The University of Antelope Valley just announced their third head coach in three years. Will he be the one who stays?


Former NBA Star Darwin Cook Named Pioneers Men’s Basketball Head Coach.  Men’s Basketball – Fri, May 19, 2017

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Friday May 19, 2017

Lancaster, California – Today University of Antelope Valley President Marco Johnson announced the hiring of retired NBA Star Darwin Cook as the Men’s Basketball Head Coach. The Pioneers basketball team made its first CalPac post season tournament appearance in the school’s history last year and is laying the foundation for an even brighter future with the hiring of Cook as the head coach. "Adding coach Cook to our staff is a huge step in the right direction. Our goal at UAV is to produce quality young men and women, Darwin has clearly demonstrated that he possesses the qualities needed to accomplish both. Knowing what it takes to compete at the highest level both academically and athletically will be transferred to our basketball players daily. We expect to compete at a high level immediately" said President Johnson.

Darwin Cook, a Southern California native, had a legendary basketball career which began in Los Angeles as a prep star Crenshaw High School. Upon graduating from Crenshaw High School, Cook played collegiately at the University Of Portland where he was a four-year starter and earned many honors for his on-court performance (1977 & 1980 Team MVP, Portland’s Co-Athlete of the Year 1980, All-West Coast Conference Team 1979, 1980, Honorable Mention All-American)  while also graduating with his BS Degree in Secondary Education. Cook graduated from the University of Portland as the school’s all-time leader in assists, steals and points scored. In 1991 Cook was inducted into the University of Portland Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2013 he was inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor.

Cook was drafted in the 1980 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons and would go on to play eight seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, Washington Bullets, San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets. During his six seasons with the Nets Cook became the franchise’s then all-time leader in steals (875) and was second in assist (1,970) in franchise history upon the completion of his NBA career. Playing with the Nets, Cook was a part of one of the biggest upsets in NBA Playoff history as the Nets defeated the defending NBA World Champion Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 1984 NBA Playoffs. Cook also played four years professionally on the international level in Italy for Scavolini where he won Italian League Championships in 1988 and 1990. Playing in 84 games for Scavolini, Cook scored 1646 points and became an international legend to the people that cheered him on during his career abroad.   Upon completion of his professional career he was an assistant coach at UNLV under the legendary Rollie Massimino where he coached 1993 All-American and 1993 NBA Lottery Pick Isaiah "J.R." Rider as well as being an assistant coach at Pepperdine University.

Cook’s experience of playing at the highest levels of basketball collegiately, professionally and internationally will provide the players the opportunity to gain an infinite amount of wisdom not only about basketball but about life. The fact that Cook has firm roots planted in the Antelope Valley makes his hiring that much more meaningful to the UAV Men’s Basketball Program. Cook has worked with the youth in this community in the school system as an Athletic Director at AV Christian School and also by serving as the director of the AV Champions youth program for boys and girls. Success on the basketball court and a continuing relationship with the community is what Cook is extremely passionate about. "I am very excited about being the new head coach of the men’s basketball program at UAV. I am looking forward to being a part of the success stories as we continue to reach our goal of the sports programs and to lead our young men that represent our university. Let’s Go Pioneers!"

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Contact:
David Jordan Jr
Sports Information Director
University of Antelope Valley
Email: David.Jordan@uav.edu

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MARAUDER MEN’S BASKETBALL TO HOST ANNUAL CAMP

May 21, 2017

LANCASTER – Marauder men’s head basketball coach John Taylor and staff will host its annual basketball camp from June 8th-June 10th from 8am-noon for boys and girls ages seven to 15.

The camp, which will be held at Marauder Gymnasium on Newton Chelette Court, will focus on footwork, ball handling, free throw shooting, and much more.

Youngsters will receive instruction from Taylor, who brings 28 years of coaching experience, and staff, as well as current and former collegiate AVC men and women AVC players. They will also get individual work at the point guard position, win and post. Individual awards will be given for Best Attitude, Best Hustler and Best Listener. Additionally campers will receive a camp T-Shirt.

Discount rates are available for multiple siblings and for teams.

For more information please contact Taylor at 661-733-4640 or jtaylor@avc.edu.

Charles Hall4Antelope Valley College announced yesterday, that the fourth of five of its graduating sophomores have been offered a full ride university scholarships or signed with professional agent .  Combo guard Charles Hall accepted a full ride to Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.  The NAIA university looks to be a good fit for Hall.

Hall will bring basketball skill in the back court along with leadership and academic prowess.  Congratulations to Charles and to his family on this step toward a successful life/career. 

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I haven’t been putting out much about basketball these last few weeks as the the AVC team members are busy with their academics.  Add to that we have been doing some local traveling, San Diego, working on our house/landscaping and some major travel planning.  And I thought retirement was supposed to slow down things.  Forget that. 

If something comes up in AVC basketball that just can’t wait, you will see it first.

Image result for robert reggie arnold basketball photosReggie Arnold, 6’6”, 215 shooting guard has just finished his 6tth year in professional basketball.  I had a long talk with Reggie who stopped over to say hello at the Antelope Valley College workout yesterday.  He has worked his way up to be one of the top ranked professional players in Europe.  He played for the Greek league this year and was in the top ten of scoring in the elite league with the A-1 level AGO Rethymno Aegean team and led his team to the playoffs this year. 

The Greek League has been one of the most competitive basketball leagues in Europe through the years, and it is widely regarded as the second best national domestic league in the world, after only the NBA.  It currently ranks among the best national domestic leagues in the world (excluding the NBA), such as Liga ACB in Spain and VTB United League (counts as the domestic league for Russian clubs). The average salary for the Greek League is $250,000, far from the NBA salaries, but for someone who has been very fiscally responsible like Reggie, he looks to be “slipping by” just fine thank you.  Smart young man planning for the future when basketball ends. 

Six straight summers, Robert “Reggie” Arnold, 6’6” 215 shooting guard who graduated from Antelope Valley College(Lancaster HS) has come home to AVC  from Europe..  After two outstanding years at AVC, he received a full ride to Boise State University where he led them to the NCAA national tournament.  He has played six years in professional basketball in Europe;  Austria(two years), Finland(two years) and Belgium(one year, Greece(one year)

Three of five Antelope Valley College players who are eligible to move on to the next level have locked up full ride scholarships/or signed to play professional;

  1. Cory Dollarhide, 6’0, 175, guard, Lewis Clark University, NAIA
  2. Jailen Gill, 6’8”, 215, PF Tennessee-Martin, D-1
  3. Anton “Ace” Warren, 6’10”, 265, Professional Basketball team pending.

That leaves two sophomore graduates to be placed;

  1. Charles Hall, 6’1”, 190, guard
  2. Reggie Byers, 5’9”, 170 guard

imageI talked to Charles Hall who just competed a visit to Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, NAIA.  His also is discussing his basketball future with several other Universities.  “I am taking my time in choosing where I will be playing next year.” “ It is a big decision.” 

Charles Hall Summer

…Reggie Byers is currently concentrating his efforts on his academics.