Men’s Coaches

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Pete Pena

Head Coach

Pensacola State College
1000 College Blvd.
Pensacola, Florida 32504

Office: (850) 484-1344
Fax: (850) 484-1876
Email: ppena@pensacolastate.edu

 

 

Pete Pena begins his seventh season as the Pirates Head Basketball Coach. The Pirates are coming off back to back FCSAA State tournament appearances.  A feat last accomplished twenty two years earlier.  During his five year tenure, the Pirates have averaged 19 wins per season including 2014’s 21 victories and Pensacola State’s first Panhandle Conference Championship in 13 years.  In Pena’s 5 years as Head Coach eighteen players have moved onto the Division 1 level.  More impressively, of the student athletes that have spent two years at Pensacola State College, 93% of them have graduated with their Associate’s Degrees.

“We take pride in recruiting not only a quality basketball player but also a quality person as well,” Coach Pena said.

Since being named the Head Coach, Pena’s players have accomplished:

1 Academic All-American

1 Pre-Season All-American

2 All-Region Players

2 All-State Players

15 All-Panhandle Conference Players

The classroom and community service have been staples of the program.  Coach Pena is proud of the well-rounded young men that the program produces after their two years at Pensacola State College. Coach Pena has been married to the former Brenda Nye for the past 27 years.  Their daughter, Rebecca Pena, is a sophomore at NYU.


DSCF1935Justin Wright
Assistant Coach

Pensacola State College
1000 College Blvd.
Pensacola, Florida 32504

Office: (850) 484-1306
Fax: (850) 484-1876
Email: jwright@pensacolastate.edu

Justin Wrights enters his second season with the Pirates Men’s Basketball team. He graduated from Pace High School in 2009.  On the court he was named to the All-Area and All-State teams both his junior and senior year.  During his senior year, he led the Patriots to a district championship.  After graduating from Pace, Wright signed with Pensacola State College.  As a freshman he was named to the 2nd Team All-Panhandle Conference team and in his sophomore year he was named to the 1st Team All-Panhandle Conference team.  After graduating from PSC Wright signed to play at Troy University.  As a junior he averaged 10.5 points per game and was a preseason All-Conference member going into his senior season.  Unfortunately, two major knee injuries derailed his senior season.  Wright graduated from Troy in the Spring of 2014.  He then attended University of West Alabama as a graduate student and played both football and basketball.  He finished the season as an All-Conference player also helping the Tigers to the most single season wins in school history.

 


Pensacola PhotographyMichael Dimick
Assistant Coach

Pensacola State College
1000 College Blvd.
Pensacola, Florida 32504

Office: (850) 484-1096
Fax: (850) 484-1876
Email: mdimick@pensacolastate.edu

A California native from Vallejo, Michael Dimick moved to Pensacola in 1994 and graduated from Pensacola Christian Academy in 2000. He was recruited by Pensacola Christian College to play basketball and played there four years while studying Criminal Justice. He graduated from the University of West Florida in 2009 with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Dimick took the position of head coach for the freshman boys basketball team in 2006 and was also assistant varsity coach.

Dimick says he is “excited for the opportunity to learn more about the game and hopefully be a positive influence in the lives of our young men.


Pensacola PhotographyDwayne Kelley
Assistant Coach

Pensacola State College
1000 College Blvd.
Pensacola, Florida 32504

Office: (850) 484-1096
Fax: (850) 484-1876
Email: dkelley@pensacolastate.edu

 Dwayne Kelley brings his recruiting talents back to Pensacola State College as the newest member of the Pirates men’s basketball coaching team. Kelley served as recruiting coordinator and associate head coach at the former Pensacola Junior College from 1997-2001. In his four years at the college, he recruited one of the top five nationally ranked players, Mate Milisa, who went on to play professionally, and graduated 19 of 23 players. Kelley also helped coach the Pirates to their last Panhandle Conference championship in 1998.

Kelley served as recruiting coordinator for Sam Houston State University from 2001-2004. While there, he played a major role in helping the Bearcats win the Southland Conference and their first appearance in the NCAA Division I national tournament.

As an assistant coach for three years at his alma mater, Bishop Borgess High School in Detroit, Kelley helped them to the Michigan Class C State Championship. Kelley was an All-America honorable mention guard for the University of Detroit and played one season professionally in Germany before returning to the United States to join Magic Johnson’s All-Star Tour.

Head Coach Pete Pena says of his newest hire, “Coach Kelley’s experience is invaluable to our staff. The outstanding coach and the outstanding man that he is will be a great example for our guys.”

 


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