Meet the Staff
Justin Piergrossi (Assistant Professor and Head Men's Basketball Coach)Kinesiology|Athletics|Dance - Basketball Skyline
Justin Piergrossi is entering his thirteenth season as head coach at Skyline College. Since the day he arrived, the Trojans have concentrated on recruiting and developing local players to fill their roster. In twelve seasons, 156 out of 174 players who completed a season were from Skyline’s defined recruiting area. The emphasis on local players has provided an excellent opportunity for many young men to develop on and off the floor. Since 2004, 96% of the players who completed two years in the program earned their Associate's Degree or transferred to a four-year school. In addition, 25 players have moved on to continue their playing career at the university level (79% on scholarship) and 3 players have signed professional contracts. Piergrossi has also guided the Trojans to many academic honors. In 2009-10 Skyline won the prestigious Scholar-Team Award, the highest team academic / athletic award presented in California. His players have also been named to the Dean's List eighty-two times. These accomplishments are the cornerstone of the Men’s Basketball program at Skyline College.
Piergrossi arrived at Skyline after serving five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of San Francisco. On the hilltop he coached a total of fourteen players who went on to play professionally (Kenyon Jones, Russell Hinder, LyRyan Russell, Ali Thomas, Hondre Brewer, Darrell Tucker, John Cox, Shamell Stallworth, Kenny Barnes, Jovan Harris, James Bayless, Tyrone Riley, Jerome Gumbs, and Alan Wiggins, Jr.). USF players also earned a number of distinctions during his time, including one WCC Player of the Year, four 1st Team All-Conference selections, one All-Conference honorable mention, and one WCC Newcomer of the Year. In 1999-2000 Piergrossi was part of a USF team that achieved the school’s highest regular season win total in three decades, a record which has still not been surpassed. In his time at USF Piergrossi’s duties gradually shifted from day-to-day operations of the program to opponent scouting and the recruitment of student-athletes. He played a key role in the advance scouting of many of the Dons’ upsets during his tenure, including Michigan, BYU, Ohio State and Fresno State. He also recruited the team MVP in each of his last two seasons (Andre Hazel and Alan Wiggins, Jr.). In addition to his duties on the court, Piergrossi served an equally important position off the court. His role as an academic mentor proved invaluable as USF claimed one of the highest graduation rates in the country year after year.
Prior to joining Philip Mathews’ staff at USF, Piergrossi served as an assistant coach at Hanover College in Hanover, IN. At Hanover he was part of a perennial Division III power, working for Dr. Michael Beitzel (three-time Midwest District NABC Coach of the Year). Piergrossi concentrated on Hanover’s team defense, which ranked 9th in the nation in points allowed per game in 1997-98.
Piergrossi also interned for the Philadelphia 76ers front office in 1996-97 and volunteered for the University of Connecticut Men’s Basketball Team during its 1995-96 Big East Championship season. He is well known on the summer basketball camp circuit as well after working a number of the top camps on the east coast and in the Midwest.
Piergrossi hails from Bloomfield, Connecticut. While at Bloomfield High School, he had the honor of playing for one of the most respected and successful high school basketball coaches in Connecticut state history- Joe Reilly. A member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, Reilly won over 500 games and five state titles during his 35+ years of coaching. Following his playing career at Bloomfield, Piergrossi went on to earn his undergraduate degree at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Sports Management and Finance. He also earned his Master’s degree in Sports and Fitness Management from the University of San Francisco.
You can read more about Coach Piergrossi on NorCal Basketball Central
The Coaching Connection
Coach Piergrossi’s former players and student managers who entered the coaching ranks:
|Micah Shrewsberry||Boston Celtics||Assistant Coach||NBA|
|Richard Fernando||Miami Heat||Asst. Video Coordinator||NBA|
|Scepter Brownlee||Georgia State||Assistant Coach||NCAA Division I|
|Kyle Getter||Virginia Commonwealth
|Assistant Coach||NCAA Division I|
|Booker Harris||Dominican University||Head Coach||NCAA Division II|
|Kyle Brummet||Wabash College||Head Coach||NCAA Division III|
|Toby Carrigan||College of Mount St. Joseph||Head Coach||NCAA Division III|
|Sean Hanrahan||Warner University||Head Coach||NAIA|
|Antonio Dillon||Menlo High School||Assistant Coach||California HS|
|Joe Neuman||Franklin County HS||Head Coach||Indiana HS|
|Brian Bowen||Rushville Consolidated HS||Head Coach||Indiana HS|
|Brandon Hoffman||Silver Creek HS||Head Coach||Indiana HS|
|Kevin Klein||Saint Xavier HS||Head Coach||Kentucky HS|
|Alvin Broussard||Sandia HS||Head Coach||New Mexico HS|
|Logan Shoffner||American International
|Assistant Coach||Georgia HS|
|Kyle Wong||Skyline College||Assistant Coach||CA JC|
|Ali Thomas||St. Ignatius||Assistant Coach||CA HS|
|LyRyan Russell||Sacred Heart Cathedral||Head Girl's Coach||CA HS|
|Jerome Gumbs||International School||Head Girl's Coach||CA HS|
|Eugene Brown||Pinnacle High School||Asst. Girl's Coach||AZ HS|
|Andre Hazel||Villa Park High School||Head JV Coach||CA HS|
Eddy Harris (Assistant Men's Basketball Coach)Kinesiology|Athletics|Dance - Basketball Skyline
Eddy Harris begins his twelfth season as an assistant coach at Skyline College. Harris joined the Skyline coaching staff after finishing his career and education at the University of San Francisco. He was a member of the USF basketball team from 1999 to 2002, playing for head coach Phil Mathews. During the 2000-01 season, Harris was honored with the “We Play Hard” Award for his dedication and work ethic. He completed his bachelor’s degree in 2002 and then went on to earn his master’s degree in 2004.
He enrolled at USF after prepping at Bridgemont High School in San Francisco. At Bridgemont, Harris was a four-year varsity starter and finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer. He averaged 29.6 points per game as a senior.
In addition to coaching at Skyline College, Harris teaches a number of general physical education classes. He has also served as a director for the Legarza Summer Basketball Camps, one of the largest camps in northern California.
Naim Tate (Assistant Men s Basketball Coach)Kinesiology|Athletics|Dance - Basketball Skyline
A former Skyline Trojan, Naim Tate will serve his first season as an assistant coach. Naim was a member of Skyline’s 2011-12 team. He was known for his consistent work ethic, attention to detail, and leadership.
After concluding his career, he transferred to the University of San Francisco, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. While on the hilltop, Naim started a free inclusion basketball program for typical and special children ages three to twelve. The program was a huge success with support from both the USF Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.
After graduation Naim returned to his alma mater, El Camino High School, serving as the junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant. In his first season as a head coach, he won the league championship. He also had the opportunity to coach future Trojan, and 1st Team All-Conference selection, Elijah White.
During his playing days at El Camino, Naim was voted team captain as a senior. He also helped the football team win its first PAL title in 30 years.
In addition to coaching, Naim is currently a Behavioral Assistant for the San Bruno Park School District, working with children with special needs and behavioral issues.