty colleges organized and competing on a high level prepares coaches for the college ranks. A look into the past lists the California community college coaches presently or formerly coaching at the college or university level. 

COACH—COMMUNITY COLLEGE—COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY 
Jack Avina—San MateoPortland University
Dan Ayala—Mt. San Jacinto/PasadenaCal Poly Pomona
Denny Aye—Columbia/Fresno/ChabotCS San Bernardino
Bill Berry—Cosumnes RiverSan Jose State
Will Biggs—OhloneCS East Bay
Bob Boyd—Santa AnaUSC, Mississippi St/Chapman
Eric Brown—L.A. ValleyUSC
Bob Burton—West ValleyUtah/Fresno St/CS Fullerton
John Caine—CerritosIllinois Southern
Steve Cleveland—FresnoBrigham Young/Fresno State
Frank Carbajal—Santa Barbara/De Anza/HartnellFresno State
Newton Chelette—Antelope ValleySoutheastern Louisiana
Steve Coccimiglio—Diablo ValleySt. Mary’s 
John D. Cosentino—SouthwesternSan Diego/San Francisco
Denny Crum—Los Angeles PierceLouisville/UCLA
Don Daniels—Los Angeles HarborCS Fullerton/UCLA/Gonzaga
Ed Delacy—Santa BarbaraUC Santa Barbara
Pat Douglass—ColumbiaCS Bakersfield/UC Irvine
Bob Dye—Cerritos/Santa MonicaCS Bakersfield/Boise State
Scott Eitelgeorge—Porterville/West ValleySacramento State
Howard Fisher—College of the CanyonsWhittier
Brian Fogel—SkylineUC Davis/Chico State
Jim Forkum—HartnellHawaii-Hilo
Nick Gehler—Imperial ValleyUC Irvine
Ed Goorjian—GlendaleLoyola Marymount
Walt Hazzard—ComptonChapman/UCLA
Al Hobby—ModestoCollege of Notre Dame
Dieter Horton—Fullerton/Antelope ValleyUSC/CS Los Angeles
Ben Howland—Santa BarbaraNorthern Arizona/Pittsburgh/UCSB/UCLA
Rex Hughes—Long BeachKent State
Gary Hulst—Imperial Valley/FresnoCS Hayward
Stu Inman—Orange CoastSan Jose State
Ron Jacobs—El CaminoLoyola Marymount
John Jones—Lassen/DeltaStanislaus State
Brian Katz—San JoaquinSanta Clara/Sacramento State
Jim Killingsworth—CerritosIdaho St./Texas Christian
Terry Layton—Los MedanosAzusa Pacific/Adams St.
Paul Landreaux—El CaminoSt. Mary’s
Tony Marcopulos—CabrilloPacific/Portland
Phil Mathews—Ventura/San Bernardino/RiversideSan Francisco/Nebraska/UCLA
Pete Mathiessen—RedwoodsCS Chico
John MCMullen—Santa MonicaBrigham Young
Remy MCCarthy—MoorparkUtah
Reggie Morris—Los Angeles SouthwestCS San Bernardino
Bill Mulligan—Saddleback/RiversideUC Irvine
George Nessman—Porterville/BakersfieldSan Jose State University
Jim Newman—ComptonCS Los Angeles
Bill Oates—Santa AnaSt. Mary’s/Masters
Lute Olson—Long Beach CityIowa, Arizona/CS Long Beach
Alex Omalev—FullertonCSU Fullerton
Dana Pagett—Rancho SantiagoUtah State
Jim Parks—Barstow/ShastaCSU Bakersfield
Steve Patterson—Santa RosaArizona State
Mo Radovich—FullertonWyoming
Claude Rutherford—FullertonIdaho State
Bob Schermerhorn—Chaffey/Riverside/FullertonUCI/ASU/So. Utah/Holy Cross
John Smith—San Bernardino/RiversideCS Fullerton
Patrick Springer —College of the DesertSan Jose State
Jerry Tarkanian—Riverside/PasadenaCS Long Beach/UNLV/Fresno St
Bob Thomason—ColumbiaPacific
Chris Victor—CitrusEastern Washington
Gene Victor—Mt. SACCal Tech
Vance Walberg—FresnoPepperdine/Massachusetts
Dick Walker—BarstowCS Sonoma
Rudy Washington—ComptonDrake
Virgil Watson—PalomarCS Santa Barbara
Bob Williams—Cabrillo/MenloCS Santa Barbara/Davis/Pepperdine