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Head Coach Alex Pribble

 

Pribble is entering his fourth season with SMU as he was hired on April 2015. Over the course of four years, Pribble has compiled a career record of 57-34 (.626).
 
During this time at Saint Martin's, Alex Pribble has coached one All-Region player, one GNAC Newcomer of the Year, five All-Conference selections, and nine All-Academic selections.
 
The 2017 season was one for the ages, as the Saints won a school record NCAA-era 25 wins, reached the GNAC Championship game for the first time in school history and earned a birth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Saints defeated Cal Poly Pomona in the first round and advanced to the Round of 32. Saint Martin's earned the GNAC Team of the Week in November after winning three road in California, including upsetting No. 7 Cal Baptist. Pribble coached NABC first team All-Region, D2CCA second team All-Region, GNAC first team All-Conference, and GNAC Newcomer of the Year guard Luke Chavez and GNAC All-Conference guard EJ Boyce.
 
In only his second season at the helm, Pribble led the Saints to their first ever GNAC Tournament victory with a win over Concordia. The Saints posted their second winning season in a row after 17 wins that included tough road wins at Anchorage (first since ’05), Central Washington, and Seattle Pacific (first since '84). After finishing fourth overall in a competitive GNAC field, The Saints played their final game against eventual Champion Western Washington in front of over 3,000 people, evidence of the renewed energy surrounding Saint Martin’s basketball. Not only has the team found success on the court under Pribble, but also off the court with a team GPA of 3.00.
 
In his first season as a Saint, he led his team to its first winning season since 2009-10. The Saints ended the season in strong form, winning seven of their final eight games and finishing with a 15-13 record (9-11 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference). During that stretch, the Saints earned road victories over Alaska Anchorage (first time since 2005) and Central Washington, as well as key home victories over Western Washington and nationally ranked Seattle Pacific. The nine-game improvement from the previous season made the Saints one of the most improved teams in the west region, despite not having a single senior on the roster. After the season, Fred Jorg was named to the GNAC All-Conference team, and both Jorg and Victor Ieronymides were recipients of the FAR Scholar-Athlete award. 
 
Pribble comes to SMU after spending two season as an assistant coach at Eastern Washington University. He helped the Eagles finish 26-9 overall and 14-4 in the Big Sky Conference to share the regular-season title with University of Montana. Eastern swept through three games in the Big Sky Conference Tournament to garner the school's second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. The Eagles were the No. 13 seed in Portland, Ore., and fell in the second round to perennial power Georgetown, 84-74.
 
The Eagles finished with program bests for victories overall (26), in the Big Sky (14), on the road (11) and in non-conference play (9) in 32 seasons as a member of NCAA Division I. Eastern's heart-stopping 88-86 victory at Big Ten Conference Indiana Nov. 24 will go down as one of the greatest victories in school history after the Eagles snapped the nation's third-longest non-conference home court winning streak at 43 in from of 11,636 Hoosier fans at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. It was the first-ever win for the Eagles in 14 tries against a Big Ten Conference opponent, was the first Big Sky win on a Big Ten home court and was the first time in 21 games Eastern has won in front of a crowd in excess of 10,000. A crowd of 11,636 attended the game at legendary Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
 
Before arriving at Eastern, Pribble spent two seasons at San Francisco State where he was the top assistant for the Gators. Prior to that, he was the boys' basketball coach at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, Calif., for three years.
 
San Francisco State was 9-19 during his first season in 2011-12, improving to 16-12 in the 2012-13 season. The Gators finished 13-9 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), and advanced to the semifinals of the conference Tournament. A 57-47 victory over Cal State Los Angeles was the school's first-ever home playoff victory as a member of the CCAA.
 
He helped recruit two first team All-CCAA selections at San Francisco State, as well as one second team All-CCAA pick and one first team All-Region performer.
 
While at Tamalpais, the Red Tail Hawks won 30 games and earned a trip to the North Coast Section Playoffs during the 2009-10 season. It was the school's first playoff berth in eight years. Pribble was the head coach at Tamalpais from 2008 until 2011.
 
He spent the 2007-08 season as a graduate assistant coach for Cal, and also spent time as an AAU head coach and individual instructor for the North Bay Basketball Academy.
 
Pribble received his bachelor's degree in 2007 and his master's in 2008 from the University of California-Berkeley. He walked-on during his freshman season and played in 76 games for the Bears under then coach Ben Braun during his four-year intercollegiate career. He received a scholarship at Cal after his sophomore season, and was named team captain as a senior when he played in 29 games and started eight.
 
He was twice named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team and was a two-time recipient of the Cal Hustle Award. He was also selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court and played in the inaugural Maccabi Australia International games.
 
The Fairfax, Calif., native graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School in 2003. He was the team's leading scorer his senior season while earning league Most Valuable Player honors. Pribble also was a two-time All-Bay Area selection.