South Mountain Community College Athletic Director, Todd Eastin, announced the hiring of Daven Vo as the Cougar's new Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
Daven Vo has spent the past 2 ½ seasons as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach for South Mountain Community College. Coach Vo recently completed the most successful regular season in school history for the women’s program winning 17 regular season games. One of his freshmen was named to the NJCAA All-American team and two freshmen were named to the All-ACCAC team.
Coach Vo served as a the men’s assistant coach under Dan Nichols in the 2007-08 and 2009-2012 seasons here at SMCC. He also served as assistant coach at Grand Canyon University for Coach Nichols in the 2008-09 season. Coach Vo played a vital role in recruiting and post development. Daven Vo started his coaching career in 2006-07, as graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma for head coach Jeff Capel.
2012-13 Season Outlook
South Mountain is gearing up for next season to revisit Danville, IL for another crack at the national title. The defending Region 1 champs are reloading with high scoring wingman and shooter Grant Ellender and key returnees, point guard DaLan Stafford and big man John Renzi. 6’10 forward Andrew Davis will help the front line with size and his ability to score inside and out. Rayvonte Adams is a physical guard and a proven scorer in the ACCAC. Recruiting continues as South Mountain looks to roll up another big year in Region 1.
2011-12 Season Recap
The 2011-12 Cougars finished with 26 wins and 9 losses. South Mountain is the Region 1 Champions defeating Phoenix College 92-82 in the Championship. They represented Region 1at the National Tournament in Danville, Illinois. In Danville, South defeated Grand Rapids CC 76-61 in the opening round advancing to the elite eight. Then South Mountain was upset by Lakeland CC 81-74, eliminating their chance at a national title. Michael Craig, who was Most Valuable Player of the Region 1 tournament, was named 1st team All-American with his season average of 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Michael Craig was voted by the coaches as the ACCAC Player of the Year. Sergio Gonzalez joined Craig as 1st Team Division 2 All Region members.
2011-12 Season Outlook
The 2011-12 Cougars squad looks to improve over last year's ACCAC championship team that won 27 games. The Cougars are ranked 16th nationally in the preseason NJCAA polls. Coach Dan Nichols will have a deeper bench at his disposal and a few more weapons.
Big time board man Tito Andrade returns along with high scoring Sergio Gonzalez at one of the wings. Terry Riley, Chaz Haymond and Chuck Cole are experienced Cougars who are athletic and skilled.
"I think this is the fastest team we have had. We are very fluid on the offensive end. Improving our defense will be the key to getting to the national tournament." Key newcomers Alyx Foster and Mike Craig will have something to do with that.
"We are starting to come together as a team. We need to work together and finish strong."
2010-11 Season Wrap Up
The South Mountain Community College Cougars had one of it’s best years ever in the 2010-11 season. The Cougars set a school record starting the season with 20 straight wins to end the season with a #7 national ranking and with a 27-5 record. South Mountain became the first Maricopa County and/or Division 2 team in conference history to win the ACCAC regular season. This team came up one game short of the Region 1 Tournament Title and a birth to the NJCAA D2 national tournament. SMCC claimed the No. 1 spot on the NJCAA Division 2 poll of over two straight months.
The Cougars cleaned up the post season awards highlighted by Head Coach Dan Nichols who received his 2nd Coach of the Year Award in 4 years. Troran Brown was voted by the coaches as the ACCAC Player of the Year along with ACCAC Freshman of the Year. Marcus Davis joined Brown as Region 1 and All-Conference 1st team members followed by Bisi Addey who was a 2nd team Region 1 player and 3rd team All-Conference member.
SMCC Men's basketball has concluded its "open gym" sessions. Thank you for everyone that attended
The Table is Set!
SMCC vs. PC in the Regional Title Game
Your ACCAC champions will face longtime rival Phoenix College in the regional title game for a birth to the NJCAA National Tournament in Danville, IL. South Mountain put down Glendale CC in the first round game, 85-64, while Phoenix College fended off the desperate Scottsdale Artichokes, 84-79.
