Meet Our StaffUpdatedSaturday February 8, 2020 byFHB.
Jonathan Young: Founder
The founder of Foothill Hoops Basketball, Jonathan served at the Sports Coordinator for the Crescenta-Canada YMCA from 1997-2000 and coordinated the CCY's Summer Basketball program through 2002. While Jonathan was at the CCY, the “Y-Winners” program was the largest youth basketball program in Southern California (over 600 players per season from 98-00). He also helped to create and develop the YMCA’s Jr. High Basketball program. From 2000 - 2002, he served as League Director for Craig Impelman’s LCMG Basketball Camps (formally known as John Wooden Camp) in Pasadena and as the basketball instructor for GUSD’s M.E.P. (mini-enrichment) program in La Crescenta. Jonathan has experience with kids of all ages: he coached the first ever “Dribblers” (ages 4-5) team in 2003, first 14u Flyers Travel Team in 2004, the first Foothill Hoops High School team in 2005, and first “Rookies” (age 3) team in 2006. His educational background includes work in developmental and sports psychology, and he holds degrees in Theatre, Psychology, and a minor in Sports Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Acting from Brandeis University in Boston. While at UCSB, Jonathan worked as a certified official for local high school and AAU tournament games. Jonathan, a credentialed teacher (grades K-12), also holds certifications as a personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, as well as a Group Fitness certification from Mad Dogg Athletics. In 2005, Jonathan moved to New York City to pursue professional acting and worked part time as a coach and director for the “Kids in Sports” program, where he established and designed their 1st-4th grade basketball courses. He currently resides in Austin, TX with his wife and daughter, working as an actor and director and travels to California often.
Paul Young: Organization General Manager; CFO
Paul is an MBA graduate from the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). With a Master’s of Business Administration in Management, his focus has been in the field of Marketing. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from UCR. Paul’s basketball background includes 4 years of officating at the YMCA under the watchful eye of mentor and certified official John Ercole, as well as serving for many years as an assistant coach at various age levels. Although he played several seasons of basketball in his younger ages, Paul’s favorite sport is golf. He played on the Crescenta Valley High Varsity Team for four years, and was captain in his senior year. After working as an official with Foothill Hoops, Paul became an Assistant League Director in 2007 and then moved into fully managing the rec leagues in 2008 with Cris Boiles. He played an integral role in creating the Winter League Program in 2010, as well as the Clinic Programs in 2013. Paul is fully involved with all things Sports Management. He has experience working in the accounting department as Las Posas Country Club; Co-Founder of the Foothill Golf Academy for Kids; Tournament Assistant for the California Junior Golf Tour; as well as Pro Shop Merchandiser and Golf Operations Manager at the Angeles National Golf Club.
Crystal Young: Assistant Organization Manager and Pre-School Program Director
Crystal has been with Foothill Hoops for over 10 years. She went from being a player in the very first season of the Summer League, to volunteering, to being a now integral part of the staff. Coach Crystal loves to teach the fundamentals of basketball as well as share her love of the game with all of the players she coaches. She is currently studying to become a teacher, a field in which she hopes to pursue a long-term career.
TC Smith: Travel Team Head Coach and Clinic Director
Coach TC started playing basketball at the age of 3 when her mom gave her a little basketball, and since then this game has never left her heart or mind. Originally from Chicago, she considers California home. She has played for 15+ years, first with rec leagues than to AAU, on to high school, college and a brief semi-pro team. During her time in the Bay Area, she began coaching the Warrior's camps. There she would focus on rebuilding, growing, and developing players who had never played before. Once moving to Southern California, She started coaching at Reseda Charter HS, coaching and overseeing the girls' basketball program. In 2018 they won the City Championship, with awards for player of the year and coach of the year.
Coach TC prides herself on creating a philosophy and culture that pushes kids beyond there limits and builds character. Through her own personal experiences of having bad coaches she wants to teach, develop, and mentor young athletes not only on the court but off the court. What drives her is knowing that everyday kids are being challenged to push themselves to be the best they can be. As she continues to build up her players and strives to make a difference she knows having a platform, like Foothill Hoops will be a great contributor to our communities' youth and future generations.
