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CHRISTIAN ARMENTEROS | VARSITY HEAD COACH @ EVERGLADES PREPARATORY ACADEMY

Coach Armenteros began his coaching career four years ago. He began his coaching in youth basketball for I9 Sports; where he developed young athletes and helped them better understand the game. After working with I9 Sports, Coach Armenteros served as an assistant coach for Crusader Basketball under Coach Macrohon. In 2014, Coach Armenteros was named Varsity Head Coach at Everglades Preparatory Academy.

DERRICK DE LA GRANA | VARSITY HEAD COACH @ CALUSA PREP

Coach De Le Grana played his high school basketball in Miami at Florida Christian. As a player, he was named to the All Miami-Dade County team three times and earned All-State recognition as a senior. After high school, Coach De La Grana went on to play in Georgia at Reinhardt University. After his college career concluded, he played professionally for Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile.

Coach De La Grana began his coaching career as a Varsity Assistant Coach at Westminster Christian under Coach Doan. He currently is the Varsity Head Coach at Calusa Prep. In 2013-14, he led Calusa Prep to the 2A Boys Regional Final and was named Miami-Dade County Private School Coach of the Year.

JASON DOAN | VARSITY HEAD COACH @ FLORIDA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Coach Doan played his high school basketball in Miami at Florida Christian. As a player, he won the Florida Class 2A State Championship, was named to the All Miami-Dade County team twice, and earned All-State recognition as a senior. After high school, Coach Doan continued his playing at Maryville College in Tennessee. There, he won a Conference Championship and made an appearance in the Division III Sweet 16.

Coach Doan has coached basketball at the varsity level for four years. He started his career as the Boy’s Varsity Head Coach at Westminster Christian for two years and Dade Christian for two years. He currently is the Boy’s Varsity Head Coach at Florida Christian. Before his coaching career at the high school level, Coach Doan was the Assistant Coach for the Women’s team at Reinhardt College.

ROBERTO FATJO | VARSITY HEAD COACH @ SOUTHWEST HS

Coach Fatjo played high school basketball in Miami at Southwest Miami Senior High School for the legendary coach, Tom Moore. In his two years as a varsity player, he reached the district finals twice.

Coach Fatjo began his coaching career as the Boy’s Junior Varsity assistant coach at his alma mater, as well as serving as an Assistant Coach for the Boy’s Varsity team. Over the past four years, he served as the JV Head Coach, while continuing his duties as an Assistant Coach for the Varsity team, where the Varsity has been district runner-ups twice in the last four years. In the spring of 2014, Coach Fatjo was named the Boy’s Varsity Head Coach at Southwest HS, replacing his mentor and legendary coach, Tom Moore. During his tenure at Southwest, Coach Fatjo has developed four players who are experiencing success at the collegiate level.

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ADAM GRAHAM | VARSITY HEAD COACH @ CORAL REEF HIGH SCHOOL

Coach Graham began his coaching career as the JV Head Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach at Coral Reef High School in 2005. In 2011, he was named the Varsity Head Coach. During his time at Coral Reef, they have played in four District Championship games, as well as winning two District Championship games and winning the State Championship in 2009.

RICK LANDERA | VARSITY HEAD COACH @ PALMETTO HS

Coach Landera played high school basketball in Miami at Christopher Columbus High School. He was a two-year member of the varsity team and won a District Championship.

Coach Landera began his coaching career in 2006 serving as the Head JV Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach at Immaculata-LaSalle High School. Over his first eight years, he also served as a Varsity Assistant at Florida Christian School and Miami Killian High School. As a member of the coaching staff at Miami Killian, his team reached the 2011 Regional Finals. Coach Landera currently is the Boy’s Varsity Head Coach at Miami Palmetto Senior High School. In his first year as a head coach, his team won the 2013 District Championship and reached the Regional Semi-Finals.

 

MARCUS MARTIN | VARSITY HEAD COACH @ CORAL SHORES HIGH SCHOOL

Coach Martin played his high school basketball in Georgia at Washington County High School. He was a two-time State Champion, as well as an All-State player. Coach Martin continued his playing at the college level at Division II Alderson-Broaddus University in West Virginia. He was an All-Conference player and finished his career in the Division II Elite 8.

Coach Martin began his coaching career at the youth level. He began coaching at the high school level in 2010. In 2014, he was named the Boy’s Varsity Head Coach at Coral Shores High School.

GASTON “CHACHI” RODRIGUEZ | VARSITY HEAD COACH @ CORAL GABLES HIGH SCHOOL

Gaston “Chachi” Rodriguez is a two-time Florida High School State Champion Coach with over 26 years of high school and college coaching experience. His former players include Division I, II, III and professional level talents. Chachi brings over 26 years of coaching experience, a career record of 266 – 105, and 21 former players reach pro-level basketball. He is the only coach in Miami-Dade County history to win 2 State Championships with 2 different schools. His second coming at Coral Reef High School in 2008-09, in which Chachi was named the 2008-09 Miami Herald Overall Dade County Coach of the Year, Miami Herald Boy’s Basketball Coach of the Year, the Florida Dairy Farmers 6A Coach of the Year, and the Florida Association of Basketball Coach of the Year.

