OUR COACHES

All of our GYB coaches volunteer their time. Many may say there is a lack of quality in coaching when it comes to volunteering, but that is not the case with our GYB coaches. All of our coaches go through a thorough background check and must attend our mandatory coaches clinic every season. All of our GYB coaches have a background in basketball. Most GYB coaches have played high school, college, or professionally. Many of our coaches currently play in the Women's Basketball League and are great role models for the young girls. Our coaches main objective is to always ensure the safety and development of the girls. At the end of the day our GYB coaches main motivation for coaching every week will always be the girls they coach.

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COACH EMILY

I am originally from Littleton, Colorado and this is my first season coaching with GYB. 

Growing up the most important part of my life was basketball. I played for multiple competitive leagues as a kid and the I played on the Varsity team in high school. The best decision I ever made was to join that program. The game has built my character unlike any other experience I’ve had. What I value the most is the relationships a player builds with each of their teammates, because through win and through loss a team always has each other’s backs & they end up forming a relationship incomparable to any other. I’m still great friends with each of my teammates from school & I owe it all to the sport!

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COACH BRANDON

I began playing basketball at the age of 7. I’ve always enjoyed the pace and competitiveness of the game. However, my love for basketball began to grow even more when I started coaching in 2006. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to coach and train athletes ranging from kindergarten through college. Making state championship runs at the high school level was fun...But, seeing players get better everyday and develop a love for the game, brings me more satisfaction than any of the championships I’ve gotten to be a part of as a player or a coach. 

 

“A good coach can change a game, a great coach can change a life.” - John Wooden

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COACH SARAH

My love of basketball began in 7th grade when I first started playing. With a lot of hard work and perseverance, I earned a college scholarship to play for Oakland University, just north of Detroit, Michigan. My love of the game continues as I now play on a recreational basketball team for fun! Basketball has taught me many skills on and off the court. It has molded me into the person I am today and has taught me the essence of what it means to be a team player, to set goals, to be responsible and push myself to be the best person I can be. I am so excited to coach and inspire these young ladies with GYB.

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COACH VARON

I’m Varon Sumler, I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Kathy for 12 years and we have 3 kids. I enjoy hanging with my family, stand up comedy, good music, and all sports.

Ive been playing basketball as long as I can remember, all through high school, and I continue to play as an adult. Ive been an assistant coach for my daughters b-ball teams over the last few years as well. I love the game, I love what it teaches us; dedication, discipline, and hard work.

I strive to help raise up the younger generation to learn the value of hard work and good sportsmanship. I don’t coach to win, I coach to learn; winning is just a plus.

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COACH JAMES

I've always loved basketball since I was young.  I guess the fast pace, action and athleticism always appealed to me.  But what really drove me was when I didn't make my junior high team.  That inspired me to work harder, learn the game and improve all around.  I was blessed to play basketball in high school and college as well as in city leagues here in town when I returned from college.  While my children were growing up, I coached them (boys and girls) in soccer, teeball, softball and basketball.  I am really looking forward to coaching these girls and teaching sportsmanship as well as basketball skills.

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COACH ONICA

My name is Onica but I go by “Coach Nelly” Nelly is my basketball nick name from high school. I played basketball from middle school up until my first year of college and have so much love for the game. My daughter wanting to play inspired me to be a coach. Coaching to me is the most beautiful, powerful, and influential positions a person can ever have. I have been coaching for about 3 years now and take very much pride in it. I am very excited and dedicated to coaching with GYB. I plan to be a great leader and role model while making them better athletes. I am very passionate will show the girls my love for coaching. I plan to set a good example so my girls will play with passion love dedication and learn the value of team work!

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COACH JASON

My name is Jason Stephens I’ve played basketball in high school and I’ve been coaching for the past 3 years. I got into coaching when my daughter grew a love for the game and thought I’d get more involved in her growth. I enjoy coaching and teaching kids the fundamentals of this great sport and encouraging kids that hard work pays off. I look forward to coaching for GYB, it’s a great organization and their number one priority aligns with mines, the growth and development of the kids.

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COACH RENE

Started playing basketball at a very young age using a tennis ball and my home made metal hanger converted to a rim with my mom's hosiery as net! (emulating players from the Celtics Lakers rivalry era, use your imagination, don't want to date myself too much). As a young kid, was shocked with transition to an official size basketball and a towering 10 foot basket! Found dribbling dynamics & other fundamentals transferred smoothly despite the size & height variances. In retrospect, wouldn't change a thing. What a fantastic Segway to the sport. Played at school teams (both high school & college), community leagues, various club competitions and employment's multi company tournaments.

