Nick Gehler enters his fourteenth year at San Diego Miramar College as the Director of Athletics, Department Chair, Professor of Exercise Science, and thirteenth season (Nineteenth overall) as Head Men’s Basketball Coach. As a professor Nick’s expertise lies in health education, exercise science, and intercollegiate athletics. Nick has helped develop and implement the exercise science programs as well as the intercollegiate athletic programs at San Diego Miramar College to fit the needs of the students and student-athletes in conjunction with the college’s mission statement.
In 2005 Nick was appointed one of the lead faculty members in the development of the San Diego Miramar College Fieldhouse. He was instrumental from the groundbreaking to completion. The college opened those doors to the 54,000 square foot facility and the Jets have now played nine full seasons in the athletic fieldhouse. The facility houses the academic and athletic programs for Miramar College. The facility has a gymnasium, two lecture halls, fitness center, athletic performance center, student-athlete academic support center, training room, and team locker rooms.
As Director of Athletics Nick has developed and implemented four new intercollegiate programs at San Diego Miramar College as well as jump started the men’s and women’s water polo teams. The basketball team played its first basketball game in the 2006-2007 seasons. The women’s soccer team (Coached by Sean Bowers) played their first game in 2007, and men’s volleyball saw their first action in the spring of 2015 (Coached by John Landicho). The women’s volleyball team (Coached by Mark Smith) played their first game this fall-2018.
The 2017-2018 season was another outstanding one. The Jets won twenty games while losing just ten. This 2017-18 season marked the Jets consecutive twenty win seasons. The 2017-2018 team made the California Community College Men’s Basketball State Tournament and opened with a home win against West Los Angeles College. Miramar had a tremendous showing with a 107 to 84 victory with multiple players in double figures. Miramar would then travel to top ranked Citrus College where the Jets saw their season come to an end with a 99 to 72 loss. Miramar had several players win ALL PCAC honors. Deion Alston and Takoda Browne were nominated to the 1st Team. Chris Jones was nominated 2nd Team, and Dallas Haupt and Blake Seits Honorable Mention.
The 2016-2017 was one of the most successful seasons for Coach Gehler and the Jets. The Jest won 21 games and lost 9. The Jets made the California Community College Men’s Basketball State Tournament and hosted Barstow Community College in the first round. The Jets had some big program wins beating Mt. San Jacinto, San Bernardino Valley, and making the finals in several pre-season tournaments. The team was led by All-State Honorable Mention and First Team ALL PCAC selection Javan Perry who was arguably one of the top players in the State of California. Freshman Takoda Browne carried a large part of the load earning First Team All PCAC honors while Marc Williams and Chris Jones were Honorable Mention All PCAC respectively.
The 2015-2016 season ended on a positive note with Jonny Peterson being accepted to Texas Christian University, and Brice Robell continuing his academic and athletic career at Multnomah University. Brice was also named the San Diego Miramar College Male Student-Athlete of the Year. The season did see it’s challenging times as well with multiple injuries. Most of the season saw the JETS playing with a limited roster yet managed to take home the Consolation Championship beating Palomar College at the Santa Barbara College Tournament. The JETS also had three All Pacific Coast Athletic Conference members with Stefan Zivkovic and Marc Williams taking home All Second Team honors, and DeeJay Brown being named to the Honorable Mention Team.
The 2014-2015 season was a tremendous success. The Jets beat several ranked teams including conference foe Southwestern College. The Jets also tallied some key wins against Chaffey College as well as Riverside College. These two teams are perennial state powers. The Jets ended the season winning seven out of their last nine games. The Jets saw Drew Peterson matriculate on to play basketball at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Michael Jones to Whittier College.
The 2013-2014 season was another exciting season as the Jets earned a spot in the championship game of the 2nd Annual Don Gehler Memorial Tournament where they battled Victor Valley College. The Jets were extremely competitive this season with wins coming at Palomar College and a clean sweep of defending PCAC Champion Mira Costa College. As a result of the Jets success the team had one first team all-conference player, two second team all-conference players, and one honorable mention player.
The 2012-2013 season was the first year of the Don Gehler Memorial Tournament with an opening round tip in win at the buzzer for the Jets. The Jets would go on and have a very successful season with a double overtime win at district rival San Diego City and an overtime win at district rival San Diego Mesa. The 2012-2013 season ended with the Jets winning seven out of their last nine games and one win shy of the state playoffs. This season also had all five sophomores move onto four year colleges and three of the five receiving scholarships.
The 2011-2012 season was an exciting season with back-to-back wins against a district rival, a couple buzzer beaters, two freshmen earning all-conference awards, and two sophomores earning scholarships to four year universities.
The 2010-2011 season ended on another exciting note with the Jets defeating their district rival Mesa College. Coach Gehler also saw four of his sophomores and one freshman matriculate onto four year colleges.
The 2009-2010 campaign celebrated another successful year and back-to-back state playoff appearances. The Jets won 12 out of 14 games down the stretch and were one of the toughest teams in the southern section.
In the 2008-2009 campaign (Third Season) the Jets rallied to 23 (12 in a row) wins and a regional playoff win at Fullerton College. The Jets then travelled to San Bernardino Valley College for a regional final (Sweet Sixteen) showdown.
In 2007-2008 the men’s basketball team won 13 games and fell one game short of the state playoffs.
In thirteen seasons Coach Gehler has led the Jets from 5 wins in the first season to 23 wins and multiple trips to the California Community College Men’s Basketball State Playoffs.
During these thirteen seasons Gehler has sent thirty plus player’s onto four year colleges to continue their education and their basketball careers. He has tutored several players such as Drew Peterson (University of Alaska Anchorage), Deion Alston (Humboldt State University), Caleb Giordano (San Diego State University), Michael Jones (Whittier College), Pat Eveland (University of Pacific), and Alberto Ganis (California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo/ European Professional) to name a few.
Nick began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Palomar College, followed by five years as an assistant coach at Mira Costa College (1994-1999), mentoring under long-time head coach and California Community College Hall-of-Famer Clete Adelman. In those five seasons Mira Costa posted most wins in school history at 27-4 and three trips to the Southern California Regional Finals.
For the 1999-2000 season, Nick worked at the University of California, Irvine under Head Coach Pat Douglass.
In the fall of 2000, Nick accepted the Head Men’s Basketball Coaching position at Imperial Valley College and spent five seasons rebuilding the men’s basketball program, developing and implementing summer camps, and developing an Imperial County High School All-Start Basketball Game.
In those five seasons Nick guided Imperial Valley College to the California Community College State Playoffs, had two California Community College Men’s Basketball All-State Selections, sent eight student-athletes on to four year institutions, and was named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
Nick spent his collegiate playing career at Palomar College where he was a two time team captain as well All Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. He then moved on to the University of Northern Colorado where he finished his playing career.
Nick earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Science from California State University San Marcos and a Master’s of Arts in Health, Exercise Science from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Nick and wife Tara live in San Diego and are the proud parents of daughter Bailey (18), Charlie (15), Samantha (10), and Maggie 6 years old