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Rich Ressa became the San Joaquin Delta College Men’s Basketball Head Coach in the spring of 2008. In his first year at helm he led the Mustangs to the Final 4 of the California JUCO State Championship. Making Delta College the only Big 8 team to make two Final 4 appearances in the last decade (2005, 2009).
Rich Ressa has played an integral part in building the Delta College Men Basketball program's tradition of excellence. As a Head Coach, Ressa has two Final 8 appearances (2009, 2013) and one Final 4 (2009). But his contribution started long before that while he worked as the Head Assistant coach for the previous Delta College Head Coach Brian Katz. He worked for the 2009 Junior College Coaches Hall of Fame inductee for 11 years until Katz accepted the Sacramento State University Head Coaching position. During that span he helped the Mustangs win four conference championships as well as reach three Final 8 (2000, 2005, 2007) and a Final 4 (2005).
Ressa also organized and coordinated several basketball clinics that brought to the area some very notable Head Coaches such as the late Rick Majerus (Utah/St Louis), Mike Dunlap (NBA Bobcats /Metro State), Dick Bennett (Wisconsin/Washington St), Lorenzo Romar (Pepperdine/Washington), Mike Gillespie (Texas A&M/Kentucky) and many others....
Prior to San Joaquin Delta College, Ressa was the Head Coach at Franklin High School in Stockton, CA from 1993 to 1997.
Coach Ressa has deep roots in this community since moving to Stockton when he accepted a full scholarship in 1989 to play Division 1 Basketball at the University of Pacific for legendary coach Bob Thomason. During his time at UOP he had the opportunity to compete with many players in his conference that went on to have successful NBA career such as Larry Johnson (UNLV/ Hornets, NY Knicks)), Cedric Ceballos (Cal St Fullerton/ Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers)), Bryon Russell (Long Beach State/ Utah Jazz). Both years, Ressa played several times the famous UNLV Rebels team led by Jerry Tarkanian who were ranked #1 in the Nation for two years and went on to win the 1990 NCAA National Championship. His senior year UOP finished third in conference and had the school's best record in 13 years.
Ressa graduated in 1991 with a B.S. Degree in Social Sciences. After graduating he was part of the Athletic-Academic Liaison Council at the University of Pacific. He then went on to get his Teaching Credentials and started teaching at several schools in the Stockton area until he became the Head Coach at Delta college in 2008.
Because of his background in education, Coach Ressa strives to create an atmosphere that prepares student-athletes for the four-year college level.
His coaching and teaching philosophy is designed to develop collaboration, integrity and discipline within the team, as well as each individual.
The concept is to help further the success and productivity of the student-athlete as he is preparing for the next level of his career on and off the court.
Coach Ressa is himself a successful product of the Junior College system. He played at West Valley College for California JUCO Coaches Hall of Fame inductee Bob Burton who went on to lead Cal State Fullerton to a Big West Championship and an NCAA appearance. At West Valley Ressa was part of the team that made the school's first Final 8 appearance in 1988. As a sophomore he led the team with 20 points and 7 rebounds per game which earned him a place on the 1989 California JUCO All-State Team.
Prior to playing at West Valley, Ressa prepped at Westmont High School in the Bay Area where his senior year they won the Section Title for the first time in school history. He was named Section player of the year and 2nd Team All-State.
Rich Ressa resides in Stockton with his wife Beatriz and his 2 year old son Garrett.
The 2012-13 season marked Dominique Bukasa’s first year as an Assistant Coach at Delta College. He joins Coach Ressa's staff after spending the 2011-2012 season as the Head Coach of Lassen College. Prior to Lassen College he was an NCAA Division I Assistant Coach at Sacramento State University from 2008 to 2011 for former Delta College and Junior College Hall of Fame Coach Brian Katz. His duties with the Hornets included recruiting, scouting, player development, academic mentor and game scheduling.
Bukasa, who has over 10 years of coaching experience, worked as an Assistant Coach for Ed Madec from 2005-2008 at the College of Siskiyous and Fresno City College. At the College of Siskiyous he helped coach the Eagles to a 27-5 record and a No. 1 ranking in the state for nine consecutive weeks in the 2005-06 season. That marked the first time in school history that the College of Siskiyous had received the top ranking in the State. The next two years at Fresno City College he was part of the coaching staff that won the 2007 California Community College State Tournament Championship, back-to-back Central Valley Conference league titles and State Final 8 appearances with a 62-16 combined record.
After playing three years at Sonoma State (1997-00), where he was part of a nationally-ranked team that set the school record for victories in 1998-99, Bukasa had a successful career overseas. He played four years of professional basketball in Belgium and France.
Since 2001, he has been involved with world renowned trainer Jeremy Russotti 's 1% Club, a summer and off-season program that trains elite high school, collegiate and professional basketball players. Many of the players he helped train with the 1% Club went on to sign Div. I scholarships and Professional Contracts, including Angelo Tsagarakis (Oregon State /Pro in France) and Josh Akognon (Washington State/Cal State Fullerton/ Dallas Mavericks).
Bukasa graduated from Sonoma State in 1999 with a degree in history, and a minor in political science. In July of 2008, he earned a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University
Eddie Hernandez joined the Delta College Basketball staff in 2013. Coach Hernandez is currently in his 19th season of coaching basketball. For the past 18 years he has been a local high school coach. He played for Coach Ressa at Franklin High School and join his coaching staff after graduating in 1994. Next, he joined the coaching staff at Bear Creek High School and for the past 14 years he has helped transform their basketball program. During his nine years as the head coach his teams made playoffs 3 times, including the first playoff win in school history. He coached three league MVP’S, 1 All Area Stockton Record player of the year, and five Stockton Record 1st team all area players. Coach Hernandez is the winningest coach in Bear Creek boys basketball history, and received Coach of the Year from the Stockton Record in 2010. He has coached many players that have continued their careers at Delta College including Jerrel Green, Dwayne Lee, Benny Simi, Derek Lujan and A.J Khalon.
Eddie attended Delta College and received his B.A in Physical Education in 2000 from CSU Stanislaus. In 2009 he received his Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University. He has been a teacher for 13 years and is currently a health and physical education teacher at Tokay High school, as well as an adjunct associate professor at Delta College. Coach Hernandez and his wife Isela have been married for 16 years. They reside in Stockton with their four children, Sabrena (19) who is a current Delta College student, Alex (9), Lina (7), and Lily (4).
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