Jean Pierre: Assistant Program Director
Coach JP has been coaching youth basketball for over 15 years. He has coached at the varsity level for both boys’ and girls’ teams at Sotomayor High School in Los Angeles. His coaching philosophy is “to ensure each player’s enjoyment through improved skills, achievement on the court, and a willingness to learn from mistakes…and team sports, when prioritized properly, can help build a strong foundation for success in life.” Coach JP is a CIF “Pure Victory with Honor” Award Nominee.
Assistant Program Directors & Gym Supervisors:
Patrick Andriasian: Assistant Program Coordinator, Gym Supervisor, Certified Official and Coach
Bio coming soon
Narbeh Andriasian: Assistant Program Coordinator, Gym Supervisor, Certified Official and Coach
Bio coming soon
David Rasic: Assistant Program Coordinator and Gym Supervisor
David began as a player in the 2008 Summer League and went on to play for the Flyers Travel Team Program shortly thereafter. David now is an integral part of our staff, monintoring our gyms at practice and helping to guide and mentor our young volunteer coaches. Coach David enjoys working with players of all ages from coaching in our Pre-School Program to directing our Fundamentals Summer Camps for players ages 6-9, to leading the "freshmen" in our fall clinics, to often head coaching 11u, and middle school teams of his own in our rec leagues. It would not be a Foothill Hoops event without Coach David!
Spring, Summer, and Winter Rec League Staff:
Kevin Chase: Youth Official
Since the age of five, Kevin has been playing basketball through the YMCA, Crescenta Valley and Foothill Hoops youth leagues and in high school at CVHS. Kevin Graduated from CVHS in 2009 and is currently a student at Pasadena City College. Kevin, who played for the original Flyers Travel Team in 2004, started started working for Foothill Hoops in 2009.
Christian Arabian: Youth Official and Coach
Nick Kaplinsky: Youth Official and Coach
Summer Camp Staff:
Kevin Conner: Summer Camp Head Coach
Coach KayCee is the Co-Director of the Vikings Basketball Program in Pasadena. Passionate, Intense, Fiery; these are just a few words that describe our summer camp director, Coach KayCee.Originally starting with Foothill Hoops in 2004 as a volunteer coach, Coach KayCee has instilled a tenacious spirit in every team he has trained. Playing with a never-say-die attitude has lifted his teams to great successes over the years, culminating in 2 ARC/Slam "N" Jam Las Vegas National Championships and a California State Game Championship for his Pasadena Vikings 7th grade teams in 2007 and 2013.spectively! ecti
Dika Firmansyah: Camp Coach
Dika is the Boys' Varsity Assistant Coach at Aracadia High School where he also coaches Track and Field. Dika played high school basketball at Los Angeles Senior High and graduated from Cal State Northridge with degrees in Kinesiology in Exercise Science. Dika started his coaching career as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at Santa Monica College. His duties as as assistant coach at SMC included organizing and facilitating physical conditioning and daily practices for his athletes, recruiting in various high schools in the greater Los Angeles district area, supervising fall leagues, computerized stat tracking for the both the women’s and men’s programs, and video editing. Dika began working with Foothill Hoops in 2011 as a summer camp coach and coached the Lady Flyers Travel Teams from 2012 - 2015.
Rawlston Charles: Camp Coach
Coach Ross graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Master’s degree in Physical Education. Coach attended high school at Marshall High in Pasadena where he played three years of basketball and was named the Star News San Gabriel Player of the Year in his senior year. After high school, Coach Ross attended Wilberforce University, where he played 4 years of collegiate ball and graduated with a B.A. in Social Work. Rawlston went on to play a year professionally in Germany, where he averaged over 35 points per game. He began his coaching career at Wilberforce University, and went on to head coach at Duarte High School. Currently, Coach Ross is an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at San Bernardino Valley College.
