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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: March 29, 2007


Santa Monica College Athletics Director Rhonda Hyatt is pleased to announce that Jesse Teplitzky – who has worked both as a university and college coach in Denver and Northern California – has been hired to be the men's basketball team head coach.

Teplitzky, 29, who will also teach various physical education classes, starts in his new position April 16.

Teplitzky succeeds Trevor Shickman, who coached the SMC Corsairs for three seasons. Shickman took over the head coach position when John McMullen – a Community College Hall of Fame honoree – retired in 2004 from coaching after leading the Corsairs for 24 seasons, winning more than 500 games.

“The head coaching position at Santa Monica College represents a great opportunity for me professionally,” Teplitzky said. “It's an honor to follow in the footsteps of Coach McMullen and Coach Shickman. We're going to work hard every day to build on SMC's tradition of success and to demonstrate our commitment to student athletes, to the men's basketball program, and to the educational community.”

Hyatt said the college received numerous applications for the position.

“The long history and tradition of Santa Monica College basketball, the reputation of the college, and the large pool of local high school talent makes the head coach position very desirable,” Hyatt said.

Teplitzky – “Coach T” to his players – began his coaching career in 1998 at Denver 's Metro State , where he was an assistant coach under Mike Dunlap, currently with the Denver Nuggets. While Teplitzky served on the staff, Metro State won two NCAA Division II championships in 2000 and 2002.

Teplitzky in 2002 joined the staff at Ohlone Community College in Fremont in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he served as assistant coach for three seasons. During his tenure at Ohlone, the men's program took the Coast Conference North Championship two out of three seasons.

From 2005 to the present, Teplitzky coached two seasons under Denny Aye at Chabot Community College in Hayward . Although he served as the interim head coach at Chabot for a short time in 2005, the SMC position will be his first opportunity to take over and establish his own program.

“The search committee was chiefly concerned with finding a coach with not only a good basketball pedigree, but also a style and personality that fits the needs of our program and the student athletes,” Hyatt said. “John McMullen's participation on the committee was vital to the process.”

McMullen said he was impressed with Teplitzky's “enthusiasm, organization and knowledge of the game.“

“He has worked with highly respected coaches, namely Mike Dunlap and Denny Aye, and his background at both four-year and community college levels will benefit our student athletes,” McMullen said. “He is already recruiting and building a schedule for next season.”

Said Lydia Strong, women's basketball head coach, “Jesse was very impressive during the interview process. He has a clear vision of what he plans to accomplish here at Santa Monica College . He has an impressive background in coaching that will benefit our program greatly. I'm very excited that he will be a member of our coaching staff at SMC, and I think his players will benefit greatly from his enthusiasm and passion for the game.”


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