Solano Community College Athletics
Solano Community College Athletics


Name Position
Matt Borchert Head Coach
Ann Talamantes-Ristow Assistant Coach
George Molina Assistant Coach
Teryl Morrison Assistant Coach
Matt Borchert, Head Coach

Matt Borchert

Position: Head Coach

There's a lot of pride in being associated with the Solano Community College women's basketball program. And no one knows that more than head coach Matt Borchert.

Entering his 15th season at Solano, and the all-time winningest coach in program history, Coach Matt has continued a long history of success that defined the program long before he arrived in the Spring of 2000.

Coach Matt finished the 2010-11 season with 213 career victories at Solano, eclipsing his predecessor, Kim (Mitchell) Gervasoni, in the wins category.

The longest tenured coach in program history hasn't had a losing season, has posted seven 20-win seasons and has won six Bay Valley Conference titles, including four straight from 2008-2011. More importantly than the wins and losses, he has moved on 42 players to four-year universities on athletic scholarships which is how success is defined at the community college level.

Coach Matt has coached 33 BVC all-conference selection, seven all-state picks, three WBCA Kodak Honorable Mention All-Americans and three Bay Valley Conference MVPs. When a player leaves Solano, they are ready to play at the next level.

For the Love of the Game

Coach Matt's success is due to the fact that he's a student of the game. He strives to learn more about the ever-changing women's game by watching videos, attending clinics and watching women's and girls basketball games across the state as well as on television. Therefore, his practices are always fresh, exciting and challenging.

Coach Matt is well known in the community and is a staple at girls basketball games in Solano County and beyond. He's a huge basketball fan and loves learning new ways to teach the game to the enthusiastic student-athletes who come to Solano with the hopes of improving their games.

On the court, Coach Matt is one of the most passionate and driven coaches around. His refuse-to-lose attitude rubs off on his players and he gets the most out of them in practices and games.

Coach Matt has coached California community college women's basketball for more than half of his life and loves that he can teach the ins and outs of the game to athletes who desire to play at the next level. He believes that in order for his players to improve as athletes and people he must challenge them in every facet of the game as well as their lives.

By playing one of the toughest schedules in the state year in and year out, Solano's players go up against the best teams and the best players in California. It's the only way they'll be ready to move on and contribute right away to a four-year program.

Preparation is key as well. That's why Solano practices are very intense and structured - a drill is not complete until everyone gets it right. Solano runs complex offensive and defensive systems that are implemented throughout the season. Because Coach Matt believes in a run-and-gun style offense, a lot of players see the court and are expected to contribute at all times. Solano's preseason and offseason conditioning programs are structured as well. The experienced assistant coaching staff puts together a combination of weights, plyometric, running and core fitness training that keeps the athletes in shape year-round.

At Solano

Coach Matt is a four-time Bay Valley Conference Coach of the Year, having won the award in four of the six years he led Solano to the conference title.

The Falcons captured four straight conference titles from 2008-2011, including two undefeated teams in 2008 and 2014.

This past season, Solano fielded one of its best teams in the history of the program. The team broke single season records for best rebound average, longest win streak, highest scoring average and most conference wins en route to a 26-win campaign. Three players were named to the all-Bay Valley Conference team and two players made the all-state team. The 26 wins were the most since the 1998-99 season and the most in the Matt Borchert era.

The Falcons wrapped up the program's 11th Bay Valley Conference title by going undefeated for just the second time in school history.

The 2010-11 Falcons team didn't have a superstar on its roster, they did, however, have team chemistry. Though the year got off to a rocky start, Solano pulled together at the right time and captured the BVC title and first-ever BVC tournament crown in thrilling fashion. That squad wasn't the only team that showed that heart and desire can go a long way. Solano won its first seven conference games of 2009-10 before falling to Laney at home on a buzzer-beater. Solano won the remainder of its conference games in dominating fashion to share the title with Laney.

The 2008-09 team won the conference title on the final day of the regular season. The Falcons got off to a tough start, finishing the preseason season with a 3-10 record, and then dropping its first two conference games. Things turned around quickly though, and Coach Matt and company reeled off 14 straight wins to capture a share of the conference title and earn the final spot in the NorCal playoffs.

