John McMullen, standout Santa Monica College coach, dies at 82

John McMullen, a Corridor of Fame neighborhood school basketball coach who was an influential determine in Southern California for greater than 5 a long time, died Friday in Brentwood. He was 82.

“He touched so many lives, players and coaches,” Santa Monica Excessive coach James Hecht stated.

McMullen was head coach at Santa Monica College from 1978 to 2004, compiling a file of 528-240. He was inducted into the California Neighborhood College Basketball Corridor of Fame in 2005 and was a four-time coach of the yr within the Western State Convention.

Born Sept. 13, 1939, in Topeka, Kan., McMullen moved to the San Fernando Valley as a highschool sophomore. He performed basketball at Van Nuys Grant Excessive and Cal State Northridge. He was head coach at Camarillo Excessive, profitable a Southern Part Division 3A championship in 1972.

He would work at John Picket‘s camps at UCLA and used a recommendation from Wooden to become an assistant coach at Brigham Young under Frank Arnold before joining Santa Monica in 1978. After retiring from Santa Monica, he served as an assistant at New Mexico State under his former assistant Marvin Menzies from 2007 to 2009.

“It’s an amazing loss,” Menzies stated. “He was an amazing man and left a great legacy.”

Hecht stated McMullen welcomed him and helped prepare him.

“When I started coaching 33 years ago, I went to a Santa Monica College game, introduced myself and from then on he was a mentor,” Hecht stated.

Brian Beauchemin, the previous Glendale College coach, had some very aggressive video games by the years with McMullen and have become pals.

“He’s one of those guys who would go out of his way to make you feel comfortable, and I’m sure he did that with players,” Beauchemin stated. “He had a generous personality that allowed people to come into his life and then came into theirs.”

McMullen is survived by his spouse, Cathy, sons Andy and Brian and 5 grandchildren. Funeral preparations are pending.