New basketball coach focuses on student-athletes

If you happen to walk by the gym at 7 a.m. this quarter, you can hear the sound of 24 squeaking shoes sprinting back and forth on the court. If you are still around at 4 p.m. you can hear the same 24 shoes squeaking.

New head basketball coach Aaron Landon will measure success in more ways than one: “We’re obviously here to win, but a part of winning is moving students on to the four-year level, helping them pursue scholarships. Making sure you get a legitimate student and not just a player.”

Landon, age 31, will add SPSCC Head Basketball Coach to his coaching resume. A Davis, Calif. native, he was the assistant coach at Santa Monica Community College near Los Angeles, Calif. In 2011, he joined the Concordia University men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach.

In his first year at Concordia, Landon helped sign six junior-college transfers. He also assisted Concordia in scouting and player development.

Clippers practice for their upcoming games. Photo by James Egaran

Clippers practice for their upcoming games.
Photo by James Egaran

“When we were picking this group, we really felt like we would be around good people. You underestimate how important that stuff is sometimes,” said Landon of the Clippers.

“They all bring something different to the table.They fit the mold that we are looking for off the court,” he said, the “mold” being that the recruits are focused on earning a degree.

Along with becoming this year’s head basketball coach, Landon also took a position in Student Services as an educational advisor.

“I get to work with students of all different backgrounds. I’m a basketball coach, but I also consider myself an educator,” he said.

Landon earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif., and a master’s degree in education from Concordia University in Portland, Ore.

He said of his student services co-workers, “They really helped me as far as being an educational advisor, and to have the people you work with understand that I’m a basketball coach as well is great.”

Landon brings with him good friend and assistant coach, Carson Padon. In 2008-2011, Landon was Padon’s varsity assistant at Marina High School in Marina, Calif.

“I wanted to get the best assistant coach possible and somebody that I trust,” said Coach Landon.