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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: March 3, 2005


Retired Santa Monica College Men’s Basketball Coach John McMullen will be inducted into the California Community Colleges’ Men’s Basketball Association Hall of Fame March 11 in San Diego. McMullen retired as coach a year ago but still teaches physical education classes at SMC.

McMullen, who has one of the nation’s highest win totals, retired as coach in 2004 after coaching for 40 years, 25 of them at SMC. Highly respected by his peers and students alike, McMullen tallied a total of 529 wins, and only a handful of coaches in the nation have passed 500 wins.

In addition, he has a .689 winning percentage at SMC and six of his teams were Western State Conference champions.

Over the years, McMullen’s players transferred to four-year universities throughout the U.S., including University of Oregon, American University and Claremont-McKenna in Claremont. One player, Anthony Frederick, made it to the NBA, playing for the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings before dying of a heart attack in 2004.

“Quite honestly, in the 20-plus years I’ve played basketball, he’s the best coach I’ve ever had,” said 31-year-old David Sternlight, who played at SMC in 1991-93 and went on to play at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and in Israel. “He understands discipline and has the ability to bring together guys from all different walks of life. And his knowledge of the game is incredible.”

McMullen received his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health science from Cal State Northridge and his master’s in education from California Lutheran University.


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