IVC Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Julie Hanks - Head Coach
Julie Hanks begins her 15th year at Irvine Valley College. She has a record of 240-160 overall.
In her first year coaching at the school, she led the Lasers to the Orange Empire Conference title with a record of 13-1. Her team finished the season with its best record of 28-7. The team also reached the state tournament for the first time and Julie was named Coach of the Year in the conference. Under Julie the Lasers have made the Southern California Regional playoffs nine out of the last 12 years.
She has also sent a number of players on to compete at four-year universities, including 2005-06 standouts Vanessa Dominguez (Cal Poly Pomona) and Brittney Crawford (Westmont). Julie has played professionally in Switzerland and was an alternate player on the WNBA Phoenix Mercury in 1997.
From 1993-1997, Julie was the head coach at Grand Canyon University, a Division II school in Phoenix. She led Grand Canyon to its first ever NCAA tournament appearance in 1997. Before coaching at Grand Canyon, Julie spent the 1992-1993 season as the head Coach at Phoenix College. There she was also named coach of the year.
Julie played college basketball at Northern Arizona University and was inducted into that school's Hall of Fame in 1994. Her most memorable moment at Northern Arizona was beating the University of Arizona and scoring a record 25 points in the first half. Julie received her bachelor's degree in 1987 from Cal State Hayward and her master's degree in 1989 from Azusa Pacific University.
Her goal at Irvine Valley is to have a well-respected program that is capable of winning conference and challenging for state titles year after year. But Julie also stresses academics with her players, so they can have the opportunity to continue their playing and educational careers.
Dave Coleman - Assistant Coach
Dave Coleman joined Irvine Valley staff prior to the 2011-12 season.
Head coach Julie Hanks said Dave “brings a wealth of knowledge to the staff.”
He played for two years at West Los Angeles Community College after being asked to fill in at practice because four of the players were out sick. “Coach asked if I wanted to play and I ended up playing every minute of every game as a freshman.”
Dave received a full scholarship to play at UC Riverside after his sophomore season.
His first coaching job actually came in as a senior in high school when he was the coach of the “C” team at Pacific Palisades High. “I knew the game, but wasn’t good enough the make the varsity team. Plus I grew four inches after high school.”
After college, he was an assistant boys coach at Ramona High in Riverside. He also spent four seasons as a CIF official.
Dave received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from UC Riverside with a minor in business.
Elizabeth Sirchia - Assistant Coach
Elizabeth Sirchia begins her fourth year as an assistant coach for the Irvine Valley women's basketball team. She is also the college's women's equipment manager.
Elizabeth - also known affectionately as "Bits" - is the former head coach at Golden West College. She was also one of the best ever to lace up sneakers, not only at Golden West, but in California Community College history.
During her two-year career at Golden West, Bits led her team to a 72-2 record and is the only player ever to win back-to-back state championships and to be named first team Kodak All-American.
Her full court passes, three-pointers from half court and behind-the-back passes made the 1990 Rustler team one of the top 10 teams in the nation and No. 1 in the state. She sold out the gym at Golden West regularly. In 1990, Bits was first team all-conference and also first team all-state. She led the conference in assists and recorded a season-high 22 against Compton.
On the 1991 team, she averaged 18 points per game, was MVP of the conference and also MVP of Southern California. She was also again named first team all-state.
Some of the records she still holds at Golden West are ninth in career points, best three-point field goal percentage for a game and season and most assists in a game. She also shares most wins by a player with former teammate Dawn Haag.
After graduating from Golden West with her AA degree, Bits went to the University of Hawaii on a full basketball scholarship and then transferred to Cal Poly Pomona before her senior season so her family would have a chance to see her play more often.
When her playing career ended she worked as an assistant coach at both Pomona and UC Irvine before returning to Golden West as the head coach.
Erika Garcia - Assistant Coach
Erika Garcia begins her second year as an assistant coach at Irvine Valley. She is also the women’s equipment manager at the college.
A former standout for the Lasers, Erika played at Irvine Valley from 2008-10, was a two-year starter and was named first team all-Orange Empire Conference both seasons.
She averaged 10.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals in her freshman season at IVC in 2008-09 and then 9.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.1 steals as a sophomore in 2009-10.
As a sophomore, she was picked as the team’s best offensive player and earned the H.I.P. (Hustle, Intensity, Pride) award. She helped lead the Lasers to a record of 36-22 over those two seasons. Erika was also named Irvine Valley’s scholar athlete of the year in 2009-10.
Erika moved on from Irvine Valley to have a successful career on and off the court at Menlo College. She graduated from Menlo in the spring of 2012.
In her senior year at Menlo, she was a 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete after leading the team to an 8-2 mark in conference and a trip to the NAIA Tournament. It was Menlo’s first trip to the tourney in five seasons.
Erika earned several other awards at Menlo. The 5-7 guard took home her second straight all-California Pacific Conference first team distinction, averaging an impressive 11.6 points per game during the 2011-12 campaign.
She was also on the Dean’s List. In 2010-11, she averaged 11.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists and was named first team all-Cal Pac for Menlo.