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Las Positas hires new basketball coach

Livermore's James Giacomazzi to take over men's program

Livermore resident James Giacomazzi has been named the new men's basketball coach at Las Positas College, taking the reins this summer as the third head coach in program history.

"(Giacomazzi's) strong experience at the community college level makes him the perfect fit for what we're trying to accomplish here at LPC," athletic director Dyan Miller said.

"I'm confident in his experience in coaching, recruiting and helping student-athletes to grow and succeed. Our men's basketball program is in good hands and I am confident that the Hawks will soar to new heights under his leadership," Miller added.

Giacomazzi comes to Las Positas from Sacramento's Cosumnes River College, where he led the Hawks to 209 victories and six postseason appearances during 11 seasons.

"Once I stepped foot on campus, I knew this place was special. LPC is the only college I would have left Cosumnes River College for," said Giacomazzi, who will also teach full-time in the Las Positas kinesiology department.

He has coached five all-state first-team players in his 18 years, seven of which were as an assistant coach at San Jose City College, LPC officials said. Sixty of his players have transferred to four-year colleges with scholarship, and six of his players have played professionally.

"I can't wait to work with our guys and teach them my system of offense and defense," he said. "But even more than that, I want my players to be good husbands and fathers one day, and teach them more than just basketball. I am excited for the opportunity to build a program here in Livermore, the city in which my family and I have resided for the past six years."

Giacomazzi grew up in Fremont where he played basketball at Washington High School. He later played at San Jose City College and UC Riverside.

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