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Johnson, joins the VVC athletics family with 16 years of collegiate coaching experience 7 of which were spent in the California Community College system. Johnson enjoyed two successful seasons as the head men's basketball coach at Merritt College, along with stops at City College of San Francisco and Ohlone College as an assistant coach.
Prior to VVC, Johnson gained valuable experience coaching at the NCAA DI and DII levels respectively. Most recently Johnson helped lead Adam State University (Alamosa, CO) to top ten raked in Points Per Game and Steals Per Game averages at the NCAA II level.
Johnson, a native of Brooklyn, NY , played junior college basketball at Merritt College, then moved to the southwest and played basketball for Western New Mexico University in Silver City, NM.
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.