Dominican University on Tuesday introduced the hiring of Justin Argenal as the brand new men’s basketball head coach.

“Justin has all the coaching qualities we are looking for and we can’t wait to get him on board,” Dominican athletic director Amy Henkelman mentioned in a press launch. “As a player, Justin played at the NCAA Division II level and has been a coach at multiple levels and in many different positions. His knowledge and experience will allow him to be a great mentor and leader of our student-athletes, helping them reach new heights on and off the court. We can’t wait to bring his energy, basketball knowledge and diverse skill set into our program.”

Argenal arrives with the Penguins after 5 profitable seasons at De La Salle High in Concord. The Spartans received North Coast Section Division I titles in 2017, 2019 and 2020 underneath Argenal and have been Open Division semifinals in 2017 and 2019.

Argenal amassed a 133-33 report at De Le Sale and was named the NorCalPreps Northern California Coach of the Year and NorCalPreps NCS Division I Coach of the Year in each 2017 and 2019.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to be the men’s basketball coach at Dominican University,” Argenal mentioned in a launch. “Joining an athletic department and university that aligns with my vision and values is a dream come true for me and my family. I will work tirelessly to provide our student-athletes with an experience of growth: academically, socially, and athletically. I’m looking forward to the process of building a program that is a source of pride for Dominican University for years to come.”

Argenal replaces Booker T. Harris, who had run this system since 2011. The Penguins have been 4-22 earlier than Harris took over, however noticed their win totals rise to 11, 16, and 22, respectively, over the subsequent three seasons. The Penguins dipped to 6-16 in 2020 earlier than going 4-5 in one other COVID-shortened marketing campaign in 2021.

A local of the Bay Area, Argenal was a degree guard at De La Salle High School earlier than shifting on to a school profession at UC Riverside and Chico State.

Prior to his time with De La Salle, Argenal spent one season as the top assistant basketball coach at NCAA Division II Cal State Dominguez Hills. He served as an assistant coach on the NCAA Division I degree for Southeast Missouri State and The Citadel from 2013-2015.


Davis McDowell, a 2020 Marin Catholic graduate, missed the minimize on the USGA Junior Amateur Championship after carding a 9-over par 81 within the second spherical of stroke play on Tuesday at The Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

McDowell, who was the primary Marin golfer to qualify for the occasion since Branson’s Deven Ramachandran in 2019, completed the 2 rounds of stroke play at 12 over. The minimize line for the highest 64 scorers was 4-over. McDowell, who redshirted as a freshman for the UC San Diego men’s golf workforce this previous college 12 months, fired a 3-over 74 within the first spherical on Monday.


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