Coaches Biography

Bert Kitade

I grew up in Sacramento and played and coached in various Japanese Leagues. After graduating with a MBA, I moved from Sacramento to San Jose to work for a CPA firm and, later, for Capcom in an executive position. I was not around basketball since I left Sacramento until I started to coach a team at the East Valley YMCA.

After several seasons, I wanted more control over the amount of practice time. Therefore, I with some of the parents decided to form our own league using Mt. Pleasant High School gym. From the Japanese leagues I played and coached in, I adapted a lot of their ideas and techniques to organize BDL.

From the original thirty-two players back in 2005, the league has grown to over 150 players today. This league has been word of mouth because we wanted to limit the number of players, since we have limited resources and the league is made up of volunteers.

One of my favorite player divisions to coach in recent years has been the Rookies. I have been amazed at how well they play at such young ages. I also enjoy talking to many of the original players who comeback to see me. Many are now in college and some of them have even graduated.

A couple of my favorite quotes are from John Wooden, formerly the coach of the UCLA Bruins, “You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you" and “The coach is first of all a teacher.”

Cutum Derecho

I am a former player in BDL since season 1. I started coaching when I outgrew the age limit to participate in the league. I have been coaching consistently since then, which puts me at about 6 years of experience. Just a little background information about myself, I was born and raised here in San Jose and went to San Jose State University graduating with a Business degree in 2013. During my time as a student in college I worked for several organizations that revolved around working with kids. I have worked for Skyhawks sports and the Golden State Warriors Basketball camps. I currently work for the City of San Jose and also serve as the assistant coach for The Harker School Girls Varsity basketball team. I have been with the City of San Jose for almost a year and have been with The Harker School for 5 years. Basketball is my number 1 passion. I love watching kids grow as players and as people. There are a lot of parallels between the game of basketball and how life works. I just hope to uncover and reveal these life lessons to the kids I coach and mentor.

Ernie Garcia

I coached at BDL for 6 years and I played for Bert before there even was BDL. I played 3 Years of varsity for Mt Pleasant High School. I went from being a bench warmer in middle school to becoming a starter for varsity in high school. Another big honor and accomplishment is receiving the Hotchkiss award. My coaching experience is only from BDL. I love basketball, it is my passion. I also enjoy working with kids. Seeing a child get better in basketball is very rewarding. Also, understanding that working hard pays off in anything. I want to instill the love and passion in the kids that I have for this game.

Bia Hotchkiss

I have been coaching for almost 3 years and have been playing for BDL since the very first season in 2005. I have played in the juniors, seniors and the adult league. I’ve been playing basketball since I was nine years old beginning at the YMCA then transitioning to BDL when I was eleven years old until now. I played four years of varsity basketball at Silver Creek High School. When I played for Silver Creek High School, during my junior year I was co-captain and received the Offensive Player award and during my senior year, I was co-captain again and received the Most Valuable Player award and the BVAL First Team All League. Aside from my accomplishments as a player, as a coach, I see it as an accomplishment to watch the kids I coach, improve over time. It’s a rewarding feeling knowing that I’m taking part in the kids’ improvement and knowledge as basketball players. The only coaching experience I’ve had has been through BDL coaching the rookie and junior division. I’m coaching mostly because I want to give back to BDL everything that the league has given me all these years – the love and knowledge of the game of basketball, the good memories, and most importantly the people, the coaches who’ve helped grow into the player and person I am today, and the players, who have become some of my greatest friends. I hope that as I coach these kids, they will be able to gain all or some of this through their experiences playing for BDL

Jennalyn Fong

I have been coaching for about 3 years and have played in BDL since Season 8 (2006). I played 2 years JV and 2 years Varsity at Silver Creek High School. My only coaching experience is from BDL where I have won back to back junior championships. I am coaching because I want to give back to this league that has given me so much and has changed my life in more ways than one. I love kids and the fact that I get to have an influence on their life as they grow up. I love seeing kids grow on and off the court. I hope to pass on the knowledge that has been taught to me by my past coaches here at BDL and in high school to the kids I coach.

Nicky Hotchkiss

I’ve been with BDL as a player and coach. I’ve coached for 4 years mainly coaching the rookies as they develop their skills for the game of basketball. As a player, I’ve been with BDL since 2006. I’ve played basketball my whole life and it evolves around my family. My playing experience arranges around from different leagues and different teams I’ve played for in my playing experience. I’ve played in AAU, NJB, and most of my time spent playing and coaching for BDL. My goal as a coach and player is to become better than you were yesterday. To contribute to everyday success on and off the court, teaching valuable life lessons that were passed down to me. I am coaching because I love the game of basketball. How much more great it is to be apart of something you love when you’re helping others become greater themselves. From my standpoint, coaching is something I must do as a purpose of living.

Leann Miyashiro

This is my second year coaching, but I started playing in BDL since Season 28 (2010). I started playing basketball in a Japanese League from 2003-2008. Then I played 2 years JV and 2 years Varsity basketball at Silver Creek High School. I’m coaching because I love the sport of basketball and love working with kids. I hope to pass on all that I’ve learned and am still learning to the kids. Seeing these kids work hard and improve right in front of me and also have fun at the same time is what makes coaching worthwhile.

Luan Tran Le

I played in BDL for about 4-5 years mostly when I was still a high school student, however this is my first year coaching. I didn’t start playing the actual sport of basketball until my first year of high school, but I played one year of varsity basketball for Silver Creek High as a senior. BDL has been like a second family to me. I didn’t know about the league until 2007, but once I got the opportunity to participate in this league, I got a lot out of it. BDL has helped me become a good basketball player but an even better person. I don’t have any prior experience coaching as this is my first year coaching in BDL. I decided to start refereeing games and coaching players as a way to give back to a foundation that helped me grow a lot. Although some kids won’t be able to play for their school team, they always have the chance to come out and compete in BDL. While I enjoy seeing kids develop their basketball skills, I love it more when they apply what they learn off the court.

Shawn Sipanya

I have played in BDL for about 7 years. I played in BDL and never AAU but still developed well as a player. I started all 4 years at Andrew Hill high school, 2 years on JV and 2 years on Varsity and received "all league honors" every year throughout my high school career. I was team MVP my senior year. This will be my third season coaching. I am coaching because first off, I just want to help out and give back to BDL for helping me became a better player and also a better person. I would also like to help out the little kids and see them develop as a player and a person as well. My goal as a coach is to help get the kids get better and most importantly, have fun along the way!

Alex Hang

I’ve been coaching at BDL for a year now and have played in the league since Season 23. I’ve been playing basketball for fun since I was young- nothing too serious or competitive. Prior to BDL, I’ve never coached anywhere else. I am coaching because it's fun to see kids and grow into great basketball players and young adults. It feels good to help all the kids out and be a part of their basketball development. Seeing the kids have fun and become better players is an accomplishment for me. I've won various championships as a player back in the day.