Casandra Renno became Cal State San Bernardino’s 11th women’s basketball coach when the school announced the results of its search this past May.
Having replaced Susan Crebbin, the highly-successful coach from San Bernardino Valley College over a 10-year stretch, Renno jumps from being an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Cal State Fullerton to the Lady Coyotes’ head coach.
“There is a lot of tradition and pride with women’s basketball here,” she said, adding, “I’m looking forward to getting us back to that elite level and building a championship program that the university and community will be proud of.”
An Apple Valley High School product, Renno was a point guard at UC Riverside where she was a first-team All-Big West Conference pick in both 2003 and 2004, Renno turned her liberal studies-English degree into a coaching career.
At Fullerton, where Renno served for two seasons, the team had its best record in a decade. Renno also served as an assistant at Cal State Los Angeles between 2015-2017.
Cal State plays in the state-of-the-art Coussoulis Arena.
Upon announcement of Renno as Cal State’s new coach, the school’s director of athletics Shawn Ferrell referred to her connection to “part of multiple women’s basketball programs that have built strong foundations to compete annually for championships.”
“She does it,” said Ferrell, “by recruiting qualified young women who excel on the court and in the classroom.”
Ferrell referred to Renno’s connection to this area -- Apple Valley High, UCR and NCAA Division III campus La Verne, where she spent two seasons as an assistant coach -- as a likely factor in the hiring.
“Being from the area, she understands (Cal State),” he said, adding the school was “excited to support Casandra in building a championship women’s basketball program.”
Despite the hiring of Crebbin, who had SBVC in prominent positions ever since her arrival, the Lady Coyotes
2019 -- 10-16 last season, part of a 4-way tie for seventh in CCAA.
2018 -- 11-15, no playoff.
2017 -- 15-10, beaten in opening round of CCAA tournament.
2016 -- 14-13, lost in second round CCAA tournament.
Crebbin, 50-53 overall with a 38-44 in conference play, had replaced Renee Jimenez, the former Cal State Monterey Coach, following the 2014-2015 season.
PREP WATER POLO
Workouts started last week at San Gorgonio High School, which brought back Chad Rahn as coach of the school’s aquatics program.
School athletic director Matt Maeda announced Rahn’s return to the pool deck. Rahn has plenty of background in the pool.
A four-time all-league polo player for San G, he was a three-time All-CIF Southern Section selection, turning up at state power Riverside City College.
In 2016, Rahn coached an age-group squad to victory in the Junior Olympics.
His coaching career started in 2007 at San G until being hired away to coach at Riverside King in 2016. The Spartans’ last winning seasons -- 10-8 in 2014 and 14-3 in 2015 -- came under Rahn’s watch.
At King, Rahn had the Wolves for records of 17-11 (2016) and 20-11 (2018) in a highly-competitive Big VIII League. King dropped a second round playoff game to Claremont last season.
COLLEGE TRACK & FIELD
Sprinter Alexis White, who racked up plenty of dual meet points last spring at San Gorgonio High School, committed to Cal State Monterey Bay, an NCAA Division II program that competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Monterey will be getting a fleet-footed runner.
White set a personal best 12.61-second run at the April 13 Inland Empire Championships, running a personal best 58.47 in the 400 that same day.
Last season, the San G runner won the 400 in 59-flat, taking second in the 300-hurdles.
White will re-unite with former San G teammate Nia Howard, a championship hurdler and relay runner who completed her freshman season at Monterey.
White and Howard combined on San Andreas League relay triumphs in 2018, both in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400. White added wins in the 200 and 400.
Howard took a third place finish at last spring’s California Collegiate Athletic Association in the javelin, beating her own school record with a 123-foot, 5-inch effort.
PREP SOFTBALL CAMP
Cal State San Bernardino, hosting a one-day high school soccer camp on Aug. 3, at the team’s on-campus field.
It’s open to softball players entering high school, currently in high school or junior college players.
Lady Coyotes’ head coach Dee Payan, plus her staff, Brandon Wallace and Felicia Mendoza, will cover hitting, fielding, pitching and catching during the 9 a.m.-1 p.m. session.
Cost is $80.
Signups take place by contacting Wallace -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- which should include the athlete’s name, grade and position, plus any questions.