FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 29, 2009
MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
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Offill Named New Mendocino College Men’s Basketball Coach
Ukiah, CA- College of the Siskiyous Head Men’s Basketball Coach Billy Offill has been named the new men’s head basketball coach at Mendocino College.
Offill, a former Mendocino College basketball player and assistant coach, was recently the men’s head basketball coach at College of the Siskiyous from 2006-2009. College of the Siskiyous won 22 games this past season and earned a Northern California playoff berth.
"We are proud to by able to hire one of our own. Billy was a tremendous player for us and we look forward to seeing his passion and excitement carry over into our basketball program,” Mendocino College Interim Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Tom Gang said.
A native of Sonoma County, Offill saw the Mendocino College job as an opportunity get back home and coach at a place where he enjoyed his experiences as a coach and player.
“After playing for Coach Boyle (former Mendocino College Men’s Basketball Coach) and receiving my AA degree at Mendocino College, I am very excited to lead the basketball program here,” Offill said.
Previously, Offill was an assistant coach for Mendocino College from 2002-2005, before moving on to Modesto Junior College as an assistant from 2005-2006.
After a stellar career at El Molino High School in Forestville, CA, which Offill was named Press Democrat Large School Player of the Year and Sonoma County League Most Valuable Player in 1996, he played his freshman season at Santa Rosa Junior College. He then transferred to Mendocino College where he redshirted a year and then played his sophomore season.
According to Offill, wanting a small college environment where he could excel in the classroom and court were his reasons for leaving Santa Rosa Junior College for Mendocino College.
During his sophomore season at Mendocino College, he helped lead Mendocino to the Northern California playoffs. Offill averaged 14.6 points per game and led the state in assists with 8.3 per game.
Offill earned a full athletic scholarship to the College of Idaho, a NAIA Dvision II school in Caldwell, ID. There he helped his team to 50 wins in two seasons, including a berth in the elite eight at the national Tournament in Branson, MO. Offill received his bachelor of arts degree in physical education.
According to Offill, the focus of the Mendocino College Men’s Basketball program will
be a year-round development of student-athletes on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
Offill will run an up tempo dribble drive motion on offense and execute switching defenses with a commitment to keeping offenses out of the painted area on defense.
“Everywhere I have been, we have placed numerous athletes at four-year institutions and we look to make noise in the Bay Valley conference in the 2009-2010 campaign,” Offill said.
For additional information about the Mendocino College Men’s Basketball Program,
Contact Coach Offill at (707) 468-3028 or vist www.mendocino.edu.
Created: April 29, 2009 @ 09:55 AM
Last Modified: May 08, 2009 @ 08:26 AM