At PGC Basketball, we’re a team of passionate teachers of the game who won’t stop at anything in our quest to inspire and equip dedicated players and coaches everywhere.
THE PGC DIFFERENCE
Nearly 25 years ago, Mano Watsa attended Point Guard College as a player with PGC Founder Dick DeVenzio. Now, as the President of PGC, Mano has dedicated his life to carrying on Dick’s legacy.
In this brief video, Mano shares about the type of staff, coaches, and players PGC attracts.
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ABOUT OUR DIRECTORS
At many camps, the directors is a celebrity athlete or coach who lends their name to the program but little else. At PGC, your director will know you by name, personally teach each session, and be available to talk with you.
Read about each of our Directors below by clicking on their photo.
Rudy Bentley Jr.
Vera Jo Bustos
Austin Greene attended Emmanuel College where he played point guard from 2015-2019. During his college career, Austin helped lead his team to two NCCAA National Championships, 1 Conference Carlinas Champion, and the first NCAA tournament appearance in school history in 2019. As player, Coach Greene was a 2nd team all conference, an All conference academic scholar and was on the Dean’s List.
Brad is currently in his 4th year as Head Coach at Oshkosh North High School, after 16 years as Associate Head Coach. The team played in the Wisconsin State Semi-Finals in 2009, 2012 and 2013, as well as developing over 20 players to the collegiate level during that span.
Brad Weber has been involved with PGC since 2003, having attended multiple sessions as an Observing Coach before becoming an Instructor on the PGC staff in 2007.
Brett Cannon, a former standout at the college and professional levels, is an expert in getting the most out of a player’s basketball journey. Brett knows what it is like to be overlooked, feel under-recruited, and have people doubt in his abilities. What makes Brett special is that he didn’t listen to those doubters. Instead, he stayed determined, worked hard, and became the best version of himself, eventually leading his college team to back-to-back NCAA tournaments and setting the school record for triple-doubles in the process.
Since finishing his professional career in Europe, Brett has focused on giving back to other players and helping them develop a personalized plan to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams as both a player and a leader. He’s worked with players of all levels, been mentored by some of the game’s best teachers and is ready to share his knowledge with the next wave of athletes who are ready to take their game to new heights.
Brett Cauchi is currently the assistant coach at Folsom Lake College for the women’s basketball program. Prior FLC, Cauchi played two years at Solano College before transferring to play at Linfield College (Oregon), then began his coaching career at Chico State while he finished his bachelor’s degree in English. After graduating from Chico in 2014, he stayed on staff another year to gain more coaching experience before flying overseas to Barcelona, Spain to teach English and coach basketball. Brett is also a three-time PGC grad and has been working for PGC for eight years.
He has his Master’s Degree in Intercollegiate Athletics- Leadership in Coaching from the University of Washington. Currently, Cauchi operates his own basketball leadership and training business, Brett Cauchi Basketball.
Calen Coleman played at Cuesta Junior College where he was First Team All-State Player in California and First Team All-Conference Player. Calen transferred to Montana State University overcoming injuries and doubts about playing at the D1 level. He begin his coaching career as the Head Women’s Varisity Coach at Graces Memorial HS. Currently, Calen is the Head Boy’s Varsity Coach at Dowey High School.
Calen has been an instructor with PGC since 2019 and attended as a camper the summer after graduating from high school. He graduated from college with an AS in Mathematics and BS in Sociology.
Casey Carpinello played Senior Guard at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he was a two-time captain and helped lead Palm Beach Atlantic to their first NCAA tournament bid school history. Casey was awarded the Sunshine State Conference All Academic Team 2017 and held that title through graduation.
In high school, Casey achieved 1,207 career points, 547 career assists, and 259 career steals. He hold the school record for number of games started, triple doubles and assists in a single game. While Casey career has been great, it has not been without it’s challenges. During his freshman and sophomore years at Palm Beach Atlantic, Casey tore the ACL in his left knee. He medically redshirted those years was forced to miss 2 years of basketball. However, this adversity didn’t hold Casey back, he worked his way back into the starting lineup the following year.
Chad Songy was truly an efficient and versatile point guard at Millsaps College, where he finished his career ranked in several categories: fourth in assists, fourth in three-point field goals made, and third in both free-throw percentage (.836) and three-point field-goal percentage (.409). He was a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) All-Conference player and a 2009 Nominee for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, given to the best male point guard throughout all NCAA Divisions.
