Coach Andrew Vasher
Andrew Vasher is entering his ninth season at Hartnell College. In his first eight seasons the Hartnell Panthers have reached high standards of excellence on and off the court. Coach Vasher is known as a program builder and culture changer. In his second season at Hartnell they had the largest turn around in school history, a Coast Conference Championship, a Regional Runner-up and a top ranking of 6th in the state that year. Since this turn around in the second year the Panthers have been ranked in the state polls every year, in the top ten in scoring and play one of the toughest schedules in the nation.
Coach Vasher has brought a wealth of experience to Hartnell, having coached as an assistant coach at the NCAA D-1 and D-2 levels, a Junior College Head Coach at Columbia College and a Head High school coach in Arizona. Over his 20 years as a Head Coach he has 409 wins, averaging 20 wins a year. He has coached and recruited 14 Junior College All-Americans, 27 All-State, 67 All-Conference, * Freshmen of the Year, 6 Players of the year and 6 Newcomers of the Year and has 14 of his former student/athletes playing professionally. He also has 14 of his former student/athletes that have gone on to earn graduate degrees.
Coach Vasher believes that a total championship program requires more than just championship level success on the court, but also in the classroom and in the community. Since Coach Vasher arrived in 2005-06 at Hartnell the Men’s Basketball program has had over 250 of the Men’s Basketball student/athletes make the President’s or Dean’s list for academics. The Men’s Basketball program has also had two Valedictorians and very well could have been four, two other students left for four year schools after their freshmen year, they were both being recruited by Yale and Cornell respectively. During this same time period Hartnell Men’s Basketball student/athletes have a 100% transfer rate to four year schools and a team GPA of 3.55. Unmatched by any other program in California, We have received Eight consecutive years of team gpa above 3.5; 3.25 qualifies a team for the California Scholastic team award for academic excellence.
The Panthers have also excelled in the community engagement arena; over the last eight years the Men’s Basketball program has put in over 5,500 man hours of service in the Salinas community.
Coach Vasher and his family live in Salinas. His wife Julie is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at SVMH. Julie is also finishing her DNP from Vanderbilt University in the summer of 2014. They have six children and six grandchildren. Their daughter Allison is married and lives in Utah, The son Nathan is married and lives is Fail Church VA and works for Booz Allen Corporation. (former assistant coach at Hartnell for one season), Joe is a student at Brigham Young University, and Kyle just returned from his LDS mission in Tampa Fl. and will play at Hartnell this year Matt 14 and Grace 11 still live at home.