Last updated 12/11/2013
email@example.com – 309-796-5604
On March 30, 2007, Black Hawk College tabbed Darren Bizarri to lead its basketball program as head men’s basketball coach. After a very successful inaugural season — which concluded with a 20-12 overall record, 9-3 conference record (second place) and a Region IV runner-up — the Braves upped the ante in 2008-09, posting a 23-8 record. Those two seasons marked a milestone in Black Hawk College basketball history the Braves have posted back to back 20 win seasons. The 2009-10 season marked another milestone for the Braves as their 19-13 record meant it was the first time the Black Hawk program had posted three consecutive winning seasons. With a record of 18-15, the 2010-11 season made it four consecutive winning seasons for Coach Bizarri.
“While we’re pleased with how quickly the program is growing, we’ve reached the point of lofty expectations,” Bizarri said. “We’ve come so close to getting to the National tournament on two different occasions that we want to take that next step as a program.”
“We have established how I like to have teams play, which is to get up and down the floor and put pressure on teams both offensively and defensively,” he said. “We know it’s important to be versatile and that construct our roster through recruiting to be able to play different styles.”
Bizarri is no stranger to Black Hawk College or the Quad-Cities basketball scene. For six seasons before committing to lead the Braves, Bizarri served as the sophomore basketball coach at Western Big Six power Moline High School, compiling a 101-34 record on the sophomore level and assisting the varsity in winning four conference titles and two trips to the State Finals.
Before serving the 2000-01 season as a varsity assistant at Rock Island Alleman High School, Bizarri led the Westmer High School basketball program for five seasons. During this time, Bizarri founded the Illinois Gunners AAU program. In nine summer seasons, 24 players who went through the Gunners program went on to play at the NCAA Division I level.
As a player, Bizarri was a point guard for the Braves for two seasons (1987-88 and 1988-89), serving as team captain and leading the team in assists his sophomore season. He played high school basketball at Rockridge High School, earning All-Conference and All-Area honors as a senior.
Coach Bizarri and his family reside in the Illinois Quad Cities.
He is assisted by assistant coaches Dennis Kerschieter and Rod Harper.