Mike Girardi begins his 4th year as the MJC men’s head basketball coach. After his first full recruiting year as men’s coach, the Pirates won 20 games and earned a berth in the state playoffs. He previously coached at Napa Valley and Gavilan College; and also as a men’s basketball assistant at Rice University. He also coached football, track and field, and basketball at Merced College. After his first recruiting year as MJC’s women’s basketball head coach, Mike led the team to the state playoffs and to 22 wins after the team only won 2 games the previous season. This was the most improved winning turnaround in one season in all of California for men’s or women’s community college basketball. Mike is a graduate of Merced High School in Merced, California where he was a standout basketball player for four years. Mike has an extensive basketball background, playing competitively for several years, in high school he was the first of three high school All-Americans in boys basketball at Merced High School. He was also an MVP of the Central California Conference and was an All-State. After his High School tenure he signed a full NCAA Division One scholarship with BYU, which was ranked #16 in the nation. He played one year at Merced College where his father, Chuck, was the Head Coach. The team won 23 games and Mike was 1st Team All-Conference and an Academic All-American. He later transferred to Rice University where he contributed to his team’s wins over Southwest Conference opponents who made the NCAA Tournament such as University of Houston (who had five returners from two Final Four teams), University of Texas, Texas A & M, and Baylor. At the end of his career, he ranked 1st at Rice and 5th in the Southwest Conference in 3 point field goal percentage. He won the team’s Coaches Award and made two game winning buzzer beater jump shots at Rice. One was an 18 footer to defeat Southeast Louisiana University and the other was a 35 footer to defeat the host University of Missouri at Kansas City. Mike earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Rice University. He also earned his Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education from The University of Kansas. Mike also enjoys teaching full-time in the PRHE Division and serving on committees at MJC.