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COACH JACQUE

The game of basketball has changed my life. I started playing at a later age than most and only did because a coach saw something in me and encouraged me to give it a shot. I grew up playing all sports but nothing excited me like dribbling that ball...even shooting around at the park on my own lit a fire in me. Not only did I love the competition, but I made lifelong friendships with my teammates. My high school coach taught me about more than basketball...she taught me respect, hard work, discipline, and teamwork. Having the opportunity to coach young girls from elementary school to high school and build them up into beautiful young women the same way my coaches did is and has been an honor and a privilege.

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COACH TREVOR

I have always loved the game of basketball. One of the ultimate team sports. Basketball teaches individuals to play as a team. As a player it’s not enough to practice and develop your own skills but, you must learn to function as a teammate. I believe in putting kids in positions to learn leadership skills and become team leaders on the basketball court. My coaching philosophy is to develop fundamentals, improve individual play while learning how to function on a high-performance team. Accountability, sportsmanship and character are important to me which I instill on any team I coach. 

 

My love for coaching started when my 6-year-old daughter started to play basketball. Watching her learn and develop skills has been a great motivation to help other kids with the same desire to improve themselves. I have been coaching youth basketball for 4 years and have met great people every step of the way. I love to learn from other coaches, teams and anyone that is willing to share knowledge with me. 

 

Life is about constant improvement. My goal as a coach in the GYB league is to make learning and playing basketball fun. I believe when kids are having fun they will compete, learn and develop as a team at a much higher level. Skills that will help in life long after the basketball season.  

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COACH JUSTIN

Justin grew up playing basketball in a small town in the Northern California Sierra Mountains. He played and attended Columbia JC. While attending college Justin started coaching at the high school and middle school he attended. In 2004 Justin moved to Las Vegas and began coaching at Tarkanian Basketball Academy. He coached at TBA for ten years and spent two of those years as the director. Justin carried on Coach Jerry Tarkanian’s “Rural Clinic Tour” with Danny Tarkanian throughout Nevada’s small towns where they set up free basketball clinics for children of all ages. Justin is a big believer in fundamental basketball and mental toughness. 

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COACH MEL

I love the game of basketball because it keeps me in shape and the team work with my close friends.  The only coaching I had was with GYB for 5th and 6th graders. I’ve been playing basketball ever since I was young growing up and watching my dad play in the men’s league. Started officially playing organized basketball in 4th grade. My grade school made an exception for a 4th grader to play. It was suppose to be 5th and above. Also played club basketball outside from school. Played varsity in high my freshman year and then for fun in college.

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COACH RAE

I have been playing basketball since I was 7 years old and continue to play. I love the game because it has taught me life lessons like discipline, hard work, teamwork, and how to lose. I love playing basketball with my friends and it’s just fun. Moving from Hawaii to Las Vegas I have made a lot of new friends from basketball. The only coaching experience I have is coaching and working with GYB. I have coached two seasons with 5th and 6th graders. My past two seasons were amazing and the girls were awesome. I have played basketball since I was young from playing in club to high school to playing in a women’s league here in Vegas.

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COACH BRI

I started playing basketball when I was 5 years old and have been playing on and off for the last 20 years. It is definitely a passion of mine and I hope i can continue to play for many years to come. It is the best and my favorite type of cardio and there is nothing more fun than being on the court with my girls playing the game we love!  My coaching experience started in 2010 when I coached youth basketball for Performance Basketball Clinics every summer in Hawaii. I have now coached 2 seasons of GYB and can’t wait for the third !

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COACH TANIA

Basketball is one of the sports I grew up with, whether watching or playing it had my interest. Playing with a team or playing with a sibling or friend it was always a good time. I played basketball all through our middle school and watch it professionally during the season. Coaching is something I’ve never done, always been a player. It would be fun experience to to transition from player to coach and translate what I know to younger girls who want to love the game.

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COACH JAY

Basketball is a way of life. I love the game because it allowed me to develop as a person and a player. I've played basketball all my life and learned there is always room for growth. I have always wanted to coach basketball and the GYB gave me the opportunity. My first session coaching with GYB was awesome, plus we won the championship.

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COACH ALBERT

I started playing basketball since when I was a grade school back in the philippines, I was a high school varsity for 4 years and 1 year in college , until I got here at U.S. I played at San Diego FilAm league & Tarkanian league Las Vegas. Now I'm applying my knowledge and skills on coaching for GYB of Las Vegas and also teaching young kids the basic fundamentals of basketball.

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COACH TODD

Dr. Robinson is a former Colonial Athletic Association division one scholar-athlete and collegiate coach with nearly forty years of basketball experience. His love for the game, commitment to player development, and ability to communicate has allowed him to successfully mentor numerous student-athletes both on and off the court. As a professor at UNLV, consultant, coach and volunteer for numerous agencies, Dr. Robinson continues to mentor the next generation in various capacities locally and beyond. 

