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Chaminade names men's basketball coach

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:59 p.m. HST, Jun 6, 2011

Chaminade University named Jerry Carrillo, a veteran community college head coach in Arizona, as its new men's basketball coach.

Carrillo was the head coach at Cochise (Ariz.) Community College for the last 16 years, Chaminade officials said today.

"Jerry brings a high energy, up-tempo style of basketball that will be exciting for our players and fans," Chaminade athletic director Bill Villa said in a news release. Villa said more than 200 candidates sought the position. 

Carrillo was also selected to serve as one of the court coaches at the 2011 USA under 19 National Team Training Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., from June 17-19, according to Chaminade. He has coached his Cochise teams to 15 consecutive Region I Junior College post-season appearances. 

Carrillo also came highly recommended by some Division I coaches, including Jamie Dixon at the University of Pittsburgh, a former University of Hawaii assistant, Chaminade officials said.

"I am very excited to be named the men's basketball coach at Chaminade University," Carrillo said in a statement. "It is a great opportunity to coach at a school that has a great tradition and success both on and off the court," he said. "We hope to continue the success and continue to bring an exciting brand of basketball to the Chaminade Silversword community.  It's a super opportunity for me and my family — we are ecstatic."

Carrillo received his master's degree in kinesiology from California State University, Northridge, and his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. 

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