FJC had one of its best decades for sports in the 1960s, achieving athletic heights that it had never attained before in its history. In 1959, the FJC Athletic Department was faced with the difficult problem of replacing the most successful basketball coach in the College’s history, Alex Omalev. Coach William (Bill) Mann came to FJC in 1960 with an impressive record coaching basketball. Born in Prescott, Arizona, Mann attended Tucson High School and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1949. He began coaching that same year at North Phoenix High School, followed by Weber Junior College in Ogden, Utah, where he coached his team to a conference title.