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 fifth season at Cal State Fullerton, Taylor posts an overall record of 47-77.

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
John Smith

John Smith enters his fifth season as the Associate Head Coach of Cal State Fullerton. This past year, he helped guide the Titans to their best record thus far during his tenure, with a 17-15 record and an invitation to the CIT Post Season Tournament. Smith played a pivotal part in Fullerton’s recruiting efforts; recruiting three All Big-West performers in (Tre Coggins – 1st Team, Lionheart Leslie – Honorable Mention, and Jackson Rowe – Freshman of the year).

"I am very happy that Coach Smith chose to join us as he brings a great deal of experience as a mentor, to not only our young men, but to myself," head coach Dedrique Taylor said. "His experience as a head coach will prove invaluable as he has built two very successful programs in Southern California. He is very well respected among his peers for his basketball knowledge and his ability to relate to his players, driving them to be their best both on and off the court. I am beyond elated to have him as a part of our staff."

Before arriving at Cal State Fullerton, Smith completed his ninth year as the head coach at Riverside City College, compiling a 196-87 (.693) overall record -- the second-highest win total in school history -- and leading the Tigers to four conference championships (2005, 2007, 2010, 2011), nine-postseason berths, five 20-win seasons, and the 2009 California state championship - - the school's first in 43 years since Hall of Fame Head Coach Jerry Tarkanian accomplished the feat three-straight times in the 1960's (1964-66). Riverside City College finished 19-9 and 9-3 in the Orange Empire Conference in 2012-13, earning Smith Southern California Coach of the Year honors in addition to his four previous Orange Empire Conference Coach of the Year trophies.

Prior to RCC, he spent four seasons as the head coach and Assistant Athletics Director at San Bernardino Valley College from 2000-04, posting an 88-40 overall record and a state championship tournament semifinal appearance in 2002-03, bringing his record as a head coach at the junior college level to 265-118 (.692). He was named the 2003 Foothill Conference Coach of the Year while leading the team to the league championship in his third season.
In 2016, The California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association inducted Smith into the Hall of Fame for his outstanding work in building two programs and leading them to the State Tournament.

Smith's coaching resume also includes stops at Riverside's J.W. North High School, where he was the head coach of the freshman team and an assistant for the varsity squad that advanced to the CIF championship game, the College of Southern Idaho, Chaffey College, and Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. He also spent one season as the West Coast scout for the WNBA's Detroit Shock.

As a player, Smith was a two-time all-league and all-county selection at J.W. North High School before going on to play at UNLV from 1987-89. From there, he transferred to Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif., where he was an NAIA All-State Honorable Mention selection and all-conference honoree for his brother, Steve. He graduated from Dominican in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and also holds a master's degree in kinesiology from Azusa Pacific (2004).

Smith is married to Kelly Smith and they have three children. Jamal (20) is a redshirt sophomore with the Titans, Kianna (18) was a 2017McDonald’s All-American and currently is a freshman at University of California, and Kylee (14).

Assistant Coach
Danny Sprinkle

Veteran Big West Conference assistant coach Danny Sprinkle joins the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball coaching staff for his fifth season on the sidelines in 2017-18 as the Titans recruiting coordinator.

"Coach Sprinkle has developed a great reputation in college basketball circles across the country," Taylor said. "He has a very good understanding of recruiting to our university based on over 10 years of experience in the Big West Conference and he will be the driving force behind our recruiting efforts as well as play a huge role in the development of each of our players both on and off the court. His energy is relentless as well as contagious and we are proud to have him as a part of the Titan basketball family."

Sprinkle spent 11 seasons and two tours of duty as an assistant coach at Big West rival Cal State Northridge from 2001-06 and, again, from 2008-13, working with the Matadors' guards, assisting with the offense, and coordinating the program's recruiting efforts. In his first season, Northridge captured the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles to make the school's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

While at Northridge, Sprinkle helped the Matadors to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths (2001 and 2009), Big West Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2008-09, the Big Sky regular season and tournament crowns in 2000-01, and another berth in the Big West Tournament championship game in 2003-04. In 2004, he was promoted to recruiting coordinator, recruiting or assisting in the recruitment of 15 all-conference players, including one conference tournament MVP, six all-freshman team selections, one freshman of the year, and 15 players who eventually went on to play professionally at some level.

He also spent two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Montana State, from 2006-08, serving as the Bobcats' recruiting coordinator, assisting with the offense, and development of MSU's perimeter players. As an undergraduate, Sprinkle was a four-year starter for the Bobcats, helping lead the program to four Big Sky Conference Tournaments -- including the championship game twice in 1996 and 1998 -- and was named the tournament MVP as a freshman after helping Montana State claim both the regular season and tournament titles.

A three-time All-Big Sky Conference selection, Sprinkle entered the 2012-13 season as the school's career record holder with 263 three-pointers made -- a total that also ranks fourth in Big Sky history -- while shooting .418 from three-point range and .473 from the floor overall for his career. He averaged 13.4 points per game in his four seasons, ranking sixth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,497 points, while also collecting 233 assists and 74 steals.

Sprinkle, who was born in Pullman, Wash., and was an all-state selection in basketball twice at Helena High School in Montana, was inducted into the Montana State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 in his first year of eligibility. He graduated from Montana State in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in Health and Human Development.

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.

Director of Basketball Operations
Omar Nasir

Omar Nasir was named director of operations in August of 2017 after spending the 2016-17 season as the video coordinator and assistant director of operations.

Nasir was with the UC Davis program during the 2016-17 season as the video coordinator and assistant director of operations. Some of his duties as the video coordinator included coordinating film exchange with opponents, downloading film for the coaches to view for scouting purposes and creating team and individual edits for the head coach to show to the student-athletes.

Nasir also helped plan day-to-day activities for the squad, such as travel planning, meal coordination and making sure all the necessary equipment made each trip.

Prior to joining the UC Davis program, Nasir was a graduate assistant at Western New Mexico University. He was charged with conducting individual workouts and strength training during the offseason. Nasir also aided in on-court coaching during practices and games such as implementing drills and coaching student-athletes in specific situations.

Nasir was a student manager at USC for the 2014-15 season under head coach Andy Enfield where he helped with individual workouts and helped with editing film clips for the coaching staff.

Nasir earned his masters degree in educational leadership and business administration at Western New Mexico and completed his bachelor of science degree in business administration at USC.