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Rick Winter

President / CEO

Rick Winter coached high school basketball for 25 years amassing an overall win-loss record of 456 - 252 (.644 winning %), including 20 years as a varsity head coach. He began his varsity coaching career at Damien High School in Southern California. In 1993, only his third year at the helm, he led Damien to only their second Baseline League title in the school's 40-year history.


In 1995, Winter relocated to Northern California to become the varsity head coach at Marin Catholic High School. Over his 15-year career at Marin Catholic, Winter retired with the 4th highest win % (146 - 62; .701%) in Marin County Athletic League history and an overall won-loss record of 285 - 165 (.633 winning %) at the varsity level. He is the winningest coach in school history where he won six Marin County Athletic League Championships (four in a row from 2002-2005), three North Coast Section championships and four California State Playoff appearances, including two State Semi-Final appearances. Eight of Coach Winter's teams finished their season ranked in the top 10 of California's Division IV.


Over the course of his 20 years as a varsity head coach, Winter also helped develop 18 players at Marin Catholic and Damien that went on to have successful careers at the collegiate level, including nine Division I players. Coach Winter was named the 2005 Northern California Division IV Coach of the Year and was named a North Coast Section Honor Coach in 2006 for his contributions to the game on and off the court.


In the summer of 2010, Coach Winter opened the North Bay Basketball Academy. His goal was to improve the fundamentals and skills, as well as mold players into leaders in the local community, in Marin County, California. Through the first four years over 3,000 players have come through the program.


In the summer of 2011, Winter became a consultant with Jeff Fryer, former LMU standout and professional basketball player, and the Fryer Basketball Academy in Newport Beach, California.


In December 2013, Coach Winter partnered with Miami Heat head coach, Erik Spoelstra, to create the Erik Spoelstra Basketball Academy in Miami, Florida. Coach Winter was the Executive Director of ESBA.


Most recently, Coach Winter partnered and served as a consultant with the Beach City Basketball Academy in Long Beach, California and is currently a consultant with First Coast Basketball Academy in Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Michael Turner

Associate Director
Director of Player Development


Coach Turner grew up in Marin County and played his high school basketball at Marin Catholic. During an illustrious career, he was named MCAL Player of the Year in both his junior and senior year. In 2004 and 2005, the SF Chronicle named him to their All-Metro team. In 2005, he led Marin Catholic to their best season in school history (29-5) winning their fourth straight MCAL Championship, a Division 4 NCS Championship, and an appearance in the Nor Cal Championship (State Semifinals). That year he was named North Bay Player of the year by the SF Chronicle and Cal-Hi Sports selected him All-State Third Team. Coach Turner is second on Marin Catholic's career scoring list (1423) and first in career rebounds (968).


After graduating from Marin Catholic, Coach Turner went on to play at West Valley Junior College where he was a standout leading the team to a regional title. Coach Turner then went on to to play Division 1 basketball at the University of Hartford where he was a two year captain and named to the Defensive 1st Team All-Conference. He became the first player in Hartford's Division I history to finish a season with more than 200 points, 150 rebounds, 100 assists and 50 steals. After graduating from the University of Hartford, he played professionally in Germany for two seasons.


Coach Turner has been with NBBA since the beginning. He currently serves as the Associate Director and Director of Player Development. He has become known as one of the best player development trainers in northern California helping train numerous players at the college and professional levels. In 2014, Miami Heat head coach, Erik Spoelstra, brought him to Miami to in-service his coaching staff for his basketball academy.

 

Brock Winter

Director of Business Development
Director of HS Showcase Program & Team Travel


Coach Winter played high school basketball for his father and NBBA Executive Director, Rick Winter, at Marin Catholic. In his senior year, Coach Winter led his team in scoring, served as a team captain and earned the honors of MCAL All-League Second Team and Honorable Mention All-Bay Area.


After graduating from Marin Catholic High School, Coach Winter attended Ithaca College (IC) in Ithaca, NY to study Sport Management. Throughout his time at IC, he served on the Athletics Game Day Event Staff and worked alongside Assistant Athletic Director, Michelle Manning, managing Ben Light Gymnasium scheduling and aiding with special projects, such as team budgets and organizing bus contracts / proposals for multiple intercollegiate teams. In January 2013, he was named a Game Day Supervisor where he oversaw game operations for 27 intercollegiate athletic teams at campus facilities (including one the country's top facilities, the Athletics & Events Center). He also managed a student staff of about eight students during game days, served as a liaison for away teams and officials, and worked multiple postseason and NCAA Division III Championship events.


