Coach Jerry Tarkanian Vists Keyan School

FRESNO/CLOVIS – The Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School recently greeted legendary college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, who met with students and toured the campus.  

“I thought this would be a great opportunity for the students to meet a great Armenian sports figure,” said CKACS Principal Sophie Mekhitarian, who had invited Tarkanian to visit the school.  “It was also a chance for him to check-out our new basketball courts.”

For 19 seasons (1973-1992), “Tark the Shark” coached the UNLV Running Rebels basketball squad, winning the NCAA National Championship in 1990. From 1995 to 2002, he led the Fresno State Bulldogs to six 20- win seasons and two NCAA tournament appearances. Tarkanian ranks among the all-time NCAA coaches in victories and winning-percentage.  

The CKACS basketball courts were installed earlier this year with funding from the Lincy Foundation.   


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  1. Kachkar said:

    Charlies Keyan School is one of the oldest Armenian Community Schools on the West Coast.  For 33 years the school has topped the other private school’s in test scores and college graduates.  Our school is open to children of all faiths and backgrounds that want a good education in a loving supportive environment.

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