August 15, 2008

Jorge Cerna Named Aztec Basketball’s Director of Player Development

San Diego native fills position on Coach Burns’ staff

Jorge Cerna, a student manager with the Aztec men’s basketball squad the last three seasons, has been named the director of player development for the SDSU women’s basketball team, head coach Beth Burns announced Thursday. Cerna will be in charge of all of the program’s video needs.

“We are really excited to announce that Jorge Cerna will be our new Director of Player Development,” Burns said. “He will be a large part of our program’s success because of how he will use technology to assist and enhance how we teach our players and prepare for opponents.

“Jorge aspires to be a college basketball coach. He has a fabulous background as a manager in Coach Fisher’s program, is an SDSU graduate and is 100 percent Aztec. He will be able to experience and contribute to every facet of our program.”

Cerna’s job duties at SDSU will include coordinating film exchange, editing game and practice film, developing team highlight videos and supervising student managers. He will also assist director of basketball operations Tammy Stephens in the planning and setting up of all women’s basketball events.

“I am very excited and extremely grateful for having the opportunity to become a part of Coach Burns’ staff for the upcoming basketball season,” Cerna said. “Coach Burns has put together a great program and it is a real privilege to be able to join her team as they are geared up to make a run at a conference championship and postseason play.”

Cerna graduated from Christian High School in 2001, where he played four years of varsity basketball. While a student at San Diego State, he coached at Marian Catholic High School from 2002-05, serving as the boys’ freshman team coach as well as an assistant with the boys’ and girls’ varsity squads.

The San Diego native became a student manager for the Aztec men’s basketball team in May 2005, and over the next three seasons helped with practice set-up, game statistics, summer camps and team travel. Cerna supervised other student managers and helped the squad’s video coordinator with film exchange and game scout edits.

Cerna earned his bachelor’s degree in social science in December 2006, and is currently pursuing his master’s in kinesiology with a concentration in sports psychology at SDSU.

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