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San Jacinto College
News Release
Thursday, February 02, 2012

San Jacinto College honors legendary men’s basketball coach


PASADENA, Texas — Legendary San Jacinto College (SJC) men's basketball coach, Scott Gernander, was honored during the Feb. 1 game against Tyler Junior College at the Central Campus.


A reception was held prior to the game, where friends, family, and former colleagues stopped by to visit with Gernander and take a look at various awards and photos throughout the coach’s 31 years at SJC.


Gernander built the men's basketball program to be a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) powerhouse, with an overall record of 640-158. As head coach, he led his squads to 14 conference titles, eight NJCAA national tournament appearances, and two national runner-up finishes (1997, 2003). He also served 24 years as the San Jacinto College Central Campus athletic director.


Photo: Pictured from left: Dr. H. Neil Matkin, San Jacinto College (SJC) Central Campus president; Sharon Nelson, SJC Central Campus athletic director and volleyball head coach; Scott Gernander, veteran SJC men's basketball head coach; Scott Robert Gernander, Gernander's son and SJC men's basketball assistant coach; Jacob Wonders, SJC men's basketball head coach; and Dr. Brenda Hellyer, SJC Chancellor. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing department.


About San Jacinto College: Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.


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