Rocket Men's Coaches
Coaching Philosophy: Beyond the wins and losses the real success of a coach is the love, trust, and respect that is carried on with former players and colleagues throughout a lifetime. As an educator and a coach, it is my job to provide a safe and nurturing environment that facilitates growth and competition.
When those values are present and consistent, then students and athletes create a lifestyle and work ethic that carries on into all aspects of their life. Nothing is more rewarding than watching people earn an honest career, gain financial stability, raise a strong family, and ultimately find happiness. Through coaching and teaching, I have a chance to mentor and leave positive impressions on the lives I touch and it is my duty to leave a lasting positive influence.
- 17 Years of Teaching Experience
- 17 Years of Coaching Experience
- Played in NJCAA D1 and NCAA D2
- Helped over 100 student-athletes choose college scholarships to continue to play basketball at the collegiate level.
- Played professionally for the Nebraska Cranes in 2005 in the United States Basketball League
- 2013 NJCAA D2 Elite 8 National Finish as Head Coach with Central Community College
- 2014 NJCAA D2 3rd Place National Finish as Head Coach with Central Community College
- 2016 CCCAA 2nd Place Finish as Assistant Coach with Saddleback Community College
- 2021 NJCAA D2 7th Place Finish as Head Coach with SAU Tech
- 2021 NJCAA D2 Region 2 Coach of the Year
- 2022 NJCAA D2 National Champions Playoffs with SAU Tech
Rocket Assistant Coach, Bryant Pagan, II
Coach Bryant Pagan II graduated from Hampton University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Management. After graduating from Hampton University, from 2011-2014 Coach, Pagan served as an Assistant Coach for PG County’s 4A South Division- Laurel High School Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity basketball programs in Laurel, Maryland, alongside Torrence Oxendine and William West Jr. . A PG County, Maryland native and an Alumni and former 4-Year Varsity basketball player at Laurel High School (Class of 2006), Pagan emphasized and focused on skill development, strength & conditioning while preparing numerous student-athletes for the next level.
In the fall of 2014, Pagan moved to Houston, TX, where he began to coach with numerous high-level AAU Grassroots Boys Basketball programs. His most impactful stretch was from 2018 to 2020 with COOZ Elite Sports, an independent AAU organization based out of 3rd Ward Houston, Tx, created by Wichita State standout PJ Couisnard. With COOZ Elite, he served as the Associate Head Coach for their National Premier 17U team, Head Coach for their Secondary 17U National team serving the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021, and Program Director of Operations for the organization. Summer of 2019, Pagan coached on the COOZ Elite Under Armour Rise 17U National team that finished runner-up in the UA Rise National Championship in Atlanta, GA. In Houston, Pagan has contributed to the development of several players on numerous levels, including Overseas Professionals, NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, JUCO, One NBPA TOP 100 Class of 2020, and a McDonald’s All-American Honorable Mention.
On the collegiate level, Coach Pagan served in the Associate Head Coach Position under the guidance of Coach Robert Byrd. At The University of Arkansas Cossatot Community College, where they produced: (2021-2022): Men’s Basketball (17-10, 5-5), 4 NJCAA D1 wins, Terry Anderson NJCAA D2 All-American (2X), Region 2 Player of the year and 1st Team All-Region, Dalon Dean 2nd Team All-Region. Women’s Basketball (9-14, 1-9), 2 D1 NJCAA wins. (2020-2021): Men’s Basketball (11-7, 6-4) Region 2 #3 seed, Semifinal appearance, first postseason win in program history. Terry Anderson NJCAA D2 All-American (Top 25 JUCO Player in the Nation), Region 2 Player of the year, and 1st Team All-Region. Women’s Basketball (5-11, 3-7) Region 2 #5 seed, Semifinal appearance, first postseason wins in program history. A’nayzia Jefferson All Region 2nd team. Kayla Fuller NJCAA Region 2 Conference Leading Scorer.
Assistant Men's Coach
Assistant Men's Coach