As a 5’8″ point guard, Chad was sometimes physically outmatched, but rarely outsmarted. The exceptional leadership skills Chad developed at PGC helped him to succeed as the starting point guard on Millsaps College’s most successful team in both school and conference history. The 2007-2008 Majors finished the season 28-4, losing to the eventual Division III national champions in the Elite Eight after Chad kept their magical season alive by hitting a buzzer-beating three-pointer to help his school reach the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen.
From being an instructor for over 22 years and being a Master Training Specialist, Chad is the best instructor I have seen. He uses all of the theories, laws, and styles of learning to engage students successfully.
– Michael Harrison, North Chicago, Illinois
Christi played seven seasons in the WNBA (Sparks, Lynx, and Sky) and played abroad for nine years (Spain, Russia, Latvia, Israel, Italy, and Turkey). While playing in Israel, Christi completed her Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. Following her playing career, Christi spent three years coaching and training the next generation of athletes. In 2015, she was inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame. She has coached with Perimeter Christian Schools and Cambridge Feeder program. As a member of the Northview High School coaching staff, Christi received community coach of the year honors (2015-2016). Christi was a member of the Flowery Branch High School Girls’ Basketball staff, which made back-to-back final four appearances (2016-17, 2017-18). She is currently the Head Coach of Jackson County HS Varsity Girls
Christi attended the University of Georgia where she became SEC Freshman of the Year, 3-time All-SEC Performer (2001-2004), Wade Trophy Nominee (2004), and the 12th overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft. While at UGA, Christi was a member of the Under 20 USA National Team. While playing for the USA she won a gold medal and was also an all-tournament team award winner.
Clinton Cybulski is living proof that PGC changes players game and lives. After only starting to play basketball in his sophomore year of high school, Clinton met PGC President Mano Watsa and attended a PGC session as an athlete. Clinton honed his craft as an undersized guard and became a walk on at Brock University where he earned an athletic academic scholarship. After two seasons with the Badgers Clinton transferred to NCAA Division II Emmanuel College where he was coached by the highly touted TJ Rosene. In two seasons with Emmanuel, Clinton shot over 40% from three, 50% from the field, and 80% from the FT line. He was a Conference Carolinas Presidential award winner in every semester, had a 4.0 GPA, was a captain in his senior year, and helped secure the 2015-2016 Division 1 NCCAA National Championship with a team record of 27-5.
Clinton was offered both playing and coaching opportunities within the National Basketball League of Canada. Clinton accepted the lead assistant coaching role in the NBL with the Orangeville A’s for the 2016-2017 season. He over saw all defensive tactics, player development, player scouting and was given the opportunity to work with elite level professional players and people. Clinton is currently completing his studies as a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine.
Craig Nickel extensive coaching expereince inlcudes being Head Coach of the University of Waterloo Women’s Basketball team and an assistant coach at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. He has coached both boys and girls at the high school level. Craig’s teams have won numerous league and regional championships, including three medals at the AAAA OFSAA Provincial Championships. In addition, Craig’s varsity girls teams at Waterloo Collegiate Institute qualified for 14 straight provincial championships (2001-2015). He has also had great success coaching club basketball, where he led OBA teams to gold, silver and bronze medals.
Craig has also served as the head coach of the Tri-County Thunder team in the Junior Elite League (JUEL)–Canada’s top league for high school aged girls–for the past three years. With Craig at the helm, the Thunder recorded a JUEL runner up finish in 2013-14 before winning the league title in 2014-15. There he was selected as the JUEL “Coach of the Year” for each of the last two seasons.
Coach Craig always encouraged me to push my limits and strive for greatness.
— Emma Cherwinski, PGC Grad
Daniel is a 1,000-point scorer at the high school and collegiate level. During his high school career, he was named All-Conference to the 3rd team of the Greater Middlesex Conference alongside current NBA players such as Karl Anthony-Towns. As a college athlete he was a two-sport athlete in basketball and tennis. For basketball he was a two-time All-Region player for the NCCAA. He finished top five in 3-pt FG% in his conference during his freshman year finishing with a 48.6% percentage. For tennis he was a two-time All-Conference player as a junior and senior, finishing undefeated during his senior season.