 

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DIANE KUNKEL | ATHLETIC DIRECTOR & GIRLS HEAD COACH @ OUR LADY OF LOURDES PARISH SCHOOL

Coach Kunkel attended Weehawken High School in New Jersey where she was a 4 sport athlete; basketball, tennis, track and field and softball. She was a 1st Team All Hudson County player in basketball and softball. In 2007, she was inducted into the Weehawken High Athletic Hall of Fame. She attended Rocky Mountain College in Montana on a full ride basketball scholarship where she set the school record for assists.

Coach Kunkel is the Athletic Director at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School. Diane also coaches the JV and Varsity middle school teams. Coach Kunkel was the Varsity Assistant Coach at Lourdes Academy for the past 10 years. She led her 5th Grade Lady Jaguar Basketball team to the USSSA National Championship.

DAVID GALDEANO | VARSITY ASSISTANT COACH @ FLORIDA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Coach Galdeano played high school basketball in Miami at Gulliver Prep. He continued his playing career in college at Nova Southeastern University.

Coach Galdeano has been coaching basketball at the college and high school level. At the college level, he served as an Assistant Coach for the Women’s team at Nova Southeastern University. While he was there, the team reached the NAIA National Tournament. Coach Galdeano has also served as a Boy’s Assistant Coach at the high school level at Gulliver Prep for two years and Palmetto High School for one year. In addition to his coaching at the college and high school level, he also coached for five years at the Miami Heat basketball camp.  In 2014, Coach Galdeano was named a Varsity Assistant Coach at Florida Christian under Coach Doan.

KRIS MACROHON | VARSITY ASSISTANT COACH @ PALMETTO HS

Coach Macrohon played his high school basketball in New York City at Xavier High School for Richard Duffell and Joseph McGrane. As a player, he won a JV City Championship and competed in the nation’s toughest Varsity level conference in high school basketball, Class A CHSAA. After his high school career, Coach Macrohon played one season under Coach Fred Trenkle at San Diego State University.

Coach Macrohon began his coaching career in 2000, when he Co-Founded Building Blocks Basketball Academy. The Academy serviced over 100 kids, providing private lessons and group clinics for beginners and advanced basketball players. In 2003, he Co-Founded VBU Basketball, a travel basketball program in Los Angeles, CA.

In 2007, Coach Macrohon moved to Miami and founded Crusader Basketball, a travel basketball program with teams ranging from U12 through U19. In 2013, his U19 team finished second in the USSSA State tournament and fourth at AAU Nationals. He has coached numerous college players through his Crusader Basketball teams. Coach Macrohon is currently the Head Junior Varsity Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach at Miami Palmetto Senior High School under Coach Landera.

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AUSTIN PEREZ | VARSITY ASSISTANT COACH @ PALMETTO HS

Coach Perez played high school basketball at Miami Killian Senior High. He spent his freshman and sophomore year playing for the legendary coach, Bob Kauffman. During his final two years at Killian, he played for Nick Ronda and Rick Landera. Coach Perez was named captain of his high school basketball team during his senior year. He also played AAU basketball for five years with the Miami City Ballers and Florida Legends.

After graduating high school in 2011, Coach Perez began coaching at Miami Killian Senior High School as the Boys’ Varsity Assistant with Nick Ronda. Currently, he is coaching at Miami Palmetto Senior High School as the Boys’ Varsity Assistant alongside ESBA and Palmetto’s Head Coach Rick Landera.

JONATHAN RODRIGUEZ | VARSITY ASSISTANT COACH @ CALUSA PREP

Coach Rodriguez played his high school basketball in Miami at Calusa Prep. As a player, he won a Florida Class 1A State Championship, earned 1A State Player of the Year, and led Miami-Dade County in scoring at 25.5 PPG. He was also named Miami Herald 1A-3A Player of the Year. After his high school career, Coach Rodriguez played at the Division I level at Campbell University in North Carolina. He currently is the school’s leading scorer and rebounder. He is one of 101 players in DI history to score more than 2,000 points and grab more than 1,000 rebounds. After his college career, Coach Rodriguez played three years of professional basketball in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Coach Rodriguez currently is a Varsity Assistant Coach at Calusa Prep under Coach De La Grana.

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JOHN SQUARE | VARSITY ASSISTANT COACH @ WESTMINISTER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Coach Square played his high school basketball in Houston, Texas at Jack Yates Sr. High. As a player, he played varsity for three years and started two of them as the Forward/Center. Coach Square was highly recruited for basketball and was awarded all district and state honors. As captain of his high school team, his last season they went 27-9 losing in the second round of the 6A state championship series. Coach Square led his team in rebounding and blocked shots. Most games he averaged between 15-20 PPG, 12 RPG, and 3 BPG. Top basketball programs coveted Coach Square’s defense, leadership, and high motor.

