Staff
Head Coach
Dedrique Taylor

Former Arizona State associate head men's basketball coach and long-time college assistant Dedrique Taylor was appointed the 11th men's basketball head coach in Cal State Fullerton history, Athletic Director Jim Donovan announced on April 3, 2013.

Entering his seventh season and back-to-back Big West Tournament Championship game appearances, Taylor is also coming off a program record setting 10+ wins in conference play for the third year in a row.

Taylor led the team to the postseason for the first time in program history since the 2011-12 season. The Titans hosted Weber State in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, also marking the first time in school history that the team hosted a postseason game.

During Taylor’s tenure with the Titans, guard Michael Williams was named the Big West Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2014, Khalil Ahmad was voted the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year following the 2015-16 season after setting numerous Cal State Fullerton rookie records and Jackson Rowe was named the 2017 Big West Freshman of the Year after averaging 10.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

The Titans have totaled seven Big West all-conference awards over the last four years as Williams was named to the second team in 2014, while Alex Harris garnered Big West honorable mention accolades in back-to-back seasons (2014 & 2015), and Ahmad and Tre’ Coggins were also voted honorable mention in 2016. Coggins was a first-team honoree in 2017 and Lionheart Leslie was voted honorable mention.

In addition, Kennedy Esume was named Fullerton’s Big West Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2016, just the second time since 1992 a student-athlete from the men’s basketball program has been bestowed the honor.

Furthermore, Taylor became the fifth Titan head coach to win his first game at Cal State Fullerton when the Titans defeated Montana State, 84-55, in Bozeman, Mont., on Nov. 9, 2013.

Named as one of the top 25 assistant coaches in the nation by CollegeInsider.com in 2010, Taylor spent the seven seasons (2007-13) helping rebuild the Sun Devils' program, leading ASU to four 20-win seasons, including a trip to the NCAA Second Round in 2008-09 with a 25-10 overall record -- the most victories for the program since 1974-75 and the second of three-straight 20-win seasons for Arizona State, something that hadn't happened since 1961-62. He was elevated to the position of associate head coach in the spring of 2010.

In 2012-13, the Sun Devils finished 22-13 and 10-10 in the Pacific-12 Conference, advancing to the second round of the National Invitational Tournament with a win over Detroit and a narrow three-point loss on the road at Baylor.

In all, Arizona State was 120-109 (.524) in his seven seasons.

A native Californian, Taylor joined the Sun Devils' program after spending two seasons as Nevada, helping the Wolf Pack to a 27-6 overall record and a third-straight NCAA Tournament in 2005-06. While in Reno, he coached a pair of forwards to All-Western Athletic Conference honors, including two-time WAC Player of the Year Nick Fazekas, and helped Nevada to 52 wins in his two seasons.

Prior to that, Taylor also spent two seasons as an assistant at Portland State (2002-04) and one season apiece at Loyola Marymount (2001-02) and Big West Conference rival UC Davis (2000-01).

As a player, Taylor began his career at Kings River Community College (now Reedley College) out of Pomona High School in 1993-94, helping his team reach the "Elite Eight" and "Final Four" in the California Junior College state playoffs. He then transferred to Armstrong Atlantic State in Savannah, Georgia, for the 1994-95 season, helping the Pirates to the most wins in school history to that point and a trip to the NCAA Division II "Sweet 16."

He finished his career at UC Davis, playing two seasons (1996-97), and helping the Aggies to a 43-16 overall record and a pair of trips to the second round of the NCAA Regional Tournament. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in sociology and organizational studies in 1997 and earned a master's degree in sports administration from the United States Sports Academy in 2000.

Associate Head Coach
Gus Argenal

Gus Argenal joined the Cal State Fullerton coaching staff an assistant coach in May of 2019.

Argenal joined the Titans after spending the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons as an assistant coach at Nevada. The Wolf Pack reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament in both years and won the Mountain West Championship both years as well. They also won 29 games in each season, tying the school record.

Argenal helped Wolf Pack players Caleb Martin, Jordan Caroline, Cody Martin, Kendall Stephens and Lindsey Drew earn postseason honors in 2017-18. Caleb Martin garnered Associated Press honorable mention All-American, MW Player of the Year, MW Newcomer of the Year, MW first team, USBWA District VIII Player of the Year, USBWA VIII team and first-team NABC District 17 honors in his junior campaign. Cody Martin earned 2018 MW Defensive Player of the Year honors, was selected the MW second team and to the MW Defensive team. Kendall Stephens earned third-team MW honors after setting the conference and school record with 126 made 3-pointers. Lindsey Drew joined Caleb Martin on the MW Defensive team.

In 2018-19, Caroline and Caleb Martin were selected to the first team for the second consecutive season, Cody Martin was named to the third team. Jazz Johnson was chosen as the the Sixth Man of the Year. Caroline and both Martins were selected to the defensive team. Prior to the season the Martin twins and Caroline were named to the 2018-19 MW media preseason team.