Currently Daniel is the Graduate Assistant Coach with the Madonna University Men’s Team in Michigan. He also has served as an Assistant Athletic Director and has coached multiple sports at the middle school, junior varsity, and varsity levels.
David Klyn has 10 years’ experience coaching high school basketball and has spent the last three years as a Varsity Head Coach. He accumulated a record of 39-17 and was named District Coach of the Year. David has helped numerous players go on to play basketball at the collegiate level. Read More »
David was great. He made our team better and I really appreciate that he was intentional about connecting with each player individually. This camp is a must for any team. It brings teams together in many ways, including reinforcing critical leadership qualities and ‘outside of the box’ thinking. We’ve now identified clear leaders within our team for the off-season and next season.
– Chris Storey, Observing Coach
Davy was born and raised in Rome, Ga. He attended Model High School where he was a four-year varsity player (starting in 115 games straight), collecting 1,775 points and was selected Region Player of the Year, First Team All-State, and Northwest Georgia’s MVP. He then attended Mississippi College (Gulf South Conference) on a full scholarship where he lettered four years under Coach Don Lofton and was named the Men’s Basketball Most Outstanding Senior of 2019. He graduated cum laude and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology – Exercise Science in May of 2018 and was elected by his peers and professors into Mississippi College’s Hall of Fame.
In February of 2019, he continued his playing career with the Jackson Eagles of the CBA (Central Basketball Association). He is also pursuing graduate school to obtain his Master of Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. Coach Fisher is currently the Assistant Coach for Iowa Western Community College.
As team captain in high school, Diego was a 3x All-Tournament team member, All-District honorable mention, and All-District team member. Diego continued his basketball career at Tusculum University (Greeneville, TN). During his sophomore year, he was named a team captain. He was named to the Southern Atlantic Conference and Athletic Director’s honor roll each year.
In 2018, Diego spent time instructing camps for the Golden State Warriors. He is now finishing up his junior year of eligibility at Southern Wesleyan University (South Carolina), where he was named to the Dean’s List and team captain. He is pursuing a degree in Sports Management. Diego currently serves as a trainer at our PGC Phoenix Facility.
Dustin Aubert is currently the Head Coach of Solano Community College (California) Men’s Basketball team. He received his Masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis on coaching while being a. graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team at Long Beach State University where he assists in player development and analytical stat tracking.
Dustin’s playing career includes four years at Dixon High School (CA), where he was named a CVC all-conference player. He then attended Solano College for two years earning the starting point guard spot as a freshman and was named a captain his sophomore season. He was named to the Bay Valley Conference all-academic team and was awarded the Solano College Kinesiology Academic Student of the Year award. Dustin received his associates degree in May 2012, from Solano College in Kinesiology/Sports Medicine.
Working out with Coach Aubert has really helped me on and off the court. He pushes you to be better than you were the day before, and I can really see that I have become a better player since working with him. More than anything he really cares about you as a person, and will do anything in his power to help you succeed and get to where you want to be.
– Jay Nagle, current UCSB basketball player
Edward has been a PGC Director for the past 6 years and has led thousands of players through PGC courses. Edward is a leading skills trainer, having worked with middle school, high school, college, and professional players, including WNBA and NBA players.
Edward works with coaches of all levels focusing on skill development, coaching development and adapting team concepts to personnel. He also speaks at clinics and camps nationwide, and has helped write basketball curriculum for several different entities. Edward LeBlanc currently lives in Portland, Oregon, were he has owned and operated a skill development business for the last 15 years.
Coach Ed helped me not only helped me improve and change my game but he always changed my outlook at life. He was by far the greatest instructor I’ve ever been with and this camp will always hold a special place in my heart.
– Kylie Morrison, PGC Grad
Emma Duinker was an Academic All-Canadian for all 5 years of her univeristy career. While playing at Acadia, Emma was the conference rookie of the year, 1st and 2nd team conference all-star, 2nd team all Canadian and MVP of the conference tournament in 2011-2012, leading her team to a conference title.
