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Women's Basketball at De Anza College: 1974-Present

De Anza College began Intercollegiate Women's Basketball competition in 1974. Sharon Chatman, our first Women's Basketball Coach, started a winning tradition for the Lady Dons. Our Women's Basketball program has continued to be one of the most successful women’s programs in the state of California. Coach Chatman’s (1974-76) teams went 61-3 the first two years, claiming two conference titles and two state championships. Following those two winning seasons, Coach Chatman was hired at San Jose State.

Coach Debi Schafer (1976-86) took over the Lady Dons team and didn't miss a beat. Coach Schafer compiled an impressive 254 wins against just 51 losses, an astonishing 84% winning percentage. De Anza became recognized as a Northern California power.

From 1987-2003, Head Coach Mike Gervasoni added to the program's already impressive history of success. Under his leadership, the Lady Dons maintained an amazing record of 360-164, including 8 conference championships.

During the 2004-05 season, current Head Coach, Arden Kragalott, took over the helm of a Lady Dons team that had struggled the previous season. Since then, Coach Kragalott has turned the program back around. With a 23-8 record in the 2006-07 season, the Lady Dons finished a strong, second place in league and earned a spot in the Nor Cal playoffs. 

The 2006-07 season maintained a trend towards success as the Lady Dons finished a solid second place in league, earned a spot in the Nor Cal playoffs and finished the season ranked 11th in Northern California.

During the 2007-08 season, Kragalott and the Lady Dons proved to be even more successful, as they finished the season with a 23-9 overall record, ranked in the top 8 (Nor Cal Elite 8 Tournament), ranked in the top 16th overall (State), and undefeated Coast Conference (South) Champions with a 12-0 record.  These great achievements also earned Kragalott Coach of the Year honors.

Coach Kragalott and her coaching staff led the stalwart 2010-2011 Lady Dons to an outstanding 23-7 overall record, which included a solid second place finish in Coast Conference (South) play.  This success continued into the post season, with the Lady Dons making an impressive showing in the Elite 8 of the Nor Cal Playoffs.

The strong 2010-2011 season carried over into the following year.  The 2011-2012 Lady Dons were able to reach the first round of Nor Cal playoffs.

The Lady Dons once again went to playoffs during the 2012-2013 season, earning a spot in the Nor Cal Sweet 16.

The 2013-2014 season was an impressive earmark year for the Lady Dons.  Coach Kragalott led the team to a First Place finish (11-1) in Conference play and a spot in the Nor Cal Quarter Finals.  The Lady Dons also garnered these achievements: 20-9 overall record, 5 All-Conference player (including Conference MVP), and 1 All-State player.  Once again, Kragalott earned Coach of the Year honors for her team's achievements.

 

Quick Facts

The De Anza College Women's Basketball program has more conference titles, four-year transfer players, and state playoff teams, than any other Northern California community college.

Overall Record: 857-362

Conferences Titles: BACAWA—3, Golden Gate—6, Coast Conference—10

All-Conference Players: 105

Conference MVP: BACAWA—3, Golden Gate—5, Coast Conference—8

State Tournament Appearances: (Elite 8) 5; (State Tournament Runner-up 1985).

All-Region Players: 20

All-State Players: 13

Four-Year Transfer Players: 93

Dean's List: 232 (GPA 3.0)

Scholar Athletes: 35 (13 players with 4.0 GPA; 29 above 3.5 GPA)



De Anza Women's Basketball Building:
Contact: Arden Kragalott
Phone: 408.864.8648
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Last Updated: 3/6/14