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MARAUDER ATHLETICS WELCOMES NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, TOM GANG

LANCASTER – Tom Gang has become just the fourth Antelope Valley College Athletic Director in 58 years, taking over the spot from Newton Chelette, who retired last year.
He is the first of that group not to be an administrator (Dean, Vice-President, etc.) as well, but that is not to say his credentials are any less impressive, as he has extensive experience as a Dean, Athletic Director and coach, most of it in California Community Colleges.

Gang spent the last two years as the AD of Wentworth Military Academy and College, an NJCAA school in Missouri.  Before that he spent two years as the Associate Dean, Athletic Director, and when necessitated by illness of the head football coach, assistant football coach.

Before moving to Sierra, he was head football coach for Mendocino College, where his teams won three conference titles and he was named conference Coach of the Year honors in 2007 and 2009.

Additionally, the man coming to lead the athletic department that has produced more State Scholar Athletes than any other school coached an Eagle team that was awarded the Pepsi Scholar Team Award in 2004.  He was also Mendocino’s AD for four years.

Gang was a Member of the Northern California Football Conference (NCFC) executive board from 2003 through 2011, and was its Valley Conference President in 2011.
He was on the California Community College Football Coaches Association from 2009 to 2012 and was is President in 2011.  Additionally, he was the Bay Valley Conference Administrative representative from 2008 to 2011.

Before moving to Mendocino, he was an assistant coach for Modesto Junior College for six seasons and the Pirates were bowl champions in five of those six years.  Gang had played for Modesto in 1986 and 1987 as an offensive lineman, and was named to the All-Central Valley Conference team in 1987 as well as the All-Decade Team.

Gang coached four seasons at Ceres High School after putting in two seasons as a graduate assistant at CSU Fullerton, where he played two years on scholarship.
A graduate of Santa Clara High School, Gang received his bachelors of science in physical education from CSUF and a masters of arts in education from Grand Canyon University.
A member of the US Marine Corps Reserve in firefight and rescue from 1984 to 1988, he has been married for 29 years to Stephanie and has six children – Ashley, Matthew, Elise, Haylee, Lindsay and Allyson – and five grand children – Michael, Grace, Audrey, Jacob and Xander.

Zack Hollis, Pro

Antelope Valley College’s 20th graduate in the last 10 year just signed a professional contract.  A graduate of Knight High School in the Antelope Valley, Zack played two years for Antelope Valley College and was awarded a full ride scholarship to D-1, Lamar University and then transferred to D-2 University of Tampa where he graduated with his university degree. 

Zack signed with Capitaines, Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico.  Congratulations to Zack and his family. 

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“These Guys are Pro’s.” “They at not playing the same game as normal JUCO players.”

The best 80 JUCO basketball players are getting ready to jump on the shuttle bus for the gym where they will be showing off their skill levels.  Michigan, Idaho, Texas Cali etc. etc they have flown in from all over the nation.

I do not have the complete  schedule yet but here is the start;

10 A.M. and 2 P.M.  D’Mauria Jones will be playing.

12:30  Osi Nwackakwau and Miles Wise take on Gabe Sabache and Jessie Burns.

The guys also are scheduled to play 3:50 P.M. and 5:30 P.M..  More on this later.


 

Antelope Valley College has been considered one of the elite California JUCO colleges  for men’s basketball for the past several decades.  The 2011-12 team played its way into the State of California State Tournament Final Four and put another banner in the AVC Gym!!  Add to that, AVC’s 2015-16 and 2016-17 teams played their pay into the State tournament/Elite 8.  The AVC program has placed many basketball players in D-1 Universities with full scholarships.  These universities include, USC, Nebraska, Ol Miss, Boise State, Portland State, Wyoming, Montana State, Northridge, Pacific, Iona to name a few.

In the past 10 years, 19 of AVC’s players have signed professional contacts(nearly 2 per year) and are playing in the NBA, ABA, Europe, Asia and South America.

Antelope Valley College provides a full time athletic academic adviser to student athletes.  If the athletes follow the coaching and academic pathway provided by the program, they have the best chance available of reaching their full potential to move up to the next level.  The following table show the success of Antelope Valley College student athletes in the past 10 years.

University Type # of Scholarships % of Total
D-1 20 46.5%
D-2 11 25.1%
D-3 1 1.0%
NAIA 11 25.1%
Total Scholarships 43
Professional Contracts 19

JL0_7190It was a homecoming of sorts when NorCal freshman point guard Surako Follings, 6’0″, 170, arrived at Antelope Valley College.  The Fremont High School freshman met with NoCal players Osinachi “Osi”Nwackukwau, 6’4″, 205 from San Leandro HS and  Miles Wise, 6’3″, 185, from Liberty HS, currently sophomores at AVC.   Also, he has been following AVC graduate and now D-1 Bowling Green State University graduate, Ismail Ali, point guard who is currently is working to sign a professional contract.  Ish was also is a graduate of San Leandro HS.

Surako was a athletic star at Fremont High School playing both quarterback for football(early high school years) and point guard for the basketball team.  Follings brings the toughness and leadership from the football side of athletics and looks to have great floor vision and shooting ability on the basketball court.

I spoke with Surako and he says he has decided to dedicate his athletics to the basketball court now that he has reached the college level.  He had several D-2 basketball scholarship offers, is an academic qualifier and averaged 18 points per game and five+ assists in his senior year in High School.  He believes that he has a good shot of being offered a D-1 scholarship down the road now that he has joined the Antelope Valley College’s program and is dedicating himself to that goal.

The following highlight video gives you a view of Surako Follings’ skill set.  Welcome to AVC basketball.

 

This is one of the smallest SoCal Summer JUCO Shootouts I have seen in years.  At its peak, the shootout covered three days and had to be played in two gym.

In talking to JUCO coaches, many teams do not have their players yet and have not worked out hard with the players they have.  That is true for AVC as well but with a yearly goal of placing 100% of their players with university scholarships, it is worthwhile in have their players in front of as many university coaches as possible.  

Expect a huge turn out of teams in the Fall Shootout(September) when all the players have fully committed to the teams and are in classes.

Here are the four games that AVC will play in this weekend in the tournament.   These four teams should give AVC a look at different styles as well. 

 


 

FRIDAY  21 July 2017

Time    Home Team   Away Team          Court

1230     AVC             LA Trade Tech         3

1430     AVC             Chaffey                  2
Time    Home Team   Away Team          Court

1030        AVC                  San Diego Mesa      3

1330         Sequoias        AVC                           2

Bracket Summer 2017 Changes

 

Chris Brdiges II, a 2014 graduate from Antelope Valley College who received a scholarship to NAIA Lindsey Wilson University family announced that he joined a long list of players who have signed a professional basketball contract.  Chris currently is on a short term professional contract in China and is expecting to come home with a long term contract. Keep up the good work young man.

 


June 27, 2017  Facebook

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“Well baby boy it’s back to doing ya thing in China … I absolutely love the MAN you have become.. You are definitely living your dream and for that I am definitely PROUD of you.. Praying for safe travels.. You coming home this time was the BEST surprise ever.. Keep the Faith and stay Focused.”

Chris Bridges Tournament