OCC Announces New Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches for the 2024-25 Season

Oakland Community College welcomes two new coaches to its Athletic Department for the 2024-25 season: Gjon Djokaj of Farmington Hills for Men’s Basketball and Robert Belf, Jr. of Bloomfield Hills for Women’s Basketball.

Basketball Coaches
New Women's Basketball Coach Robert Belf, Jr. (l) and Men's Basketball Coach Gjon Djokaj.

“Gjon and Bob both bring extensive and successful coaching experience,” said OCC Athletic Director Jamie Corona. “We are fortunate to have them leading our OCC basketball teams.”

OCC competes in the Eastern Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA).

Men’s Basketball

Djokaj most recently was the head coach for the boys’ varsity basketball team at De Lasalle Collegiate High School in Warren, where he led his team to the 2022 DI State Championship. He was also named 2022 Coach of the Year by the Michigan High School Coaches Association and the Detroit News, along with numerous other area sports organizations. He is also the Head Coach for the Boys Under 14 team with the elite American Athletic Union (AAU) program R.E.A.C.H. Legends.

“I am thrilled to be named the head men’s basketball coach at OCC and plan to develop a program focused around student athlete development on and off the court,” said Djokaj. “We will strive to achieve common goals through team success, which will ultimately lead to our student athletes consistently having opportunities to advance to four-year programs, while winning championships in the process.”

Women’s Basketball

Belf, Jr. was OCC’s assistant women’s basketball coach for the 2023-24 season. He has extensive college coaching experience, including serving as assistant coach at his alma mater Albion College. In addition, Belf was head coach of women’s basketball at Henry Ford College, Madonna College and Kentucky Wesleyan College.

“I am pleased and honored to accept the position of OCC’s women's head basketball coach. It is important to me to continue the trajectory of the program and build on our success,” said Belf, Jr. “I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to inspire and develop young women as athletes and leaders. We will be committed to an exhilarating brand of basketball that will make us enticing to watch this winter.”

For more information about OCC Athletics, visit https://www.oaklandcc.edu/athletics/

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Oakland Community College offers nearly 100 degrees and certificates programs with the resources students need to be successful and advance our community. As a top transfer institution, OCC offers one of the state’s most affordable tuition rates and flexibility in scheduling with face-to-face and online options. The College is nationally recognized for its high-demand career training with expert faculty in their fields. More than 1 million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.    


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