Jorge Cerna, an assistant women's basketball coach and director
of player development at San Diego State for the past four seasons,
has been hired as an assistant coach with the Cal State Fullerton
program for 2012-13.
"I would like to welcome Jorge Cerna to the Titan family," Foster
said. "Jorge comes to us with the knowledge gleaned from his
experience of working for two very successful head coaches. His
passion for recruiting and teaching will assist in our quest to
become a championship-level program."
Cerna recently completed his second season as an assistant at his
alma mater, helping the Aztecs to a 25-7 overall record, Mountain
West Conference regular season (12-2 overall) and tournament
titles, as well as a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the third time
in the last four years as a No. 12 seed. SDSU fell to No. 5-seeded
LSU in the first round, 64-56, in Baton Rouge.
He assisted in all aspects of the Aztecs' program, including
recruiting, scouting, and player development. On the court, he
worked directly with San Diego State's frontcourt, assisting in
developing the Aztecs' post players.
Prior to becoming an assistant coach, Cerna spent two seasons as
the program's Director of Player Development, coordinating film
exchange, breaking down game and practice film, developing team
highlight videos, and supervising student managers. He also was a
student manager for the Aztecs' men's squad for three seasons,
helping with practice set-up, game statistics, summer camps, and
Overall, he was part of a women's basketball coaching staff that
laid claim to three NCAA Tournament bids, including a spot in the
"Sweet 16" in 2010 and a second-round appearance in 2009, and
back-to-back 20-win campaigns from 2008-10.
A native of San Diego, Cerna graduated from Christian High School
in 2001, where he played four seasons of varsity basketball, and
coached at Marian Catholic High School while a student at San Diego
State, serving as the boys freshman team coach and assisting with
the boys and girls varsity squads.
Cerna graduated in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in social science
and recently received his master's degree in kinesiology from San
Diego State in 2010. He and his wife, Sarah, were married in 2011
and will reside in Laguna Hills.