Aye enters his seventh season as the head coach of the Allan Hancock College men's basketball team coming off back-to-back 23-win campaigns, the program’s most successful stretch since winning 26 games in 1987-88, 1988-89 and 1989-90. In six seasons with the Bulldogs, Aye has led the Bulldogs to a total of 102 victories, a conference championship and three postseason appearances. He has a strong history of helping his student-athletes earn opportunities at four-year universities.
Last year, the Bulldogs went 23-7 and advanced to the second round of the CCCAA State Tournament. Hancock defeated San Diego Miramar 77-74 at home in the first round of the playoffs. Under Aye, the Bulldogs also received the CCCAA’s 2018-19 Scholar Team Award. The team earned an overall 3.4 GPA. Two years ago, 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.
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. His overall record is 102-76.
After six seasons at Hancock, nearly 30 of Aye's former student-athletes have earned scholarships and/or opportunities to continue their athletic and academic endeavors at four-year universities, including six from the 2018-19 playoff team, and four from the 2017-18 team that made it to the State Tournament's Elite Eight. After the 2016-17 season alone, six athletes inked papers, including two with Division I programs - Marcellus Garrick (Cal Poly, San Luis OBispo) and Malik Rhodes (Memphis). During his time at Hancock five additional players have signed with Division I programs - Alioune Tew (Niagara), Teyvon Myers (West Virginia), Arinze Anakwenze (Mississippi Valley State), Javae Lampkins (Texas A&M Corpus Christi), and Spirit Ricks (Norfolk State).
Aye's coaching staff at Hancock has been unique over the years because him and three of his assistant coaches, Josh Motenko, Vic Armendariz, and Amaurys Fermin, have Division I 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.
Former Hancock Players Who Transferred to Four-Year Institutions
Name Yrs.at AHC College or University
Rijo Jackson 2012-14 Northland College
Josh Varney 2012-14 Peru State
Yuki Yashiro 2013-14 Bethany College #
DJ Billingsley 2013-14 Montana St. Northern
Teyvon Myers 2013-14 West Virginia *#
Marquis Rivera 2013-14 Antelope Valley
Isaiah Hicks 2013-14 Pittsburg State (KS)
Warren Dix-Helligar 2013-14 Montana Western
Kadeem Minor 2013-15 Warner Pacific
Andre Miller 2013-15 Chadron State
Lawrence Johnson 2013-15 Antelope Valley
Alioune Tew 2013-15 Niagara *#
Arinze Anakwenze 2014-15 Mississippi Valley State *
Matt Willkomm 2014-16 Arizona Christian
Malik Rhodes 2015-16 Memphis
Marcellus Garrick 2015-17 Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo *
Dominic Jackson 2016-17 Texas A&M International
Nolan Willett 2016-17 Thompson River
Erik Kinnebrew 2016-17 Biola
Marc Fabricius 2016-17 Copenhagen Business
Deon Whiteside 2016-17 Algoma
Shane Carney 2015-18 Arizona Christian
Shemarr Parker 2016-18 Tabor College
Devin Davis 2017-18 Fort Hays State
Javae Lampkins 2017-18 Texas A&M Corpus Christi *
Spirit Ricks 2017-19 Norfolk State University *
Glenn Jordan 2017-19 University of Mary
Gabrys Sadunkyas 2018-19 Humboldt State University
Mitch L'Allier 2018-19 Holy Names University
Trenton Mitchell 2017-19 Chico State University
Diego Lucas 2017-19 University of St. Mary
* NCAA Division I program
# Playing professional basketball overseas
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