HEAD COACH: PAUL CORTES
Paul Cortes grew up in the Bay Area and has been coaching basketball in San Francisco for the past 5 years, coaching at the recreational, AAU, and High School level. Paul first started coaching basketball as a Recreation Leader for the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department in 2011, where he began by working the Minnie and Lovie Ward Basketball Camp that summer. After the summer session, Coach Paul and ML Ward Camp Director Darna Stewart worked together to organize skill clinics for neighborhood youth at Ingleside United Presbyterian Church, as well as co-coaching multiple teams together for Rec and Park.
Impressed by the talent and enthusiasm of several of the kids at the camps, Paul and Darna decided to form their own AAU team, Golden Gate Basketball, which played in multiple tournaments in 2012. Concurrently, Paul began volunteering as a coach for Bay City Basketball. After spending the summer both helping to run Golden Gate Basketball and serving as an assistant for Bay City, Paul joined Bay City in full capacity. In the years that have followed, Paul has head coached many teams for Bay City, worked at the Sunday Workout Program and worked at the Bay City Summer Basketball Camps.
Paul worked under Coach Greg Grossman at Gateway High School for two years, both as Assistant Varsity and Head JV Coach. The following season, Paul joined Coach Eric Weikert and Coach Jon Shogan at Jewish Community High School of the Bay, as an Assistant Varsity Coach. In both the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 season, Paul also served as Head JV Boys Coach at JCHS. He also has experience building fundamentals with SF CYO teams. Paul spent additional time providing individual skills training for local youth basketball players around the city and coached the Boys JCCSF Maccabi basketball team to a bronze medal finish in 2016. Paul also continues to work for Rec and Park and manages the Upper Noe Basketball Camp every summer.
Coach Sid Guzman recently returned to the Bay Area and will be joining the International High School and French American International School athletic family. Originally from the island of Guam, Coach Guzman is a recently retired Public High School Teacher and Basketball Coach of 27 years. He is also a proud patriot and is a Veteran of the US Armed Forces, having served our country as a member of the United States Air Force.
Coach Guzman was a standout high school player and earned an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Guam, where he earned a BA degree in Psychology and Secondary Education and then attended Graduate school. At age 17, he was selected to represent Guam as a member of the Men’s Senior National Basketball Team. He was the youngest player ever selected at the time.
While playing on the National Team over the next 13 years, he also developed a love and passion for Coaching and soon after began his formal coaching career. He started as the Boy’s Varsity Head Coach at his high school alma mater, George Washington High School, where he taught and coached for his first 2 years. Coach Guzman continued to coach at the high school level for the next 7 years.
Soon afterward, he helped establish and organize the GYBA (Guam Youth Basketball Association). Since founding the league in the early 2000’s, the GYBA has seen tremendous growth over the last two decades and now involves thousands of youths from all over Guam, giving them a yearly avenue to play games in a competitive premier league setting that continues to exist today. In addition, Coach Guzman held the title of National Team Coach for both the Guam Men's and Women's Senior National Teams, as well as Coaching and leading both the Jr. (U19) Boy’s and Girl’s National Basketball programs at different stages during his extensive coaching career, earning Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal finishes at many FIBA Oceania sponsored tournaments and events over his tenure as a National Team Coach.
Coach Guzman is passionate about teaching and coaching basketball, and he looks forward to assisting players at our school with reaching their performance goals. He lives in Millbrae with his wife and three sons, and is ready to enjoy his retirement while continuing to help our players learn and grow.
ASSISTANT COACH: CHRIS AVILA
Coach Chris has been with International since summer of 2015, working with both high school and middle school players at 150 Oak. Chris has been coaching in the Bay Area for over 5 years and has worked with players from 3rd grade all the way to high school varsity. He currently works in the fitness industry as a fitness manager and also coaches for Bay City Basketball.
Coach Chris grew up in Orange County, California and went to Servite High School where he played both football and basketball. "Being a student-athlete in high school was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I can remember. I had to learn how to manage my time efficiently in order to keep my grades up as well as make all my practices/games. It gave me the life skills I needed to be successful in college and later in life, I loved the culture and community sports provided me when I was in high school."
Coach Chris is the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. He attended Fullerton College, where he received his Associate's degree in Anthropology and later went on to San Francisco State where he earned a degree in Anthropology and Psychology. "My plan is to return to college and earn a Master's degree in counseling and/or education. I love working with students and student-athletes, I feel that it's important to give back to the community, especially the younger population."
"I'm very blessed, I get to do something I love. Every day, I am afforded the opportunity to directly help and influence young athletes and help teach them the skills to be successful, not only in college, but later in life. I'm lucky to be a part of an amazing program and school, surrounded by supportive coaches, staff, parents and students."