TJ Caughell finished his second season as head coach of the men’s basketball team at Tacoma Community College in 2016. Caughell lead the Titans back to post season NWAC play in just his second year as head coach.
Caughell brings extensive experience coaching college and high school basketball to Titan Athletics. He understands the value of community college athletics programs to student athletes, having started his own college basketball career with a year at Lane Community College before moving on to Southern Oregon University. He graduated from SOU in 2003, obtaining a MA in teaching in 2005.
Caughell comes to Tacoma Community College from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, where he coached the offense as Men’s Basketball Assistant coach.
“Returning to the Pacific Northwest is coming home for me,” said Caughell.
At Tacoma Community College, Caughell will focus on coaching, recruiting and advising.
“As an advisor and coach, my goal is to approach every situation with high energy and focus,” said Caughell. “I believe that success is attainable by any person who is willing and able to be disciplined to positive habits, who has the awareness to recognize opportunities, and who is confident to take action when those opportunities are present.”
Caughell’s goal for the men’s basketball team is to lead the historically winning Titans back to the top of the NWAC.
Coach Bruce Chavka has been a staple at Max Hoops events from the beginning!
Coach Chavka is entering his tenth year at the helm of the Titan basketball program. Coach Chavka came from league rival Southwestern Oregon Community College where he served as the assistant men’s basketball coach.
Coach Chavka has over 20 years of teaching and coaching experience. Prior to coming to Oregon in 2005, he was the head basketball coach at Napa Valley Community College in California.
Coach C, as he is known among his players, also served as a head high school coach at Middle Park High School in Granby, Colorado, and at La Veta High School in Southern Colorado.
The Colorado native is a graduate of Western State College where he served as an assistant coach to Fred Litzenberger and Bob Hofman. Coach C has also served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, as well as the assistant basketball coach and head men’s golf coach at Lamar Community College in Colorado. Coach C also served as a graduate assistant at University of Northern Colorado.
Currently, Coach Chavka serves on the Athletic Leadership Committee at Lane Community College and is a mentor to local kids through Lane County’s Committed Partners for Youth.
Coach C has a long standing tradition of volunteering his team for the annual Whiteaker free community Thanksgiving dinner that serves Lane County’s less fortunate.
Coach C is a proud product of the community college system. He attended Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado, where he was a shooting guard.
Coach C holds a Bachelors of Science degree in physical education and a Bachelors of Arts degree in history. Coach Chavka has a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration and Coaching from Concordia University at Irvine. He is the proud father of a 10 year old daughter, named Hadley, whose favorite teams are the Denver Broncos and the Lane Titans.
Coach Trevor Hoppe, also known as Coach Hop begins his 26th year of coaching and his 11th year as the head basketball coach and physical education/health education instructor at Southwestern Oregon Community College.
Coach Hop has also served as the head coach at College of the Redwoods, as an assistant basketball coach at Menlo College, head coach at Ohlone College, assistant coach at San Jose City College, and an assistant coach at Humboldt State University.
Last season the Lakers dipped to 10-17 and finished fifth in the NWAC Southern Region. In 2013-14 Coach Hop guided the Lakers to a record of 21-9, a NWAC Southern Region Co-Championship (its first since 2002) and a third consecutive trip to the NWAC tournament. Coach Hop was also honored as NWAC Southern Region Co-Coach of the year. In 2012-13 the Lakers finished second in the NWAC Southern Region and clinched another trip to the NWAC tournament. In 2011-12 the Lakers made an impressive run to the NWAC tournament and knocked off the number one seed Whatcom Community College. In 2007-08 Coach Hop guided the Lakers to a record of 22-11 and a trip to the final four of the NWAC tournament. Since taking over the program, he instituted a high scoring, high octane fastbreak brand of basketball. Coach Hop’s plan for the Lakers is to continue to play an up-tempo style of basketball while focusing on fundamentals, team play, and unselfishness.
Coach Hop earned his A.A. degree from College of the Redwoods and his B.A. and M.A. in Physical Education from Humboldt State University. Coach Hop is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Coach Hop is also active on campus at Southwestern he speaks annually at the freshman seminar series and conducts a summer youth basketball camp along with women’s basketball coach Jeff Johnson.
Coach Hop is married to Katherine Hoppe, who is the Tourism & Content Manager at The Mill Casino. Coach Hop and Katherine are the proud parents of three pets, their dogs Shortie, Vegas, and Nyak they reside in North Bend.
