Apache Men’s Basketball Coaches
Jerry Carrillo begins his 23nd season as the head coach of the Cochise Apaches. Over the past 21 years, Cochise has amassed 488 wins, which breaks the record for most wins under one head coach at Cochise College. He’s led the Apaches to 21 consecutive Region playoff appearances, including the Region I Championship in 2000, 2001, 2011, 2015 and 2016. His 1999-00, 2009-10 and 2011-12 squads won the ACCAC Conference titles outright. His 2000-01 and 2015-16 squads were co-champions of the ACCAC.
While at Cochise, Carrillo has established an up-tempo style of play. Eleven of his teams have earned the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Award, and 80 of his players have gone on to sign with four-year universities. Carrillo was named the ACCAC/Region I Coach of the Year in 2005-06, he was chosen by the NJCAA Coaches Association to coach the National JUCO team in 2004, and he was selected as the floor coach by USA basketball for the 2011 USA Men’s U19 team. Prior to Cochise, Carrillo was the head boys’ basketball coach at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona, from 1992 through 1995. He worked as a Division I assistant coach at Cal State-Northridge from 1990 through 1992 and was an assistant at Jamestown Community College in New York a season prior.
Carrillo played high school basketball at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Arizona, where he was named an all-metro selection his senior year in 1982. He also has been inducted into the Salpointe Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Carrillo graduated from the University of Arizona in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He has a master’s degree in kinesiology from California State University-Northridge.
Carrillo is an academic adviser who teaches full time in the health and physical education department. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Casey Ann, 24, and Carly Elizabeth, 20, who live in Tucson, Arizona.
Assistant Coach Jeff Caha returns to Cochise College after serving as an assistant coach on both men’s and women’s collegiate teams and a three-year tenure as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at NCAA DII Texas A&M International University.
Before leading the Dustdevils, Caha had a two-season Associate Head Coach run with the Eastern New Mexico Zias. During his time with the Zias, Caha recruited two All-LSC 2ndTeam players, while developing all team activities and strength & conditioning.
Previous to ENMU, Caha had a two-year stint as the assistant women’s basketball coach at California Baptist University. In the two years, Caha was at CBU where the team had a 49-15 record. They won one GSAC Championship and finished 5th in the nation. In the Final NAIA Poll, they finished second in the PacWest in the first year of NCAA Division II competition. Caha coached two NAIA All Americans, five All-Conference Players and had the best two-year record at CBU for women’s basketball since the 1982-84 seasons.
Prior to CBU, Caha was the men’s basketball assistant coach at NAIA-member Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City, Okla. In his lone season at SNU, Caha helped the Crimson Storm finish the season and ranked sixth in the final NAIA Division I Coaches’ Poll. The team made it to the Elite Eight in the NAIA National Tournament while Caha coached two NAIA All Americans.
Before SNU, Caha spent time with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League and also worked at Velocity Sports Performance in Champlin, Minn.
During the 2007-08 season, Caha was an assistant men’s coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla. While at SWOSU, Caha helped the Bulldogs climb as high as No. 8 in the NABC/NCAA Division II Poll and finish the season 21-9. At the same time, he coached one NABC All-American and three All-Lone Star Conference players, including the Lone Star Defensive Player of the Year.
Caha started his coaching career as an assistant men’s coach at Camp Cochise. As a member of the Apaches, Caha was responsible for working with and developing the post players and served as the recruiting coordinator. Caha also was in charge of study hall and was the strength and conditioning coach. In Caha’s four years with the Runnin’ Apaches, the team had an overall record of 87-39. Together, they won one ACCAC Championship (2006), won three NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Awards (2005, 2006, 2007) and had seven players move on to the NCAA Division I level. Caha also helped develop one First Team NJCAA All American and 10 All-Conference members.
Caha also served as an assistant student coach at his alma-mater Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. His responsibilities included working with post players, scouting, and coordinating the Pioneer Championship Camps. In his last season at Wayland, Caha helped lead the Pioneers to a 22-9 record and was 15th NAIA Division I national poll.
From 1997 to 1999, Caha played at Camp Cochise. As a sophomore, the team finished 24-8, setting a then-school record for wins. After Cochise, he transferred to Wayland Baptist where he played from 2000-2002. As a senior, he was named All-Sooner Athletic Conference honorable mention. The Pioneers finished the season ranked 25th in the nation, won 20 games for the first time in 10 years and made its first NAIA national tournament appearance since 1992.