LA Staff Bios

LA Staff Bios

John Peterson – JP

Hometown: Fairfield, CA
Coaching Background:
Loyola Marymount University – Associate Head Coach (2014-16)
Ohlone College – Head Coach (2000-2014)
Metro State University – Assistant Coach (1997-2000)
University of San Francisco – Assistant Coach (1992-1997)
CCCMBCA Hall of Fame inductee
Metro State U. Hall of Fame inductee (National Championship Team)
All time wins and winning percentage leader at Ohlone College
Favorites: Anyone that plays as a team

Justin Carter

Hometown: Chico, CA
Coaching Background:
Ohlone College – Assistant Coach (07-14)
Afghanistan National Team – Assistant Coach (12-13)
Chico St. University – Assistant Coach (04-07)
Holy Names University – Assistant Coach (02-04)
Santa Rosa HS (2000-02)
Skill Development Specialties: Shooting, post, guard play
Favorites: The Warriors, Anything with sugar

Lavon Gray

Hometown: Milpitas, CA
Playing Background:
Bellarmine College Prep (All Conference)
Ohlone College (All State, All Conference)
West Georgia University (All Conference)
Skill Development Specialties: post play, defense, footwork
Favorites: Warriors, Kevin Garnett, cheesecake

Jay Knochenhauer

Hometown: Redwood City, CA
Playing Background:
St. Francis High School, Loyola Marymount practice player (07-11)
Coaching background:
LMU Graduate Assistant (14-15)
St Francis HS – Head Frosh & Varsity Assistant (2011-14)
Skill Development Specialties: Shooting, ball handling/point guard play, teamwork
Favorites: LMU & The Warriors, Tyler Johnson & Jason Williams, Lots of cookies

John Bynum – JB

Hometown: Visalia, CA
Playing Background:
College of the Sequoias (All State team)
Metro State University (All RMAC, National Runner Up in 1999, National Champions in 2000)
13 year professional career in Germany (Trier, Paderborn, Bremerhaven, Crailsheim, Chemnitz), Norway and Cypress
Skill Development Specialties: ball handling, one on one moves, footwork, point guard play
Favorites: The Nuggets, Lebron & Danilo Galinari, mint chocolate chip ice cream

Betsi Flint

Hometown: Iroquois, South Dakota/ High School: Desert Vista, Phoenix Arizona
Playing Background:
Desert Vista HS (All State Volleyball).
Played both indoor and beach volleyball at Loyola Marymount (2010-2015 : All-American ’14 & ‘15).
Currently plays on the AVP Beach Volleyball tour. Was named Newcomer of the Year in 2016, and she and her partner are the youngest to ever win an AVP event.
Skill Development Specialties: Vertimax Training, Explosiveness
The Suns, Steve Nash, dark chocolate anything

Chase Flint

Hometown: Fruit Heights, Utah
Playing Background:
Davis HS (All-State)
College of Eastern Utah (All Conference, NJCAA All-American)
Loyola Marymount University (starting point guard from 2012-2015)
Skill Development Specialties: Guard Play, leadership, court awareness, reading screens/pick & roll
Favorites: The Jazz, Stockton & Malone, Brownies & Ice cream

Riki Murakami

Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA
Playing Background:
Redondo Union High School (2 time all conference player, 4 year starter)
University of La Verne (2011-15, holds school record for most assists in a career, is 4th on all time FT percentage and 8th on list for games played),
Coaching Background: West Torrance High – Varisty Head Coach
Skill Development Specialties: Ball handling
Favorites: Lakers/USC, Kobe, Acai Bowls

Sam Kim

Hometown: Fremont, CA
Playing Background:
Washington HS (All Confernece)
Ohlone College (2004-06, All Conference First Team)
Black Hills State University (2006-08. All Conference & Newcomer of the Year)
Specialties: Basketball IQ, shooting, leadership, winning
Favorites: Spurs/Duke/Michigan St., MJ, Banana Cream Pie

Taylor Cochran

Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Playing Background:
Fayetteville High School (All State, team was 30-0 his senior year);
University of West Georgia (2011-15, shot 46% from the 3 point line)
Skill Development Specialties: Shooting, Defense
Favorites: The Thunder & Arkansas Razorbacks, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett & Russell Westbrook, Mint Chip Ice Cream

Matt Thomas

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Playing Background:
DePaul University Club Bball (’10-12)
Coaching Background:
Worked with Attack Athletics in Chicago training D-League, Euro League & NBA players.
Strength & Conditioning Coach at UCLA
Skill Development Specialties: Shooting, guard play, & defense
Favorites: Timberwolves, Steve Francis, & Dame Lillard

Pernilla Hanson – PJ

Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Playing Background:
Magnolia High School (All OC team, CIF co-player of the year, state runner-up, regional champ)
Point Loma Nazarene
UC Irvine
Played professionally in Sweden and Italy
Member of the Swedish National Team
Skill Development Specialties: Shooting, attacking the basket, defense
Favorites: The Lakers, Kobe & Kevin Durant

Cherie Hughes

Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA
Playing Background:
Redondo Union HS (All Conference)
Azusa Pacific University Basketball (starting PG, 2011 NAIA National Champions)
Harlem Ambassadors (professional tour)
Coaching Background:
Currently Head Frosh coach at RUHS & South Bay Breakers Coach (AAU)
Favorites: The Lakers, MJ & Kobe, sweet potato pie

Steve Moore

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Playing Background:
Dominguez High School (holds school record for 3 pointers made and attempted)
Santa Ana College (California Junior College Player of the Year in 2002. Averaged 24 pts per game)
Arizona State University (Starting 2 guard from 2003-05, holds school record for most 3 pointers attempted and made by a two year player in school history)
Sodertalje Kings (Swedish professional league)
Drafted in 17th round by Seattle Mariners
Coaching Background:
Harvard Westlake – JV Head Coach
Specialties: Shooting
Favorites: ASU & the Lakers, Penny Hardaway & Kobe

Allen Mkrtychayn

Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Playing Background:
West Hills CC (07-10), Hawaii Pacific University (10-11),
Coaching Background:
Eurobasket Select Team Head Coach (Summer 16)
Columbia Christian Schools – Assistant Coach (13-15)
Glendale Community College – Assistant Coach (Present)
Skill Development Specialties: Post play, shooting
Favorites: Duke & the Lakers, MJ & Kobe, cheesecake

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