MITCH FREEMAN – PENINSULA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Coach Freeman brings eight years of Division I men’s basketball coaching experience to Peninsula College, making him the perfect fit for an institution that prides itself as a destination college for student athletes. The Northwest native is in his eighth year as a member of head coach Joe Callero’s staff. He worked under Callero at Seattle University from 2005-2009 and then followed his mentor to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he has served as the lead scout in charge of game preparation and defense. He also was part of a recruiting staff with his primary region Washington, Oregon and California. Freeman not only worked under Collero, a former NWAACC championship coach at Highline Community College, but he also was on staff with Mark Amaral for two years before Amaral took the associate head coaching job at Pepperdine. Amaral was Peninsula’s head men’s basketball coach in 1997 when the college resurrected the program that had been dropped in 1981. He coached the Pirates for three seasons prior to taking an assistant coaching position at UC Santa Barbara. He continues to be an influential Pirate supporter.
“Mitch has been on staff with, and mentored by, some outstanding coaches including former PC coach Mark Amaral and current head coach Joe Callero,” Peninsula Vice President of Student Services Jack Huls said. “Joe was the head coach at Highline Community College where I was also on staff in 1997-98 when we won back-to-back NWAACC championships and went 62-3 over that two year period. Mitch has learned from some of the very best and we can’t wait to get up and running in the next few weeks.”
Freeman brings a strong work ethic, strong values and a resume of success, working on outstanding coaching staffs at Cal Poly and Seattle University. “Mitch is a great fit for us,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “His roots are in the Northwest, he has the preparation and experience to win NWAACC championships, he has the values and ethics to do it the right way, and to produce a quality product that this college and this community can be proud of, and more than all of that, he’s an outstanding human being and one we are excited to bring into our Pirate family.”
In addition to his role as head men’s basketball coach, Freeman will serve as the college’s Athletic Development Coordinator, spearheading fund raising efforts for athletic scholarships and managing the Pirate Athletic Association. During his stint at Cal Poly, Freeman helped construct one of the top defenses in NCAA Division I basketball. Under Freeman’s guidance during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, Cal Poly twice ranked among the top 25 defensive programs in the nation. The Mustangs have also led the Big West Conference in each of the previous three seasons in points allowed per game. Cal Poly’s defensive strength directly translated into historic on-court success. With Freeman on the bench, Cal Poly has matched or exceeded its win total from the previous season each year – a feat not accomplished at Cal Poly for 41 years.
Callero called Freeman “the heart and soul of the Mustang defense. His understanding of our philosophy has been key to our program’s improvement during the last four years,” he said. “He’s one of the brightest young coaches in the profession.” During his four-year tenure at Seattle, Freeman helped the Redhawks to 75 victories and the program to a successful transition to the Division I level. During Freeman’s final 2008-09 campaign, the Redhawks posted a 21-8 record that translated to the program’s highest single-season winning percentage in 45 seasons.
Freeman began his coaching career during the 2004-05 season as the varsity boy’s assistant at Marysville-Pilchuck HS (Marysville, Wash.). During his one season, Freeman helped the program reach the Washington state district playoffs. His overall duties with the program included the improvement of guard play, coordinating off-season conditioning sessions, scouting the opposition and video editing. A 2004 graduate of Washington State with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and an emphasis in health and fitness education, Freeman served as a student assistant with the Cougars (1999-04). Under Dick Bennett, Freeman assisted with video exchange and other administrative duties. Freeman, who completed his master’s degree in education administration from Grand Canyon University in 2008, spent three years teaching in both the Seattle and Marysville school districts. Freeman’s family includes his wife Nicole, and son Eli.
John Hawley – Mt. Hood Community College
COACH MCCANN – NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
Mark McCann has been an assistant coach with the Northwest Christian University men’s basketball program since 2013.
McCann comes to NCU from San Diego, California where he spent five seasons as the top assistant with the renowned Lincoln High School program. During his tenure, Lincoln held a 117-40 record, winning the 2010 CIF State Championship while qualifying for two other final fours. Lincoln won the San Diego City Championship three times and was a CIF-Southern Section finalist twice.
Coach McCann brings international experience, having coached in Beijing and Junhua China in 2012.
He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Oregon, where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education in 2008.