While serving as a student worker at IC, Coach Winter also served as a student manager for Cornell University Men's Basketball team from August 2012 through December 2013. With Cornell he was an active participant during practices and games, worked out players before and after practices as well as during the offseason, and assisted with travel plans for team road trips. He also aided coaches with organizing their recruiting databases and creating itineraries for recruiting trips.


In December 2013, Coach Winter graduated a semester early with Magna Cum Laude honors from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a minor in Economics. On January 1st, 2014, he began working for NBBA's sister program in Miami, the Erik Spoelstra Basketball Academy (ESBA) as the Associate Director. With ESBA he was in charge of all day-to-day duties with skill clinics, camps, and travel teams. While in Miami he helped place numerous players at the next level, whether it be at the Junior College, NAIA, or NCAA level. He finished working with ESBA in November 2015.


Coach Winter has been working with NBBA on and off since 2010. He was an active participant in the opening of NBBA and created the Academy's logo. During the summers while he was home from college, Coach Winter was in charge and oversaw the summer high school tournaments and incoming freshman league, coached travel teams, ran skill clinics, and also worked out college players preparing them for their upcoming seasons. In November 2015, he moved back to Northern California and was named the Director of Business Development and Director of the HS Showcase Teams & Team Travel.

 

Madison Lott

Director - Sonoma County & Wine Country

Coach Lott was a three-sport high school athlete playing football, basketball, and football at Paradise High School (Chico, CA). As a football player, he played quarterback and free safety for his varsity team that went 9-2 his senior year. As a basketball player, he helped his team win the Northern Section title during his junior season and averaged 16.5 PPG in his senior year. As a baseball player, Coach Lott was a two-time All-League selection. He went on to play baseball at Santa Rosa Junior College where he was named 1st Team All-Conference his sophomore season. He led the conference in doubles and stolen bases. After his sophomore year he transferred to Sonoma State University to play baseball until an injury his junior year derailed his college career. Even though he was better at baseball, basketball was always his passion and that's why he began a career in coaching basketball.


Coach Lott began his high school coaching career 11 years ago. He started his career as the JV head coach and varsity assistant coach at Elsie Allen High School under Ruben Noles for five seasons. During that time he helped lead the Lobos to two North Coast Section appearances. In 2011, Coach Lott was named the varsity head coach at Elsie Allen High School. During his six years he compiled 69 wins. He led his team to their first ever league basketball championship in 2015. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, his teams have recorded school records in wins (2014: 18-10 & 2015: 22-7). Both teams qualified for the NCS playoffs as well. In 2014 Coach Lott was named Youth Sports Network Coach of the Year. In 2015 he was named Sonoma County League Coach of the Year along with being awarded Press Democrat Coach of the Year. In 2017, Coach Lott was named the varsity head coach at Santa Rosa High School.


In the spring of 2013 Coach Lott started coaching with NBBA. In the fall of 2014, he was promoted to Regional Director of Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa. Coach Lott is currently the Director of Sonoma County & Wine Country.

 

Nick Iacopi

Regional Director - Petaluma

Coach Iacopi grew up in Sonoma County and played his high school basketball at Petaluma High School. At Petaluma, he starred at guard and was named First Team All-League as a senior and averaged 17.0 PPG.


Coach Iacopi began his coaching career at the elementary and middle school levels of CYO. In 2006, he was named the head coach at Kenilworth Junior High School and led them to an undefeated season (14-0). In 2007, he was named a JV assistant coach at Casa Grande HS and in 2008 he was named the head freshman coach. He led the freshman team to two league championships in his four seasons at the helm. In 2012, he was named the head JV coach and led them to two league championships in three seasons. In 2016, Coach Iacopi was named the varsity assistant coach at his alma mater, Petaluma High School. In his first season, he helped them reach their league title game and clinch an NCS playoff berth.


