George Nessman Named Head Coach at San Jose State

March 15, 2005

BERKELEY - George Nessman, who served as an assistant coach for the Golden Bears during the 2004-05 season, has been named head men's basketball coach at San Jose State, Spartan Athletic Director Tom Bowen announced Tuesday.

Nessman signed a four-year agreement with San Jose State, bringing 17 seasons of head coaching experience and a win-loss record of 359-156 to the position.

'This is an exciting opportunity for me,' Nessman said. 'Being in the coaching profession and having the opportunity to take over a Division I program represents the pinnacle of challenges in the college basketball world. The support of the university administration and from the new athletics administration led by Tom Bowen will make it fun to take on this challenge.'

A 1981 Cal graduate, Nessman served as head coach at De La Salle High School in Concord from 1984-93. He then turned his attention to the junior college ranks, first at Porterville College (1993-2001) and then at Bakersfield College (2002-04), before moving back to Berkeley.

'This is a tremendous opportunity for George,' Cal head coach Ben Braun said. 'He has worked very hard over the years establishing successful programs at the high school, junior college and Division I level. His background as an educator and coach provides him with the qualities necessary to develop and lead the program at San Jose State.'

Braun said he hoped to name a replacement for Nessman soon.

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