Coach Bent


Granada Hills, July 13, 2020 – Granada Hills Charter (GHC) Athletic Department has appointed Jon Bent its new head varsity boys basketball coach. Bent led the varsity team as interim head coach during the last weeks of the 2019-2020 season, leading the team to CIF Los Angeles City Section semi-finals.


Bent has an extensive coaching background that has prepared him for his new role as head coach. His career began with the boys basketball program during the 2007-2008 season, and he initially coached the freshman/sophomore team until his promotion two years later as the junior varsity head coach. 


Coach Bent expressed his enthusiasm, “I’m excited for the opportunity to continue preparing young men for life through teaching the game of basketball.” 


Coach Bent is firmly dedicated to the development of the whole student-athlete, working to motivate students to strive for excellence in both the classroom and on the court. His desire is to teach student-athletes about the importance of preparation, communication, and mental toughness. He believes this will allow students to reach beyond their maximum potential in their respective sport as well as encourage them outside of athletics -- in the classroom and in life after high school.


“Coach Bent brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and experience to the program,” said GHC Athletic Director Cristina Garcia. “He is passionate and his enthusiasm for the game is contagious. The Highlanders welcome Coach Bent and his family, and we are eagerly anticipating an exciting season.”


Bent is a current Social Science teacher on campus and has been employed by GHC for the last 14 years. He is a GHC alumnus where he was a member of the football, boys basketball, and boys volleyball teams. He continued his education at Cal Lutheran University, earning an undergraduate degree in History and a graduate degree in Education. He and his wife, Francia, have two daughters, Siena and Sydney.


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About Granada Hills Charter:  Granada Hills Charter, the largest charter school in the nation, is an independent public school in the San Fernando Valley.  A fiscally independent conversion charter school, Granada Hills Charter has a current student enrollment of approximately 4,750 in its high school program and 400 students enrolled in its new TK-8 program. Both programs have a combined annual student wait list of nearly 4,000. The School’s student population is one of the most diverse, with more than 40 languages other than English spoken at home and over 60 nationalities represented. Over 50 percent of students are eligible for the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. As a 501c3 non-profit benefit corporation, the School’s Governing Board is the legal entity overseeing all school policy and its $65 million operating budget. The school is ranked “#1 Best Charter High School in California,” “#4 Most Diverse Public High School in Los Angeles” and “#11 Best Charter High Schools in America” by in the 2019 Best Schools rankings.