PCC Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve Ryan Frazer as the new head basketball coach Wednesday, March 16 in the Crevling Lounge.

“I picked PCC because of the opportunity I saw there,” Frazer said. “The location is ideal in terms of recruitment and students being able to drive to campus. I know the history of the program and know it is one of very few schools to be a multiple time state champion. The challenge of starting over doesn’t really scare me, it actually excites me. I think the fun in coaching is working hard and seeing it come together in the end. Falling in love with the process is what everyone has to learn in order to get through the days and times that are not so fun.”

Ryan Frazer was the head coach of MiraCosta Community College Spartans for the past two seasons. In 2021, Frazer compiled a record of 17-15, finishing fourth out of nine in the Pacific Coast Athletic division. The Spartans reached the playoffs in March and lost in the quarterfinals. The year before that the Spartans finished the season 16-12, missing the playoffs.

According to the Mira Costa website, Frazer was an assistant at Antelope Valley College where he helped them to a 68-26 record. Frazer got his start in coaching at Palmdale High School, his alma mater. He’s also coached at California State University, Dominguez Hills where he was a lead recruiter.

PCC is hiring a new basketball coach because ex-head coach, Michael Swanegan, left the program abruptly in October of 2021 one month before the season started. PCC decided to promote Hosie Ward to interim coach for the season and finished 1-26. All of the responsibilities were left to Ward and assistant coach Jesse Ellis. It was a tall task for Ward considering the fact that he was the only full-time employee. Ellis was only present during practices and games.

That gave Ward one month to prepare, recruit, and fill out its roster for the season. As a result of the new structure and lack of recruiting due to the pandemic, Ward was unable to recruit in-person at any high school in the area. He managed to fill out his roster, but the basketball team played the entire season with 11 freshmen and one sophomore. The tallest players on the team were no taller than 6-foot-4.

The lack of height became an issue for the Lancers. For example, in January the men’s basketball team played Mt. San Antonio, East Los Angeles, and L.A. Harbor. They were out rebounded 50-31, 53-24, and 32-28. Moreover, Mt. San Antonio has two players listed at 6-foot-8. East Los Angeles also has two players listed at 6-foot-8 and one player listed at 6-foot-11. Frazer spoke about his offensive and defensive philosophy. Frazer stated that the Lancers will live by the two “C’s”. Containment and contest.

“In regards to philosophy, it is a bit more complicated,” Frazer said. “I have a philosophy for the offense and defense and then a philosophy for the program as well. Offensively, we want to push in transition and try to get an easy buckets, we will constantly attack the paint and try to get two defenders on the ball to create an easy scoring opportunity for us. When teams stop that, we will execute schemes to exploit our advantage.”

Athletic director Tony Barbone has already stated that the new coach will start in the Fall of 2022. With Frazer’s background in recruiting, this should bring some life into the program. According to singalthelight.com high character is the most important quality to Frazer. but even with a high character before talent perspective, Frazer still had at least one player listed at 6-foot-7, one listed at 6-foot-8, and another listed at 6-foot-9. With 11 experienced players and 5 roster spots available, Frazer will have to be selective and intentional.

“We don’t want anyone to get into the paint and we want to contest every shot that is taken,” Frazer said. “The goal is to limit as many easy opportunities as possible.”

This story has been updated.

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