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.
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."
ASSISTANT COACH: NICK CARUSO
Coach Nick Caruso grew up outside of Boston where he participated in Basketball, football, soccer, and hockey. After years of playing them all, he grew a passion for basketball when he began to play on the AAU circuit. Playing with Bay State Jaguars Select, Nick earned 5 state championships, 3 New England championships and an 11th place finish at the AAU National Championships. Nick then played 2 years of varsity at Wellesley High School where, unfortunately, his career was cut short due to multiple injuries.
As Nick stepped off the court as a player, he began to realize his passion for coaching through various summer camps and CYO leagues. As a player, Nick emphasized hard work, toughness, and companionship; he hopes to instill all of those values for his teams from the sidelines.
Coach Caruso ventured to San Francisco in 2014 to attend City College of San Francisco, where he majors in business management. He is hoping the skills he learns in the management world can provide a new perspective to his coaching experience. While in San Francisco, Nick has served as a head coach for the past 3 years at Bay City Basketball. Coaching boys grade 7-11, he has enjoys the competitiveness and intensity that comes with the AAU circuit. He has also served 2 years as the JV assistant at University High School in Pacific Heights. Nick hopes to bring his passion for basketball and coaching expertise to the International basketball program.