About the Program

About the Program

Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball has established itself as one of the nation's premiere NCAA Division III programs. Since 1986 the Sagehens have made eleven trips to the NCAA National Tournament and captured eleven Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships (1986, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008).

Coach Charles Katsiaficas has maintained a program passed on to him by former Sagehen head coach and current San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich that is built on sound suffocating defense and outstanding rebounding. Pomona-Pitzer has been among the nation's leaders numerous times in field goal percentage defense and team rebounding. Coach Kat and his staff have built their offensive philosophy around an aggressive transition game, based on crisp ball and player movement.

A staple of the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball Program continues to be its competitive non-conference schedule. In the past the Sagehens have faced NCAA Division I opponents, such as UC Irvine, University of San Diego, San Diego State, Cal State Bakersfield and UC Riverside. Pomona-Pitzer has also played NCAA Division II teams including Cal St. Dominguez Hills and Cal Poly Pomona, as well as NAIA powers like Azusa Pacific Univeristy, Concordia-Irvine University, Cal State San Marcos, The Master's College and Biola.

Pomona-Pitzer has traveled to St. Louis, Colorado Springs, Portland, Philadelphia, and Tacoma over the years to face top competition. In 2013, they traveled to San Antonio to compete in Trinity University's Holiday Tournament.

The Sagehens practice and play their home games in Pomona College's state of the art multi-million dollar Rains Center, one of the best Division III facilities in the nation. Voelkel Gymnasium inside the Rains Center seats 2400 fans, and is often filled to capacity for the annual rivalry game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Pomona-Pitzer's influence in the NBA added another branch in the summer of 2013, as Mike Budenholzer '93, a long time assistant coach for Popovich in San Antonio, was hired as the newest head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Jason Levien '93 also served as the CEO of the Memphis Grizzlies, in addition to being co-owner of the D.C. United of Major League Soccer.