Brian Stamme returns to the Clackamas coaching staff for his sixth season in 2016-2017 and his first as Associate Head Coach. Prior to joining Clackamas he served as an assistant coach in the NWAC for six years at Lane Community College in Eugene.
In 2005-06, his first season, he was the head manager and director of basketball operations. In the spring of 2006, he was promoted to an assistant coach and left in charge of the program when head coach Matt Swagerty resigned in June. In August, Bruce Chavka was named head coach and he tabbed Brian as his associate head coach for the next five seasons. Stamme’s career at Lane CC was highlighted by two trips to the NWAACC tournament.
Coach Stamme focuses on helping coach team and individual defense, skill development, academic and recruitment support, as well as a number of other responsibilities.
Brian and his wife Morgaine are both graduates of the University of Oregon. Brian studied history, geography and basketball during his time as a Duck. He graduated in 2008 and began teaching physical education classes at Lane Community College in 2008 and at the University of Oregon in 2009. He currently teaches physical education classes at Clackamas.
JOE WHITE – LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
White was born in San Diego, California and raised outside of Eugene, Oregon in a town by the name of Pleasant Hill. White attended the Pleasant Hill schools until his senior year of high school before he transferred to Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon where he and his family moved. After graduating, White moved to Ashland, Oregon where he attended Southern Oregon University. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree, White stayed in the southern Oregon area and worked and trained as a basketball player until he moved to Tacoma in July of 2014 for the assistant basketball coaching position.
White played college basketball at Southern Oregon University from 2008-2012. White played for Coach Caughell during his 2009 and 2010 season at Southern Oregon University. After the 2010 season at Southern Oregon, White went on to play professionally for La Salle of Guayaquil, Ecuador. After a season as a professional in South America, White returned to SOU for two more years. White graduated from Southern Oregon in 2013 with his Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
As the head assistant, Coach White focuses primarily on player development and recruiting, but also assists in all program operations and development.
“Getting into coaching at the collegiate level was always a long term goal of mine. I feel honored and blessed to be in this position and working with Coach Caughell to lead the TCC Titans back to the top of the NWAC,” said White.
JUSTIN PARNELL – OREGON TECH
Justin Parnell begins his first season as Oregon Tech Head Coach and takes over after veteran coach Danny Miles’ retirement in 2016 which spanned the past 45 seasons.
In 2012, after his initial coaching duties with the Owls, Parnell began working with Oregon Tech Alumni Relations, first as Scholarship and Alumni Coordinator and then as Alumni Relations Manager, working out of the university’s Wilsonville campus. Justin was instrumental in doubling alumni participation and reigniting the Golden Owls reunion. He also instituted Philanthropy Awareness Week on both the Klamath Falls and Wilsonville campuses, educating students about the positive impact of giving back to ones’ alma mater. Justin was able to bring back more than 35 alumni basketball players for the annual Alumni Basketball Weekend; and he partnered with student support services in Wilsonville to launch the College to Career Alumni Speaker Series.
Parnell, a Sutherlin, Oregon native, played two seasons at Oregon Tech (2008-10), averaging 17.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and five assists during that span. Parnell was named Cascade Collegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year after the 2009 season, while earning CCC Player of the Year accolades at the conclusion of the 2010 season.
Parnell became Oregon Tech’s seventh NAIA First-Team All-American in 2010, while earning NAIA Honorable Mention honors in his first season with the Owls. Parnell led Oregon Tech to two-straight CCC regular-season and tournament titles, a pair of Sweet 16 appearances at the NAIA Division II men’s basketball championships, and never lost a game playing on Danny Miles Court (38-0).
Prior to his takeover at Oregon Tech Parnell served two years as an assistant coach and one as the associate head coach for the Hustlin’ Owls where Tech accumulated a three year record of 69-29, including a CCC championship and a Sweet 16 appearance at the 2011 NAIA national championship. Parnell had stops at Lost River High School, leading the Pirates to a 20-9 mark and to the round of 16 during the 2011-12 season, while spending one year at Clackamas Community College as an assistant women’s coach where the Cougars finished the 2014-15 season with an 18-9 overall mark.
Parnell and his wife Joey, also an Oregon Tech graduate, have a 1 year old son Jase, who is already one of the Hustlin’ Owls biggest fans. Parnell holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Oregon Tech.
Matt Conboy – Max Hoops Director of Player Development