Following her university career, Emma played professionally in Germany for three years, for 3 different teams, winning two league championships. Emma’s experience is not without struggles. She uses her positive and challenging experiences to inspire and motivate athletes. Post-basketball career, Emma attended the University of Windsor, where she graduated with her Masters in Sport Management. She began as an assistant coach with the University and served one year as the interim head coach. Emma currently still serves as an assistant coach. She also coaches with the Windsor-St. Clair girls JUEL basketball team.
Through Emma’s intense mentorship, Reighan’s skills on the court improved drastically. Most notable was Reighan’s newfound leadership skills. Emma’s enthusiasm is so contagious that simply being in her presence motivates and inspires others to work harder. Emma taught Reighan how to give positive energy and create a positive environment even in difficult situations. Emma is an inspiration as she models leadership and helps young women to develop into future leaders both on and off the court.
– Christina Toffolo, Mother of Reighan Toffolo (Current University of Windsor basketball commit)
Gilbert Abraham, referred to as “Coach A” by many of his trainees, has been preparing players at an elite level for more than 10 years and has trained several professional players, including: Raymond Felton (Dallas Mavericks), Marvin Williams (Charlotte Hornets) and Kendall Marshall (Milwaukee Bucks). Additionally, Gilbert trains extensively with advanced high school and college athletes. In fact, he trains several players presently playing high-major division I basketball. Coach A has several trainees committed and presently competing in both the ACC & SEC.
Coach A has a burning passion for basketball bred by long days and nights in the gym. Gilbert brings a specialized skill set to PGC that includes professional basketball training experience and years of instructional work.
Graham Maxwell serves as Assistant Coach at Emmanuel College. In 2019, Graham was named as a top collegiate coach on the NABC Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team. During his playing career, Graham was a part of the 2009 NCCAA National Championship team as well as the 2012 Conference Tournament Championship team. Graham was a 2x All-Region athlete and holds the most wins recorded as an athlete in Emmanuel College history.
Prior to serving as a first-year PGC Director in 2013, Graham had been ingrained with the PGC culture for many years. Graham had the opportunity to play for PGC Director TJ Rosene at Emmanuel College between 2008-2012.
Graham is the most genuinely caring coach I have ever met; not only about the players skill set, but more importantly their day to day character and walk with Christ. Graham was the youngest and most eager to learn coach I’ve ever had, therefore he was always able to guide me through the progressions of college basketball and life because he had just recently endured the same.
– Zach Lillie, former Emmanuel College basketball player
Jamie Pewinski began playing basketball at a young age in Washington, MI. Known mostly as a shooter, Jamie still holds the single-season 3pt FG% at Saginaw Valley State University at 43.6% as well the record for points per game (19.4) at Rochester Adams High School. In Jamie’s senior year of high school, her AAU team finished 3rd in the Nation and she was named an AAU All-American. As a player at Oakland University, Jamie went to 3 straight NCAA Tournaments and as a freshman, played in the Elite Eight.
Jamie’s college coaching career began as an Assistant Coach at Lake Superior State University where she eventually became Head Coach. Her storied coaching career brought her to Michigan State University as a consultant and now as the Director of Player Development/Curriculum for the Michigan Mystics AAU Club.
Jayson Wells played professionally overseas for 13 seasons. Wells was All-Israeli 1st Team in 2005 and helped lead his team to the 2010 Israeli Cup Champion. In 2002, Wells was selected for the 1 Team Australian NBL and was selected as team MVP. Wells professional career also included the Swedish-Finnish League Champion 1999 & 2000.
During Wells’ high school career, he was awarded the Top Three Point Shooter Missouri Valley Conference 1996 and All Missouri Valley 1st Team 1998. Throughout his playing career, Wells’ played all 5 positions on the court for extended periods of time – overcoming immense adversity on the court and off.
Katie Villarini is currently a point guard at SUNY Buffalo State College a DIII school in New York. She is known for being a solid overall point guard who can shoot, play defense, and create opportunities for her team. She is captain of her team.
As a player, Katie was selected for Second Team All Conference, was the 4th overall leading scorer, and 3rd in 3pt % overall.
Coach Katie overcome a lot in her playing career, both on the court and offer. She has experienced a few injuries – a partial ACL tear in her knee and multiple ankle sprains. She has dealt with mental illnesses most of her life – overcoming an eating disorder and managing her anxiety and depression throughout her career.
