San Jacinto College honors legendary men’s basketball coach

Legendary San Jacinto College (SJC) men’s basketball coach, Scott Gernander, was honored during the Feb. 1 game against Tyler Junior College at the Central Campus.

A reception was held prior to the game, where friends, family, and former colleagues stopped by to visit with Gernander and take a look at various awards and photos throughout the coach’s 31 years at SJC.

Gernander built the men’s basketball program to be a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) powerhouse, with an overall record of 640-158. As head coach, he led his squads to 14 conference titles, eight NJCAA national tournament appearances, and two national runner-up finishes (1997, 2003). He also served 24 years as the San Jacinto College Central Campus athletic director.

Pictured from left: Dr. H. Neil Matkin, San Jacinto College (SJC) Central Campus president; Sharon Nelson, SJC Central Campus athletic director and volleyball head coach; Scott Gernander, veteran SJC men’s basketball head coach; Scott Robert Gernander, Gernander’s son and SJC men’s basketball assistant coach; Jacob Wonders, SJC men’s basketball head coach; and Dr. Brenda Hellyer, SJC Chancellor.