Vigen Jilizian - Head Basketball Coach - 1st Season
Coach Vigen Jilizian begins his first season as Head Basketball Coach of the Glendale College Men’s Basketball program. He takes over program with a longstanding history of pride, excellence, and competitive tradition. Prior to this season, coach Jilizian had served as Assistant Coach of the Men’s Basketball team for eight years. He has been a valuable asset to long-time and legendary Hall of Fame Coach Brian Beauchemin, helping him record 125 of his 594 career victories…including his milestone 500th career victory in 2008.
Before his coaching career at Glendale College, Coach Jilizian was the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at his alma mater, Hoover High School, in Glendale, California from 2002 to 2006. He led the Tornados of Hoover High in back to back 20-win seasons in his final two years…reaching the CIF playoffs in three of his four seasons as coach. Prior to 2002, coach Jilizian served as an assistant coach to long-time Alhambra High School, Hall of Fame coach, Joe Petralia. Helping coach Petralia lead the Moors to multiple conference championships from 1997 to 2002.
Coach Vigen Jilizian has grown up in Glendale, California and has now been a player, as well as coach, of both his high school and college basketball teams. While attending Hoover High School from 1985 to 1988, he was captain of the Varsity team in his Junior and Senior years…earning spots on both the L.A. Times and Glendale News-press all-area teams. He than went on to a very successful career as point guard for Coach Beauchemin’s Glendale College teams in 1989 and 1990. As a player at Glendale College his teams won over 20 games in both seasons, culminating with a 24-win season in 1989-90 and a trip to the Elite Eight of the State Tournament. In his two seasons as a player at Glendale College, coach Jilizian holds the school records for most career assists (436), most assists in a single season (260), most assists in a single game (15), and highest career assist average (7.2).
Upon his playing career at Glendale College, coach Jilizian transferred to the University of California, Davis, graduating in 1993, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Minor in Political Science. He received his California Teaching Credential from Point Loma College in 1998, and his Master’s Degree in Sports Science and Administration from Concordia University in 2008. Coach Jilizian has been a teacher in the Social Science department at Hoover High School for the past 11 years, as well as an adjunct faculty member of the Physical Education department at Glendale College for the past 9 years.
Coach Vigen Jilizian believes that success will only be achieved with hard work and great attention to detail and preparation. His mission is to continue to recruit players with a strong dedication to academics, team, and work ethic. He believes that these fundamental, core values will help players achieve team success, as well as becoming valuable and productive members of their communities.
Vigen Jilizian resides in Montrose, with his wife (Julie) and boys, Alex (15) and Jake (13).
Allen Mkrtychyan - Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Allen begins his second year with the Glendale College Men’s Basketball program. Coach Mkrtychyan will be a valued part of the coaching staff, responsible for post-player skill work and defensive development. Before arriving to Glendale, he was an assistant under Coach Craig Moody at Columbia Christian High School, winning a state title in 2013. Allen attended West Hills College, where he played for Coach Mark Arce, before transferring to Hawaii Pacific University and playing for the Sea Warriors. Originally from Moscow, Russia, coach Mkrtychyan played for the Dinamo Moscow region team in 2004-05. Allen is a graduate of both the Russian State University, earning a degree in Physical Education, as well as Hawaii Pacific University, with a degree in Business Administration.