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COACH D RELEASES 2016-17 GAME SCHEDULE
The 2016-17 basketball season promises to provide many exciting moments and challenges for the De Anza Dons. The home opener on November 5 is an afternoon contest against Skyline College. Other noteworthy opponents: 2015-16 California State Champion-City College of San Francisco enters the home of the Dons on November 15 and Central Valley powerhouse West Hills will visit November 26. The road will prove to be just as formidable as De Anza travels to Bakersfield College on November 19 followed by inter-district rival Foothill College in pre-Thankgiving battle on November 23. The Dons wrap up their Non-Conference schedule on December 20 as Las Positas College plays host to De Anza College. The De Anza Dons will also participate in the Chabot Tournament, Cabrillo Tournament and Foothill Tournament. Conference play begins on Wednesday, January 4 at home against Monterey Peninsula College.
Legendary Basketball Coach Frank Carbajal Passes Away
Former De Anza Men's Basketball Coach Frank Carbajal died after a lengthy illeness, he was 78. Coach Carbajal enjoyed a successful 10-year career (1978-88) at Santa Barbara City College leading the Vaqueros to 2-State Final Fours. He then became only the 2nd Men's Basketball Coach in De Anza College history in 1992. Coach Carbajal would lead the Dons for 2-seasons before becoming the Head Coach at Hartnell College in 1995.
ABOUT DE ANZA MEN'S BASKETBALL
On July 22, 2005, Jason Damjanovic became the fourth head coach in the history of De Anza College Men's Basketball. From day one, Damjanovic has instituted an up-tempo and aggressive style of play that has not only resulted in an exciting, high scoring brand of basketball, but has also made the Dons a force to be reckoned with in the Coast Conference. As he enters his 12th season, the program is positioned for both near and long-term success both on the court and in the classroom.In his first season at the helm, Coach D, reenergized the basketball program and led the De Anza College Dons to an impressive total of 15 wins , 9 of those victories were against teams ranked in the top 15 in Northern California. De Anza also captured 1st Place in the Cabrillo College Classic Basketball Tournament by defeating host Cabrillo College and rival Foothill College in consecutive nights. De Anza climbed to a ranking of 14th in Northern California, and finished in the top five in the State for scoring (95.6 ppg), that same season.
In his 11 seasons at De Anza College, his student-athletes have earned numerous academic awards, matriculated to 4-year institutions at a very high rate, have had multiple members of the team represent the Coast Conference with All-Conference honors, and have led the conference in scoring five times with three playoff appearances (2006-07, 2012-13, 2013-14). Coach Damjanovic is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), USA Basketball, a licensed and approved FIBA coach and the California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association (CCCMBCA). He also currently presides as the Conference Representative for the Coast Conference-South.
Coach D spent two-years as Men's Head Assistant at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. While at NDNU, he helped the Argonauts to consecutive winning seasons and back-to-back CAL-PAC playoff appearances. Prior to Notre Dame, Damjanovic was the Head Boy's Basketball Coach at (William C.) Overfelt High School in San Jose, CA. Jason guided the Royals to CCS playoff appearances in all 3 seasons and captured back-to-back league championships in 2001-02 and 2002-03. For his efforts, he was named S.T.A.L. Coach of the Year in those same seasons.
Jason Damjanovic brings a wealth of playing experience with him. He was a standout player at Pioneer High School of San Jose, earning All-League Honors in both 1988 and 1989. Damjanovic still stands as the All-Time Steals Leader for the Mustangs. In the 1991-92 season, while at Foothill College, he was a member of the only Coast Conference Championship team in Foothill Men's Basketball history. Jason Damjanovic concluded his collegiate career at Sonoma State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 1996. Damjanovic also spent five seasons as player/coach with Race Express Basketball, which is a professional exhibition team comprised of former Division I and II college players who competed against other Division I and II University teams throughout the United States.
SOME WORDS FROM COACH DAMJANOVIC:
"De Anza College's Athletic Department and Men's Basketball Program is interested in each student-athletes growth and development in all areas of college life. We stress the importance of obtaining a degree, while striving for full academic and athletic potential. Educational and athletic excellence are the cornerstones of the athletic program. The success of our Basketball Program is measured by the performance of our student-athletes in their academic and athletic pursuits, as well as their contribution to society and the community both before and after graduation. We are committed to the integrity of the game, the spirit and rules of De Anza College, the Coast Conference, and the CCCAA."