Coach Danny Yoshikawa joined the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball staff in May, 2015 and finished his first season as an assistant coach in 2017-18.
Bringing years of varied experience to the staff as both head and assistant coach, Yoshikawa was integral in helping Saint Mary's win 30 games, the most in program history. The Gaels finished 16-2 in WCC Conference play for the 2nd time in Yoshikawa’s tenure, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The team finished first in the NCAA for field-goal percentage (51.5), seventh in three-point field goal percentage (41.0), 20th in rebound margin (+6.3), sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.6) and eighth in the country for fewest turnovers per game (9.9).
The Gaels' defense, which led the West Coast Conference in opponent points per game (64.5), also finished the season 14th in the NCAA for scoring defense. SMC held its opponents to under 60 points scored in nine games as the Gaels were eighth in the nation in scoring margin (+12.5). Saint Mary's won a program record 19 straight games in 2017-18, which marked the longest win streak in all of Division I college basketball. The Gaels were ranked as high as No. 11 in the Associated Press poll which is the program's highest ever ranking in the Top-25 poll.
A Bay Area native, Yoshikawa arrived at Saint Mary’s College from overseas where he served as Head Coach for two seasons in the professional ranks. He began his head-coaching career at West Valley College (Saratoga, Ca.), where he recorded a 144-47 record for a .753 winning percentage over five seasons. He guided the Vikings to consecutive Coast Conference Championships, five straight California State Community College tournaments and two Elite-Eight state championship appearances. His team also advanced to the state championship game and he was named the California State Coach of the Year.
Along the way, Yoshikawa served assistant coaching stints at both UC Santa Barbara and the University of San Francisco. Yoshikawa helped the Gauchos to a 23-9 record, earning a Big West Conference Championship, and advancing to the NIT tournament in the process. As USF’s Associate Head Coach, Yoshikawa helped rebuild the Dons as they recorded their first consecutive 20-win seasons in more than 30 years, while finishing 3rd in the WCC. During his tenure, the Dons played in the post season three consecutive years.
Yoshikawa also served as the Director of Operations at SMC for two seasons (2015-17), supervising all of the Gaels day to day functioning and administration before being promoted to assistant coach in 2017.
As a student-athlete, Yoshikawa played Point Guard at UC Davis where he guided the Aggies to their first two conference championships in program history, leading them to the NCAA tournament in each year. He compiled an impressive 100-29 overall record in his four years, and as a senior, was honored as the Conference Player of the Year and UC Davis Athlete of the Year. Yoshikawa graduated with Bachelor degrees in International Relations and also in Japanese. He then earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University while starting his coaching career at West Valley College.
Danny currently resides in Moraga with his wife (Alittza), his son (Calvin) and his daughter (Abigail).
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