|Matt Borchert||Head Coach|
|Ann Talamantes-Ristow||Assistant Coach|
|Teryl Morrison||Assistant 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.
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.
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.
Teryl Morrison began his coaching career as head coach at Kennedy High School before moving to Suisun where he continued coaching for several years. He started in Solano coaching for the YMCA, NJB Youth Basketball, Fairfield Falcons Football and the Solano Elite Girls AAU Program. In addition to Coaching Teryl co-founded Back to Basics Basketball Training and founded the Lady Jr. Falcons AAU Program and the Nor Cal Blaze Boys & Girls Basketball organizations which continue to expand and become a positive experience for the youth in the community.
Prior to moving to Solano County Teryl graduated from Kennedy High School in Richmond where he played basketball and baseball, then attended Contra Costa College where is he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians as a Pitcher and thereafter played a short time with the California Angels.
Teryl lives in Vacaville with his wife Chanell. The couple has twins, a son and daughter, Tahron, a student athlete at Solano Community College on the men's basketball team and Tahvia, and a student athlete on scholarship at UC Riverside on the women's basketball team.