Breaking Down the Coaching Candidates

Five preliminary candidates remain in contention for the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball opening. Who has what it takes to be the Titans next coach? lists the Pros and Cons of each candidate as well as links, quotes and much more.

See below for more information on each of the candidates. You can also click on the name for the most current bio information. 

Bob Burton
  • Successful JC coach with California connections (record at West Valley College was 507-167).
  • Excellent communicator
  • Recommended by many high-profile head coaches and highly respected in coaching community
  • Known as being an offensive specialist with up-tempo offensive style
  • Never has had a losing season as a head coach
  • Recruiting ties grounded in California
  • Only DI experience is as an assistant at Utah and Fresno State, each for one year.
Sidney Green
  • Turned FAU from the worst team in DI (according to RPI) to an NCAA tournament appearance in two years
  • Former NBA player
  • Played for Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV
  • Respected by players and coaches
  • A-Sun Coach of the year in third season
  • Very enthusiastic about the job
  • Up-tempo offense but also stresses defense (Think Tarkanian style)
  • Losing record last season at 7-21
  • East coast ties during coaching tenure but this could also be looked at as a positive (i.e. Ralphy, Zakee, Bron, Jamal, et al)
Tom Green
  • 20 year head coach at Fairleigh Dickenson University
  • Recruiter of international players
  • Recruits international players
  • Led team to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1985, '88 and '98, and an NIT berth in '91
  • Has 5, 20-win seasons
  • Eastern head coach so may not know what he's getting into at Cal State Fullerton
  • Why is he leaving after 20 years at FDU?
  • Last three years went 32-54
Jim Saia
  • Was finalist for the Fresno State job
  • Two year head coach at Columbia College (61-10 record)
  • No D1 head coaching experience
  • Does not have a job so he may be just trying to get one
  • UCLA ties so may be 'spoiled' with easy recruiting, facilities, support, etc.
Rod Jensen
  • Boise State head coach for seven years
  • Won-loss record of 109 - 93
  • Disciple of Titan legend Bobby Dye (Asst. for 12 years at BSU)
  • Second-winningest men's basketball coach in Boise State school history
  • Recruiting questionable, especially with someone unfamiliar with Cal State Fullerton

Here is some additional information which was turned up scouring the internet. Please post other info/links on our basketball board if you would like to have it added to this page.

Bob Burton
Currently an assistant coach at Fresno State.  Long-time successful junior college head coach at West Valley Community College (Saratoga, CA) where he compiled a record of 507-167.  Also served as an assistant at Utah for 1 year. His claim to fame is that he has never had a losing season.  Age:  57.

Bio Summary

Burton was named conference coach of the year nine times, including this past season. He was selected the California Community College Coach of the Year four times. He guided the Vikings to the finals of the California Community College State tournament in 1991, 1995 and 1996. Burton took a one-year leave at West Valley, serving as an assistant coach at the University of Utah for the 1986-87 season, helping the Utes to a 19-10 record and NIT berth, before returning to West Valley.

Burton is 57 years old, has a wife named Toni and has no children.

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Record at West Valley College

1991-92 - 31-3 *
1992-93 - 24-7
1993-94 - 29-4
1994-95 - 32-3 *
1995-96 - 31-3 *
1996-97 - 23-9
1997-98 - 30-4
1998-99 - 24-8
1999-00 - 25-7
2000-01 - 19-11
2001-02 - 19-12

Total: 507-167

* State Finals

Sidney Green
Former All-American at UNLV, played professionally with the Bulls and the Knicks.  Currently the head coach at Florida Atlantic, where he has compiled a 55-118 record, although he led the Owls to the NCAA tournament in 2001-2002.  Previously served as head coach for two years at LIU-Southampton (29-27).  Age:  Early 40's.

Signed a new contract with FAU in June, 2002.

Named A-Sun Coach of the Year for 2001-02 season.

Success from the 2001-02 season brings on the bandwagoners... He's gotten calls from his former coaches -- Rick Pitino, Chuck Daly and Larry Brown. Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian sent a congratulatory fax. Former NBA teammates Michael Jordan and Charles Oakley left messages. And Green has received more than 100 e-mails.

All the individual accolades that I achieved -- high school All-American, college All-American, NBA -- it doesn't compare to this," Green said. "That's one reason that I wanted to coach -- to try to make a difference."

Green campaigned very hard for the University of New Mexico opening last year but job went to Ritchie McKay, whose first basketball game was the 1978 Cal State Fullerton upset over the lobos.

He also was interested in the DePaul (Link) job.

Sidney Green's Coaching Record

Season School Record
1995-96 LIU-Southampton 16-13
1996-97 LIU-Southampton 13-14
1997-98 North Florida 8-17
1998-99 North Florida 12-16
1999-00 Florida Atlantic 2-28
2000-01 Florida Atlantic 7-24
2001-02 Florida Atlantic 19-12
2001-02 Florida Atlantic 7-21
Total 7 seasons 77-124



Tom Green
Green was twice named the Northeastern Conference Coach of the Year, and took the Knights to the NCAA tournament in 1985, 1988, and 1998, and an NIT berth in 1991.  The Knights finished 15-14 last season, and Green has an overall record of 321-255 in his 20 years at Fairleigh Dickinson.

Tom Green was a three-year letter winner and two-year starter as a point guard at Syracuse University.  As a senior, he captained the Orangemen to a 19-6 mark, and a bid to the NIT.  His bio doesn't mention his age, but since he graduated from high school in 1967, I would gather that he is 53 / 54 years old.


Rod Jensen
Currently an assistant coach at Virginia.  Previously served as head coach at Boise State (109-93).  Age: 49.

Appears to be known for his defensive strategies. Does not appear to be a great recruiter.



Jim Saia
Formerly the #1 assistant to Steve Lavin at UCLA for the past 7 years.  Served 2 years as head coach a Columbia College (Sonora, CA) where he compiled a 61-10 record.  Has also served as an assistant at Cal, Indiana State, and Fresno State.  Age:  38.



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