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Godinez, brought his 9 years of coaching experience to the basketball courts for the first time for the 2013-14 season and much to the delight of the athletic program, school and surrounding community. In just one season Godinez turned the Victor Valley College men’s basketball program into one of the most feared teams in the State. The program had one of the biggest program turnarounds from one season to the next (15 wins) in Junior College history. He guided the team to a 15-12 record, missing the playoffs by just one game, all after taking the program over just 4 weeks before the season started. The VVC team also set over 12 school records in 2013-14 including Points, 3-point shots and Free throws. As a team VVC led the State in Points per game for the regular season.
Prior to VVC, Godinez coached 3 seasons at the Division 1 level with Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. He had brief stints with both Mt. San Antonio College and Pasadena City College and was the head coach at Lutheran High School in La Verne CA from 2006-07.
Godinez, a Hacienda Heights California native, also played both football and basketball at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, he exceled at San Jose State University as a defensive back in the early 2000's, earning Academic All-American honors as well as All-Conference honors. Godinez also signed a Free Agent contract with the Washington Redskins after graduating with his Bachelors in Sociology and earning his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology in 2006.
At home, Godinez is married to his wife of 5 years, Jennifer Godinez, and has two kids Payton, 3, and Avery, 1.
Jonathan Rodriguez enters his second year as a Victor Valley assistant coach. Rodriguez played a vital role in integrating many of the offensive and defensive philosophies that were constructed in the 2013-14 season. He also brings over a wealth of basketball knowledge having been a high school head and assistant at Los Altos High School for over 10 years. The experience he's gained has been a tremendous asset to the program and it showed with the growth of his players.
Rodriguez is the membership director at the YMCA in Monrovia where he looks to aid in the growth of the YMCA industry. He's been the General Manager of the Upland Sports Arena and Optimal Sports where he worked hand in hand with many professional athletes and sports programs. He's guided many players to the NBA, NFL and MLB under his tutelage as well as helping hundreds of High School and Junior College athletes receive scholarships.
Jonathan is married to his wife Jessica Rodriguez and they are joined by their dog Griffin.
Isaiah Fox is a Southern California native who attended Crossroads high school in Santa Monica, CA. Fox went on to play four seasons at The University of Arizona, playing alongside future NBA players Luke Walton, Channing Frye, and Andre Iguodala under hall of fame coach Lute Olsen. While at Arizona, Fox help the Wildcats to 5 NCAA Tournament appearances, 2 PAC 10 championships, 1 PAC 10 tournament championship, with two trips to the Elite 8. Fox received defensive player of the year honors 2002, most inspirational player 2004, and named co captained 2005 and 2006.
During his professional career Fox played in Australia, Japan, China, Mexico, and in the NBA development league. At all levels of his career AAU, High School, Collegiate, and professional Fox has been named captain or co-captain. Fox returned to the University of Arizona to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2009. As player Fox was a defensive minded power forward with a knack for rebounding. Coach Fox will help in recruitment, player development for post players, and game preparation.
“I'm honored to get the opportunity to coach basketball at Victor Valley under Coach Godinez. Basketball is my passion and it’s humbling to get a chance to give back and teach the game to young men who love the game so much. I will do my best to help Coach Godinez recruit, develop, and prepare these young athletes.”
Marvin Ballenger begins his first season as an assistant coach at Victor Valley and he is set on helping the program develop and grow to be one of the top basketball programs.
He brings years of basketball experience as both player and coach. As a native of Los Angeles, and prep standout, he played varsity basketball for Los Angeles powerhouse Fairfax High School where he was team captain his Jr. and Sr. years and was named to the Los Angeles All League Team in his Senior year.
He played two years at College of the Canyons and was All Conference in Assists (as a freshman and sophomore) as well as team captain his sophomore year. During his time at COC he was ranked top ten in the State of California in assist and broke many of the schools assist records with a career high 21 against ValleyCollege.
He was to play Division I basketball at Loyola Marymount University, before that experience was cut short due to an injury. While that was a tough break, he believes that it taught him not to take things in life for granted. He offers that same advice to the players in hopes that it will help them prepare for life after basketball.
After rehabbing, and stints playing in semi-pro leagues, he continued his education at Cal State Los Angeles where he finished with a degree in Business Administration. Marvin once ran a free basketball league for 50 under-privileged kids in Seattle, WA. Also, he coached two successful AAU and Prep teams around the Los Angeles and HighDesert areas. He has been instrumental in sending many players on to play College basketball which truly is a joy to him.
As varsity head coach he led Excelsior High School in Victorville to its first ever league Championship in his second year coaching the team. During the 2012-13 season his team went 12-0 in league play.
He truly cares about the development of each player on and off the court, in and out of the classroom.