Aye enters his sixth season as the head coach of the Allan Hancock College men's basketball team coming off his most successful year with the Bulldogs. Last year, Aye guided the Bulldogs to a 23-win season and the program's first appearance in the CCCAA State Tournament’s Elite Eight in 44 seasons. In five seasons with the Bulldogs, Aye has led the Bulldogs to a total of 79 victories, a conference championship and two postseason appearances. He has a strong history of helping his student-athletes earn opportunities at four-year universities.
He led the Bulldogs to a share of the Western State Conference title in 2014-15, the program’s first in four years and 17th in program history. Hancock won 14 games under Aye during the 2016-17 and 2014-15 seasons. Aye guided the Bulldogs to a 16-14 record and playoff berth in 2013-14.
After five seasons at Hancock, 25 of Aye's former student-athletes or student-workers have signed scholarships to four-year universities, including four from last year’s team: Devin Davis (Fort Hays State), Javae Lampkins (Texas A&M Corpus Christi), Shemarr Parker (Tabor College) and Shane Carney (Arizona Christian). After the 2016-17 season alone, six athletes inked papers, including two with Division I programs - Marcellus Garrick (Cal Poly, SLO) and Malik Rhodes (University of Memphis). Nolan Willett (Thompson Rivers Univ.), Dominic Jackson (Texas A&M International), Deon Whiteside (Algoma), and Erik Kinnebrew (Biola) also moved on to four-year programs. Arroyo Grande native Matt Willkomm, a two-time All-Conference First Team selection, signed with Arizona Christian University after the 2015-16 season. Other signees include: Alioune Tew (Division I level Niagara), Andre Miller (Chadron State), Kadeem Minor (Univ. of Antelope Valley), Lawrence Johnson (Univ. of Antelope Valley), Rijo Jackson (Northland College), Teyvon Myers (Division I level Univ. of West Virginia), Yuki Yashiro (Bethany College), and Josh Varney (Peru State).
Aye's coaching staff at Hancock the previous three seasons was unique because he and two assistant coaches, Josh Motenko and Vic Armendariz, all had Division I-coaching experience.
Prior to Hancock, Aye spent eight years as the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Imperial Valley College, where he led the team to back-to-back Pacific Coast Conference championships in 2007 and 2008. He was named the Conference Coach of the Year both seasons. The Imperial Valley Arabs traveled to Santa Maria in 2012 and beat the Bulldogs 79-72 in a first round playoff game. Aye taught physical education and health at Imperial Valley College and was voted Employee of the Year by his fellow instructors, administrators and students in 2008.
During his coaching career, Aye has coached more than 40 All-Conference and nine All-State players, as well as helped nearly 60 former players move on to four-year institutions.
“I want to help all of my players, whether they’re the leading scorer or the 13th man, to reach their goals and to move on to the four-year university level,” Aye said.
Aye has experience both playing and coaching at the community college level. He began his college career at Fresno City College playing point guard for his father, Denny Aye. He earned a scholarship to Concordia University in Irvine, where he was a two-time Academic All-American and helped lead his team to the Elite 8 in the NAIA National Tournament.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Aye landed his first coaching job as an assistant at San Jose State University, where he earned a master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in human performance and sports management.
Aye returned to community college basketball in 2002 as an assistant coach for two seasons at San Jose City College under California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaching Association Hall of Fame coach Percy Carr. He then coached one season with his father at Marshalltown Community College helping the team to its best season in school history, 25 wins, and a runner-up finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XI championships.
Aye and his wife, Stefanie, and their daughters, Avery and Tenley, reside in Orcutt.
To contact coach Aye, please email email@example.com or call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3790.
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