Vigen Jilizian - Interim Head Basketball Coach - 1st Season
Coach Vigen Jilizian begins his first season as interim 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).
Asatur Bagaryan - Assistant Coach - 4th Season
Coach Bagaryan starts his fourth season as an assistant coach at Glendale college. He has been a true asset to the Men’s Basketball program in his tenure as assistant coach. His responsibilities include individual skill preparation of perimeter wing and guard players, scouting and recruiting duties, as well as game management and team and opponent statistical breakdowns. Prior to his time at Glendale, Coach Bagaryan served as an assistant coach at L.A. Valley College in 2010. He started his coaching career at his alma mater, Grant High School, in Van Nuys, California. Serving as an assistant coach to long-time, Hall of Fame coach, Howard Levine, from 1998-2009. He counts coach Levine as one of his mentors, helping him shape his basketball and teaching philosophy. One notable teammate of coach Bagaryan’s as a player at Grant High School, was 3-time All-NBA player, Gilbert Arenas, of the Washington Wizards.
Allen Mkrtychyan - Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Allen begins his first 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.