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

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Men's and Women's Basketball Earn OEC Honors

Men's and Women's Basketball Receive Awards

Four Lady Chargers, two men's basketball players and a head coach received OEC honors.
Andre Winn
Cypress, Calif. - The awards keep racking up for Cypress College basketball this weekend. Two days after the women's basketball team brought home the fourth Orange Empire Conference championship in school history, four Lady Chargers were named to the All-Conference team, while head coach Margaret Mohr earned OEC Co-Coach of the Year honors. 
For the men's basketball program, sophomore guard Andre Winn, was named to the All-OEC First Team, while freshman forward Montel Taylor, was tabbed Honorable Mention.
Melissa Jensen
Sophomore forward Melissa Jensen, and freshman center Sloan Turner were both named as OEC First-Team All-Conference selections, after helping lead the Chargers to a share of the OEC championship with a 10-2 record in the OEC. 
Jensen came to the Chargers all the way from North Carolina this past off season, and it proved to be a good decision for herself, and the Chargers, as she led the team with an 11 points per game average, and 6.8 rebounds per game average in conference play.
Sloan Turner
The future looks bright for Charger freshman, Sloan Turner after a great first season that included a team-high 9.0 rpg average. Turner was also a major contributor on the offensive end of the court for Cypress with an 8.1 ppg average against OEC opponents.
Donna Ka' anoi
Sophomore captain Donna Ka' anoi, and freshman guard Chelsea Walton were named as All-OEC Second Team selections for their vital contributions in conference play.

Ka'anoi finished tied for second on the team with 15 steals in OEC games, but it was her leadership, both on-and-off the court, that helped the Chargers bring home an OEC title. Her 23.3 minutes per game average made her one of the most used Chargers as well. 
Chelsea Walton
Walton stepped up big as the season progressed. After starting the year on the bench, Walton played her way into a starting spot, and finished with a team-leading 30 assists in OEC games, while averaging 6.6 ppg.
Men's basketball team captain, Andre Winn, earned All-OEC First Team honors after leading the conference in points (247), points per game (21.6), field goals made (75) and free throws made (72) in OEC legue play. Winn also had the season high in points scored with 41 against Santa Ana. 
Montel Taylor
Taylor was named as an Honorable Mention after leading the OEC in rebounds (104), rebounding average (8.7) and offensive rebounds (52) in conference games.
Cypress head coach Margaret Mohr earned Co-Coach of the Year honors after leading the Chargers to their fourth conference championship in school history, and third under her guidance. Mohr led Cypress to CCCAA State Championship in 2004-05, before winning the conference crown in 2005-06, three years later in 2008-09, and after another three years, again this season.
Margaret Mohr
"At the beginning of the year, I didn't think we had the experience to win a conference title this season. With only four returning sophomores from last year's team, I thought we might be a year away," Mohr said. "I'm just so proud of how hard these girls worked to dedicate themselves to doing what it takes to reach this goal. Conference championships don't come along that often, so these girls have a lot to be proud of for what they've accomplished this season."
In all, three coaches were honored as Co-Coaches of the Year. Along with Mohr, Fullerton head coach Debi Woelke was selected, after leading the Hornets to a share of OEC Championship with Cypress College - despite losing both head-to-head meetings with the Chargers. 
The third coach honored this year was Riverside's Alicia Berber. After mid-season suspensions left the Tigers with just seven players on the roster to play out the remainder of its conference schedule, Berber kept the team together, and guided RCC to a fifth place finish in the OEC.

Cypress College Award Winners

Women's Basketball All-OEC

First Team

Melissa Jensen, Sloan Turner
Second Team
Donna Ka' anoi, Chelsea Walton
Coach of the Year
Margaret Mohr
Men's Basketball All-OEC

First Team

Andre Winn
Honorable Mention
Montel Taylor

All Men's and Women's Basketball Orange Empire Conference Award Winners
Women's Basketball
Fullerton¹s Aunjanay Chambers was selected as the Orange Empire
Conference Player of the Year after helping the Hornets to a share of the
conference title. Chambers, a sophomore out of Valencia High School in
Placentia, CA, averaged 18.1 points a game, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and
3.8 steals a game.

First Team
Melissa Jensen, Cypress; Sloan Turner, Cypress; Aunjanay Chambers, Fullerton; Alexandra Coleman-Thomas, Fullerton; Shalae Edwards, Saddleback; Janelle Flores, Santa Ana; Shomari McCorkle, Irvine Valley; Anna Nguyen, Santa Ana;  Amber Wharton, Irvine Valley; Heather Wohlk, Riverside

Second Team
Donna Ka' anoi, Cypress; Chelsea Walton, Cypress; Chanel Benson, Fullerton; Megan Blackwell, Irvine Valley; Ashley Engeln, Orange Coast; Loren Gurrola, Fullerton; Donna Ka' anoi, Cypress; Melanie Kashanchi, Irvine Valley; Shala Kirkpatrick, Saddleback; Carlisha Phillips, Fullerton; Donquenae Townsend, Saddleback;

Player of the Year
Aunjanay Chambers, Fullerton

Coaches of the Year
Margaret Mohr, Cypress; Debi Woelke, Fullerton; Alicia
Berber, Riverside
Men's Basketball Award Winners
Saddleback¹s Josh Smith and Darnell Taylor were selected as the 2012
Orange Empire Conference Players of the Year after leading the Gauchos to
the conference title. Smith, a freshman out of Lincoln High School in San
Diego, CA, averaged 10.5 points a game and 7.5 rebounds, fifth best in the
conference. Meanwhile, Taylor, a freshman out of Crenshaw High School in Los
Angeles, CA averaged 14 points a game. Gaucho head coach Andy Ground was
selected as the conference coach of the year after guiding Saddleback to a
10-2 conference record and the conference title.

First Team
Andre Winn, Cypress; Mason Biddle, Riverside; Kalob Hatcher, Irvine Valley; AJ Brevard, Saddleback; Will Logan, Orange Coast; Ramona Mejia, Irvine Valley;  Corey Walker, Riverside; Chris Nelson, Fullerton; Alex Worthen-Harris; Greg Bewernick, Fullerton.

Honorable Mention
Montel Taylor, Cypress; Ashton Coleman, Santa Ana; Konnu Shofu, Fullerton; Soloman Singer, Riverside; Michael Bolden, Irvine Valley; Miles Green, Fullerton.

Players of the Year
Josh Smith, Saddleback; Darnell Taylor, Saddleback

Coach of the Year
Andy Ground, Saddleback