COACH/ DIRECTOR MICHELE MASSARI

Black Team Head Coach

Michele is the Director of CalSparks NorCal Basketball. Michele Massari has been the head coach at Sacramento High School for 9 years. Massari was named California Coach of the year D2. Making it to the Norcal Finals almost every year. In 2013 and 2014 Coach Michele led the dragons to back to back D2 section championships. In 2011 and 2012, the Dragons won back to back Division 3 section titles. She was named metro coach of the year three times In 2011 Michele received  Sacramento Bee coach of the year, surewest coach of the year as well as Character Combine COY. Massari has coached 28 players that have signed D1 Scholarships. As a former D1 and D2 coach, she prides herself in complete knowledge and expertise of the recruiting process at all levels. Coach Michele has coached and helped in the recruiting process of players such as Erica Bean (Utah), Ari Vaughn/Najah Queenland (UOP), Simone Sheppard/Jordan Bell (UNLV),Rykria Gabriel (Florida Atlanic), Chaya Durr (UCSB), Ayanna Edwards (ASU),Brittany Shine (CAL), Kyra Dunn (CAL), Allie Green (Pepperdine), Breanna Garrett (Sacramento State), Simone Sheppard (UNLV), Ayanna Edwards (ASU), Najah Queenland (UOP), Zonyia Cormier (Cal Poly SLO), Chaya Durr (UCSB), Dalayna Sampton (Hawaii), Aalyah Pena (Riverside), Casey Williams (Cal State Fullerton), Fantasia Hilliard (Sacramento State University), Afure Jemeregbe (CAL), Katlin King (Northridge), Jasmine Ware (UCSB), Lauren Sende (Westmont), Onome Jemeregbe (UCSB), Dejza James (Arizona), Brianna Ruiz (Washington), Aleigh Krug (Portland State), and Jehiah Cook (UNLV). Previously coached 6 years at UC Davis, before arriving at UC Davis, she served as an assistant coach at Chico State, her alma mater. Prior to that, Massari spent two seasons coaching girls basketball at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico. She earned her bachelor's degree in physical education/teacher education at Chico State in 2001 and received her master's degree in pedagogy, the art and science of teaching, in 2003 and finished with her Teaching Credential 2008 from Sacramento State University. Michele is also a certified Gannon Baker Certified instructor.

Phone: 916-213-5080


COACH FAITH McKINNIE

Faith comes as an assistant coach to the CalSparks NorCal program after a successful 2012-2013 season as first-time head coach at Encina Preparatory High School in Sacramento, California. Coach Faith led the Bulldogs into a 10-2 league record and ranked #2. Prior to Coach Faith, Encina was ranked last at 7th place with a (0-12, 2-25 record). Coach Faith and the Bulldogs entered into Playoffs as an 11th seed for the first time in over 4 years. Unanimously voted as 2012-2013 Sierra Delta League Coach of the Year, Coach Faith brings over 5 years of coaching experience to the CalSparks NorCal program and brings her passion for basketball, youth development and leadership. Coach Faith is a registered athletic administrator and holds training certification and memberships with Positive Coaching Alliance, Women’s Basketball Coaching Association, NFHS and NIAAA.

COACH LA' VELL CLAY

Coach La'Vell started coaching with CalSparks NorCal a little over four years ago. He brings to the team 30+ years of experience as a coach and player.  He played and graduated from Kennedy High School. During his tenure at Kennedy he was All City, All Tourney and was selected to play on the All SAC team (BCI).  He received numerous offers to play at various colleges but decided to attend Consumnes River College.  While there, he was All City and All State.  

He first started coaching girl basketball back in the 80's.  He continuously lead his high school teams to win state and nation titles. He trained and developed several McDonald's All-Americans and coached at some of the top basketball camps in California.


COACH RICK HERNANDEZ

Coach Rick has been coaching at Sacramento High for the past three years as an Assistant Girls Varsity Basketball Coach and Head Girls Freshman Basketball Coach.  Prior to coaching at Sac High, Coach Rick coached both boys and girls basketball for twelve years for various youth, CYO, High School and AAU Teams.   

He brings a passion for the game and a desire to teach, develop and mentor athletes and help them reach their goals.  Coach Rick is a Certified USA Basketball Youth Development Coach and an NCAA Approved Coach.  To recognize the need to keep young athletes safe mentally and physically, Coach Rick has taken first aid and concussion courses and is a member of Positive Coaching Alliance.



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COACH COCO

 After starring at Sacramento High School where she led her team to Two Section Championships.

Coco went on to join her sister and accepted a full ride scholarship to San Diego State University.  During her career there, she would lead not only her team, but the entire Mountain West Conference in assists and placed 6th nationally.

Coco was also a recognized "Scholar Athlete" from her sophomore through her senior years and graduated with a 3.2 GPA in Sociology.   Undecided what to do after college, she realized that basketball was still where her heart was and began pursuing a career in hoop after college.  It seems that things have definitely been working out.

Coco has been playing ball overseas and soaking up more culture along the way.  She has played in the top division in Israel for Hapoel Petah Tikva and has played for the Arab All-Womens Sports Tournaments for Sharjah Ladies Club in Dubai.