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The Cabrillo Basketball Experience

Cabrillo head basketball coach Tony Marcopulos was hired to lead the Seahawk program on April 3, 2000. In the fourteen years since, he has built one of the oustanding programs in California. The Seahawks have won six Coast Conference South Champions (one back-to-back (06-07) and a current run of four in a row)(11,12,13,14)) in the last eight and are primed to win a fifth in a row. Prior to beginning his 15th season, he discussed his thoughts regarding Cabrillo College, his team, his program and just what can be expected:

Q: WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE SOME OF THE STRENGTHS OF THIS COLLEGE?

MARCOPULOS: "The location of the campus and its close proximity to the beach obviously stand out as tremendous assets to this college. Cabrillo, as an institution of higher education, is one of the truly outstanding community colleges in the state of California. Our faculty is committed to the growth and development of students. Lastly, Cabrillo is the kind of place where a student-athlete can get an outstanding two-year education at an affordable cost, play intercollegiate athletics and enjoy college social life in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.”

Q: WHAT WILL YOU PROMISE A STUDENT-ATHLETE IF HE COMES TO CABRILLO?

MARCOPULOS: "What first comes to mind is what I will NOT promise. I will not ever promise a recruit playing time....ever. They are promised zero minutes. They will earn whatever amount of playing time they get. However, what I will promise is the following: One, I promise that they will go to class each and everyday. I will not promise that they will graduate even though we have had only four players who have completed all four semesters with us not graduate. In my twenty-five years of collegiate coaching I have only coached eight student-athletes who did not graduate who finished their eligibility. I promise they will attend and be in an atmosphere that will be conducive to attaining a degree. Second, I promise they will be a much better player when they leave Cabrillo than when they came. They will work harder on their game and be in better shape than they have ever been in their life. They will be coached everyday. Lastly, I promise they will be better people when they leave us than when they came. Not because they are hanging around me everyday, although I intend to have a very positive impact on their life, but because I will surround them with teammates that are good people. It stands to reason that if one is surrounded with good people, people of character, then it will impact one in a positive way. Clearly, the opposite is true as well. Our teams are recruited based in large part on an individuals character."

"Go to class, get better, be a better person. Other than that. I promise no promises."

Q: WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST STRENGTHS OF THE BASKETBALL PROGRAM?

MARCOPULOS: "Our commitment to the development of our players is easily our biggest strength. Student-athletes in this program will be challenged to excel in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. We make every effort to ensure that our players receive the best college basketball experience possible.”

Q: WHERE DOES CABRILLO RATE AMONG COAST CONFERENCE CONTENDERS?

MARCOPULOS: "Over the past decade the Coast Conference South division has been extremely competitive. We have won the Coast Conference South Championship in 6 of the past 8 years and the two years we didn't win it we came in second. We have a tradition of winning and have built a culture that we recruit into. Our culture has created high expectations and winning is one of those. Anything less would be well beneath what we are capable and that is unacceptable."

Cabrillo College Quick Facts

Location:

Aptos, CA (Santa Cruz County)

League:

Coast Conference (South) - Cabrillo, DeAnza, Gavilan, Hartnell, Monterey Peninsula, San Jose, West Valley

Campus:

162 acres nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruz mountains. Facility: Cabrillo Gymnasium (1,100)
Enrollment: 16,230 Mascot: Seahawks
President: Dr. Laurel Jones Colors: Columbia Blue, Black, White
Athletic Director: Dale Murray Fax: (831) 477-5296
Head Coach: Tony Marcopulos (15th season)    

Former Seahawks

The following is a list of players who played at Cabrillo under Coach Marcopulos and have since gone on to play at 4-year institutions.

Player
At Cabrillo
College / University
Location
Level
Current Status
Joe Williams
2000-2002
Wichita, KS
NAIA
2005 Graduate
Myree Bowden
2001-2002
Stockton, CA
Div. 1
2004 Graduate
Matt Towsley
2002-2003
Bozeman, MT
Div. 1
2005 Graduate
Tyler Williams
2000-2003
Logan, UT
Div. 1
2005 Graduate
Aaron Dawson
2002-2003
Whittier, CA
Div. 3
2005 Graduate
Demar Walton
2002-2003
Seaside, CA
Div. 2
2005 Graduate
Dylan Marvin
2002-2004
Los Angeles, CA
Div. 3
2006 Graduate
Vince Inglima
2002-2004
Rohnert Park, CA
Div. 2
2006 Graduate
Brandon Schuyler
2002-2004
Rohnert Park, CA
Div. 2
2007 Graduate
Murphy Stewart
2003-2004
Scotts Valley, CA
NAIA
2006 Graduate
James Drake
2003-2004
Des Moines, IA
NAIA
2006 Graduate
Maurice Miller
2003-2005
Grand Junction, CO
Div. 2
2007 Graduate
Mateja Dicic
2004-2005
Greensburg, PA
NAIA
2007 Graduate
Ameer Ouf
2004-2005
Hannibal, MO
NAIA
2007 Graduate
Joe Atang
2005-2007
Houston ,TX
Div 1
2009 Graduate
Jason Cole
2006-2007
Manhattan, NY
Div. 3
2009 Graduate
Aaron Patterson
2005-2007
Minot, ND
NAIA
2008 Graduate
Chris Sharp
2006-2008
Chico, CA
Div. 2
2011 Graduate
Sidiki Straub
2006-2008
Atlanta, Ga
Div. 1
2009 Graduate
Aaron Pearson
2006-2008
Mayfield, Ky
NAIA
2008 Graduate
Travess Armenta
2007-2009
Greeley, CO
Div. 1
2012 Graduate
Kevin Konopelski
2007-2009
Santa Cruz, CA
Div. 3
2012 Graduate
Tony Gallo
2008-2010
Baltimore, MD
Div. 1
2012 Graduate
Bert Hall
2009-2011
Azusa, CA
NAIA
Senior
Markus Duran
2009-2011
Stockton, CA
Div. 1
2013 Graduate
Aaron Short
2010-2012
Stockton, CA
Div. 1
Junior
Frank Rogers
2011-2012
San Jose, CA
Div. 1
Junior
Thomas Pierce
2011-2012
Portland, OR
NAIA
Junior
Tyler Velasquez
2010-2012
Portland, OR
NAIA
Junior
Justyn Searle
2010-2012
Portland, OR
NAIA
Junior
CJ Grigg
2011-2013
Silver City, NM
Div. 2
Junior
Dalton Noble
2011-2013
Grand Junction, CO
Div. 2
Junior
Colin Gruber
2012-2013
Riverside, CA
Div. 1
Junior
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