Donte Bell: Teamwork and Conditioning for Ages 6-9
Coach Bell is the Boys’ Varsity Head Coach at Arcadia High School. He began his playing days at Marshall High, where he averaged 9.6 assists per game and earned all CIF Division III-A Second Team Honors. After high school, he received a scholarship to Cal State LA where he started for the Golden Eagles, was forth on his team in scoring, and second in assists. After a brief stint playing professionally in Germany, Coach Bell returned home to Southern California and served as the Men’s Assistant Coach at Antelope Valley Junior College. Donte began coaching with Foothill Hoops in 2012, first in our summer league and camps, and immediately stood out for his enthusiasm and dedication to the kids.
Michaela Cacho-Negrete: General Skills for Ages 6-9
Micaela attends Village Christian High school where she starts for the varsity squad, was named co-MVP, and received 1st Team All-League Honors last season; the only freshman to get that award. She also plays club basketball, and loves basketball to death. She can’t wait for this summer!
Anthony Cooper: Shooting Mechanics for Ages 10-15
Anthony Cooper is on the player development staff for the Los Angeles Clippers and was formally an assistant coach for the Santa Monica College Men’s Basketball team. Coach Coop was a 3-point sensation in his playing days, earning first-team all-league honors twice in high school, and is a member of the Scholastic Black Sports Hall of Fame. In college, Coach Coop set an Orange County record for 3-pointers made in a game (13), and set a Cal Pac record for the highest single-season 3-point percentage (57%) while playing for Cal State Hayward.
Murphy Davis: Defense for Ages 10-15
Coach Davis is the Men’s Assistant Coach at Glendale Community College. Bio coming soon!
Ali Parvaz: Post-Play for ages 10-15
Coach Ali Parvaz is the Men’s Varsity Head Coach at Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California. In only his second season at Leuzinger he led the boy’s varsity team to a 23-6 record and a perfect 10-0 in the Bay League. The team also reached the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS playoffs and Coach Parvaz was named Bay League Coach of the Year. Before coming to Leuzinger, Coach Parvaz was the head coach of the boys team at South Pasadena High School for 4 season, leading the Tigers to the quarterfinals of the 2007 CIF-SS playoffs. He has also been an assistant coach at his alma matter, Canyon High School in Anaheim. Coach Parvaz attended Chapman University and has a teaching credential from Cal State Los Angeles. Coach Parvaz also teaches Geometry at Leuzinger and lives in Manhattan Beach.
Tanya Robinson: General Skills for Ages 6-9
Coach T has been a basketball enthusiast since she could dribble rather than drool. Having volunteered to assist with her then 8-year-old son’s team, she was drafted into head coaching status by a last-minute conflict, and took to it like a duck to water. According to the parents of her team, they learned more in their 8 weeks with Coach T than ever before. Who knew? Though her promising collegiate basketball career was ended by an incredible exploding knee, the love of the game remains and is passed on the youths in her charge with knowledge, humor, enthusiasm and most of all, patience!
Mona Seraji: Passing and Team Offense for Ages 10-15
Mona started playing in 7th grade for the Falcon Conference teams and then played three years of high school ball for Crescenta Valley High. Mona began her coaching career with Foothill Hoops; coaching in their summer programs and then head coached the first Lady Flyer Fall Travel Teams and went on to become the Soph/Frosh Girls’ head coach at Glendale High, where she is going into her fifth season. At GHS, she also works with incoming freshmen, building fundamental skills, as well as assists the Girls’ Varsity team. This past season under Mona, the soph/frosh team held a record of 15-2 overall (11-1 in Pacific League play) and earned a First Place Title; the first for Glendale High in over 10 years.
Irina Sharf: Ball-Handling for Ages 10-15
Coach Irina played high school basketball at Fairfax High then played at Santa Monica College, where she won the conference championship in her first season. Working as a coach with Foothill Hoops has given her the experience needed in her current position as the Girls’ JV Head Coach and Girls’ Varsity Assistant Coach at Brentwood High School.
