Dean Mendes, who boasts 12 years of collegiate coaching experience, begins his second season as an assistant coach for the California women's basketball team.
Mendes contributes to all facets of Cal's program, including recruiting and scouting, and pushes the Bears' guards to reach their potential. He helped sophomore Alexis Gray-Lawson claim the 2005-06 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award.
In his inaugural year in Berkeley, the Bears posted its first winning record (18-12) in 13 years and garnered its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1993. At the 2006 NCAA Final Four, he was a panelist for a forum on electronic recruiting.
Mendes' arrival at Cal came on the heels of his two seasons as an assistant coach at Vermont, under women's head coach Sharon Dawley. He was the recruiting coordinator for the Catamounts and assisted with all aspects of the program.
Prior to his time at Vermont, Mendes (pronounced men-DEEZ) served as an administrative assistant for the Boston College women's basketball program during the 2002-03 campaign. The Eagles advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 that season.
Mendes, who hails from Easton, Mass., served four years as assistant women's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Brown before his stint at Boston College. In addition, Mendes developed his coaching skills as an assistant women's basketball coach at Assumption College (1994-96) and at Worcester State College (1996-98).
He earned a bachelor's of arts degree in communications from Fordham in 1982.
Mendes married Tina Maietta on Aug. 19, 2006, and has a daughter, Shardae Gonsalves, who competes on the basketball and lacrosse teams at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Despite being from the Boston area, Mendes lists the New York Yankees as his favorite team.