FORT MYERS, Fla. –
FGCU men’s basketball head coach Dave Balza welcomed a pair of former Eagles back into the program on Wednesday, as 2006 graduate Juan Cedeño and 2003 graduate Darrin Wallace will join the FGCU staff this season.
Cedeño will join the staff as an assistant coach, while Wallace will serve as the program’s video coordinator. The two additions complete Balza’s staff after Nick Bennett accepted a position at Texas Pan-American in mid-August.
“I am very excited to have both Juan and Darrin return to the FGCU men’s basketball family,” said Balza. “Both are a big part of FGCU history having played here. They are two of the most determined and well-liked players that I’ve coached here, and I know that they will help to instill toughness and the love of the game in our team this year.”
On the court, Cedeño will work with FGCU’s post players, concentrating on skill development and rebounding. Cedeno will also assist in recruiting, scheduling and monitoring academic progress and compliance.
A two-year player under Balza from 2003-05, Cedeño returns to Fort Myers after serving as a volunteer assistant during the 2005-06 campaign in which the Eagles went 18-12. Over two years in the Blue and Green as a player, Cedeño averaged 6.4 points and 6.3 rebounds over 57 games in which the Eagles went 46-12. Cedeño led the team in rebounding as a senior in 2004-05, helping guide FGCU to a 24-7 record and an appearance in the Division II National Tournament. Cedeño’s 217 caroms (7.0 RPG) in his final campaign rank fourth in single-season history.
"I’m so happy to have the opportunity to return to the Florida Gulf Coast University family,” said Cedeno. “I look forward to working for my former coach Dave Balza and the rest of the staff. My main goal is to give back to this University by working with this talented group of young athletes. It’s great to be back home.”
A member of the first team in FGCU history, Wallace will be in charge of the team’s video breakdown, film exchange, scouting report edits and serve as the video editing software liaison for the staff. Wallace was one of two seniors on the 2002-03 FGCU inaugural team that went 23-9.
Wallace comes to FGCU after serving three seasons (2007-10) as the head coach at Gateway Charter High School in Fort Myers. At Gateway, Wallace led the Griffins to 27 wins over three seasons after the school had produced just 10 in the previous three years before his arrival. Gateway also picked up the school’s first win in the District Playoffs last season. Prior to taking over at Gateway, Wallace was an assistant coach at Cape Coral High School from 2003-06, while also serving as an AAU coach in Southwest Florida and working a variety of different basketball camps.
"It’s truly an honor to be back at Florida Gulf Coast University. I have so many great memories from FGCU as a former player and I hope to create many more,” said Wallace. “This is a terrific staff combined with a talented group of players. I am extremely excited about the future of this program."