Last season, the Columbia Claimjumpers began a new era. The Sonora based school in northern California decided to hire coach Rob Hoyt. Hoyt came over to Columbia following 4 seasons assisting at Cabrillo College. Last season, Columbia College finished the regular season with a 12-15 record and a 5-7 fourth place finish in the Central Valley Conference. Hoyt brought in a new culture and said, ” We want to have hardnosed, tough guys who play hard.” The Claimjumpers will look to improve and instill what they have started in Hoyt’s program. ” We want good people,” Hoyt said as well regarding what type of players he wants.
When the season starts in late fall, the Claimjumpers will return two standouts from a season ago. “6-3” shooting guard Rafe King returns. King who led the team in scoring last season (14.8 points) made 80 threes a year ago and shot a great 41% from behind the arc. “6-5” Tige Wingo also returns. Wingo averaged 14.0 points and 7,5 rebounds a game. Hoyt is also expecting big things from “6-7” Rosendo Amayawood. “He has made huge strides and improved his game,” said Hoyt. They will also welcome back “6-4” point man Tony Williams who was a all conference selection two seasons ago. Columbia will also welcome Modesto Jc transfer “6-3” Alex Kiriluk.