John Saingtignon, who once led the entire nation in scoring while in college, and who has coached in professional leagues around the world, has accepted the Head Coaching position for the Culiacan Cabelleros in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Saintignon led the country while playing at the University of California, Santa Cruz and later went on to coaching positions at Oregon State, and among other coaching stops, he coached the pro team in the Kingdon of Bahrain. This new position is actualy a return to Culiacan as Saintignon previouslu coached there several years ago.
Saintignon is also an in-demand public speaker as he continuously gets invites to speak and hold motivational talks around the world, including China, Croatia, Italy, Israel and other countries.
"This is a very exciting opportunity for John. John is a world traveler and he loves basketball, and is drawn to opportunities all over. The city of Culiacan is getting a great leader, which they know from his previoys stint there. Culiacan is a great city to coach and play in. Basketball is a big deal down there so it is going to be a great environment."
- Earnest Harris, Manager
Saintignon is also finishing up a new book that should be available soon.
Coach Saintignon's Orange County Magic basketball camp opened this next session with several NBA players in the gym working with Coach Saintignon.
Former Los Angeles Clipper and Portland Trailblazer, Chris Kaman is in camp working out and being evaluated by the Coach for a spot on a Chinese Basketball Association team. The 7 foot tall center also had an outstanding collegiate career at Central Michigan University.
Also in camp is former Brooklyn Net, Jerome Jordan who is in camp for workouts as he works on extending his playing career. Jordan, originally from Janica, has also played in China as well as with several NBA teams including the New Orleans Pelicans, the Memphis Grizzlies and The New York Knicks.
Keeping the pro athlete theme going this week are also Mark Hill and Trey Ziegler. Hill starred at Cal State Northridge before moving on to play pro ball in Mexico with Los Mochis. Ziegler, a point guard out of Texas Christian University is on hand to sharpen his skills in preparation for the step up into the pro ranks.
It is a full week at the camp, made even more special and intensive by the presence of these top level athletes.
Fresh off his trip to China as part of the expansion of Orange County Magic to basketball players and coaches overseas, Coach Saintignon made a month-long trip to Italy and Croatia.
This is not the first time Saintignon has made the trip to the two countries on behalf of basketball, as he has been to both places several times already. This time, his 10th invitation, WBSC invited the coach to Italy to provide coaching to their players as well as scholarship opportunities to come train in the U.S. to anyone the coach thought might be worthy of such an opportunity.
The Coach then went on to Croatia to take part in the Frendagio Basketball Camp. The camp was established by a long-time colleague of Saintignon who years ago invited him to come annually and be a part of establishing and building this basketball camp in Croatia, where basketball is becoming more and more popular.
Coach Saintignon traveled to Foshan, China as part of the expansion of his Orange County Magic basketball program to overseas locales.
Saintignon partnered with Wandao Legend, a Foshan-based company formed with the intent of helping local students there learn the fundamentals of the sport while also becoming a part of the training Saintignon provides here in the U.S. with Orange County Magic.
During the one month that Saintignon was in Foshan he not only worked with and taught players of all ages, he also trained coaches on his techniques and philosophies.