Head Coach ANDY GROUND
Andy Ground returned to Saddleback prior to the 2008-09 season, replacing Bill Brummel who retired following the 2007-08 season. Since taking over the program as the sole head coach, Ground has compiled a 85-20 record in three seasons, winning a state title in 2009-10, finishing state runner-up in 2008-09 and making it to the state semifinals in 2010-11.
Ground played at Saddleback during the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons under Coach Brummel before earning a scholarship to play at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. He later played professionally in Lima, Peru, and in Bonn, Germany.
He returned to Southern California where he spent seven seasons as the varsity boys coach at Tustin High School, compiling a 154-49 record with three league titles and post-season playoff appearances in each of those seven seasons. Five of his teams reached the CIF quarterfinal round.
Ground came to Saddleback as an assistant coach in 1999 and proved to be an outstanding recruiter in addition to his coaching duties. He spent seven seasons as an assistant coach before being named co-head coach for the 2006-07 season. In those eight seasons he helped guide the Gauchos to a 215-51 overall record, five Orange Empire Conference titles, and two conference runner-up finishes. Saddleback participated in the post-season in each of those years, reaching the state tournament semifinals five times and winning the college’s first-ever state title for men’s basketball in 2001-02.
He left the program prior to the 2007-08 season and was hired as an assistant coach at Irvine Valley College, helping the Lasers to a 27-5 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Orange Empire Conference.
Assistant Coach DARRYL BROWN
Coach Darryl Brown begins his 3rd season with the Gauchos. He has helped the Gauchos to two state championship games and 58 wins over the past two seasons. Coach Brown primarily works with the post players and has been a stable force in their development. He has also run the Gauchos' strength program spending countless hours in the weightroom helping players to achieve their maximum potential.
Prior to joining the Saddleback staff he coached at Los Pinos High School in Lake Elsinore for eight seasons and served as the Freedom League coordinator and CIF representative. Coach Brown is a product of George Washington High School in Los Angeles and went on to play at Weber State (with UCLA coach Ben Howland), L.A. Southwest College, and then on to the University of Houston with Hakeem Olajuwon and Dave Rose (BYU). He then went on to play professionally overseas in the Dominican Republic, Belgium, and Scotland. Coach Brown currently works for the Orange County Probation Department and has done so for 20 years.
Assistant Coach DARREN LAX
Assistant Coach BOB BECKER
Assistant Coach PERRY WEBSTER
Assistant Coach TJ LIPOLD