Dominican hires men’s basketball coach from De La Salle – Marin Independent Journal


Dominican University on Tuesday announced the hiring of Justin Argenal as the new men’s basketball head coach.

“Justin has all the coaching qualities we are looking for and we can’t wait to get him on board,” Dominican athletic director Amy Henkelman said in a press release. “As a player, Justin played at the NCAA Division II level and has been a coach at multiple levels and in many different positions. His knowledge and experience will allow him to be a great mentor and leader of our student-athletes, helping them reach new heights on and off the court. We can’t wait to bring his energy, basketball knowledge and diverse skill set into our program.”

Argenal arrives with the Penguins after five successful seasons at De La Salle High in Concord. The Spartans won North Coast Section Division I titles in 2017, 2019 and 2020 under Argenal and were Open Division semifinals in 2017 and 2019.

Argenal amassed a 133-33 record at De Le Sale and was named the NorCalPreps Northern California Coach of the Year and NorCalPreps NCS Division I Coach of the Year in both 2017 and 2019.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to be the men’s basketball coach at Dominican University,” Argenal said in a release. “Joining an athletic department and university that aligns with my vision and values is a dream come true for me and my family. I will work tirelessly to provide our student-athletes with an experience of growth: academically, socially, and athletically. I’m looking forward to the process of building a program that is a source of pride for Dominican University for years to come.”

Argenal replaces Booker T. Harris, who had run the program since 2011. The Penguins were 4-22 before Harris took over, but saw their win totals rise to 11, 16, and 22, respectively, over the next three seasons. The Penguins dipped to 6-16 in 2020 before going 4-5 in another COVID-shortened campaign in 2021.

A native of the Bay Area, Argenal was a point guard at De La Salle High School before moving on to a college career at UC Riverside and Chico State.

Prior to his time with De La Salle, Argenal spent one season as the head assistant basketball coach at NCAA Division II Cal State Dominguez Hills. He served as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level for Southeast Missouri State and The Citadel from 2013-2015.

Golf

Davis McDowell, a 2020 Marin Catholic graduate, missed the cut at the USGA Junior Amateur Championship after carding a 9-over par 81 in the second round of stroke play on Tuesday at The Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

McDowell, who was the first Marin golfer to qualify for the event since Branson’s Deven Ramachandran in 2019, finished the two rounds of stroke play at 12 over. The cut line for the top 64 scorers was 4-over. McDowell, who redshirted as a freshman for the UC San Diego men’s golf team this past school year, fired a 3-over 74 in the first round on Monday.



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