Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Mitch Charlens

Mitch Charlens returns for his 10th year leading the San Diego City College Knights men's basketball team. Coach Charlens has created a winning basketball program at San Diego City College. In June of 2004 Charlens took over a program that won only seven games the previous year and had no returning players. 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. Charlens' 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 post season 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 with an overall record of 28-5 and won the Pacific Coast Conference championship with a 15-1 record. Charlens' Knights had a successful post season as they 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 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.

In 2010-11, Charlens' Knights narrowly missed the post season after finishing with a 17-10 overall record and an 11-5 conference record, good for second place. They were riddled with injuries throughout the season and ended the year with only six healthy players.

The Knights bounced back in 2011-12 with a third PCAC championship under Charlens. They finished with a 20-8 overall record, a 14-2 conference record, and reached the second round of the CCCAA playoffs. Coach Charlens was named PCAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year for the second time and one of his players, Stephon Lamar, was awarded the PCAC Player of the Year. Menas Stephens and Marvin Sykes joined Lamar as First Team All-Conference selections. 

Coach Charlens, a San Diego native, is extremely pleased that coaching has brought him home. Coach Charlens played basketball at University City High School in San Diego. He continued his basketball career 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, Coach went on to play at San Francisco State University where he was a starter and team captain.   Coach Charlens had highlights throughout his career and ended his playing career by scoring 20 points with 5 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 the College of the Sequoias for two years. In 2004 The College of the Sequoias achieved the best record in the state (28-3) and earned a trip to the California Community College Final Four.

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 is beginning his first 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 fifth 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 begins his first season as an assistant coach at SDCC in 2013-14. Aldridge is returning to SDCC after playing the previous two seasons (2011-13) at Western State Colorado University. In two years with the Mountaineers, he started at point guard, led the team in assists, and was a team captain.

Prior to playing at WSCU, Aldridge played with the SDCC Knights for two seasons (2009-11). In those two seasons, he was a First Team All-PCAC selection (2009-10) and an All-PCAC Honorable Mention (2010-11) as well as a scholar-athlete. He was the starting point guard and team captain for the Knights.

Aldridge earned a San Diego Section CIF Title, Palomar League First Team honors and Scholar Athlete honors during his senior year (2009) at El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif.

Aldridge grew up in Oceanside, Calif., and earned a B.A. degree in Exercise Science from Western State Colorado University and a USA Weightlifting level 1 performance coaching certificate. He currently resides in Oceanside and works with First Year Services on campus as a student mentor.