IVC Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Jerry Hernandez - Head Coach
Jerry Hernandez is entering his 18th season as the head men’s basketball coach at Irvine Valley College and 25th collegiate coaching campaign. The Lasers have had four of the best seasons in program history over the last three years under Hernandez.
IVC finished with an overall record of 27-5 during the 2008-09 season. The 27 wins was a school record. The team was second in the Orange Empire Conference, ranked as one of the top teams in the state and reached the regional finals of the Southern California Regional Playoffs.
In 2009-10, Irvine Valley reached the state tournament for the first time in school history. IVC won 26 games, was ranked in the top three in the state for most of the season and finished second in the Orange Empire Conference.
In 2010-11, Irvine Valley again made the regional finals, winning at No. 1 Mt. San Antonio to get there, and finished with a record of 23-8 overall. Sophomore forward Travis Fulton was named first team all-state, just the fifth Laser to earn that honor.
This past season, Irvine Valley put together a 22-7 mark and a third-place finish in the conference. The Lasers once again made the playoffs.
Fifteen years ago, Hernandez led the Lasers to a record of 26-8 and their first-ever Orange Empire Conference title. That year Irvine Valley was ranked ninth in the final California state poll.
Hernandez has helped IVC to the playoffs in all but four of the 17 years he has been in charge of the program and his team’s have won 20 or more games 10 times. After 17 seasons Laser teams under Hernandez are 339-190. Irvine Valley teams have been known for their attention to detail, hustling play and defensive prowess. As a result IVC teams have led the conference in either scoring defense or field goal percentage defense in nine of Hernandez’s 17 years at the helm.
IVC and Hernandez have strong reputations for being one of the better California community colleges and coaches in the state.
Nearly 90 players have received scholarships at four-year colleges, with more than 30 of them going to Division I institutions. The last to head off to Division I schools were forward Travis Fulton (Pacific), forward Joe Eberhard (Sacramento State) and forward Ephraim Ekanem (Northern Arizona) from the 2010-11 team, guard/forward Durrell Norman (Northern Arizona) from the 2009-10 squad and guard Jeff Ledbetter (Idaho) from the 2008-09 team.
Three former IVC players, Commander King (Northern Arizona), Daryl Todd (Fairleigh Dickinson) and Mike Ahmad (Utah State) have competed in the NCAA Tournament. And another former standout Laser player under Hernandez, J.C. Timmons, helped lead UC Davis to the NCAA Division II title in 1998. Under Hernandez’s guidance, Irvine Valley has developed the respect of universities as a place to recruit quality student athletes.
Hernandez got his start in coaching at the high school level, working at Paramount, Sonora and Tustin. After graduating from Cal State University, Fullerton in 1984, he became an assistant coach at Cerritos College. Hernandez worked under hall of fame coach Jack Bogdanovich from 1985-89. He was very familiar with the program, having played at Cerritos from 1978-80. After the 1987 season Hernandez assumed co-head coaching responsibilities with the Cerritos women’s team. During this time, Hernandez worked on his master’s degree, which he received from Azusa Pacific University in 1989.
Hernandez returned to the Cerritos men’s team as an assistant when the Falcons won state championships in 1989 and 1992. He then left to become the top assistant coach at Cal Poly Pomona in 1993. Hernandez was the recruiting coordinator and handled defensive coaching duties there. In 1994, Hernandez returned to join Bogdanovich’s staff at Cerritos for a third stint. The Falcons posted a 32-2 record that season.
At the end of that season Hernandez was picked to become the new Irvine Valley College coach. He replaced coaching legend Bill Mulligan.
Hernandez and his wife, Liz, reside in Anaheim Hills with their two sons — Anthony and Daniel.
Andrew Alhadeff - Associate Head Coach
Andrew Alhadeff enters his seventh season on Jerry Hernandez's coaching staff. He is also the associate head coach for the program. Alhadeff finished an impressive collegiate playing career at Division III University of Redlands in 2005. He was a part of the most prolific scoring team in college basketball history his senior season in 2005. Redlands, under head coach Gary Smith, averaged 132.4 points per game.
Alhadeff finished his career fourth all-time in assists at Redlands.
Among his other accomplishments at the school were being a captain his junior and senior seasons, earning the Bulldog Award (hustle award)
during his sophomore season in 2003, leading the SCIAC conference in assist to turnover ratio in both 2004 and 2005 and pacing the SCIAC in assists in 2004.
He was 17th in the nation in Division III in assists for the 2004 season, averaging 5.9 per game for a Redlands team that averaged 115.0 points per game. Alhadeff, a 6-4 guard, was also named all tournament at the Lee Fulmer Tournament in 2004 and at the Equinox Tournament (Philadelphia) in 2002. And he recorded the first career triple-double in Redlands history against Chapman in 2003. Alhadeff finished the game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
He also had no turnovers in the game. Originally from Ontario, Alhadeff graduated from Redlands in 2005 with a B.A. in Sociology. He also has his Masters Degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University.
Alhadeff resides in Yorba Linda with his wife Lindsay and new son Jason. He has two sisters, including Allyson, who is an assistant coach for the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team. In addition to his duties with the men's basketball team, Alhadeff is also the equipment manager at Irvine Valley.
Jason Garey - Assistant Coach
Jason Garey begins his fourth season on Jerry Hernandez's coaching staff. Hernandez is happy to have the enthusiastic, young coach at IVC. Garey was a standout player at one of Irvine Valley’s biggest rivals, Orange Coast, from 2001-04.
He made 111 three-pointers in the 2003 season, which was the second most in the state. He was also a co-captain and earned honorable mention Orange Empire Conference honors during the 2003-04 season. He is the all-time career leader in three-pointers made at OCC.
Garey went on to play at Cal State East Bay from 2004-06. He helped his team reach the title game in 2005 and earn a ranking as high as 12th in the national for NAIA Division II during the 2005-06 season.
Before college ball, Garey was a star player here in Irvine at University High. He led the Trojans to the 2001 Pacific Coast League title in his senior season.
He was named the Pacific Coast League’s MVP, the Irvine City co-MVP, second team all-CIF and second team all-Orange County. Garey broke the Orange County record for three-pointers in a season with 145 his senior season and he tied the record for three-pointers in a game with 11.
Garey, who has his Master’s degree from Concordia University, was recently married and lives in Aliso Viejo.