Three local community colleges turn to new men’s basketball coaches


Three of San Diego County’s eight community college men’s basketball programs will have new coaches for the 2022-23 season. And a name will be familiar to local fans.

Southwestern College has named former Crawford High star Tyrone Shelley to replace Kyle Wallace.

Palomar College named Ivan Patterson to replace John O’Neill, who retired after 20 seasons and 280 wins as Comets coach.

Rob Robinson is the new head coach at MiraCosta College, replacing Ryan Frazier.

Shelley once scored 76 points in a game for Crawford and finished his prep career with a San Diego section-high 2,962 points.

He played collegiately at Pepperdine before transferring to San Diego State and finishing at Georgetown College, an NAIA program in Kentucky.

Shelley played professionally in the American Basketball Association before becoming a coach.

He coached through the high school ranks at O’Farrell Charter and San Pasqual Academy before moving to Cerro Coso Community College as an assistant and then to Southwestern as an assistant.

He has a degree in business administration.

Southwestern finished 12-16 last season.

Patterson has spent the past four years as an assistant coach at Cal State San Bernardino. Prior to that, he was an assistant for Cal Baptist.

He played his high school ball at Paloma Valley in Menifee and collegiately at Cal Baptist, leading the Lancers to a Pacific West Conference championship and was a two-time all-conference player.

He played two years professionally in South America and graduated in business management and kinesiology.

Palomar was 18-11 last season, losing in the first round of the Southern California Regionals.

Patterson will serve as a part-time Palomar faculty member in the Kinesiology Department.

Robinson spent 20 years as head coach at Notre Dame High in Riverside, winning 360 games, six league titles, a Southern Section championship and a state finals appearance in 2018 before moving to the East Los Angeles College, where he was an assistant coach the last three years. He was one of the prominent figures in the Netflix documentary “Last Chance U”.

He graduated from Cabrillo High in Lompoc and played at Allen Hancock College, Stephen F. Austin and UC Riverside, where he qualified for the NCAA Championships in the high jump.

Robinson played professionally in the United States Basketball League.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UC Riverside and a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum from Emporia State.

MiraCosta was 17-15 last season but had a surprising playoff streak, beating Cerro Coso, Santiago Canyon and San Diego City College in the Southern California playoffs before losing to City College of San Francisco in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.


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