Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Mitch Charlens

After 10 years as head coach of the men's basketball team, Mitch Charlens has led the Knights to four Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championships and a CCCAA Final Eight appearance, He's been named PCAC coach of the year four times and was awarded CCCAA Coach of the Year in 2009.

Now in his 11th season, Coach Charlens has created a winning basketball program at San Diego City College. In June of 2004, Charlens took over a program without a gym of its own, no players, and coming off a seven-win season the previous year. No problem; Coach Mitch Charlens achieved the state’s best record (28-3) and a final four appearance with Head Coach Rusty Smith at College of the Sequoias in 2003-04, so the SDCC job wasn't too great for Charlens.  

With a month and a half to field a team, Charlens built a foundation instilling pride, respect, accountability, solid work ethic, and honor into each member of his program. In Charlens' first year, the Knights finished with an 18-10 overall record (10-0 at home) and a 12-2 conference record which earned them the 2004-05 Pacific Coast Conference Championship. The team also advanced to postseason play where they went on to reach the second round of the state playoffs. In addition, the team's success brought upon three All-Conference Player selections and a Coach of the Year for All Sports award in the Pacific Coast Conference for Coach Charlens.

In 2008-09, Charlens led the Knights to their most prosperous season in school history. The Knights finished 28-5 overall and won the Pacific Coast Conference championship with a 15-1 record. Charlens' Knights won two Southern California Regional playoff games to reach the Final Eight of the CCCAA playoffs for the first time ever. Individual success was also found during the '08-'09 season as Charlens was named the men's basketball Coach of the Year by the PCC and was also honored by the CCCAA as its State of California Co-Coach of the Year. The Knights had three First Team All-PCC selections, two Honorable Mention selections and a PCC Player of the Year award for Malcolm Thomas who also earned the CCCAA Co-MVP and made First Team All-State.
In addition, a total of eight players from the '08-'09 Knights received full-ride scholarships from 4-year schools.

Coach Charlens, a San Diego native, is extremely pleased that coaching has brought him home. He played basketball at University City High School in San Diego and then moved on to play at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. While at Saddleback, Coach Charlens helped lead the Gauchos to back-to-back Orange Empire Conference championships and a Final Eight Appearance.

Building on his accomplishments in the community college system, Charlens went on to play at San Francisco State University. Coach Charlens had highlights throughout his career and ended his playing career by scoring 20 points with five three-pointers against UC Davis, that years’ National Champion. Once his playing days were over, Charlens entered the business world. Realizing that was not his passion, Coach Charlens returned to basketball by coaching the Varsity Boys at Lowell High School in San Francisco. The following season he became an assistant coach at SFSU. He was then brought on as an assistant at Chico State University before coaching at College of the Sequoias for two years.

Coach Charlens earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology at San Francisco State University and his Master's degree in Physical Education at Chico State University. He resides in San Diego with his wife Dr. Erin Charlens (Counselor at SDCC), sons Brandon and Jay, and daughter Chloe.

 Contact Information
Head Coach: Mitch Charlens
Phone: (619) 388-3703
Office: P3-204
Email: mcharlen@sdccd.edu

Assistant Coach - Roy morris

Former University of San Diego Torrero standout Roy Morris enters his second year as an assistant coach at San Diego City College. Coach Morris will be involved with recruiting, practice planning, player management, strength and conditioning, and scouting.

Morris, who played for the USD Torreros from 1999-2003, was the Director of Basketball Operations at USD. Over the past three years, Morris worked with budget planning, team travel, and monitoring of student-athlete academics.

Morris appeared in 110 games during his 4-year playing career with the Torreros. In 2003, his senior year, Morris started all 30 games on the team that won the WCC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history. He finished third on the team in scoring (12.3 ppg) for the 18-12 Torreros while converting 44.3% from the field and 41.5% from beyon the three-point line. Morris graduated from USD in 2003 with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Leadership.

After graduating, he had a couple of stints in professional basketball. In 2003-04, he played for Columbia-Cucuta Canoneros where he averaged 24.2 points, 8.8 assists, and 6.6 rebounds. After a few years in restaurant management, he returned to basketball where he played for the Mexico-Tijuana Galgos (2007-08), the Mexico All-Tourney Team in Torreron, Mexico (2007-08; 18.6 ppg), the Chile Dimayor-Deportes Castro (2008-09; 17.1 ppg), and with Mexico-Fuerza Guinda Nogales (2008-09; 25.3 ppg). His most recent job was as an Online Advisor for Ashford University.

From nearby Bonita, California, Morris played at Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista, California. During his senior year (1998-99), he averaged 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds with the team going 30-5 and winning their first ever CIF state championship. He was named the Metro Conference Most Valuable Player.

Assistant Coach - Joe D'Ambro

Coach Joe D'Ambro is in his sixth season as an assistant with the Knights. The 2007-08 season was his first as an assistant at any level. In addition to being part of Head Coach Mitch Charlens' staff, D'Ambro works as a Student Service Assistant at the SDCC Career Center.

D'Ambro earned Virginia All-State Honors and All-Met Honors (Washington D.C.) during his senior year (1997) at Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Va. He then went on to play at George Mason University. In 1998, D'Ambro was named Honorable Mention All-American by Youth Basketball of America (U-21) in Jacksonville, Fla. D'Ambro then transferred to SDCC to play for the Knights from 1999-2001.

Assistant Coach - steven aldridge

Steven Aldridge returns for his second year after joining the SDCC men's basketball staff as an assistant coach in June, 2013. Prior to joining the Knights, he played for two years at Western State Colorado University (2011-2013). As a Mountaineer at WSCU, he was named a team captain and started at point guard for both years. He had a career-high 21 points against the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in January, 2013.

Prior to playing at WSCU Aldridge was the starting point guard for two years (2009-2011) at San Diego City College. As a Knight, he was named to the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference second team in 2009-10, received All-PCAC honorable mention in 2010-11, was named SDCC James Swinson Scholar Athlete of the Year, and was selected as PCAC Men's Athlete of the Week on multiple occasions while playing for Head Coach Mitch Charlens.
His career-high 30 points came during Charlens' 100th win at San Diego City College against Imperial Valley College.

Aldridge, an Oceanside, California native, played high school basketball at El Camino in Oceanside for Head Coach Ray Johnson. As a senior at ECHS, he started at point guard and earned a San Diego section CIF title, scholar athlete awards, and was named to the Palomar League First Team. He also lettered in varsity for three years.

Aldridge received his Associates Degree from San Diego City College and his Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Western State Colorado University. He also holds a USA weightlifting level 1 Sports Performance Coaching Certificate. He currently resides in La Mesa.