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COACH CHRISTIAN

I am a full time college student and I am a Cadet in the Army National Guard. I grew up watching basketball and have been analyzing and admiring the game for 10 years now. I often play with friends and college players, and I study play designs and the fundamentals on my free time. As a coach, I would like to instill discipline and leadership in the players while also teaching them that the game is all about having fun and learning to work with others to accomplish a common goal.

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COACH MAURICE

My name is Maurice Johnson. Everyone calls me Reese. I’m the last of 10 children from rural Greenwood, Mississippi. My parents raised all of us with a strong belief in God, hardwork pays off and treating people the way we want to be treated. You can’t get anything in life unless you GIVE something. Basketball has been there for me as a youth and even more for me now at this stage in my life. I’ve coached in a few local leagues and seeing the kids get excited when they learn something new or accomplish a goal is truly rewarding and amazing!  With GYB having an entire league dedicated to girls with emphasis on empowerment, being strong and dedicated is very beautiful and precious platform for their development! I’m very thankful to be a part of it and provide some inspiration for their future!

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COACH QU

My love for basketball began when I was just 5 years old in the Bay Area, CA. By age 7, I was the only girl playing on my first recreational team. I continued my playing years from elementary to high school, where I made varsity every year. I had a brief stint playing college basketball at Fresno Pacific University before I ultimately transferred to UNLV. 

At UNLV I would meet Anjee and Jen, Las Vegas Women’s Basketball League CEO. With my connection to both ladies I was able to continue my love and passion for basketball in the Las Vegas community. In 2015 I began to develop my non profit, Ready To Save The Kids, with a mission to inspire all youth to realize their full potential in the world through participation in extracurricular activities. 

I have 9 years of coaching experience. I started coaching 2nd-4th graders in 2010 in Oakland, California. Since then, I have coached 5th-6th grade athletes, middle school, as well as high school. Coaching all ages of youth brings me joy. I aspire to continue motivating young athletes to reach their full potential on the court. 

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COACH DEANTE

Coaching gives one a chance to be successful as well as significant. To coach others along with my daughters are lessons that will be instilled within. I want to lead by example and show that hard work and patience does have a reward. I loved the game of basketball since I was in high school and played in leagues in California. Playing in high school taught me how to be team player. I have experience coaching various of other sports with junior league in Las Vegas.

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COACH ERIKA

I love basketball because it’s an experience I share with family and friends. The game of basketball is an opportunity for me to exemplify perseverance and gratitude, which are keys to thriving in the ultimate game of life. 

 

I played college and professional ball in the Philippines and still continue to play recreational basketball in Las Vegas. I started coaching in 2016 to give back to the community and team up with my daughter. I began to love coaching when I realized it was not about forcing the mastery of skills nor the perfection of techniques. It’s about purposefully laying a solid character foundation for the kids and transforming their lives on and off the court through passion, love & gratitude.  

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COACH BRI

I played varsity basketball all 4 years in high school. And for some time for the USMC and 1 year for cypress college. I've coached for 5 years at the high school and jr high level. I love the game because it provides a positive environment for young people and because it taught me how to be selfless at a very young age.

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COACH ANDREI

I loved the game of basketball from the time I was 5 years old. However, I didn’t join a team until the 6th grade. When GYB first started in 2015, I have had the honor to watch these young girls learn and grow as basketball players. My goal as a coach is to help develop these girls into team players on and off the court!

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COACH KIM

I grew up loving basketball. Not only did I play the sport growing up, but I spent a lot of time learning the sport. My experience over the years have helped me posses in-depth knowledgeable and expertise in the area of sports, skill development training, and teaching kids technical and tactical skills. I think what I find most important is the passion I have helping young players develop into respectful, responsible young women.

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COACH TEENY

Basketball is my first love and I have been playing for 20+ years. This is my second season with GYB and I couldn't be more excited. I had the privilege of playing and serving as team captain all four years of high school and continue to play in recreation leagues regularly, including the Las Vegas Women's Basketball League. Basketball has taught me resiliency, cooperation, and leadership and I am passionate about developing and teaching players the same skills that helped shape me as a player and person. I currently work at Nevada State College where I manage and develop academic success programs and services for college students. As a college educator, I incorporate teaching and learning strategies into my coaching and I firmly believe that if you have the desire and passion, you can learn to do anything. 

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COACH JANET

Basketball is an important part of my life.  Basketball has opened doors, built friendships and relieved stress.   In high school, I lived and breathed basketball and excelled on a small high school team in upstate New York.  In 1989, I was accepted into and attended a prestigious college, in part, because I was recruited to play basketball for the Yale University Women’s Basketball team.  Ultimately I did not play for the team, but played intramural basketball. Our success translated into invitations to national three v. three tournaments and a 1991 championship game at the Boston Celtics’ Garden arena.

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