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Andrea Picchi was announced this morning as the head coach for West Hills College Lemoore’s  first women’s basketball team. (Contributed)

LEMOORE – Andrea Picchi will be the head coach for West Hills College Lemoore’s first women’s basketball team. She was scheduled to be formally introduced at Golden Eagle Arena this morning.

“Andrea Picchi will bring experience and lots of energy to our new program,” said Don Warkentin, president of West Hills College Lemoore. “Not only will Picchi help our student athletes on the court but in the classroom as well. One of her strengths is the number of athletes in her program who have gone on to earn four year degrees.”

Picchi will provide direction in the selection and direct supervision of assistant coaches and support staff. She will also be responsible for developing and implementing a strong student athlete recruitment program.

Picchi comes to West Hills from Cal State San Marcos, where she assisted head coach Sheri Jennum with starting the college’s women’s basketball program.

Prior to San Marcos, she served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Fullerton College from 2004-2011. While at Fullerton, Picchi was an adjunct instructor and a faculty advisor.

From 2003 to 2004, she served as an assistant coach for Whittier College. She was also the head coach for Magnolia High School.

Picchi has also worked as a community services officer for the Newport Beach Police Department and a human resources supervisor for United Parcel Service.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity of building this program from scratch,” Picchi said. “I look forward to putting together a program that is known for working hard, competing hard and having some fun. I look forward to building a team that the community will be excited about and very proud of.”

Picchi has two master’s degrees, one in physical education from Azusa Pacific and another in education cross-cultural teaching from National University. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Whittier College and her associate’s degree from Irvine Valley College.

She played high school basketball at Magnolia (Anaheim), where she scored more than 1,000 points in her career.

More than 70 applied for this position, Warkentin said, many with two-year and four-year coaching experience.

The West Hills College Lemoore women’s basketball team will begin competing in the 2012-2013 season. WHCL currently competes in the Central Valley Conference.

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