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Fernandez to be assistant at Menlo

August 17, 2013

Teeya Fernandez, a former Orange Coast College women's basketball player who was an assistant coach for the Pirates the last seven seasons, will be an assistant coach at Menlo College in 2013-14, OCC Coach Mike Thornton said.

"Teeya has been one of the main reasons why we have enjoyed so much success [the last 10 years]," Thornton said. "She has been ready to go for a couple years and this is a perfect opportunity for her. We will greatly miss her, but it's a step she needed to take and she has earned and worked hard for the opportunity."

Fernandez spent three seasons as a student-athlete at OCC, playing the final two after sitting out with an injury upon arriving. She was a tri-captain on the 2005-06 Pirates team that won 30 games and advanced to the State Final Four.

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Her tenure as an assistant included back to back Orange Empire Conference championships in 2007 and 2008 and a trip to the regional final in 2011.

"It has always been Teeya's career goal to be a head coach at a small college and this move is a step toward attaining that goal," Thornton said.

Thornton said third-year assistant Valerie Katayama and first-year assistant Alyssa Hanson will combined to oversee the team's defense and strength programs that Fernandez helped maintain.

— From staff reports

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