Meet Damond Edwards, Director/Coach

Damond is the Director of Nor Cal Elite Basketball.  Edwards has served as the top assistant coach with Nor Cal for the past 8 years, working with some of the best high schools girls to come out of northern California including Vicky Baugh (Tennessee), Afure Jemerigbe (Cal), Erica Barnes (Arizona), Coco and Quenese Davis (San Diego St), Jessika Bradley (Baylor/ SDSU) and many more.  Edwards was also a vital part the Sacramento High Lady Dragons program for three years, which produced players like Brittany Shine (Florida), Erica Barnes (Arizona), Jasmine Ware (UCSB) and Jehaiah Cook (UNLV). The Dragons ended their 2011 season as the San Joaquin Section Champions. 

As a player, Damond attended CSU, Sacramento on a full ride scholarship and is known as the best guard in the school's history, ranked in the top ten in eight statistical categories and was inducted into the University's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. He has played professionally in the NBA Developmental League, the IBL, IBA, ABA and internationally in Serbia, Monte Negro and Mexico. Edwards also toured worldwide as a premier showman with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. Damond has also worked with many WNBA players such as Ruthie Bolton Holyfield, Yolanda Griffith, Ticha Penichero, Kara Lawson, Rebekah Brunson, Demaya Moore and More.  

Damond's Vision

My hopes are that this club continues to see growth in numbers, as well in national notoriety for producing top quality talent.  I expect that every player that comes into our program, can exit  far better prepared to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that education and athletics will bring at the next level.

Quote 

"Everyday is a new day and every moment is precious.  Take advantage of every chance you have to be the best you can be.  The world is yours!"

Education

Bachelor of Art Organizational Communication;  Minor, Business Marketing- CSU, Sacramento


For more information, email: director@norcalelitebasketball.com or reach us by phone at: Phone: 916-869-7971.
Meet Monty Buckley,Boys Director/Coach

Former Cal Berkeley Star, Monty Buckley, returns to Sacramento in a big way! Monty was a standout in Sacramento as a high school, where he was named Metro Player of the Year.  Buckley went on to play for University of California, Berkely from ’92-’95, and quickly established himself as the team’s best defensive player and a deadly long range shooter.  He was joined by NBA Star Jason Kidd in his sophomore season, whom he played with for two years. In his senior year, Buckley lead the team in scoring with an average of 16.1 points per game.

After playing 4 years at Cal, Buckley was signed by the Golden State Warriors and served three years in the NBA.  From there Monty went on to play in the Phillipines, Argentina and a host of other places.  After pursuing his dream of playing at the professional level, Buckley then quickly established himself as one of the biggest names in basketball training and National AAU Basketball. Building a budding group of young players and establishing his team as a nationally ranked 8th grade boys team, Buckely solidified himself as a viable resource to all youth players in his area.



Monty'sVision

My aim is to do whatever it takes to contribute to the success of all the student-athletes I come into contact with.

Quote

"You progress not through improving what has been done, but reaching toward what has yet to be done."

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For more information, email: mbuck2002@aol.com

Meet James "JC" Charles

JC grew up in Los Angeles, where sports became a positive avenue to channel his energy. He was involved in football and basketball in high school and in college.

JC's  career in fitness began after college, briefly working for Gold’s Gym and California Family Fitness before joining part of the 24 Hour Fitness team. During his 8 ½ years with 24 Hour Fitness, he has been promoted from Certified Personal Trainet to Apex Fitness Professional to Fitness Manager and soon the General Manager.  After working for the corporate gyms, he purchased Elite Fitness and Performance (located within the Better Fit Fitness Center facility) so that he could focus more on his passion, which was pure fitness.

Today at Elite Fitness, JC is helping to change the lives of each of his clients through skilled training techniques and specific goal oriented programs.

JC's Vision:

"I have been changing peoples’ lives through fitness for over 14 years. I am dedicated to creating balance, focus, and wellness for all clients. I am selective about the clients I accept into my training program.  I make it my goal to make each workout fun, challenging, and a bit different each time so that my clients are continually challenged."

Quote:
"Like great coaches, the best fitness professionals know that the study of movement and nutrition can convey useful lessons of life, from increased confidence and self esteem to improved discipline and focus."

Education / Training:
* Associates Degree General Education, Santa Rosa Junior College - * ISSA Certified (CPT) - * NASM Certified (CPT)

* AFAA Certified (CPT) - * Cardio Kick Boxing Certified (Crush Kick)


For more information, email: jc@efitnessperformance.com

or reach us by phone at: Phone : 877-334-8338

Website: http://www.efitnessperformance.net


Meet Coco Davis, Coach

From the soulful streets of New Orleans to the tough neighborhoods of Sacramento, Coco Davis has learned to take in the good with the bad in order to maintain her grasp on her dreams.  After starring at Sacramento High School where she led her team to Two Section Championships.

Coco went on to join her sister and accepted a full ride scholarship to San Diego State University.  During her career there, she would lead not only her team, but the entire Mountain West Conference in assists and placed 6th nationally.

Coco was also a recognized "Scholar Athlete" from her sophomore through her senior years and graduated with a 3.2 GPA in Sociology.   Undecided what to do after college, she realized that basketball was still where her heart was and began pursuing a career in hoop after college.  It seems that things have definitely been working out.

Coco has been playing ball overseas and soaking up more culture along the way.  She has played in the top division in Israel for Hapoel Petah Tikva and has played for the Arab All-Womens Sports Tournaments for Sharjah Ladies Club in Dubai.

This summer, Coco rejoins Nor Cal, but this time as a coach and mentor to others.  We are proud of her success and glad to have her home!

Coco's Vision

I want to share my abilities and talents to help others reach their highest potential.

Quote

"Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard."

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; San Diego State University


For more information, email: cdavis@norcalelite.com

Meet Joseth Dawson, Coach


Joseth Dawson comes to our program after being a standout high school player in Fontana, Ca and an All Big Sky Conference player at CSU, Sacramento.  Joseth finished his career as the Hornets' 3rd all time leader in points per game.   Dawson also ranks in the top 10 in seven other statistical categories.   

As a coach, Dawson has mentored student athletes from Inland Empire to Rocklin, Ca.  He's worked with Vlade Divac,  Peja Stojakovic, Ticha Penicheiro, and more.  Joseth is also the head trainer for Joel Jones, a top 5 five player in Puerto Rico.   Dawson started and currently runs the Joel Jones Camacho Camps in Puerto Rico since 2009.  

Joseth's Vision

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