Kristian Hudson is currently teaches and coaches at Graceland University where she helps with skill development, recruiting and academics. Prior to getting into the coaching profession, she was apart of the women’s basketball program at the University of Nebraska where obtained a masters in Applied Science. Hudson was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar after earning academic All-Big Ten honors in 2020. She was a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2019 and 2020 and the recipient of the Authur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida International University while being apart of their women’s basketball program as well where she averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists as a junior for the Panthers in 2017-18. She was at her best during the final seven games of her junior season when she averaged 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.7 steals in 37 minutes per game.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama Kristian graduated in 2015 from Clay-Chalkville High School and worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama. She earned a First-Team and Second-Team All-State honor, as well as a First-Team All-Metro selection and First-Team All-Conference while scoring over 2000 points. She was the 2015 MVP for the annual Alabama-Mississippi game and a McDonald’s All- American nominee.
Kyle Koszuta playing career includes four years at Niceville High School where he was named team captain, 5A daily news player of the year, and 3rd team all state. Kyle accepted a Division I scholarship to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he competed against the highest level of competition, including Kansas, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. He finished his final two seasons at Rollins College in Orlando, Florida. As a senior, Kyle helped lead the team to a top 25 national ranking and a NCAA tournament at-large bid. He was an all academic selection all four years in college.
Kyle had his first experience with PGC in 2010, when he attended the Point Guard College session led by Chad Songy. Kyle was a PGC instructor for five years and has trained athletes across 15 states and two continents.
Kyle has an infectious energy and unique ability to connect with players. He constantly communicated “the why” behind the what and consistently challenged my son Drew to get outside his comfort zone — while keeping it fun at the same time. Drew left sessions with Kyle energized to implement what he learned, and confident for his upcoming tryouts.
– Chuck Malani, father of Drew Malani
Lili spent her college career playing and loving basketball at two of the nations top universities: Stanford University (2013-2016) and the University of Notre Dame (2017/2018). At Stanford, Lili enjoyed success as a team captain, All-Pac 12 Freshman team selection, two-time All-Pac 12 team selection, and two-time ESPN Player of the Week. In her three-year tenure, her Stanford teams attended the Sweet 16, Elite 8, and Final Four. They also snapped UConn’s 47-game winning streak in 2014. In Lili’s junior year, she became the programs 36th 1,000-point scorer.
At Notre Dame, Lili enjoyed her short tenure as a graduate student-transfer, leading the team in assists per game before her season ended with an ACL tear to her right knee. Her ACL rehab and recovery is the next challenge that she’s meeting head-on with the same attitude that she approached the basketball court with.
Lili was a great trainer and mentor. Getting to work one on one with her helped me improve more quickly and it boosted my confidence.
– Abby W. (family asked not to share the last name)
Marke Freeman led the Northern Illinois Huskies in scoring at 18.8 points, five rebounds, four assists, and 2.5 steals per game. Marke received All-Mid-American Conference honors for the second straight season after finishing in the top 10 in the league in six different categories. That year, the Springfield, Illinois, native became only the third player ever from NIU to average at least 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals for her career joining two WNBA veterans while being ranked nationally in NCAA Division I in scoring 18.4 (21st), three pointers made per game 2.4 (14th) and steals per game 2.5 (6th). Marke is an accomplished TV Broadcaster and just published her first book: Champions’ Creed
After graduating from NIU, Freeman went on to play professionally with Tecza of Leszno, Poland, where she had an opportunity to compete against some of the best professional women’s basketball players in the world. At just 5’5”, she averaged 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, earning her Rookie of the Year honors and a spot on the PLKK All-Star team. Following her successful professional career, Marke joined the University of Missouri – Kansas City division I women’s basketball program, honing her coaching skills under the tutelage of her college coach.
Marke’s impact on me as a player but more importantly as a person has been monumental. From PGC camps to many 1-on-1 phone conversations, Marke helped me take the adverse situations I was facing in basketball and life and use that adversity and uncomfortableness to grow. Marke found a way to take what PGC teaches and use her own experience along with her unique personality, enthusiasm, and ability to connect with others to help me not only see what I am capable of but to actually pursue that version of myself. Statistics could show you I’m a better basketball player since having met Marke, but the intangible impact she’s had on me as a leader and person can’t be quantified.