Freshman and Conference Player of the Year, Troran Brown, along with, 1st team All-Conference member, Marcus Davis have led the Cougars down a historic season setting a school record 20 game winning streak and becoming the first Maricopa County or Division II team to EVER win the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference regular season. SMCC held the number 1 spot on the national rankings for over two months. Now the Cougars are one game away from going to the tournament to permanently reclaim that position.yes">
Phoenix College features four freshmen who have essentially grown up playing together since middle school.Head Coach Matt Gordon will be leading the Bears into their 7th straight region title game.
Both teams have split their regular season contests at one a piece and onFriday, March 4th at 7:30pm in the SMCC Gymnasium, one team will break that tie and make plans for a trip across the country.
ACCAC Coach of the Year Dan Nichols and the athletic department would like to invite all students, faculty, staff and the South Mountain community to demonstrate your support by showing up in a white t-shirt as we plan to “white out” the gymnasium on Friday at 7:30pm.
SMCC all set for NJCAA National Game of the Week vs. Arizona Western College
Both teams are coming in undefeated in conference play and only one team will walk away unscathed. The cougars have broken the school record of 16 wins in a row and also sport the best start in school history at 17-0. South has been #1 in the NJCAA Divison 2 poll for over a month now as AWC tries to come in on Saturday, Jan. 15th at 4:00 pm. to pull off the upset. The Matadors are 14-3 with an impressive 9-0 record in conference play.
The big hitters:
SMCC Marcus Davis – 6’5 Soph. Forward – 13pts 7rebs 2blks 3 stls
SMCC Troran Brown – 6’2 Frosh. Guard – 22pts 5ast 3sts
AWC D’Angelo Scott – 6’7 Soph. Forward – 14pts 7rebs 2stls
AWC Victor Holloway – 6’7 Soph. Forward – 10pts 7rebs
If you are basketball fan in general, you need to be at this game!
Troran Brown sets a school and conference record with 61 pts.
SMCC was able to get an overtime road win in Douglas, AZ against Cochise College. Troran Brown dropped 61pts. to set a school and ACCAC record for points scored in a single game. This win puts South at 11-0 and should remain atop the NJCAA polls for the second week in a row.
South Mountain Community College Men's Basketball is #1
For the first time in program history, the men's basketball team is 9-0 and ranked #1 in the country.
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7-0 start for the Men's basketball team is recognized by the NJCAA with a
#3 national ranking
The SMCC Men's Basketball program would like to announce the implementation of the Character Quality Curriculum 'Coaching 4 Life'. "We have been teaching these prinicples for years and now we have a curriculum in an organized form. We want to develop our young men in all areas to make them successfull people. C4L will keep us on target," Dan Nichols.
2010-11 ACCAC Jamboree
The ACCAC starts the season off with the annual Jamboree at Phoenix College. The Cougars are scheduled to play two games at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm against Mesa CC and Eastern Arizona College respectively. Click here for the complete schedule.
9 players move on to 4 year universities
We are proud to announce that 9 student-athletes have put in the hard work and dedication, not only on the floor but in the classroom, to move on to the next level. The SMCC coaching staff wishes these young men well and hope that they have prepared these student-athletes for the challenges ahead. These young men are getting ready to start their official practices at their respected institutions and most have been taking classes for over a month.
Jeff Battle - Our Lady of the Lake University (NAIA)
Brian Hampton - Northwest Christian College (NAIA)
Jean De - Wayland Baptist University (NAIA)
Dennis Tolliver - Oklahoma Baptist University (NAIA)
Ivan Villegas - Hope International University (NAIA)
Jahiah Porter - Kentucky State University (Division II)
Nick Frazier - Hawai'i Pacific University (NCAA Division II)
Brian Schaeffer - Texas A&M International University (NCAA Division II)
Chris Rizzo - Seton Hill University (NCAA Division II)
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