OUR Staff

Current Staff

Founder of School of Skills and has coached basketball for over 40 years. Coaching background includes: California State Championship at CrossRoads High School, Mira Costa High School, West Torrance High School, North Torrance High School, Bishop Montgomery High School and Los Angeles City College. Club Level: Los Angeles Rockfish, Beach Cities & private instruction.

Has played basketball for a total of 23 years. He started his career playing RBYB throughout elementary and middle school. Along with RBYB he also played club basketball for Total Impact and A.R.C. He then moved on to playing Varsity High School basketball and football for both Redondo Union High School and Peninsula High School. After High School, he continued to stay active in the game assistant coaching the Varsity Basketball Program at West Torrance High School. In 2012 he had a great opportunity and experience to coach in Osaka, Japan with Coach Kory for the annual Japan vs. Korea tournament. Has now been Coaching with S.O.S. for 8 years.

I started school of skills in between my 7th and 8th grade year around the I age of 13 and continued until my sophomore year in high school. I played at West Torrance High School on the Basketball team for 4 years. We also won CIF for the 2017 season. I’ll be attending El Camino College and continuing to coach throughout

Joshua Bocatija a.k.a “Pacquaio “ started with School of Skills in 4th grade. He’s currently a Sophomore Student at Bishop Montgomery High School. Josh is part of Junior Varsity Basketball Team. He loves to play chess too. He wants to be a Physical Therapist someday.

I started playing at School of Skills when I was 7 years old. It’s where I learned to not only love, but respect the game of basketball and everything that comes along with it. As a coach now, I’m dedicated to helping kids become great and learn the fundamentals of the game, as well as having a great time while doing it. I am a senior at Redondo Union High school and I play on the girls varsity basketball team. I will be continuing my basketball career at the Division 1 Level next season at Santa Clara University.

Tyler has played basketball for 11 years and started practicing at school of skills since he was in 3rd grade. He started his career playing in MBYB and later went on to play for club teams like Pro Skills and South Bay Select. Tyler loves coaching and teaching SOS students. He is currently a Junior at Mira Costa High School and is on the surf team.

Matthew has played basketball for 13 years. He began his career playing in MBYB and later with the club team, the Manhattan Beach Monarchs. He went on to play varsity basketball and volleyball at Loyola High School, becoming a CIF semi-finalist in basketball and State and National champion in volleyball during the 2016-2017 season. Matthew will enroll in the University of Notre Dame for the fall of 2018 with plans to obtain a B.A. History and/or Political Science.

Jennifer Brooks joined School of Skills in early elementary school and continued through middle school until she reached the high school level. She also played club basketball on the Aikanes team. As a freshman, Jennifer was put on the Junior Varsity team at Mira Costa High School. As a sophomore, she was elected Team Captain, and her Junior Year was on Varsity. Jennifer is attending San Diego State University to study International Business in Latin America.

I joined school of skills in elementary school and continued through middle school. I started playing basketball in MBYB and went on to play for Mira Costa. I've played for the club team So Cal Mustangs in middle and high school. I started coaching at School of Skills last spring and then left to the University of Arizona. After a semester I came back and returned to coaching.

School of skills alumni Gary Stepter II has been playing basketball for 14 years. Gary joined School of Skills his 6th grade year and stayed with the program throughout middle school, while playing for prarie vista middle school in Hawthorne. Gary went on to play high school basketball at Leuzinger and transferred to Redondo Union his freshman year. Gary has been coaching at school of skills for 3yrs now.

Chris has played basketball for a total of 12 years. In middle school he went on to get 3rd place at AAU Nationals in Texas, and soon went on to attend high school at both Redondo Union and Mira Costa. As a Sophomore he made the RUHS Varsity basketball team, and as a Senior lead the team as Captain. Currently Chris is attending California State Dominguez Hills University, and majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology as a Pre-Med student and is pursuing a dual degree MD/MBA. Chris has transferred his on-court skills into leadership and is also the current Associated Students Inc. CEO & President at CSUDH. Chris plans to be continuously around the game of basketball by helping his little brother Jacob and all the other players currently in the School Of Skills basketball program.

Born and raised in the south bay. Grew up in Manhattan Beach. 19 years old. Played high school basketball at Mira Costa HS under head coach Jeff Amaral…As a senior, he averaged 15 points, 5.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game, leading Mira Costa to a 20-11 record. Named first team all-conference two years running and as a senior, earned a spot on the prestigious Southern California Coach’s Association All-Star Team. A four-year starter at the point for Mira Costa, averaged 17 points and 5 assists as a junior, including a team-high 22 points per game during his team’s deep run in the playoffs. Plays collegic basketball at Nova Southeastern University. Has been with School of Skills since 9 years old.

Adam "Munch" Winett began playing basketball at the age of five by joining the School of Skills program. School of Skills was imperative to my growth as a player and person on and off the court. Coach Kory and the coaching staff really showed me how to play the game the right way and taught me the fundamentals to which enhanced my game even more. Last season for Mira Costa, we made history by reaching the forth round of CIF playoffs. Next year I will be attending the university of Arizona class of 2017.

I started with the School of Skills when I was younger in order to develop both my individual and team skill sets before going into high school. I played two years of club ball with the highly rated Southern California All-stars (SCA) before attending both Narbonne and Torrance high schools and graduation from Hillwood high school in Nashville, TN. I was invited to the All-American Tournament-Elite 80 in Las Vegas to play against the top JUCO players in the Western U.S. I avg. 20+ ppg. and was named to the Top 20 All-star team. Played two years of JUCO at Antelope Valley College (AVC) where team made the State of California Final 8. At AVC, led the team in scoring, was named to 1st team all conference, Top 100 JUCO Players in California, Ventura and AVC Tournament MVP. I will complete my collegiate career with a full ride scholarship to the University of West Georgia. I have since returned to SOS to asset Kori with developing the skill sets of the next generation of basketball players.

School of Skills alumni Brandon “B” Moreno joined the SOS family when he was five years old. “B” is a true student of the game and has been playing basketball for the past 13 years. “B” enjoys coaching and mentoring SOS students. He is currently a senior at Loyola High School where he is earning high marks and is top of his class. “Coach Kory and SOS taught me how to play the game of basketball the right way, but more importantly the program instilled in me the confidence, drive and passion to succeed in life beyond basketball. I look forward to continuing to give back to the program and the sport I love and helping the students become successful in life."