GLENDALE — When Monica Hang secured her first head-coaching position at the collegiate level, her goal was to build a strong foundation to attract local athletes.
Hang did that when she took over the Glendale Community College women’s basketball team from Dyan Miller in 2005. In her five seasons with the Vaqueros the program won 75 games.
While Hang handled the coaching responsibilities, she also sought a full-time teaching job. She recently found what she was looking for.
Hang resigned her post at Glendale last week to take over the L.A. Valley College women’s basketball team. She will also serve as a full-time health and physical education instructor.
“It’s a full-time teaching and coaching position and that’s what I wanted,” said Hang, who finished 75-75 and 27-33 in the competitive Western State Conference while at Glendale. “Valley has an opportunity to succeed and I want to go there and help them build a foundation and move the athletes on to the next level where they can succeed like the players I had at GCC.
“I had an administration and faculty members who gave me support at Glendale. They helped me get the experience and knowledge to coach and help the players succeed. It’s just a special place in my heart.”
Hang, who helped the Ventura College women’s basketball team capture state championships in 2001 and 2002 as a starting point guard, served as an adjunct faculty member at Glendale during her five seasons.
Her best season with the Vaqueros came during the 2005-06 campaign, when the Vaqueros went 20-11 and 7-5 in conference. It was the Vaqueros’ highest win total since 2003, when they won 21 games and reached the Southern California Regionals.
The Vaqueros never qualified for the postseason under Hang, but did win 14 or more contests during her last four seasons.
Now, Hang will take over a Monarchs squad that went 9-16 and 6-6 this past season and is a member of the Western State Conference.
The Vaqueros, who went 14-14 and 5-7 this season, and Monarchs meet twice a season.
Glendale women’s Athletic Director Terry Coblentz said Hang provided passion, which in turn netted a cast of local athletes.
“I’m really impressed with the job that she has done here,” said Coblentz, who said the Vaqueros will seek to name a replacement by June 18. “She’s now got a full-time job and we will miss her, but we are excited to see her grow.
“She’s got a great opportunity ahead of her. There’s a big recruiting area that she’ll have, similar to what we have, so we’ll be competing against her on and off the court.”
Hang’s replacement will be the third coach since Miller took over the program in 1996.