OHLONE COLLEGE MONITOR THURSDAY MARCH 20, 2014 Vol. XLVII No. 4 Renegades baseball falls at home. See story on page 7 MEN’S BASKETBALL FREMONT, CA OHLONEMONITOR.COM ACCREDITATION Positive report for college ALIZAIB LODHI Staff writer TAM DUONG JR./ MONITOR Ohlone College men’s basketball coach John Peterson, one of the most successful coaches in school history, resigned Monday and will accept an assistant coaching position at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Peterson resigns from Ohlone Renegades men’s basketball coach John Peterson will accept an assistant coaching position at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief One of the most successful coaches in Ohlone College history is leaving the school. Men’s basketball coach John Peterson resigned on Monday and will accept an assistant coaching position at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. “While I am excited about the new challenges that lie ahead, Ohlone is one of the top three jobs in Northern California and that makes it tough to leave,” Peterson said. “Ohlone has been a phenomenal place for me to grow, as a coach and as a person, and I will miss it dearly.” Peterson has amassed an impressive resume during his 14 seasons in Fremont, cementing his legacy as one of the school’s most successful coaches. Peterson captured the Coast Conference championship five times during his tenure – in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010. The Renegades had a winning record in each of his 14 sea- sons while totaling a 300-126 overall record, winning more than 70 percent of his games. A school-record 28 wins in one season still stands, and in 11 of his 14 seasons Ohlone finished the season with 20 wins or better. Peterson’s teams only missed the playoffs once during his tenure, which includes two Continued on Page 3 An accreditation team visiting Ohlone last week delivered a preliminary report that praised the college in several areas, including its Board of Trustees. The commendation for “the clear delineation of the roles of the Board of Trustees and the college and adherence to those roles” was a major turnaround from the last report six years ago, which warned Ohlone that the board must work together and stop trying to micro-manage the college. The warning required a progress report and followup visits. “To move from warning status to commendations for our Board of Trustees is unheard of, in my experience,” Ohlone President Gari Browning wrote Monday in a campus-wide email. The preliminary report included six other commendations: 1. Programs and services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and Ohlone’s commitment to these students nationally and internationally. 2. Commitment to sustainability as evidenced by LEED certification for the Newark Center (platinum), the Student Services Center (gold), and the plans for the new academic core buildings (gold). 3. Creation of a college Continued on Page 3 COLLEGE VACANCY Bristow steps down from Board of Trustees LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Ohlone College Trustee Kevin Bristow stepped down from the board last week because he is moving outside the district. Bristow, who was elected in November 2012, has taken a job at the University of California, Merced. “The good news is that I’ll be continuing my work with foster youth in higher education, but unfortunately that also means that I need to move,” Bristow said as he announced his resignation at the March 12 board meeting. “Although this next chapter in my life is incredibly exciting, the truth is that leaving a position and an institution that I’ve worked so hard for and care so much about is a bittersweet moment, to say the least.” Bristow has worked as director of the Renaissance Scholars Program at Cal State East Bay, providing support services for students who are former foster youth, and before that as an education specialist for Contra Costa County Children and Family Services, where he helped foster youth to achieve their educational goals. He also is a longtime member of California Youth Connection, a legislative advocacy group for foster youth. During Bristow’s last board meeting, his fellow trustees praised him and wished him well for the future. “We’re going to miss you Continued on Page 3 COURTESY OF OHLONE COLLEGE Ohlone College trustee Kevin Bristow stepped down last week.