– Sarah Bohn, Current basketball player at Army
Matt McLeod recently finished his third year as the head coach at Casady High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. During the 2019-20 season, Matt led the Cyclones to the most wins in school history (26), breaking the mark they had set the previous year. In all, Matt had been a head coach in Texas and Oklahoma high schools for 10+ years, where he has amassed over 300 total wins and was recognized three times as the Texas Outstanding Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Matt’s last two seasons in Texas were spent at The Covenant Preparatory School (Kingwood, Texas), where the program has amassed a record of 62-15, including a district championship and a 2016-17 Final Four appearance.
Micah Mills is Associate Head Coach at Wilmington College. He joined Wilmington after spending three seasons as an assistant at Otterbein University, while obtaining his Master’s degree in Allied Health Sports Science.
During his playing career at Ohio Valley University in West Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education, he was a four-year letterman for the Fighting Scots basketball team, three-time captain, and finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in assists and free-throw percentage.
Over the past 5 years, Micah has become apart of my family because of his willingness to support everything that I do and push me to be better on and off the court. He is extremely kind, funny, and laid back but not afraid to tell the truth for the betterment of myself as a whole. Everything that we’ve done on and off the court has had purpose and as my mentor he’s helped me continue to develop my work ethic by pushing me beyond what I thought my limits were when we work out. I couldn’t be more grateful to have him in my life.
– Mya Jackson
Robby Bostain played professionally in Holland for four seasons and in Israel for three seasons. In Holland, his team won the National Championship in 2010 and National Cup in 2011. He was named to the All-Star team three years in a row. He is currently the owner of Level 10 Basketball, a team and individual improvement business in Bakersfield, California.
Robby grew up in Lilburn, Georgia, and played collegiate basketball at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. During his career, he was named three times to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll and two times to the All-Conference Team. Robby finished his career with 1,399 points (19th in school history), 365 assist (7th), and 176 steals (5th). He graduated in 2007 with a degree in health and exercise science.
Rudy Bentley Jr.
Rudy Bentley played college basketball at Carroll University and Beloit College. Known as a great penetrator and creator for his teammates, Rudy was in the top four in Assists Per Game every year in their conference. A two-time PGC graduate, entering college Rudy was determined to become not just a good shooter, but a great shooter.
During his undergraduate playing career, Rudy began player development and training for some local high school athletes, discovering personal satisfaction in the growth of other players. At the end of his playing career, Rudy became an assistant basketball coach at Lakeland University, then followed the head coach to a new position at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Rudy Bentley Jr. has been a mentor, trainer, and like another big brother to me for as long as I can remember. He’s assisted me the past few years in skills on and off the court that have helped me propel myself to a career playing basketball overseas. He’s such a selfless person and always makes time to work with me, even though sometimes I know I can be hard to work with. Any question I have regarding anything on and off the court I know he can provide some valuable insight or words that can positively contribute to my way of thinking or my basketball game.
– Emmanuel Oby, professional basketball player, England
Ryan Robie was named All-Metro Coach of the Year in 2015-16, Ryan is currently serving in his 5th year as the head women’s coach at De Soto High School in De Soto, KS. In his first two seasons as head coach, the team made it to the state tournament, a feat that had not been done at the school in over 30 years. Prior to taking over the program, he served one year as a JV coach and 2 years on the boy’s side at the freshman level. The seven years prior Ryan coached both boys and girls at the middle school level developing essential fundamentals for individual and team growth.
Coach Robie attended college at Kansas University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education as well as his Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. He joined PGC as a Basket Instructor in 2017. As a first-year head coach Ryan was searching for great resources to improve what and how he taught the game. In 2015, he attended his first summer PGC/Glazier clinic as an observing coach and has been a believer ever since!
Scott Robertson began his coaching career in the 10th grade with the Waterloo Wildhawks house league and camp programs. After playing for the Bluevale Collegiate Knights, he received two Division 3 college basketball offers and a National Basketball League of Canada offer which he declined to pursue a career in teaching. Scott returned to coaching as an assistant coach for various local high school teams and eventually returned to the Waterloo Wildhawks organization co-coaching a team with PGC president, Mano Watsa.