In 2007-08, Coach Matt took his team up against some of the state's best teams. The Falcons went the distance in three of four tournaments they played in, including playing four straight games at the prestigious College of Sequoias tournament in Visalia. The preparation that the team faced in the preseason helped the team cruise through its Bay Valley Conference schedule, going 14-0. The Falcons were the first team in program history to go undefeated in conference play.

Coach Matt won his first conference title in 2005-06. There were plenty of memories that year as he also won his 100th career game at Solano and posted the best winning percentage of his career.

Coach Matt is not only an advocate for women's basketball, but for community colleges. He's on the Solano Community College Hall of Fame committee and serves as the CCCWBCA Treasurer and Past President. He's on the CCCWBCA Executive Board and has served as the National Coach of the Year representative for the WBCA.

Coach Matt has developed several young athletes through Solano's highly successful basketball camps and clinics. In fact, former Solano standout Angela Franklin (07-08) was a frequent camper during her high school days at Vanden High in Fairfield. Several of the area's top high school basketball players attended the camp prior to their prep fame.

Coach Matt is also a member of the WBCA and attends the NCAA Women's Final Four developing relationships with four-year coaches across the country.

Borchert is the middle of three children; his sisters are Bonnie and Debbie. Coach Matt and his wife, Angela, live in Vacaville with their daughters, Diana, 9, and Amy, 5.

Teryl Morrison, Assistant Coach

Ann Talamantes-Ristow

Position: Assistant Coach

Ann begins her fourth season with the Solano coaching staff after serving as the head coach for the Hogan High girls basketball team for 15 years. When the Vallejo Unified School District voted to close Hogan due to budget cuts, Ann decided her life with basketball wasn't over. Coach Matt welcomed her to the staff with open arms.

Ann brings more than 15 years teaching experience to the program and is a well-respected coach in Northern California. She led the Spartans to the Sac-Joaquin Section title game in 2006 where they faced off with crosstown rival Vallejo High.

Ann was named a Model Coach by both the Solano County Athletic Conference and the Sac-Joaquin Section in 2011. In 2004, Ann was named the Vallejo Times-Herald Coach of the Year.

In addition to the many hours she's spent on the basketball court, Ann assisted coaching the badminton, softball and volleyball teams at Hogan High. She served as the activities director and athletic director at the school as well, thoroughly enjoying her role working with kids.

Ann is a P.E. teacher and student activities director at Bethel High in Vallejo. She also coaches the badminton team.

Ann lives in Vallejo with her husband, Mark, and their three dogs, Rosie, Jemma and Herman. In her spare time, she loves to travel, cook, read and work in the garden. Every summer, she works at the Young Musicians and Artists Camp at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., as a Recreation Director.

George Molina, Assistant Coach

George Molina

George Molina begins his second stint with Solano and seventh overall. He returns to the Falcons after serving as an assistant coach at College of San Mateo the past two seasons.

George plays a big role in contiguous district recruiting of high school players.

Because he's so familiar with Coach Matt, his program and his offensive and defensive systems, George knows exactly what kind of player to recruit. He's looking for the player who will succeed academically and athletically while also ensuring their personality will mesh with the rest of the team and coaches.

George plays a big role in scouting opponents and evaluation and development of offensive and defensive systems.

Prior to his role at CSM, George was the head varsity boys basketball coach at Evergreen Valley High in San Jose.

George followed the same route as Coach Matt to Solano, having served as an assistant coach to the late Mike Gervasoni at De Anza College in Cupertino from 2001-2003. Prior to the, he was the assistant women's coach at Mission College in San Jose from 1998-2000.

A native of San Jose, George played high school basketball at Overfelt in San Jose before moving on to De Anza to continue his athletic and academic careers.

At De Anza, he played for Frank Carbajal, a CCCMBCA past president and Hall of Fame coach who he still turns to for advice. George earned his AA from De Anza in 1994.

George found his passion for coaching and after De Anza became the assistant boys varsity coach at Wilcox High in Santa Clara while also serving as the assistant coach for the girls team.

George is an active member of the CCCWBCA and formerly the director of the Sophomore Showcase held annually at the State Tournament.

George, who Coach Matt affectionately calls a 'gym rat,' is single and lives in San Jose.