July 14, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Four coaches have been hired in the past two weeks to new positions in intercollegiate athletics at Cal State Fullerton and all four have previous Titan connections including being former CSF student-athletes.
Joining the women's basketball staff are new assistants Allyson Alhadeff and Sara Ludwig and joining the women's volleyball staff is Jennifer Adeva. Mike Hinojos has been promoted from assistant to head coach of the fencing program, replacing the retired Heizaburo Okawa.
Alhadeff is a four-year Titan letterwinner who spent the last three years as an administrative assistant to Coach Bob Burton and the Titans' men's program. Adeva was a two-year (1994 & 1996) letterwinner for the Titans and was an assistant the past two seasons at North Carolina-Charlotte. Hinojos is a former Titan fencer who served as a volunteer assistant for 11 years and as a paid assistant to Okawa for the past seven seasons. Ludwig played four seasons at Notre Dame de Namur but has Titan experience after spending the past season as an administrative assistant to Titans' Head Coach Maryalyce Jeremiah.
"It has been my pleasure to watch Allyson grow from a Titan player to a young professional who is fast becoming a really good coach," Jeremiah said. "Her work ethic is impeccable and her passion and love for Titan Basketball is something that I always will want in this program. Coach Alhadeff will bring a growing knowledge of the game, a desire to help young people, a strong value for the educational experience and a strong recruiting contact in Southern California. I am excited to have her as part of our staff and I believe she will have an immediate impact on our program.
"Sara has shown that her love of the game and her willingness to do whatever it takes to make us successful can be a significant ingredient to the success of the program. Coach Ludwig's experience in dealing with many of the administrative details along with her ability to help with our guard play, will prove to be a positive asset to the Titans."
A native of nearby Chino, Alhadeff played for the Titans from 1999-2003, averaging 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 39 percent from the field in 107 career contests. She had her best season as a senior when the forward averaged 4.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 28 games for the Titans.
Ludwig last year was in charge of setting up the practice facility, film breakdown and film exchange among other duties. She graduated from Valencia High School in Placentia in 1999 and from Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, Calif., with a degree in business in 2003. While at Notre Dame de Namur, Ludwig was a four-year starter for the Argonauts' women's basketball team, averaging 10 points and two assists per game over her career and earning a pair of all-conference awards in 2000 and 2001. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton with an emphasis in sports enhancement and performance.
Adeva earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Fullerton in 1997 and a masters in physical education from Azusa Pacific in 1999. She was head coach for one season at Santa Ana College before heading east for assistant jobs at Nicholls State (2000-01), Tennessee State (2001-04) and UNC Charlotte. She coached many club teams including the Carolina Juniors "Slam" team, a 17-and-under national level squad that captured ninth place in the National Division in 2004. With the Titans she appeared in all 29 matches in 1994 and 24 of the 29 matches in 1996. She was a National Strength and Conditioning All-American as a senior. Prior to her stint at Fullerton she was a two-toime All-Western States Conference selection at College of the Canyons in Valencia.
Hinojos was Okawa's volunteer assistant from 1988 through 1999. He went on the payroll for the 1999-2000 season. He earned his bachelor's degree from CSF in 1986 and his teaching credential in 1989.
Searches are underway for an assistant coach in both women's gymnastics and men's soccer and for an assistant athletic training position. A search also is underway to replace Equipment Manager Cliff Hatter, who retired last week after 32 years on the job.