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2014-15 Men's Basketball

Charles Harral

Charles Harral

Men's Basketball - Head Coach

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What a great way to start your head coaching career.  He has a long and storied assistant coaching resume’, Charles Harral finally took the reins for himself-after spending a year under former Matadors’ Head Coach Kelly Green-and promptly led the Matadors to their first Region I Championship since 2009.  While Harral is just beginning his 4th year in the Matador Athletics family, his resume’ spans more than a decade of championship-level coaching experience.  While still earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise & Sport Science at Texas Tech University, Harral was a student manager for the Red Raiders’ men’s basketball team under ten-year head man James Dickey (current head coach at the University of Houston) and then none other than NCAA Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Knight.  While at TTU, Harral was a part of a coaching staff that went to both the NCAA Tournament and the National Invitational Tournament Finals.  Harral’s list of star-studded bosses then extended while as a graduate assistant at the University of Texas-El Paso to (now-former University of Nebraska Head Coach) Doc Sadler.  Harral was part of the largest loss-to-win turnaround in NCAA history in his first year with the Miners, and was also part of back-to-back Western Athletic Conference titles and NCAA Tournament berths.  Harral then became one of the lead assistant coaches at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, recruiting, coaching practice and supervising the academics of the student-athletes.  Harral also helped lead UAFS to a 33-win season and an NCAA D-2 Championship.  2006 was a fateful year for Harral, since that’s when he first became a business colleague of one of the members of the Green family, joining the staff of South Plains College in Levelland, Texas as assistant coach & recruiting coordinator under Steve Green, Kelly’s brother. That championship feeling returned for Harral in his 2nd year at SPC when the Texans won the NJCAA title in 2008.  Prior to arriving at AWC, Harral spent two years back at the NCAA Division I level as an assistant at Weber State University in Utah, where his teams once again found the winner’s circle as back-to-back Big Sky Regular Season Champions and NIT Tournament participants.  In addition to his bachelor’s degree from TTU, Harral also has a Master of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UTEP.  Harral and his wife, Nicole, who also works at AWC in the Financial Aid Office, now make their home in Yuma, and welcomed their first child, son Dalton, into the world in May of 2012.

Kyle Isaacs, Asst. Men's Basketball Team

Kyle Isaacs

Men's Basketball - Assistant Coach

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Second stint, seventh year. Kyle Isaacs spent 2008 through 2010 on the Matador Men’s Basketball coaching staff as a part-time assistant under Kelly Green, and then departed for a full-time spot as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2010-11.  Isaacs, returned to AWC when his good friend Charles Harral became the head coach in 2012. Isaacs, was a student manager for legendary coach Bob Knight at Texas Tech University.  While at TTU, Isaacs was part of the Red Raiders’ squad that went to the ‘Sweet 16’ of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.  After being promoted to graduate assistant, he was part of the filming of the hit reality TV show “Knight School” and was on the bench when Coach Knight became the winningest coach in NCAA Men’s basketball history with his 880th career victory.  Isaacs also teaches in AWC’s Physical Education and Wellness Department.  Isaacs earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science while at TTU, and earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Management in 2009.

Jim Amick Jim Amick

Men's Basketball - Assistant Coach

Want to know where the legend resides?  Just check the end of the Matadors’ bench during games.  That’s been the lasting image of Jim Amick over the past 16 years after Kelly Green convinced Amick to stay on as an assistant after Amick stepped down for the final time as head coach in 1997.  But the primary image of Amick for longtime Matador Basketball fans is the incredible success he brought to the program during his main head coaching stint from 1978 through 1990.  Under Amick, the Matadors became one of the most dominant junior college teams of the 1980’s, with a trio of conference titles and a pair of NJCAA Tournament berths.  In fact, Amick’s teams never won less than 18 games in any of those 12 seasons.  But for those that have really paid attention throughout Amick’s association with Matador Athletics, they realize what a longtime contribution Amick has made to the program as a whole for over 30 years.  After stepping down in 1990, Amick provided guidance to Dave Babcock as he led the Matadors to four straight Region I Playoff berths, and then took over in a pinch when Babcock received an offer to move up to the NBA right before the Matadors’ 1996-97 season.  Amick’s final overall head coaching record was an amazing 292-91 mark.  Both Green and Charles Harral have been fully aware what valuable influence and wealth of knowledge Amick has provided over the last 16 seasons in helping lead the Matadors to five Region I Championships, four NJCAA Tournament appearances and 14 consecutive Region I Playoff berths, which is why Year #17 of his assistant coaching tenure is upon us.  Jim and his wife, Diane, have been long standing members of the Yuma community.

 Doug Owens

Doug Owens

Men's Basketball - Assistant Coach

This season marks the second straight year back on the sideline for Doug Owens. Owens came back to the bench for the first time in 13 years last season. However, while Owens missed the sideline for that stretch of time, he had a different vision that he had to pursue-following the worst terrorist event in U.S. history.  Owens originally laid the foundation-both athletically and academically-for his coaching career after watching what his coaches did to achieve success for their programs and their players-at both Polk Community College and Nova University in Owens’ home state of Florida.  While finishing out his playing career, Owens was busy earning both a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Nova University and a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy.  He took those degrees-and his incredible love for the game-and became an assistant at Webber International University in Babson Park, Florida.  He then returned to his alma mater as an assistant at Polk for 3 years before venturing out of the Sunshine State for the first time in his professional life as an assistant for the Chargers of the University of Alabama at Huntsville, helping recruit for the program.  Owens’ career took a turn he wasn’t expecting as he steered away from coaching, first starting his own business in the private sector, then heeding the call after the events of 9/11 to give back to his country by becoming a member of the United States Border Patrol.   Over a decade later, the coaching bug still remained in Owens, and after moving to Yuma, Owens contacted Charles Harral about joining his staff, and Harral agreed, giving Owens a second coaching life last season.  Owens has jumped in feet-first with the Matadors, assisting Kyle Isaacs and Dominique Richardson in scouting and recruiting, and trying to positively impact the growth and development of the Matadors’ players like his coaches did for him while he was a player.  Owens married a native Yuman, Lisa Medina, who owns Medina General Contracting.  Owens’ parents, Rod & Peg, reside in Gainesville, Florida.

 James McNeil

James McNeill

Men's Basketball - Assistant Coach

James McNeill is a retired United States Marine Corps Sergeant Major with over thirty years of service. McNeill coached basketball teams at various units during his military career.  In 1978, McNeill volunteered to coach the 2nd Marine Division All Stars and finished second in the East Coast Regionals Championship (out of 13 teams.). His team won the tournament the very next season. McNeill’s next big coaching job came when he coached the Hawaii Marines 1988-89, winning the Western Pacific Regionals in back to back seasons. As a result of McNeill’s outstanding coaching achievements, he was selected as an assistant men’s coach for the All Marine team in 1988 and the women’s head coach in 1989. In 2009, McNeill started taking classes at Arizona Western College and received his Associate’s degree in General Studies in 2011.  While working on his degree, McNeill spent numerous hours at the gym becoming familiar with collegiate practices while also getting to know each player. McNeill received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Management from Northern Arizona University in May 2013.  James is married to Brenda Ferguson McNeill and they have two daughters, Takisha and Nikea.

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