Hope this finds you well on this last day in October. We only have one match this week (Friday, Nov. 5) as we have a BYE this coming Wednesday.
The Brahmas hosted the Vaqueros of Glendale College last Friday night, and for the 18th time this season, the Brahmas swept their opponent. The scores were: 25-12, 25-16, 25-10.The Brahmas’ offense continues to be the sole statistical category that has been off the chart lately. It was a collective effort at the net with Doss, Alvarez, Weaver, and Harrell each scoring 5 kills.
This Coming Friday's Match vs. The Corsairs of Santa Monica College On Friday, we welcome to our home, my good friend, my brother, and more importantly my mentor: Turhan Douglas (First Year Head Coach of the Corsairs after having coached the Men's Volleyball Program at USC). Turhan is the guy who gave me my treasure and presented me with my first opportunity to find my love for coaching the game of volleyball. In 1996, I had the honor to get to know Turhan Douglas while playing for him at SMC where he was an assistant coach for the men’s volleyball team while coaching the women’s team at Pierce. In 1997, he asked me to assist him at Pierce College and the rest is history. That year, and after going 0-20 my first season, I made a promise to myself to revive the program at Pierce.
Fast forward, and after several conference championships and a trip to the state finals in 2006 (Fresno, CA) and fall short of that elusive state title, we make it to the state finals in 2010 (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) where we defeated Santa Rosa Junior College for the first ever championship in school history. Moments after the last whistle blew and as we celebrate the championship, stood from a distance (along the net…..a scene I will never forget), a teary and emotional Turhan. Not knowing that he was in the audience the whole time, I walked up to him and thanked him for being there for me…..for driving a distance to come witness the first championship…..and told Turhan that I am forever indebted for the gift he gave me and giving me that opportunity to find this great profession of coaching. I have had many great moments in my life and that scene of Turhan crying tears of joy is one of the most memorable moments in my life.
I owe my coaching career to that man who will be standing across the net from me on Friday night as we go head to head for the first time ever. What makes this more sweet is that I am one win away from reaching a milestone in my career: Win number 400. If I am fortunate enough to win on Friday, I cannot be more honored and privileged that I celebrate this with my friend and mentor, Turhan. To have this opportunity to play SMC (alma mater), against my mentor Turhan, playing at home at Pierce, and going for win #400, is a storyline that could not have been scripted any better. I am looking forward to pay my utmost request to TURHAN…..or TURBO (as most people know him as) in what will be a very special night for me and the Brahmas.
Prospects/Recruits Day on Friday (Nov. 5) For the sake of respecting everyone's privacy, I will resort to only listing the initials and not full names of the following recruits who will be visiting this Friday: JS, CR, RW, and JS. Anyone else? Not too late to let me know this week sometime.
Recruits arrive 3:30pm. Meet in my office (South Gym). 3:45 – 4:00 - Show the locker rooms and workout facilities. 4:00 - Meet Coach James Sims. 4:05 – Do a brief campus tour with some of our current volleyball players. 6:00 - Match vs. Santa Monica College.