By Matthew Saunders
Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball head coach Greg Kamansky and assistant coach Damion Hill have set up a system over the years that has helped the team become very successful. However, just like any other system, there is always room for improvement.
That’s where assistant coach Matt Okada comes in.
Okada is the newest addition to the men’s basketball team at CPP. Okada has not only proven to be a useful asset to the team, but someone that can relate to the players.
“I love the sport of basketball,” said Okada. “I use to play guard back when I was in high school. I also interned with the Philadelphia 76ers for a period of time when I was in college.
“The experience also taught me how much I missed California. I came back to the state soon after, and coached for two years at Imperial Valley College and Allen Hancock College. I was also a video coordinator for University of the Pacific for a period of time.”
With an impressive resume and experience in the field, Okada was invited to coach for the Broncos.
“I didn’t have much say in the matter,” said Okada. “Coach Kamansky wanted me to coach, and the success within the last 10 years speaks for itself. It also feels good to come home.”
With Okada being new to CPP, it took him sometime to adapt. However, Okada is quick on his feet and does his best to encourage his players.
“I definitely feel Coach Okada brought the youth back to the team,” said fourth-year liberal studies student Terrence Drisdom. “He was quiet when we first started working with us. I now see him being more vocal. Not only does he encourage us, but he is also someone we can relate to.
“He’s closer to our age and we share a lot of similar interests. He also does a good job with keeping a cool head. Playing can be stressful, but Coach Okada helps us relieve stress and loosen up before a game.
Okada has helped to lead the players into a successful season. Despite being on the team for only a few months now, Okada has proven to be quite an asset.
“The coaches have a good system going for the team,” said Okada. “However, one of my goals for my time here is to not only win, but to bring in a fresh, new perspective when it comes to coaching.”
Okada has made quite an impression to the Broncos. With a busy schedule ahead for the Broncos, Okada, Kamansky and Hill will be busy molding a winning team.
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