In 2019, he began coaching both the Junior (grade 9/10) and Senior (grade 11/12) boys basketball teams at Bluevale Collegiate Institute, winning the Ontario Basketball League (OBL) in 2019 after finishing the season with a perfect record. Scott holds a Bachelor of Physical Educator, Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts in Health and Physical Education.
Timia Reynolds is currently the assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Emmanuel College. Timia’s playing career includes four years at Model High School (GA), where she served as team captain for her varsity team her freshman through senior year. She then went on to play at Emmanuel College where she was the 6 th man off the bench her first 2 years before she earned a starting guard position her junior and senior years. Timia served as team captain in her junior and senior seasons at Emmanuel. In her senior year, Timia helped lead her team to second in the NCCAA National Championship. In her junior and senior season she was named an NCCAA All American, an NCCAA Scholar Athlete, scored her 1000 career points in her senior season and was the Kathy Freese Award winner for the NCCAA.
Trent McErlane is currently a Graduate Assistant at Point Univeristy where he is studying Busienss Transformation in the Master’s Program. Trent is also assisting with player development and recruiting for the men’s team. He has been a Basket Instructor with PGC since 2017 and is excited for this next season. Trent played point guard at Mount Aloysius College from 2016-2020. During his time at Mount Aloysius College, Trent was a 3x Team Captain, AMC Academic All-Conference Team and AMCC Sportsmanship Team. He also started 3 of his 4 years. He graduated from Mount Aloysius College with two degrees – Business Administration and Psychology. Trent attended PGC 4 times as an athlete from 2012 – 2015.
Tyler Coston, coached women’s basketball team at Trinity Western University from 2005-2007, while simultaneously running a skills-development program that produced five Division I (USA) athletes. In 2007, he accepted a position as Assistant Coach at Portland State University. During his first year at Portland State, the Vikings won the Big Sky Conference with an overall record of 23-8. After Portland State captured the Big Sky Conference tournament, they went on to the NCAA Tournament where they lost to the eventual 2008 champions, the Kansas Jayhawks.
Tyler, a Mastor Director with PGC Basketball, first attended Point Guard College in 1998 and under the leaderhsip of Dick DeVenzio. In the following year, Tyler led Lynden Christian High School to the Washington State Championship and earned first-team All-State honors. He went on to play university basketball at Trinity Western University, where he was named to the Canada West All-Rookie team. He transferred to the University of Alberta and led the Golden Bears to Canada West Gold, earning a spot in the national tournament in 2004.
Vera Jo Bustos
Vera Jo Bustos coached five years at the University of New Mexico and two years at Western State Colorado University. Vera Jo was inducted into the Adams State Hall of fame in September 2019. She is one of the youngest inductees in Adams State history. VJ just published her first book: A Mindful Journey
She spent the 2011-12 season playing professional basketball in Thessaloniki, Greece, for Apollon Kalamarias. She averaged 11.2 points and 5 rebounds as a rookie in the top league of Greece. Previously, Bustos was a stand-out player at Adams State from 2007-11. During her time in Alamosa, Colorado, Bustos not only became the school’s all-time scoring leader with 1,859 points, but she also became the school’s all-time leader in minutes played (3,805) and games started (105). In her four years, Bustos averaged 17.5 points per game and set records for most points in a game (36), most 3-pointers in a game (8) and most points in a half (27).
As a graduate of West Las Vegas High School, Vera Jo Bustos was a standout and commonly known throughout the state of New Mexico, where she was a 3-time Athlete of the Year selection. She still owns the school record for points (2,098), rebounds (935), assists (536), steals (331) and games started (125).
I am writing in appreciation for the time you spent in the PGC 1-on-1 mentoring program with my daughter Kendall Harris. Her time with you meant a lot to her. She didn’t want to share much with my wife and me because she said “this is my thing, Dad”, but I can certainly tell that she was impacted.
Kendall took all the trainings very seriously and was always eager to meet with you. She has improved her skills – in particularly shooting – quite a bit during this pandemic. Your time with her helped enhance her performance and provide motivation to get out in the driveway each day. Confidence (tied to having a terrible mistake response) has been a tremendous issue with her and I hope she can move in a more positive direction towards her goal of having a successful next 3 years in high school, with hopes of playing in college.
Thank you for serving Kendall this past month,
— Mike Harris, Parent