U.S. BASKETBALL UNIVERSITY COACHES & STAFF:

Founder & Athletic Director:

Gerardo De la Cruz

Cruz created the U.S. Basketball University as his family’s foundation in 2008 for the purpose of serving the youth of the Santa Clarita Valley where he had recently relocated from Huntington Beach. Its explosive growth and expansion over the past decade into Arizona, Texas and China was not only not planned but highly unlikely given that there was no other organization in exitance that delivered world-class training to non-elite athelets. And that was just fine by him as he had been underestimated, undervalued and overlooked as a player and then as a real estate developer his entire life.

 


Medical Coordinator:

Dr. Joshua Mitchell

Dr. Joshua Mitchell has been serving the Santa Clarita Valley in the medical field for over seven years. He attended Purdue University in Indiana, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern California University of Health Sciences, earning his Chiropractic Doctorate. He played high school basketball and soccer, as well as Division II college soccer.

 


Director of Officials:

Mike Nugent

Mike is a pillar of the officiating community in Southern California. He has been a Junior College official since 1992 and has officiated over 30 Junior College playoff games. He has been a High School official since 1980 and currently is on the CIF Board of Directors for officials and is the Co-Instructional Committee Chairman. He also has 25 years experience as a coach at the high school level.

We are fortunate to have Mike leading our team of officials which are comprised only of local referees with High School and/or Junior College playoff experience. The result is that we have only the best of the best officials refereeing our games at the U.S. Basketball University.

As outstanding an official as Mike is recognized to be, he is an even better person as evidenced by his continued work for the past 17 years with students at the William S. Hurt Union High School District. He lives locally with his wife of 35 years.

His passion for the game of basketball is tough to beat and he continues to enjoy assisting the youth of the SCV learn and enjoy the game.

 


Director of Basketball Operations:

Nana Gbewonyo

Coach Nana played at Washburn University and Henderson State. He was selected a second Team All-Conference selection while pursuing a degree in sociology. After college Nana had the opportunity to play professional but chose to go into acting and has had roles in such hit films as Coach Carter, Grand Torino and the 2013 hit The Possession. He has been coaching Youth and Travel basketball for over 10 years.

 


 

Head Coach:

Ella Joines

Coach Joines played for the English national team and qualifies to play in the 2012 London Olympics for her country. She played collegiately at Masters College and has coached Youth and Travel Basketball teams for nearly 10 years.

 


 

Head Coach:

Kent Dennis

Coach Kent played in collegiately at Loyola Marymount and is entering his 12th Season with the U.S. Basketball University. He has been coaching Youth and Travel basketball for over 10 years.

 


 

Head Coach:

Tommy Mitchell

Coach Mitchell starred collegiately at Sienna College. After graduating he played professionally in Europe and most recently with the Golden State Warriors of the NBA in 2011/2012. He has over 10 years of experience coaching Youth and Travel basketball.

 


 

Head Coach:

Theresa Brown

Coach Brown was selected as a McDonald’s All-American. The highest honor for a high school player. She played collegiately at Masters College. She has nearly 10 years of experience coaching Youth and Travel basketball.

 


 

Head Coach:

Dean Hadley

Coach Hadley played collegiately at the University of San Francisco and The Masters College. He is currently playing professionally in France and coaches at U.S. Basketball University when he is in Los Angeles in the off season. He has been coaching Youth and Travel basketball for over 5 years.

 


 

Head Coach:

Nic Campbell

Coach Campbell starred collegiately at the University of California Irvine. After graduating he played professionally in Australia. He has coached Youth and Travel Basketball teams for over 10 years.

 


 

Head Coach:

Myron Watkins

Coach Watkins played collegiately at the University of California Riverside and has coached Youth and Travel Basketball teams for over 25 years.

 


 

Head Coach:

Raphael Harris

Coach Harris played collegiately at The Masters University and has been playing professionally in Mongolia. He has coached Youth and Travel Basketball teams for over 5 years. He is entering his 4th Season with the U.S. Basketball University.

 


 

Head Coach:

Joey Fuca

Coach Fuca played collegiately at The Master's College. Since graduating, he has been playing professionally in Germany. He has nearly 10 years of experience coaching Youth and Travel basketball.

 


 

Assistant Coach:

Kaylynn Martin

Coach Martin played collegiately at the Masters College and will be graduating in the Spring of 2014. She is entering her 3rd Season with U.S. Basketball University.

 


 

Assistant Coach:

Derick Fain

Coach Fain is playing collegiately at the Masters College and has coached Youth and Travel Basketball teams for 3 years.

 


 

Assistant Coach:

Ryan Watkins

Coach Watkins is currently starring collegiately at Boise State University and has coached Youth and Travel Basketball teams for nearly 5 years.

 


 

Assistant Coach:

Drew Menez

Drew led Clayton Valley High School in scoring at a junior and senior. He received a scholarship to UC Davis and later transferred to Santa Rosa Junior College where he played for one year. Coach Menez now plays for The Master's College.

 


 

 

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