Danny Yoshikawa joined the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball staff in June, 2015 as the program’s director of basketball operations and begins his first season as an assistant coach in 2017-18.
Yoshikawa worked in conjunction with the coaching and support staffs to execute all team-related operations, including team travel, recruiting, advanced scouting, video operations and community outreach efforts. He coordinated apparel with the program’s equipment staff to ensure maximum support from the department’s multi-year agreement with Under Armour and manages logistics associated with the overall operation of the basketball program.
A Bay Area native, Yoshikawa arrived at Saint Mary’s after serving as a professional head basketball coach in Japan. He began his head-coaching career at West Valley College (Saratoga), where he recorded a 144-47 record for a .753 winning percentage over five seasons. He guided the Vikings to a pair of Coast Conference Championships, five straight California State Community College tournaments and two elite-eight state championship appearances. In 2006, his team advanced to the state championship game and he was named the California state Coach of the Year.
Yoshikawa then moved to UC Santa Barbara for one season. As the defensive coordinator, Yoshikawa helped the Gauchos to a 23-9 record, beating UNLV, earning a Big West Conference Championship, and advancing to the NIT tournament in the process. Moving to the WCC, he spent four seasons on staff at the University of San Francisco and, as Associate Head Coach, helped the Dons record their first consecutive 20-win seasons in more than 30 years. Following his stint at USF, Yoshikawa spent one year coaching and observing international basketball academies around the world before taking a professional head coaching job in Kobe, Japan.
As a player, the San Jose native first played two seasons at West Valley College for Hall of Fame Coach Bob Burton before transferring to UC Davis. At West Valley, Yoshikawa, a point guard, earned all conference honors and a conference championship while helping the Vikings to a two-year record of 53-11. At UCD, he played under current UCSB coach Bob Williams. In his two seasons at UC Davis, 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, and as a senior, was honored as the Conference Player of the Year and UC Davis Athlete of the Year. Yoshikawa graduated with BA degrees in International Relations and Japanese. He then earned his MS in Kinesiology from San Jose State University while starting his coaching career as an assistant at West Valley College.
He currently resides in Moraga with his wife (Alittza), his son (Calvin Sebastian) and his daughter (Abigail).
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