Coach Rooney recently completed his fourth year at the helm of the Keelhaulers and if the past four years are any indication, the basketball program has a bright future. In his first year, the team went a respectable 14-14 including key wins over National Tournament qualifiers. The team took a step up his second year as they won 17 games, a total that was among the highest in school history. The positive momentum continued during the 2009-2010 season as the Keelhaulers again set the school record for wins and won the school's conference championship. In fact, the championship was the school's first intercollegiate championship in any sport. The season included wins over several NAIA Division One teams as well as an upset victory over the #5 team in country. The positive momentum continued this past year as the Keelhaulers advanced to and hosted the Cal Pac Conference Championship for the first time in school history. As is often the case with team success, several Keelhaulers have gained recognition over the past four years. In his short time at Cal Maritime, Rooney has coached one All American (Andrew Medeiros), eleven All-Conference players (Cody Gatton, John Stiles, Andrew Medeiros (twice), Josh Greenwell (twice), Haven Piatt, Jordan Birchell, Isaiah Moore, David Prendeble, and Michael Weimer), the Freshman of the Year for 2008-2009 (Zac Kinman) and 2009-2010 (Jordan Birchell) as well as two Academic All Americans (Andrew Johnson and Andrew Medeiros). For his work, Rooney was named California Pacific Conference Coach of the Year for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons. Coach Rooney has established a program built on toughness and defensive accountability shown by the fact that his teams are consistently in the top 5 nationally for defensive production. (points allowed per game). On the offensive end, the motion offense employed by the Keelhaulers allows for the talents of players to be maximized.