Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bottiaux Steps Down - Cypress Looking for New Head Coach

Paul Bottiaux steps down as head coach of Cypress College men's basketball.
  • Applications will be accepted until April 9, 2012
Paul Bottiaux
Cypress, Calif. – Cypress College men’s basketball head coach Paul Bottiaux has announced that he is stepping down as coach of the Chargers after 15 seasons in charge of the program. 

“As I’m getting closer to my retirement years, I wanted to get out at the right time to make sure that I don’t short change the players, and look out for their best interests," Bottiaux said. 

Cypress College Dean of Physical Education and Athletic Director, Diane Henry, is currently accepting applications to fill the vacant men’s basketball head coaching position.

Bottiaux began his career at Cypress in 1988 when he joined the coaching staff of legendary Cypress men's basketball coach, Don Johnson. That's a position he held for the next six years where he worked alongside another Cypress coaching legend, Jack Long, as an assistant on Johnson's staff. When Johnson and Long retired after the 1993-94 campaign, Bottiaux was named the second head coach in school history.

“We’ve had a good run here over the years,” Bottiaux said. “One of the things I’ll miss the most is player development and helping them get to that next level.”

After moving to California from Michigan, Bottiaux – a Michigan State alumnus - began his teaching and coaching career at Wilshire Junior High school in 1969. After coaching just about everything you can think of at Wilshire for the next five years, Bottiaux moved over to Sunny Hills High School where he became an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team.

By 1978, Bottiaux had earned his Master’s Degree from California State University, Fullerton and for the next  11 years he ran a very successful high school men’s basketball program at Sonora High School in the city of La Habra, where he guided his team to a CIF championship in 1983, and a trip to the finals the following year in 1984.

While Bottiaux won’t be patrolling the sideline for the Chargers next season, he has decided to continue teaching, and working with the Associated Students at Cypress College.

"Many things have changed over the years," Bottiaux said. "I would just like to see the program do good in the future, and give these kids a chance to move on."

Bottiaux plans to use the extra free-time he’ll have to spend more time with his family.
Cypress College is currently accepting applications for the vacant men’s basketball head coaching position. If interested, please forward your resume, letter of interest and three references to Cypress College Dean of Physical Education and Director of Athletics, Diane Henry at:

Standard Mail: 9200 Valley View St., Cypress, Calif. 90630

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