SBVC’s Susan Crebbin named women’s basketball coach at CS San Bernardino

Susan Crebbin is changing jobs but she isn’t going to far to do so.

Crebbin, who turned the San Bernardino Valley College program from doormat to title contender, has been appointed head coach at nearby Cal State San Bernardino.

Displaying sue_crebbin.jpgShe replaces Renee Jimenez who departed after two years top take the same position at Cal State San Marcos.

“I am very excited about the opportunity,” Crebbin said. “I am coming in late s there are some challenges but I am ready to handle them and get going.”

When Crebbin arrived from Northern California a decade ago, the SBVC program was practically non-existent. The school struggled to field a team and the losses far outnumbered the wins.

She went 212-89 overall, but more impressively led the Wolverines to a record of 112-22 in Foothill Conference play including a 59-3 slate over the last five seasons and unbeaten seasons in each of the last two years.

The Wolverines won seven conference championships in her last eight seasons and twice reached the state’s Elite Eight. She earned five conference coach of the year honors.

Crebbin told her players earlier in the week about the possible move. She met with a handful of her new players on Thursday, although most are not yet around.

Crebbin stressed her experience and knowledge of the area, the same in which she recruited for her previous job. There has been negative publicity surrounding San Bernardino recently but that doesn’t scare Crebbin off.

“I think it’s just a matter of going out and meeting the players and their families and getting them here on campus so we can show them what we have to offer.” she said. “Once we get people here they’ll realize it’s different than what they perceived.”

Crebbin said the biggest difference will be dealing with NCAA regulations which will be new to her.

“The basketball part will be easy,” she said. “The learning curve will be all the NCAA stuff but I have great people here I can go to and lean on for right now.”

Crebbin becomes the eighth coach in CSUSB program history and takes over a program that went 19-9 last season and reached the CCAA Tournament semifinals.

“We don;t have a lot of players but the ones that are here are really good/ Now I just need to go scramble and find a few more.”

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Chaffey College’s Marquis Wimberly commits to UNLV

Upland High School graduate Marquis Wimberly has committed to UNLV.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver is headed into his sophomore year at Chaffey College and was relieved to have the recruiting process behind him.

“The whole process is stressful, fun, there’s pressure. It has a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “Having the decision out of the way is a big relief. Now I can just work on getting better and showing what I can do.”

Wimberly had seven offers with UNLV joined by Idaho, South Alabama, North Arizona, Northern Texas, Georgia State and Weber State.

He said the campus atmosphere and coaching staff made the difference. Wimberly said he hit it off right away with new head coach Tony Sanchez.

“I liked the atmosphere of the campus and the town,” he said. “And I really like coach Sanchez both as a coach and as a person.”

Wimberly caught 49 passes for 659 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games last year for the Chaffey Panthers.

He said he is looking forward to competing for a starting spot in 2016. Typically community college players that move on to Division I schools are brought in to contribute right away since they only have two years of eligibility left.

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John Shipp formerly appointed to head SBVC football program

The interim label has been lifted and John Shipp is officially the head football coach at San Bernardino Valley College.

Shipp was first appointed a year ago but got the nod with an interim label because there wasn’t enough time to clear all the hurdles that needed to be cleared for a formal appointment.

He had to go through the application and interview process again this year and the board of trustees recognized that he was still the right man for the job.

“It’s nice to have it out the way because you never know,” he said, “I went about this like it was my job and I was going to be here because that’s the only way I know to do things. If it was going to be my job I wanted to be in the best position possible coming into this season and if it wasn’t I wanted to leave the best possible situation for the person coming in.”

Despite getting the job late last July he still led the team to a 6-4 regular season showing. The Wolverines were 4-3 in American Mountain Division play which was only good enough for third place.

While most counted the season as a success given how late Shipp came in, the coach thinks it could have been better. He admits he learned a lot in the fist year which will serve him well moving forward.

“As a competitor you always think you can do better,” he said. “There were definitely a couple of other games we could have won.”

There will be only minor tweaks to the coaching staff. Shipp calls the offense while Kenny Lawler remains the defensive coordinator. The most notable addition is former 49er Dana Hall who will coach the secondary.

SBVC opens the season at home on Sept. 5 against Santa Barbara City.

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