Coach Square also an All-American football player at Jack Yates Sr. High and ended up accepting a scholarship to University of Miami. While at The U, he played on two national championship teams, including the 2001 team that was named the best college football team to ever play. He was named to the Big East All-Freshman team by finishing that season with 29 tackles and six sacks.

Coach Square has coached basketball at the varsity level for three years. He began his career as the Boys’ Varsity Assistant and JV Head Coach at Cooper City. He then moved on to Archbishop Coleman Carroll, where he was named Head Coach for one season. Currently, he is the Boy’s Varsity Assistant at Westminster Christian where he helped them win their first district title since 2000.

RICK REMER | FORMER VARSITY HEAD COACH

Coach Remer played his high school basketball at Hollywood Christian. He played on the varsity team for three years, winning two District Championships and playing in the State Final Four. As a senior, he was the captain of a team that went 31-1.

Coach Remer has coached basketball at the varsity level for 13 years. Over his 13 years, he has coached at Hollywood Christian, Calvary Christian, and Dade Christian. Over his coaching tenure, he has won three District Championships, reached two Regional Finals, and produced eight college basketball players.

RYAN SMITH | FORMER VARSITY HEAD COACH @ CORAL SHORES HS

Coach Smith played his high school basketball in the Upper Keys at Coral Shores High School. He played four years of varsity basketball. As a player, he was named team captain and earned a spot on the Florida Sportswriters All-State Honorable Mention team.

Coach Smith has coached basketball at the youth and high school level. He began his high school coaching career as the Junior Varsity Head Coach at his alma mater, Coral Shores High School. After two years as the JV Head Coach, he moved up to the Varsity level and became the Associate Head Coach. Coach Smith currently is a teacher at Key Largo School.

JOSHUA EDGE | BOYS HEAD COACH @ OUR LADY OF LOURDES PARISH SCHOOL

Coach Edge began his coaching career through travel basketball in South Dade. He was the creator and head coach of the South Dade Gators travel basketball team. Since then, he has been a head coach at the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade levels for the Miami Crusaders. He also assisted with the Crusader’s 11th and 12th grade teams. In 2014, Coach Edge was named the Boys Primary, Junior Varsity, and Varsity Head Coach at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School.

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KJ SMITH | BOYS MIDDLE SCHOOL JV HEAD COACH @ RANSOM EVERGLADES SCHOOL

Coach Smith played his high school basketball at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, California. He was a two-year varsity player and captain while at Dougherty Valley. After graduating high school, he went on to play junior college basketball at Merritt College in Oakland, California.

Coach Smith began his coaching career at age 17 when he was named Head of Player Development for The Kingdom Basketball Academy in California. At age 18 he began coaching with ESBA’s partner company in California, North Bay Basketball Academy. With both Academy’s, Coach Smith worked with players from ages 4-18 years old to develop their skills and knowledge of the game of basketball.  In the fall of 2014, Coach Smith was named the Boy’s Middle School JV Head Coach at Ransom Everglades School.

JOSE CARABANO | COACH @ ERIK SPOELSTRA BASKETBALL ACADEMY

Coach Carabano played his high school basketball in Miami at Westwood Christian and Florida Christian. As an eighth grader, he was the starting Varsity point guard at Westwood Christian. As a junior, he led 1A through 4A in three pointers made. Over his entire high school career, he was a 1,000-point scorer, which included a career high of 52 points and won the North vs. South 3-Point Competition.

Coach Carabano served as a Boy’s Varsity Assistant Coach at Florida Christian from 2012-2014. During his tenure, Florida Christian won back-to-back straight District Championships and produced five college basketball players. In addition to coaching at the high school level, he also is an Adidas Elite 60 Instructor and has trained players at the Division I, II, and III levels.

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STEVEN WALSH | COACH @ ERIK SPOELSTRA BASKETBALL ACADEMY

Coach Walsh was a student-athlete at Miami Killian Senior High. During his tenure he participated in basketball, track and field, and volleyball. After graduation he went on to Miami-Dade College to pursue an Associate of Arts degree in Pre-Physical Therapy. During that time, he interned at Select Physical Therapy for a semester. Subsequently, he continued on to Florida International University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, Sports and Fitness and a minor in Communication Studies. He graduated with cum laude honors. During his time there, he interned as a strength and conditioning coach at Weston FC for a semester. He has aspirations of continuing his education at the University of Miami to pursue a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning.

Coach Walsh is now a fitness specialist who is a personal trainer and a basketball strength and conditioning coach to many people and players around Miami. As well, he is a Team Attendant for the Miami Heat where he looks to move up within the organization.