Nerelli beings his fourth season as head coach of the women’s basketball program at Allan Hancock College. Last year, Nerelli led the Bulldogs to a 16-11 season, the program’s best record in 20 years. He has led the Bulldogs to at least 12 wins in each of his first three seasons, a feat that had not been accomplished in 13 seasons. His overall record at Hancock is 41-41. Entering the 2016-17 season, Nerelli has 497 career wins combined during his 29-year career as a head coach at Hancock and Morro Bay High School. To email him, click here.
During his tenure with the Bulldogs, three of his players, Emma Weinreich, Justine Roland and Celina Calderon, have signed with four-year universities. Weinreich signed with Southern Utah to become the program's first Division I signee. Roland committed to Notre Dame de Namur University, while Calderon headed to Eastern Nazarene College. At the end of last season, all three of his sophomores transferred to four-year universities to pursue bachelor’s degrees.
A Central Coast native, Nerelli has more than 40 years of basketball coaching experience. Prior to Hancock, he spent 26 years as the head coach of the girl’s varsity basketball team at Morro Bay High School. Nerelli won five league titles, and three California Interscholastic Federation championships. He was named the Los Padres League’s Coach of the Year six times, including his last three seasons.
The Pirates reached the CIF playoffs in 11 of his last 12 seasons, and advanced to the state tournament six times, playing in the regional finals in 1991 and 1992. Nerelli left Morro Bay High School with a 456-219 career record. He ranked No. 23 in state history for most career wins.
In October 2014, Nerelli was inducted into the CIF-Southern Section’s Hall of Fame for his dedication and decades of service as a basketball, cross country and track coach at Morro Bay High School. As the boy’s and girl’s cross country coach, he won nearly 30 league titles and seven CIF titles.
Nerelli brought his “Four C’s” coaching philosophy of character, competitiveness, chemistry and commitment to the Hancock women’s program. Nerelli also has extensive experience placing players at the next level. Since 1987, nearly 25 players have moved on to play at four-year universities, including various Division I programs like Cal Poly, San Jose State University, UC Santa Barbara and University of San Francisco.