Caroline and Caleb Martin were also named to the United States Basketball Writers Association District VIII team today for the second year in a row. Caleb Martin was named the District VIII Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Argenal spent four seasons as the head coach of the Cal State East Bay Pioneers, an NCAA division II school located in Hayward, Calif.

Prior to being named the head coach at Cal State East Bay he was an assistant coach during the 2012-13 season at Rice. He spent the 2011-12 year at UC Davis as an assistant coach after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Chico State (2008-11). From 2006-08 he was the director of operations at UT San Antonio. His first stint as an assistant coach at UCD came in 2005-06 after working as a graduate assistant at Arizona State in 2004-05.
Argenal, a college point guard played at UC Davis and still holds the Aggies single game record with 13 assists. His senior season he topped the Aggies in assists and steals and helped the 2003-04 team post and 18-9 record. He received his undergraduate degree in history from UCD in 2004 and earned a master’s degree in education from Arizona State in 2005.

As prep athlete Argenal played at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., where he was a three-year starter. As a senior and team captain in 1999, he led the Spartans to the Northern California regional finals and was named BVAL Most Valuable Player.

He is married to former UC Davis women’s basketball standout Hannah Turner. The couple has two boys, Bo and Ace.

Assistant Coach
Anthony Santos

Anthony Santos was named an assistant coach in August of 2017 after spending the previous six seasons on staff committed to helping the Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball program succeed.

A native of Walnut, Calif., Santos joined the Titans as a team manager during his senior year (2011-12), and following his graduation, was hired as the program’s director of basketball operations, serving in that role from 2013-17.

Santos’ current role includes recruiting, player development, on-court coaching, scouting reports, film breakdown and scheduling.

Prior to his promotion, Santos’ main responsibilities included coordinating team travel, budget operations, game operations, overseeing student-athlete academic progress, supervision of the team’s managers, handling social media efforts, as well as serving as the staff's liaison for development, ticketing, marketing and media relations.

During Santos’ time as director of basketball operations, 18 Titan players received their degrees, including Kennedy Esume, a Big West Conference All-Academic selection and 2015 Big West Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.

During the 2016-17 season, Cal State Fullerton totaled its most wins since 2012, after the Titans finished the year with a 17-15 record. The season concluded with Fullerton qualifying for postseason play for just the seventh time in school history, as the Titans hosted Weber State in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The event also marked the first time Fullerton had ever hosted a postseason game.

Santos graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in May 2012, and in the spring of 2014, received his master’s in sports performance/sports psychology.

He served as an assistant coach at Don Bosco Tech High School during the 2009-2011 seasons. During the 2009-10 campaign, Santos was part of a team that finished 4-21, and in the following year (2010-11), helped turned the program around with a record of 20-9, eventually losing in the quarterfinals to Muir High School.

Assistant Coach
Brandon Dunson

Brandon Dunson became a member of the Cal State Fullerton coaching staff in May of 2019.

Dunson joined the Titans after spending the 2018-19 season in the same role at Nevada. The Wolf Pack reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, won the Mountain West Championship and tied a school record by winning 29 games.

During his time at Nevada, Dunson helped Caroline and Caleb Martin earn first-team all-conference honors while Cody Martin was named to the third team. Jazz Johnson was chosen as the the Sixth Man of the Year. Caroline and both Martins were selected to the defensive team. Prior to the season the Martin twins and Caroline were named to the 2018-19 MW media preseason team.

Caroline and Caleb Martin were also named to the United States Basketball Writers Association District VIII team today for the second year in a row. Caleb Martin was named the District VIII Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Dunson spent the previous two seasons at the Director of Basketball Development at Stanford.

At Stanford, he was responsible for assisting in implementing recruiting strategies and opponent scouting. Additionally, he oversaw the programs video services. He helped the Cardinal place third in the Pac-12 and reach the NIT last season.

Before Stanford, Dunson spent three seasons as the associate head coach at Arizona Christian University. At ACU, he handled recruiting, scouting and prospect development.

Dunson also worked as a professional basketball consultant and served as the Associate Program Director for the Team Illinois Education & Athletics Program.

A Bloomington, Ill. Native, Dunson played collegiately at Wabash Valley College, Arizona State and Azusa Pacific. After college, he played professionally in Mexico’s Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional.

Director of Basketball Operations
Tyler Brown

Tyler Brown was named director of operations in August of 2018 after spending the 2017-18 season as the lead assistant at San Francisco State University

Along with coaching at SFSU, Brown was tasked with managing daily basketball operations, worked on player development, he supervised team managers, was the travel coordinator, monitored academic progress of student-athletes and recruited locally and nationally as well.

Prior to San Francisco State, Brown was an assistant coach from for 3 seasons at Cal State Monterey Bay where he held many of the same responsibilities.

Before his coaching career began in 2013 at Ponderosa High School, Brown spent three years at Humboldt State as a member of the men's basketball team. He won a conference championship and conference tournament championship and was named team captain for the 2012-13 season.

He spent the 2008-09 and and 2009-10 seasons at Monterey Peninsula College where he was team captain for both years and was also on the Dean's Honors List.

Brown earned a psychology degree from HSU and minored in criminal justice. He also earned his associates degree in general education at MPC.