by Cerwin D Haynes
(thumbnail and pics courtesy of @elacbball)
For the past eight seasons, East Los Angeles College men's basketball head coach John Mosley and his tireless staff have built a program whose level of sustained success had not been previously seen in Monterey Park. Having earned his fifth conference Coach of the Year Award in February, Coach Mosley and his team were literally on the road to potentially capping off the program's best season ever (29-1 overall, 8-0 conference) with a State Championship when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the CCCAA to cancel the Chanpionships. But that hasn't stopped the program from continuing to earn more recognition on a national level.
In a recent article posted on Silver Waves Media, Coach Mosley and assistant Coach Kenneth Hunter were named to a list of 50 Most Impactful Coaches in JUCO Men's Basketball. Here are the excerpts for each coach:
Coach Mosley: "...has East LA rolling as one of the best JUCOs on the west coast. Before arriving, East LA hadn't had a trip to the CCCAA state playoffs in over a decade. In his eight year tenure, Mosely has not only been named coach of the year four times, but has also been to eight straight CCCAA state playoffs. They have won at least twenty games in each of his eight seasons and just completed a school record season with 29 wins this past year and only one loss. In addition, the East LA basketball program has welcomed the television show "Last Chance U." The hit television series has been filming the program all year and it is set to air later this year."
Coach Hunter: "Known as a great recruiter, Coach Hunter is a staple at top Junior College All American Camps, Showcases and Pro-Am basketball leagues such as JBL Pro-Am, the Say No Nike College summer league, and Nike Drew League Pro Am. ELAC and LA Trade Tech, Hunter's previous school, have benefitted as a result. Hunter helped revive a LA Trade Tech program that was 3-27 prior to his arrival and won three South Coast Conference titles along with making elite 8 and final four appearances. He has done the same at ELAC winning at least twenty games in every season and just completed a school record 29 wins with only one loss. In addition, the East LA basketball program has welcomed the television show "Last Chance U." The hit television series has been filming the program all year and it is set to air later this year."
Note: The Netflix series Last Chance U has, to date, focused solely on JUCO football, and their coverage of ELAC Men's Basketball wil serve as LCU's inaugural expansion into documenting other collegiate sports.