The Hornets basketball team has a new head coach. Perry Webster, a former Orange Empire Conference all conference and Cal State Fullerton team captain has been tabbed to turn around a struggling team that finished last in their conference this season.
Webster has spent his entire basketball-life playing and coaching in Orange County. The former point guard attended Mission Viejo High School, where he started all four years. Webster led his team to a CIF title his freshman season and was named All-League four straight years and All-CIF three years. Mission Viejo High retired his jersey in 2007.
After high school, Webster attended Saddleback College, where he led the Gauchos to a state title in 2010. He was voted First Team All-Conference and the state tournament MVP as well.
After Saddleback, Webster transferred to Cal State Fullerton where he led the Titans and the Big West in assists. He was named team captain his senior season for the Titans. Webster graduated from CSUF with a bachelors degree in Kinesiology.
Webster returned to Saddleback after graduation to begin his coaching career. He spent the past three seasons as the assistant coach for the Gauchos. During his tenure, Webster helped the Gauchos produce 14 All-Conference players, three conference championships, an overall conference record of 33-3 and a state championship in 2015. Perry recruited the last two conference players of the year in Eric Thompson and Conor Clifford.
Webster is excited about the opportunity to help turn around the FC basketball program.
“The tradition of the Fullerton College basketball program is tremendous and I am looking forward to creating our own culture and tradition that hopefully will match the success of many former great Hornet coaches,” Webster said.
Webster has his work cut out for him. FC has struggled mightily the last few seasons, having not posted a winning record since 2008-09 and finishing with a record of (4-23) in 2014-15. The Hornets new coach has six months to prepare, as the basketball season officially begins in November.