head basketball coach Tony Marcopulos was hired to lead the Seahawk program
on April 3, 2000. In the thirteen years since, he has built one of the oustanding programs in California. The Seahawks have won five Coast Conference South Champions (one back-to-back (06-07) and a current run of three in a row)(11,12,13)) in the last seven and are primed to win a fourth in a row. Prior to beginning
his 14th season, he discussed his thoughts regarding Cabrillo College, his team,
his program and just what can be expected:
Q: WHAT DO YOU
CONSIDER TO BE SOME OF THE STRENGTHS OF THIS COLLEGE?
MARCOPULOS: "The location of the campus and its close proximity to the beach
obviously stand out as tremendous assets to this college. Cabrillo, as an institution
of higher education, is one of the truly outstanding community colleges in the
state of California. We have instructors here that are committed to the growth
and development of students. Lastly, Cabrillo is the kind of place where a student-athlete
can get an outstanding two-year education at an affordable cost, play intercollegiate
athletics and enjoy college social life in one of the most beautiful areas of
WHAT WILL YOU PROMISE A STUDENT-ATHLETE IF HE COMES TO CABRILLO?
MARCOPULOS: "What first comes to mind is what I will NOT promise. I will not ever promise a recruit playing time....ever. They are promised zero minutes. They will earn whatever amount of playing time they get. However, what I will promise is the following: One, I promise that they will go to class each and everyday. I will not promise that they will graduate even though we have had only four players who have completed all four semesters with us not graduate. In my twenty-five years of collegiate coaching I have only coached eight student-athletes who did not graduate who finished their eligibility. I promise they will attend and be in an atmosphere that will be conducive to attaining a degree. Second, I promise they will be a much better player when they leave Cabrillo than when they came. They will work harder on their game and be in better shape than they have ever been in their life. They will be coached everyday. Lastly, I promise they will be better people when they leave us than when they came. Not because they are hanging around me everyday, although I intend to have a very positive impact on their life, but because I will surround them with teammates that are good people. It stands to reason that if one is surrounded with good people, people of character, then it will impact one in a positive way. Clearly, the opposite is true as well. Our teams are recruited based in large part on an individuals character."
"Go to class, get better, be a better person. Other than that. I promise no promises."
Q: WHAT ARE
THE BIGGEST STRENGTHS OF THE BASKETBALL PROGRAM?
MARCOPULOS: "Our commitment to the development of our players is easily our
biggest strength. Student-athletes in this program will be challenged to excel
in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. We make every effort to
ensure that our players receive the best college basketball experience possible.”
DOES CABRILLO RATE AMONG COAST CONFERENCE CONTENDERS?
MARCOPULOS: "Over the past decade the Coast Conference South division has been extremely competitive. We have won the Coast Conference South Championship in 5 of the past 7 years and the two years we didn't win it we came in second. We have a tradition of winning and have built a culture that we recruit into. Our culture has created high expectations and winning is one of those. Anything less would be well beneath what we are capable and that is unacceptable."