Former Chico State Point Guard Joins Cal State East Bay
HAYWARD, Calif. — The Pioneer men's basketball coaching staff now features three former standout point guards. Head coach Gus Argenal has announced that Jay Flores has joined Cal State East Bay as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. Flores, who played collegiately for conference rival Chico State, was the California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAA) Most Valuable Player as a senior in 2011-12.
Flores also brings professional experience to East Bay, having spent the 2012-13 season playing for Soles de Mexicali of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional, Mexico's top professional basketball league. Flores was the starting point guard for Soles, leading them to a 31-9 record and a postseason appearance. He played in 52 games, averaging 3.1 points per game and 2.1 assists per game, while shooting 56.8 percent from the field and 38.0 percent from three-point range.
"Jay was an exceptional player in the CCAA and professionally," said Argenal, "and he's going to be an exceptional coach. He is a Northern California native who brings instant credibility as a leader, mentor, and teacher. His passion and energy will be an inspiration to our current student-athletes."
Flores was an outstanding point guard at Chico State and finished his three-year career as one of the most decorated players in program history. As a sophomore in 2009-10, he started every game and led the Wildcats in minutes, assists, and steals. He ranked fourth in the CCAA that year with 4.1 assists per game.
In his second season at Chico, he averaged 11.0 points per game, while once again pacing the squad in steals and minutes played. He led the conference in three-pointers made and assist/turnover ratio and ranked second in assists (4.8 apg), earning himself a second-team All-CCAA selection.
As a senior, Flores led Chico State to a 25-8 record, its first CCAA title in school history, and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Championship tournament semifinals. Again he led the conference in assist/turnover ratio and ranked second in assists (4.2 apg), while anchoring one of the nation's top defenses. Flores was named conference MVP, first-team All-CCAA, first-team All-West Region, Academic All-West Region, and he was a third-team All-American.
For his career, East Bay's new assistant coach ranks third all-time in Chico State history with 387 assists and 137 steals and fourth all-time with 153 made three-pointers. He was also an 81.3 percent shooter from the free throw line. During his college career, Flores coached summer camps at top Division I programs like UCLA, Cal, Saint Mary's, and Michigan State.
Flores played his prep ball at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, Calif. An All-League honoree as a senior, he led the Marauders to a combined record of 60-8, consecutive appearances in the Delta League championship, and back-to-back Sac-Joaquin section titles in his final two seasons.
Flores then played in 24 games in one season as a freshman at Sonoma State before transferring Chico State (as one of Argenal's recruits) to complete his college career. He graduated in 2012 with a degree in business administration.