Coach Peron's Career Overall Record: 521-184, .739 win percentage, 23 seasons (going into 2019-2020 season)
Coach Peron's Career Playoff Record: 37-21, .638
The longest current tenured head coach at Pasadena City College, Joe Peron is just one of 13 coaches in California Community College history to reach 500 career victories. Beginning his 24th season in 2019-2020, he has directed his Lancers teams to six South Coast Conference titles, and a string of seven consecutive trips from 2004-2010 to the CCCAA state tournament.
In 2009, Peron reached his highest achievement when the Lancers captured the state championship. It was the first state team crown in PCC women's sports history. His teams have a remarkable consistency at advancing to the postseason, doing so every year but once in 2001. After back-to-back spots in the state championship game in 2004 and 2005 and a pair of state semifinal finishes in 2007 and 2008, the 2009 South's No. 4 seeded Lancers scored wins over North No. 1 City College of San Francisco in the quarterfinals, undefeated 34-0 Ventura in the semifinals, and finally San Joaquin Delta in the '09 championship game played at Fresno's Selland Arena.
Peron was named the South Coast Conference Women's Coach of the Year for all sports in the 2008-09 season, and is one of only three PCC head coaches to ever receive the award. In 2005, he was named the WBCA Regional Coach of the Year.
In 2018-19, PCC qualified for the Southern California Regional Playoffs for a remarkable 22nd time in 23 years under Peron's leadership. Peron guided redshirt center Dariel Johnson, who was named SCC North Division Freshman of the Year and was the CCCSIA State Athlete of the Month for January. Johnson performed the first points-rebounds-blocks type triple-double in PCC history and her 12 blocked shots in that performance v. LA Trade Tech is a new school record.
In 2016-17, the Lancers reached the 20-win mark (21-10) for the 14th time under Peron's leadership. PCC advanced as far as the third round of SoCal Regionals, eliminated by East Los Angeles.
In 2015-16, the Lancers were part of an amazing year for the South Coast. Despite a 14th seed, PCC managed to upset No. 3 Ventura behind a playoff-record tying 35 points by point guard Judith Espinoza. The Lancers lost to East Los Angeles in Round 3, a team that went on to advance to an All-SCC state title game final that was won by SCC North Division champion Mt. San Antonio. PCC defeated ELAC during the regular season. Espinoza went on to be named All-State Third Team. And now she is an assistant coach on Peron's staff.
While the 2014-15 season had its ups and downs, the Lancers featured one of the state's most dynamic duos in All-State Third Team forward Regerina Baker, who was named the CCCSIA State Women's Athlete of the Month for January, and the record-setting Espinoza. Baker had the highest scoring average by a Lancer this century at 18.4 points per game and added an 11.4 rebounds average, the highest by a PCC player since 1996-97. Espinoza, who was second in the state in assists, averaged a new PCC standard of 7.5 assists a game and set the single-game mark of 17 in a Jan. 7 game at El Camino College-Compton Center.
In 2013-14, the Lancers made it to the SoCal regional quarterfinals and settled for a 22-8 overall record. PCC won the Glendale and Irvine Valley Tournaments and placed second in the SCC North Division. PCC had the distinction of defeating eventual CCCAA state champion Ventura twice, handing the Pirates two of their three losses. All-State First Team center Kaitlyn Parks (Prarie View A&M) and All-State Second Team point guard Desiree Loving (Arkansas-Fort Smith) were among five Lancers sophomores who earned university scholarships.
PCC had an amazing streak of 18 straight postseason home wins snapped in 2013 when Irvine Valley upset the Lancers for the program's first playoff loss at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium since it opened its doors in 1999. The loss was also the first time PCC lost a first-round playoff, home or road, ending a 16-game win streak in opening playoff games. The state's No. 9-ranked Lancers still had a rebound season with a 22-7 overall record and a strong third place (12-4) in the powerful South Coast Conference.
In 2012, the Lancers made the biggest rally in their playoff history, coming back from 25 points down to defeat Antelope Valley, 67-65, in a Round 1 game. PCC, a 15th seed, pushed No. 2 Ventura to the brink before being eliminated in the second round, 55-50.
Under Peron's leadership, 44 Lancers have earned 4-year university playing scholarships. Forty-seven of the Top 50 All-Time Leading Scorers in PCC women's hoops history played for Peron.
PCC had three State Player of the Year selections in Jeanine Deno in 2007, Dionne Pounds in 2005, and Tiana Sanders in 1999.
In 2017-18, Alisa Shinn became the college's 10th SCC MVP after previous SCC Players of the Year in Dominique Scott (2010-11, then played at USC), Deno (2006-2007), Pounds (twice--2003-2004, 2004-2005), Ariel Towns (2002-2003), Tyrea Smith (1999-2000), Sanders (1998-99), Jackie Sadler (1997-1998), and Biljana Bosanac (1992-93). Only Bosanac was not coached by Peron.
The Lancers twice made it to the state championship game at the University of San Diego, losing to Mt. San Antonio in 2004 and Cypress in 2005, as the program established itself as a perennial state power. In the next three seasons, the state runner-ups from the North--Foothill in 2008, Sierra in 2007, and San Joaquin Delta in 2006, each beat PCC at the state tournament held in Northern California at both Selland Arena ('06-07) and Stockton's Spanos Center ('08). In 2010, the team was knocked out in the quarterfinals by San Francisco at Cal Lutheran University.
In 2006-2007, PCC ran off a school-record 28-game winning streak and recorded another school mark for most wins in a season with 34. Deno was a CCCAA/CCCSIA State Athlete of the Month for December, 2006.
The Lancers finished 29-2 in 2004-2005, including a 25-game winning streak. In 2003-2004, PCC won three tournament championships in the regular season and started the year with a 22-game winning streak. The Lancers then knocked off three Orange Empire Conference teams, Fullerton, Cypress and Saddleback, in the Southern California Regional Playoffs to reach the state final four.
In 2008-09, the Lancers boasted CCCAA Tournament MVP and point guard Kinyada Johnson and All-CCCAA Tournament team selections in forward Easter Faafiti and guard Melia Basavand. Johnson was the CCCAA/CCCSIA Athlete of the Month for March, 2009 and Faafiti was a State Farm All-American honorable mention as well as winning a South Coast Conference Special Achievement award. Faafiti went on to become an All-American at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the USA Deaf Olympics gold medal winning team.
Forward Monique Diaz (who went on to Cal State Los Angeles) had the distinction of twice being named to the All-State Tournament team. In 2006-2007, it was transfer guard Adriana Tovalin who made All-State Tournament.
Shinn joined Johnson, Pounds, a Kodak All-American, and Deno as members of the elite PCC 1,000-point club. Johnson is the college's all-time leading scorer with 1,091 points. Sanders was inducted into the PCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and Pounds took her spot in the HOF in 2013. Sanders was selected to the CCCWBCA Hall of Fame in March, 2016.
COACH PERON FILE
2009 CCCAA State Crown
3 State Championship Final Appearances, 2004, 2005, 2009
7 Consecutive Appearances in the State Championship Tournament, 2004-2010
6 South Coast Conference Titles, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007
22 Appearances in the SoCal Regional Playoffs
3 seasons of 30-plus victories, 1998-99, 2006-07, 2008-09
8 seasons of 25 or more wins
14 seasons of 20 or more wins