Dec 25 2014: 3-star prospect Halim Al Rahman committed.
Dec 07 2013: 3-star prospect Lorenzo Carrera committed.
Nov 28 2013: 3-star prospect Nathan Brackett committed.
Oct 30 2013: 4-star prospect Jeronimo Gamboa committed.
Oct 19 2013: Alex Vaughn was inducted into the team Hall of Fame.
Oct 03 2013: Richard Allan was appointed as the new head coach.
Oct 03 2013: Angel Reyes was fired as head coach.
Oct 03 2013: Monte Miller was inducted into the team Hall of Fame.
Mar 10 2013: Made the division 2 tournament field.
Mar 10 2013: Won the V.8 conference playoffs.
Pts Ave: 76.4 - 75.1 Pts Diff: +1.3 Team Power Index: 137.7
Dec 25 2014: Gaels add 3-Star Egyptian Al Rahman - by naph on September 21st, 2020
SMC signed Halim Al Rahman (*** 93/13 6' 7½" PF sf) from Idku, Egypt on Christmas day. Whilst still raw at the moment he appears to have a high ceiling. Shooting, range and passing should be his strengths, but he projects to be good in most areas and an excellent all-around baller.
"Halim was our top target this season. We really wanted a forward that could stretch the floor and shooting as a whole has been a little lacking in recent years. We're really excited about what he can bring to the program." - Head Coach Richard Allan
Dec 04 2014: Injuries Abound but Gaels Start Conference Play 3-0 - by naph on September 16th, 2020
Another game another injury for the Gaels. PG Smith will miss just the 1 game, but joins Schmitt on the sidelines against Sonoma State. Aldrich (1), Schmitt(1), Aldrich(2) and Lang(5) have all missed games so far this season and Schmitt is expected to be out for the next 3 and Smith will also miss the next 1.
"We have to have that next man up mentality right now. Whilst we didn't have the OOC results we wanted we've pulled things together in conference play." - H.Foust (RS SO PF)
Gamboa Impresses In Debut
Freshman Jeronimo Gamboa filled in for the injured Schmitt getting his first competitive minutes for the Gaels as the starting SF. He logged 13p 2r 1a 1s 1to in 27 minutes and made 3 of 4 attempts from beyond the arc. The 4* jewel of last year's recruiting class is still expected to red-shirt this year.
The men from Moraga will be hoping to extend their win streak to 4 as they play host to Sonoma State a team in turmoil after losing their president at the start of the season.
Feb 22 2014: SMC Stay Up in 2014 - by naph on August 16th, 2020
With 2 games remaining in conference play the SMC faithful can finally relax, secure in the knowledge they will be staying in division 2 for another season.
The decision was made early to red-shirt some players who could have been contributors this year. It should pay off down the line, but it made this season a challenge. The likes of Foust, Gavin and Aldrich will all be big contributors moving forward, they might even all start as early as next season, as the team will farewell 3 starters in Ward, McGinnis and Strong.
A 3-7 OOC record (against fairly tough competition) set the season's expectations. At 2-4 in conference there was some concern, but a 4 game winning streak set us up to remain in the conference for another year. We were good enough to beat the cellar dweller's consistently. Our closest thing to an upset win was an OT win over Rose-Hulman, and whilst we played some of the better teams close, we couldn't quite get an upset.
Next season looks likely to be a transition year again as we graduate players who are currently #2, #4 & #5 in SI and a pair of walk-ons who've played almost 20 minutes a game between them this season. We have no current juniors on scholarship. The current roster looks to be building towards 2016.
Nov 28 2013: Gaels Sign 3* PG Nathan Brackett - by naph on July 21st, 2020
The 6' PG prospect out of Oakland California by way of Armstrong High School committed to the Gaels after a whirlwind recruitment. Coach Allan reached out to him on the Friday, and by Monday morning his letter of intent was in his inbox.
"I love all the locals schools and growing up I made it to as many games as I could out at Walnut Creek. I'm thrilled I'll be able to play my college career in front of my family" - N. Brackett
"Nathan has a ways to go, but he has all the makings of a good defensive, distributor. He'll need to work on some form of scoring eventually, but if he can come in, run the offense and limit his opponent he'll be filling an important role for this team." - Head Coach Richard Allan.
Oct 30 2013: 4 Game Losing Streak - 4* SF Gamboa Commits! - by naph on July 13th, 2020
Gaels Losing Streak at Four
After an 8 point loss at home. The Gaels' horror road trip started with 28 and 17 point losses. They then extended their losing streak to 4, losing to USC Upstate by 42!
Four. Tee. Two.
Ouch. Let's hope there was some soul searching and we found the meaning of life after that one.
Jeronimo Gamboa Commits!
The 6'4" lefty out of Sacramento by way of Twain High School committed early to coach Allan and the Gaels.
"With that name and hair cut he's already a fan favourite. Wait until the student section sees how he flies around the court and can shoot. As a coach its great to see a kid so interested in understanding the game itself. He's good, but he's going to get so much better. I think he could probably play 2-3-4, but will be best suited at one of the forward positions."