Coach Brock Veltri is beginning his 2nd season at Skagit Valley College, contintuing to build the Cardinal Basketball Program.
In his first season at the helm, Veltri; along with Assistant Coach Tyler Amaya; led the Cardinals to a share of the North Region Title, a #1 seed in the NWAACC Championship Tournament, and an eventual 4th place overall finish.
Coach Veltri came to Skagit Valley after a 3-year stint as Associate Head Coach at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, coaching under twin brother Brandon Veltri. Prior to Carroll College, Brock was at Seattle Pacific University for 5 years the Head Assistant Coach serving as SPU’s head recruiting coordinator, overseeing in-season scouting of opponents, skill development efforts and was in charge of scheduling and travel for the Falcons.
Prior to SPU, Coach Veltri spent two years on the staff at Scottsdale CC where he was also the Sports Information Director, and 1 year at Idaho State while completing a Master's in Atheltic Administration. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City Utah.
Coach Veltri has coached for 14 seasons, including 12 at the college level and knows the NWAC well having played for 2 years at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA alongside his brother.
In addition to his coaching duties, Veltri manages SVC’s Cooperative Education and Learning Into Action programs and assist students in meeting their work-based learning requirement for an Associate in Technical Arts degree. He also works with employers in providing student placement opportunities and monitoring and assessing student performance in their Cooperative Education experience.
Upon his hiring:
“I am very humbled and excited to be leading the SVC Men’s Basketball program,” said Veltri. “I am also looking forward to helping students gain important job skills in my role as Cooperative Education Coordinator.”
“Brock Veltri will make a big contribution to basketball at SVC and he will inherit a solid program,” said Gary Knutzen, SVC’s Athletic Director. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Dick Freier, who generously stepped forward to coach the team so that our program didn’t miss a beat during the past year. I especially appreciate the energy and dedication he gave to recruiting players and strengthening the program.” Freier, who served as Assistant Coach for Roger Valentine for 19 years, served as interim Men’s Basketball Coach during the 2012-13 season, following Valentine’s retirement.
In the summer of 2013, Skagit Valley Head Coach Brock Veltri announced that former Mount Vernon standout and Western Washington great Tyler Amaya would be joining the Skagit Valley College staff after completing his successful international playing career.
Amaya had a stellar playing career that included winning the Washington 3A-State Championship and Tournament MVP in 2001. Winning the GNAC Conference Championship in 2005 as well as making back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2005 and 2006. Amaya was part of 7 straight league championship squads during that time, 3 at Mount Vernon, 2 at Gonzaga, 1 at Dixie, and 1 at WWU. He completed his career with a seven year pro career that took him all over the world.
Amaya graduated from Western Washington in 2006, capping an incredible two-year career with the Vikings, where he helped lead WWU to the NCAA regional tournament in both seasons. He scored 13.4 points and grabbed 7.9 rebounds per game for the Vikings over his career. Amaya spent his freshman year at Gonzaga University and then transferred to Dixie State University, at the time one of the premier junior colleges in the country (now an NCAA D-II institution.) He scored 10 points per game leading the Rebels to a SWAC conference title before transferring to Western Washington.
After graduating from WWU in 2006, Amaya spent seven years playing professional basketball overseas making stops in Holland, Germany, China, Syria, Tunisia, Bahrain, Taiwan and ending in Saudi Arabia where he averaged 30 points per game in his final professional season. He also played two seasons with the Bellingham Slam, where he was the MVP of the 2008 IBL (International Basketball League) Championship game. In 2014 Amaya was named the Head Coach of the Slam, would suit up as a player-coach at times, and eventually led the Slam to a repeat of the International Basketball League Title.
Upon hiring Tyler:
“I am excited to add a coach with a pedigree such as Tyler” said Coach Veltri “As I try to build our program here at Skagit Valley I wanted to bring in a staff who had a successful playing career, some junior college experience either as a coach or player, and then someone who is familiar with the Mount Vernon community and basketball culture, Tyler fulfills all those qualifications. I could not have found a better fit for Skagit Valley College” Veltri would add.