Nick Gehler enters his 10th year at San Diego Miramar College as Department Chair, Professor of Exercise Science, Athletic Director, and ninth season (14th overall) as Head Men’s Basketball Coach. As a professor Gehler’s expertise lies in health education, exercise science, and intercollegiate athletics. He has helped develop and implement the Exercise Science program as well as the Intercollegiate Athletics program at Miramar to fit the needs of the student body at large and Miramar’s student-athletes, in conjunction with the college’s new facilities.
In 2005 Gehler was appointed the lead faculty person in the development of the Miramar College Fieldhouse. He was instrumental from ground breaking to completion. The college opened the doors to the new 54,000 square foot facility in 2009, and the Jets have now played five full seasons in the Fieldhouse. The facility houses academic and athletic programs for Miramar College. Gehler, along with other faculty members, was very instrumental in the facility’s program development and associated equipment purchases. The facility has a gymnasium, two classrooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a dance studio, the department’s Sports Medicine rooms, and locker rooms.
As Director of Athletics, Gehler has developed and implemented two new intercollegiate programs at Miramar College as well as jump starting the existing men’s and women’s water polo teams. The men’s basketball team played its first game in the 2006-2007 season, while the women’s soccer team played their first game in 2007.
The following basketball season (2007-2008) the Jets won 13 games and fell one game short of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) playoffs. In the 2008-2009 campaign, the Jets tallied 23 wins, including 12 in a row and a regional playoff win at Fullerton College, and travelled to San Bernardino Valley College for a regional final (Sweet Sixteen) showdown. The 2009-2010 campaign saw the Jets won 12 out of 14 games down the stretch to earn back-to-back CCCAA playoff appearances. The 2010-2011 season ended on another exciting note with the Jets defeating their district rival Mesa College. Gehler would see four of his sophomores and one freshman from that season matriculate onto four-year colleges.
The 2011-2012 season was an exciting season with back-to-back wins against a district rival, a couple of buzzer-beater wins, two freshmen earning All-PCAC honors, and two sophomores earning scholarships to four-year universities.
The 2012-2013 season was the first year of the Don Gehler Memorial Tournament, with the Jets earning an opening round tip-in win at the buzzer. The Jets would go on to 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 Jets would win seven out of their last nine games and end up one win shy of the CCCAA playoffs. This season also had all five sophomores move on to four-year colleges, with three of the five receiving scholarships.
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-PCAC player, two second team All-PCAC honorees, and one All-PCAC honorable mention player.
In eight seasons Gehler has led the Jets from 5 wins in the first season to a 23-win season and a pair of trips to the CCCAA men’s basketball playoffs. During those eight seasons Gehler has sent twenty plus players player’s onto four-year colleges to continue their education and their basketball careers. He has tutored several players such as Alberto Ganis (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), Jorey Scott (CSU Monterey Bay), Le’Sean Galbreath (first team All-PCAC), Peter Wirsing (San Diego Christian College), Weston Ehlers (Point Loma Nazarene University), Breen Weeks, (second team All-PCAC, Regis University), Tyler Fricke (All PCAC, Notre Dame De Namur University), Sean Hinkley (professional in Japan) David Porter (professional in Mexico City), Symeon Taylor (Pacifica University), Bryant Taylor and Steven Jones (All-PCAC two years, McMurry University), Pat Eveland (two-time first team All-PCAC, CCCAA First Team All-State, University Of The Pacific & Big West Conference Sixth Man of the Year), and Ian Larsson (Sonoma State University), to name a few.
Gehler 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 the most single-season wins in school history at 27-4, and made three trips to the Southern California Regional Finals. He helped more than ten MC student-athletes matriculate on to four-year universities as students and/or student-athletes. Gehler spent the 1999-2000 season at the University of California, Irvine under head coach Pat Douglass. In the fall of 2000, Gehler accepted the Head Men’s Basketball Coach 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-Star Basketball Game. In those five seasons he guided IVC to the CCCAA playoffs, had two CCCAA All-State selections, sent eight student-athletes on to four-year institutions, and was named PCAC Coach of the Year.
Gehler spent his collegiate playing career at Palomar College where he was a two-time team captain as well as an All-PCAC honoree. He then moved on to the University of Northern Colorado where he finished his playing career.
Gehler holds a Master’s of Arts in Health, Physical Education from Saint Mary’s College of California, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Science from California State University San Marcos. He and his wife Tara live in Poway, and are the proud parents of daughter Bailey, Charlie, Samantha, and Maggie.