George Nessman Named Assistant Coach

April 29, 2004

BERKELEY - George Nessman, who guided his teams to nine conference titles in 17 years as a head coach at the junior college and high school levels, has joined the University of California men's basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Ben Braun announced Thursday.

A 1981 graduate of Cal, Nessman began his coaching career in '81 as junior varsity basketball and cross country coach at Salesian High School in Richmond. In 1984, he moved to De La Salle High School in Concord, where he served as varsity basketball coach from 1984-93. During his seven-year tenure with the Spartans, his teams compiled a 155-48 record, captured one section and five conference championships, and made four appearances in the NorCal tournament. Among the players he coached were future NBA players Jon and Brent Barry.

Nessman then turned his attention to the junior college ranks, beginning as head coach at Porterville College from 1993-2001. He added the title of athletic director from 1995-2001 and was an academic advisor for athletics from 2001-02. Nessman accumulated a 183-72 mark at Porterville, which included a state title in 2000.

Named the California Community College Coach of the Year in 2000 when his team finished 33-4, Nessman's squad won four Central Valley Conference crowns and made three final eight appearances in the state tournament. He also led Porterville to a 40-game winning streak from January 2000 to February 2001.

Nessman then spent the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons as head coach at Bakersfield College, where his teams combined for a 26-32 record.

'I'm very pleased to have George join our staff,' Braun said. 'He has been highly successful on both the high school and college levels, and as a former head coach, he adds a lot of experience to our program. I've admired George's coaching style and the relationships he has built with his players over the years.'

Overall, 47 of the 52 sophomores Nessman coached in junior college transferred to four-year institutions, including more than 20 that went to NCAA Division I schools. One of Nessman's players, 6-5 forward Carl Boyd, played for Braun in 1998-99 and helped the Bears to the '99 National Invitation Tournament title.

Nessman received his bachelor's degree in social welfare from Cal in 1981. He also owns a master's degree in education from San Francisco State (1988) and a master's in physical education and recreation from Saint Mary's (1993).

Nessman replaces Lorenzo Neely on Braun's staff at Cal, which also includes associate head coach Louis Reynaud and assistant coach Joe Pasternack. Reynaud served as an assistant under Nessman at De La Salle from 1986-90. He later succeeded Nessman as head coach there in 1994, a position Reynaud held through the 1996-97 season when he moved to Cal.

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