Head Coach: T.J. Jennings
2012 CVC Coach of the Year
T.J. Jennings is entering
his fourth season at PC, as head men's basketball coach and an
adjunct faculty member in the Physical Education and Fine &
Applied Arts divisions.
During the 2011-12 season, Jennings guided the PC to its
first winning season in more than a decade. The Pirates went
14-13 overall and 7-5 in the CVC. The second-place finish
was also PC's best showing since 2001.
Jennings was voted 2012 CVC Coach of the Year - and earned
the same honor at the 2012 PC Awards.
Jennings is a former
assistant coach at Reedley College and Fresno Pacific
After two seasons (one recruiting class), Jennings quickly established a brand of exciting basketball, where
his teams play hard together and compete with anyone. He has
posted wins against ranked programs including Fresno, Yuba,
Santa Rosa, San Diego, and Bakersfield.
In 2010-11, PC was able to double its win-total against the
10th-strongest schedule (of 92 teams) in California - where
15 of the 26 games were against ranked opponents. The
Pirates averaged 76 points per game, ranking second in the
Central Valley Conference.
In 2009-10, Jennings was recognized by the college with the
"Community Outreach Award" for his outstanding service to
the local area. Each Spring, he organizes a free basketball
clinic for the Porterville Parks & Leisure Youth League
players and coaches - and he often has his student-athletes
participate in several charity events during the season.
After a successful
playing career at Fresno Pacific University, where Jennings
was named Academic All-American three times and Sunbird of
the Year in 2004, he began coaching at his alma mater.
Jennings was an assistant
coach for the FPU women’s team (2004-05) before spending a
season at Riverdale High School coaching with a fellow
More recently, Jennings
spent two basketball seasons (2007-08 &
2008-09) as the women’s top assistant coach at Reedley
During the 2008-09 season, Jennings took over as interim head
coach for a brief period as Dan Kilbert was on personal
leave. Because of the team’s success under Jennings –
posting a 4-1 record – the Central Valley Conference coaches
named Reedley its “Coaching Staff of the Year.”
Jennings is employed at
San Joaquin Valley College in Hanford as a general education
instructor. He is also a former adjunct physical education
instructor at West Hills College in Lemoore since 2006.
Jennings earned two
bachelor degrees at Fresno Pacific University in business
administration and communications. He obtained a master’s
degree at FPU in kinesiology.
His father, Rick
Jennings, was a return specialist for the Oakland Raiders –
drafted in 1976, the season the franchise won its first
Jennings and his wife, Gina, reside in
2012 CVC Runners-Up:
Honorable Mention: Miguel Perez, Forward
All-Defensive Team: Elijah Henningham, Center
All-Freshmen Team: Tyrone Hall, Guard
"PIRATE MADNESS 5"
Newspaper Article Link
Co-Coach of the Year: T.J. Jennings
First Team: Jason Carmichael, Anthony Hidalgo
Honorable Mention: Donald Lee
All-Defensive Team: Kameron Hoyt
All-Freshmen Team: Miguel Perez
All-CVC Selections: Recorder Article
Pirates Win BC Thanksgiving Tournament
11/23: Mikey Hidalgo Feature Story
10/21: Pirate Madness Article
Pirate Madness: Thurs, Oct. 20
Jason Carmichael Feature Story
NorCal Shootout: July 7 (Skyline College)
SoCal Shootout: July 30-31 (Azusa Pacific Univ.)
Honorable Mention: Harold Reed, Nate Brown
All-Defensive Team: Nate Brown
All-Freshmen: Donald Lee, Jason Carmichael
PIRATES RELOAD FOR
The Porterville Pirates men's basketball team
opens the new season on Nov. 5 at the annual
City College of San Francisco Tip-Off
Tournament. PC will face Santa Rosa College at
4pm in Friday's first round.
Recorder Preview: Link
Honorable Mention: Karrmell Stone
All-Defensive Team: Bryant Jackson
All-Freshman: Harold Reed