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Skyline Men's Basketball is committed to fielding a team of local players. Our primary focus is Development- both on and off the court. As a result, our players are prepared for success at the four-year level. Since 2005, former Skyline players have appeared in one National Championship game, five NCAA Tournaments, five NAIA National Tournaments, been named All-American once and All-Conference six times. In addition, three former players have signed professional contracts. Of our players who have moved on to play at the four-year level, 82% have done so on athletic scholarship.

Academic success is also a key component at Skyline. A recipient of the prestigious Scholar Team Award, our program boasts a 96% graduation/transfer rate among two-year players. In addition, members of the Men's Basketball team have been named to the Dean's List 85 times.

Head Coach

Justin Piergrossi

Justin Piergrossi is entering his fifteenth 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 fourteen seasons, 179 out of 200 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, 28 players have moved on to continue their playing career at the university level (82% on scholarship) and 3 players have signed professional contracts. Piergrossi’s former players have appeared in the NCAA Tournament or NAIA National Tournament on eleven different occasions. Read about the success of his players at the four-year level.

Piergrossi has also guided the Trojans to many academic honors. Skyline has been a finalist for the prestigious Scholar Team Award on three different occasions, winning the award in 2009-10. The Scholar Team award is the highest athletic/academic award presented in California. Piergrossi’s players have also been named to the Dean's List eighty-five times.

Piergrossi arrived at Skyline after serving five seasons as an assistant to Hall of Fame coach Phil Mathews 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 only been surpassed once since.

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.

 

The Coaching Connection

Coach Piergrossi’s former players and student managers who entered the coaching ranks:

Name OrganizationRoleInstitution
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
University
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
Devin Williams In the Lab Trainer  
Antonio Dillon Menlo High School Assistant Coach California HS
Matt Fochtman Archbishop Riordan 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
Basketball Institute
Assistant Coach Georgia HS
Kyle Wong Skyline College Assistant Coach California JC
Ali Thomas St. Ignatius Assistant Coach California HS
LyRyan Russell Sacred Heart Cathedral Head Girl's Coach California HS
Jerome Gumbs International School Head Girl's Coach California HS
Eugene Brown Pinnacle High School Assistant Girl's Coach Arizona HS
Andre Hazel Villa Park High School Head JV Coach California HS

Profile

Assistant Coach

Eddy Harris

Eddy Harris begins his fifteenth 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.

 

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Assistant Coach

Louis Armstrong

Louis is serving in his second season as an assistant coach, and head strength and conditioning coach. Louis is a Skyline alum, who graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. He competed in both football and track & field at College of San Mateo.

In addition to collegiate playing experience, Louis has also worked as a personal trainer for four years. He holds certifications in personal training from American College of Sports Medicine and sports nutrition from the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association.

Louis graduated from Terra Nova High School.

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