A new era has started in the central section of California after Rob Haynes was named head men’s basketball coach at Fresno City College back in June. The native New Yorker takes over one of the most successful programs in the state after spending the past seven seasons at Porterville College. “The past seven seasons of what we did at Porterville was not overlooked,” said Haynes. The head coach has helped plenty of players move on to the four year level from the central section college and competed in the upper half of the Central Valley Conference the past two seasons. The job that he did at Porterville was not overlooked as it was just not about wins and losses. Haynes has a knack for moving players on and that is one of his main goals. The newly appointed head coach will look to continue to translate the same moving forward for the Rams.
Haynes understands that expectations will be high coming into a program that is a usual suspect at the top of the conference and a frequent visitor to the Elite Eight. “I am confident coming into this situation and my grind won’t change coming into this situation,” added Haynes. “We will take it one game at a time and will look to win but with a different culture,” Haynes added. The head coach will have more resources and a rich tradition to use as a recruiting tool in a city loaded with a lot of talent. The talent pool is there in Fresno but City College has not been fully tapped in the past years to secure home grown players. “We want to recruit the whole valley and move guys onto the four year level,” said Haynes. The key to the Rams program will being able to recruit and get his type of players to represent the program. Haynes has described his type of players as high character, coming from a winning program and go up and beyond to be successful on and off the court. The newly hired head coach has big shoes to fill and this upcoming season Haynes will look to continue the winning tradition at Fresno City College.