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Cook Named Head Men's Basketball Coach

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AsstCoach_CookMon., July 18th, 2011
El Cajon, Calif. -- On Monday, San Diego Christian College announced the hiring of Tim Cook (pictured left) as Head Men's Basketball Coach.

Cook brings 17 years of playing/coaching experience into SDCC along with fresh knowledge of GSAC coaching from 7 seasons ('03-'10) of assisting at GSAC power, California Baptist University. At CBU, Cook helped build a top caliber NAIA program. The Lancers were ranked No. 1 in NAIA Division I in 2008-09 and were ranked in the top 20 in America five out of the seven seasons he was on staff. In addition, CBU made the Sweet 16 on three occasions. Cook was also a part of the 2009 win over NCAA Division I Pepperdine University and had a hand in bringing three All-Americans to the Lancer's squad, one of which was GSAC Player of the Year in 2007-08.

Prior to CBU, Cook was a key component to turning an 0-31 program (2000) at Cascade College ('01-'03) in Portland, Oregon, into a 28-6 team who made a NAIA DII Sweet 16 appearance at the NAIA National Tournament in 2002.

From 1996-2001, he was both a head and assistant coach at high schools in the Vancouver, Washington and Salem, Oregon. He led elite high school teams, such as Prairie HS who qualified for the Washington State Final Four in 2001 and focused on the individual growth of the players under him.

At SDCC, Cook looks forward to helping rebuild a nationally competitive program and working to change perception and the mentality of SDCC basketball. Most importantly, however, is Cook's desire to develop men who seek the Lord.

"I want to thank The family of San Diego Christian College for giving me this opportunity to teach, mentor, and build the basketball program in a Christ-like manner," said Cook. "I look forward to making the Community of San Diego proud of our student athletes on and off the court. It is in great honor that we represent San Diego Christian College with integrity, moral values, and godly character as we move forward towards achieving spiritual, academic, and athletic success."

Chris Bando, SDCC's New Athletic Director

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 CbandoPRWed, Jun. 8, 2011
El Cajon, Calif. -- Chris Bando, [click here for full bio] the Hawks current Baseball coach, Athletic Chaplin and Associate Athletic Director, will assume the Athletic Director position as well as continue as Head Baseball Coach for the upcoming 2011-12 athletic year.

Bando, who brings a wealth of experience as a pastor (15 years), coach (20 years) and as a professional baseball player (20 years), says God has prepared his life to “invest in faithful people (coaches) equipping them to teach others (student/athletes) for the glory of God [2 Tim. 2:2].“

“My ambition is to continue on the path that Dr. Depriest has laid out for athletics,” commented Bando when asked about his vision for the department. “My role still is to be a shepherd of our athletic flock that God has entrusted to me at SDCC. “ Bando stands by the creed that the Apostle Paul stated when Paul said he labors to “present everyone mature in Christ” [Colossians 1:28]. “My heart is for discipleship and I will continue to insure we have the right coaches in place who place the priority on Christ-like character rather than the importance of who wins an athletic contest. We will recruit those whose hearts desire to glorify God through the arena of sport.”

Bando believes that if “we commit to Christ like character development, then winning will be a by-product of that commitment. We remain committed to investing in young athletic lives that God has placed on a platform to use their talents to the glorious witness of the gospel of Christ.”

Bloom Named NCCAA 2nd team All-American

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tbloomThurs., Jun. 2, 2011
Greenville, South Carolina -- San Diego Christian College outfielder Trevor Bloom has been named to the NCCAA All-American 2nd Team.

Bloom, a senior transfer to SDCC from Sacramento State, started in all 47 games and led the Hawks in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.339), hits (65), home runs (5), RBIs (33), and runs (34). Bloom also posted 19 multi-hit games with 15 of those coming against GSAC conference pitching.

For the complete listing of the 2011 NCCAA All-American Baseball Team, click here.
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