In May 2018, Mike Marcial took over the College of San Mateo Bulldogs program. The men’s basketball program was back in action for the first time after 36 years. Marcial brought plenty of winning experience as the former Sacramento State player has had coaching experience at Bellevue University in Nebraska and also gained valuable experience under Ed Madec at Fresno City College. The 2nd year head coach got his first experience on the sidelines at Sacramento State. “My first assistant coaching job was a volunteer assistant while working at Matress Land,” recalls Marical. It was part of the process and the grind that he brings to the Bulldogs program.
In 2019-2020 the Bulldogs suited up for their first season under the Clovis native. In that first season the San Mateo College Bulldogs picked up 16 wins and finished 3rd place in the Coast North Conference. “It is the best conference in Northern California and there are no games off,” said Marcial when asked about the competition within the conference. The Bulldogs played solid basketball in their first season and the culture was being established with the new head coach. “We want to play hard, play together, and have discipline,” mentioned Marcial when it comes to things that are being implementing in the program. The hard work and playing together helped them to an over .500 record in conference and in games that were decided by 5 points or less the Bulldogs were 4-4.
With last season being a year where not much basketball was played around the state, it was a key year for recruiting for everyone around the state. The Bulldogs will look to continue to build their program and be a competitive team in the Coast North Conference. “We want to build off of our first season and build a respectable program,” added Marcial. With 14 wins under their belt, the San Mateo program will look to improve for the upcoming 2021-2022 season that is right around the corner.