Jermani Stewart: General Skills for Ages 6-9
Coach Jermani (pronounced like the country!) has been playing basketball since age 10 She graduated from Muir High in Pasadena and continues to play for San Diego Christian College. She is a people person so she’s always looking for ways to try to get everyone involved and she enjoys input from a variety of people. Her motto is “nothing beats a failure but a try” this basically means that you will be a failure if you never try something. Therefore, shoot for the stars and try to accomplish all that you can!
Sherrie Session: Ball-Handling for Ages 10-15
Sherrie started her basketball career at the age of 5 following in her older sister’s footsteps. She would continue her basketball career at Valley Christian High School where she started for the varsity team all four years and received numerous All-American Awards for her performance on the court. She then accepted a full-athletic scholarship to the University of Rhode Island where she received her degree in Communications with a minor in Business. She would then move on to coach at Hope International University where she handled the players’ individual work-outs on the court and in the weight room. Not ready to hang up her sneakers, Sherrie then went on to play professionally in Pully, Switzerland in 2013-2014. As the starting point guard, Sherrie averaged 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals per game. As a big believer in giving back, Sherrie volunteered once a week in Switzerland teaching girls the game of basketball. Back home here in the U.S., Sherrie volunteers her summers to teaching young boys and girls the fundamentals of basketball. This year, Sherrie was a key asset to the varsity program at Marlborough High School. Teaching youth from diverse backgrounds has helped her become a well rounded coach. She now coaches a 12u boy’s team in Culver City. Sherrie is preparing to return to school for her Masters in the fall at John Carroll University in Ohio, where she will be an active member of the women’s basketball coaching staff.
Antonne Warren: Defense and Post-Play for Ages 10-15
Antone, or known by his teammates as “Ace”, graduated from Fern Creek High School High School in Louisville, Kentucky and currently plays forAntelope Valley College in Southern California.Coach Antone joined our Summer Camp staff last year and immediately stood out for his enthusiasm with our young campers. To see Antone in action, check out this video: https://youtu.be/MURKt4aRSWM
Coach Warren brings 22 years of basketball experience to this summer's camp. She is a proud alum of San Diego State University, and since graduating from college she has played professionally in 5 different countries: Bulgaria, Turkey, China, Poland and most recently in Hungary. While at San Diego, she served as the director for Skyhawks Sports Academy camp. Check out Coach Warren in action here:https://youtu.be/qNVobjFTN6Y Coach Cierra is also the sister of our girls' travel team coach, Christina Warren.
Michael De La Cruz:
Coach DLC head coaches at Eagle Rock High School. Full bio coming soon.
Coach Warren played at Xavier University where she was nominated for and received multiple honors, including the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year Award, Honorable-mention Division I All-American and was named Conference Player of the week three times. Since returning home to California, she has coached for Summit High in Fontana (Varsity Assistant) and Basset High in La Puenta (JV Head Coach). Coach Warren strongly believes that basketball can be used as a teaching tool for life as young athletes grow. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration at La Verne University.
Seasonal League Staff:
Melvin Issaei: Youth Official and Coach
Bio coming soon
Sarah DerMesropian: Youth Official and Coach
Bio coming soon.
Andrew Goodman: Certified Official
Bio coming soon.
Kenny Hor, Youth Official and Coach
Bio coming soon.
Grace Keller: Youth Official and Coach
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Jacque Phinney: Youth Official and Rookies and Dribblers Assistant
Bio Coming Soon
Foothill Hoops Board of Directors:
Mera Boulus, Arya Khosravi, PhD; Saam Khosravi; Jaimie Krause, PhD (Chairman); and Jonathan Young (Founder)
If you are interested in a position with Foothill Hoops as either a volunteer coach or as a paid staff member, please download the work application here and email it back to us. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-636-8165 with questions or to set up an interview.
We are currently looking for enthusiastic, hard-working high-school and college students who are interested in working in a youth basketball setting. If this sounds like you – we’d love to hear from you!