Now entering his 14th 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. He’s since led his team’s to the conference title in each of the last four seasons and finished the 2016 season with a 24-4 record, while they reached the finals of the Southern California Team Playoffs. Individually, freshmen Sasha Krasnov and Nikita Katsnelson reached the semifinals of the doubles state championships, with Krasnov advancing to the semifinals in singles play. Kim was also selected the state’s Men’s Coach of the Year.
In 2015 season, Kim led the team to a 20-6 record and advanced to the Southern California Team Playoff semifinals. The team qualified all six singles players and three doubles teams to the CCCAA State Tournament, with two doubles teams reaching the Round of 16.
During the 2014 season, 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 in doubles play. 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 is expected to open the 2014 season ranked near the top 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 188-69 (.732) career record with the Falcons, including an 86-9 (.905) conference record and nine 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, 2013, 2014 and 2015, 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 (10), Tobin Samuel (8) and Brennan Sang (6).