Castro Valley High has hired former Fresno State assistant Senque Carey as its new boys basketball coach.
Carey replaces Nick Jones, who left to take the job at Monte Vista.
“He brings a lot of experience to our school,” Castro Valley athletic director Andy Popper said of Carey. “We’re excited to have somebody who’s passionate about basketball and wants to win. He wants to work with the community and work with the kids and grades are important to him.”
Carey most recently spent two years as coach at Menlo-Atherton, going 26-27. He previously spent five years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Fresno State and in 2010 was named by Basketball Times Magazine as one of the nation’s top 100 assistant coaches.
Carey takes over a Castro Valley program that went 122-26 in Jones’ five seasons, winning two Hayward Area Athletic League titles and the 2011 North Coast Section Division I crown.
“I think Nick did an unbelievable job of changing the culture,” Carey said. “I’m astonished and just happy and elated and hope to carry the torch.”
Carey will be an off-campus coach. He works as a community program director at the YMCA is his native East Palo Alto.
He played at St. Francis-Mountain View and collegiately at Washington and New Mexico. His career ended when he suffered a spinal cord injury during a game in 2002.
His familiarity with Castro Valley dates to his days at Fresno State, when he recruited former Trojans star Juan Anderson, who is now at Marquette.
“It’s a great program as far as athletes,” Carey said. “They are able to get quality players. My job is to take them to the next level. And that next level is winning a state championship and continuing to win league titles.”
The Trojans figure to be competitive again next season with a core led by incoming juniors Derrick Clayton and Jalen McFerren. Clayton, a forward, was a first-team All-HAAL pick last season and McFerren, a guard, was an honorable mention selection.