A graduate of Sacramento State, Travis Okamoto will begin his
fifth season with the Hornets, and second as an assistant coach in
2012-13. Okamoto spent his first three years as the team’s
director of basketball operations. In addition, he enters his
seventh year on head coach Brian Katz’s staff, as Okamoto was
an assistant under Katz at San Joaquin Delta College from
During his four years on Sacramento State’s staff, the team has increased its conference win total each season. In addition, of the 14 Hornets that have expired their eligibility during Okamoto’s tenure, 11 have graduated, and the remaining three are on pace to graduate by the fall of 2012.
Last season (2011-12), the Hornets posted their most overall victories (10) since the 2006-07 season, went 5-3 during the second half of Big Sky Conference play, won their most road games (4) since the 2005-06 season, set the Div. I-era record for highest field goal percentage (.451), swept a Big Sky road trip for the first time since 2006, and yielded a Div. I-era low 69.1 opponents’ points per game.
At Delta, Okamoto was in charge of working with the guards and assisting with recruiting, scouting and academics. During his two seasons at Delta, the team combined to post a 49-17 overall record and a 20-6 mark in the Big 8 Conference. The Mustangs won at least 22 games and finished second in the conference both years during Okamoto’s tenure.
Prior to his two-year stint at Delta, Okamoto had six years of coaching experience at Sacramento’s Florin High School. From 2003-06, he worked for Marcus McGhee as an assistant with the men’s varsity team. He also coached at Florin during the 2000-01 (assistant boy’s varsity coach), 1999-00 (head junior varsity boy’s coach) and 1998-99 (head freshman boy’s coach) seasons.
From 1994-98, Okamoto was a team manager at Elk Grove High School under head coach Todd Reiswig.
Okamoto graduated from Sacramento State in 2002 with a degree in intercultural and international communications. He obtained his master’s degree in kinesiology from Fresno Pacific in 2010, and his teaching credential (English) from National University in 2008.