Now entering his 11th season as the Cerritos College
men’s tennis coach, Alvin Kim started his Falcon career by
winning 34 straight South Coast Conference matches and four
straight conference titles. That streak came to an end in 2009, as
the team finished in a second place tie with a 9-3 mark. Over the
last two seasons, Kim has led the team to the championship,
including 2014, where they finished with an 18-6 record but lost to
College of the Desert in the second round of the Southern
California Team Playoffs. Individually, Nathan Eshmade became the
first player in school history to win the CCCAA State Championship
singles and doubles titles. Eshmade teamed with Amadi Kagoma for
the state title, with Kagoma assuming the #1 singles position for
the 2015 season. In 2013, the team won the conference championship
and posted an 11-11 overall record, with three of their losses
coming at the hands of four-year universities. They advanced to the
Southern California Regional Team Playoffs, but were defeated by
Riverside City College, 5-1.
Individually in 2013, Eshmade advanced to the semi-finals of the State Championships, while in the off-season, he won the USTA/ITA Southern California singles and doubles championship. As the Small College National Championships, he advanced to the semi-finals and spent the 2014 season ranked #1 in the state.
In 2012, the team posted a 3-3 record in the four-team conference and were 11-9 overall, while in 2011, they went undefeated in conference play (9-0), while finishing 14-5 overall after losing to Mt. San Jacinto College in the Southern California Regional Playoffs. Individually in 2011, sophomore Derek Siddiqui teamed with new assistant coach Jony Chai to advance to the state championship in doubles after winning the Southern California championship. Siddiqui was also voted the state’s Player of the Year.
In his career as the Falcons head coach, Kim has posted a 144-59 (.709) career record with the Falcons, including a 72-9 (.888) conference record and seven championships. Back in 2009, Kim saw his doubles team of Doug Edwards and Jason Wall win the Ojai Tournament championship, while they also advanced to the semi-finals of the state championship after reaching the championships in their freshman year. It also marked the first time a Cerritos men’s tennis doubles team had ever reached the state championship match.
In his initial season, Kim led the Falcons to their first conference championship in over 20 years and this year are primed to win their eighth in his 10 seasons. In each of his first five years, the team advanced to the Southern California Regional Team Playoffs, but were defeated in the first round. The team missed out on the playoffs in 2010 and 2011, but have advanced the last two seasons. Kim has also been named the conference’s Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013, while he was named the conference’s Coach of the Year for all sports in 2008.
Kim came to the program with 15 years of high school coaching experience and has enjoyed success throughout his coaching career. Kim has been a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association since 1998 and came to Cerritos while still enjoying a successful high school coaching career. He has served as the head girl’s tennis coach at Cerritos High since 2008 and led them to their first-ever CIF Championship in 2012 and then repeated that feat in 2013. Kim has led his teams to the Suburban League championship each year. He was named the league’s Coach of the Year from 2010-13, while being selected the All-Area Coach of the Year for the past four seasons. Kim has led Cerritos High to the CIF Championship three times, as well as the semi-finals four years. For his efforts, Kim was a finalist for the CIF Coach of the Year in 2012 and was nominated in 2013. He’s posted a 130-8 record at Cerritos High, while in his three seasons with La Mirada High, he guided his teams to a 54-6 record.
Kim attended Sunny Hills High School, where he was an all-league tennis player. He then attended and played tennis at both Cypress College and Vanguard University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Vanguard University. Kim is married and he and his wife have three children, Aidan Ian (8), Tobin Samuel (6) and Brennan Sang (4).