Coach Iacopi has been with NBBA for the past five years. He has coached teams at numerous grade levels, directed summer camps, run skill clinics and is our Regional Director of Petaluma.

 

Tony Prescott

Regional Director - Napa

Coach Prescott grew up in Napa County and played his high school basketball at Vintage High School in Napa. At Vintage, he starred at guard and was named All-County as a sophomore, Honorable Mention All-League as a junior, and First Team All-League as a senior.


After graduating from Vintage High School, Coach Prescott went on to play at Yuba College (JC) where he averaged 18.6 PPG and was named All-League. After one year at Yuba, he transferred to Diablo Valley College (JC), where he averaged 15.3 PPG and was named Second Team All-League. He then transferred to Chico State (D2) where he had a stellar career. He was inducted into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017 and is 7th all time in PPG for a season at 17.5. As a junior, he was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year and named to the NCAC Honorable Mention All-League. As a senior, he was named team MVP and named to the NCAC First Team All-League. After graduating from Chico State, Coach Prescott played one season professionally in Australia for the Shepparton Gators.


Upon coming home from his lone professional season, Coach Prescott coached at Napa Valley College as an assistant for two seasons.


Coach Prescott has been with NBBA for the past five years. He has coached teams at numerous grade levels and is our Regional Director of Napa.

 

Tom Bonfigli

Regional Director - Santa Rosa
Director of Coaching - Sonoma County & Wine Country


Coach Bonfigli grew up in Sonoma County and played high school basketball at Cardinal Newman HS in Santa Rosa. At Cardinal Newman, he starred at point guard and still holds the school record for most assists in a single season (223 - 8.1 APG). While playing for the venerable Coach John Fitzgerald, he helped lead the Cardinals to the championship of the first Top of the Bay Classic (tournament prior to the formation of the NCS). After graduating from Cardinal Newman HS, Bonfigli went on to play at Santa Rosa Junior College where he started at point guard.


Coach Bonfigli is currently the head coach at Cardinal Newman High School and is entering his 36th year as a varsity head coach. He has had a historic coaching career at both Cardinal Newman High School and Justin Siena High School amassing 752 wins, which ranks 11th in California state history, with a winning percentage at 72.1%. During his 35 year career, he has been named CA Division 4 Coach of the Year twice (1989, 2013), his teams have averaged 22 wins per season, he has won 15 league Championships, two NCS Championships, and two NorCal Championships. Coach Bonfigli also has developed and sent 34 players to play at the collegiate level with seven playing at the Division 1 level.


Coach Bonfigli joined NBBA in the Spring of 2017 and was named the Regional Director of Santa Rosa and the Director of Coaching in Sonoma County & Wine Country. He brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to the NBBA coaching staff and we are excited to have him on board!

 

Doug Donnellan

Director of Camps
Director of Coaching - Marin County



Coach Donnellan grew up in Marin County and played basketball at Marin Catholic High School before going on to play at the University of California, at Davis. In 1981, Coach Donnellan was selected as a first team all-league player while leading the Marin County Athletic League in scoring, averaging 20.6 points per game.


Coach Donnellan began his coaching career in 1989 as the Junior Varsity Boys' Head Coach and Varsity Boys' Assistant at Sir Francis Drake High School. From 1989-1991, he captured three straight MCAL titles with his JV teams while assisting legendary Drake coach Pete Hayward at the varsity level. In 1992, Coach Donnellan became the Varsity Boys' Head Coach at Drake and coached the team for 23 seasons, amassing 445 wins. His varsity teams won ten Marin County Athletic League titles, two North Coast Section crowns, and two Northern California championships. Eighteen of his teams participated in the North Coast Section playoffs, with seven of those squads advancing to the Northern California regional state playoffs. His 1994 and 2014 teams captured the Northern California championship and appeared in the California State Championship game.


Over the course of his career at Drake, Coach Donnellan helped develop 16 players who went on to have successful careers at the collegiate level, including five who played at the Division 1 level and six who played professionally in numerous countries.


Coach Donnellan ranks 3rd on the all-time list for Marin County Athletic League wins with a record of 215-105 (67.2%) and is the winningest coach in Drake history. In November of 2010, Coach Donnellan was inducted into the Marin Athletic Foundation's Hall of Fame. The North Coast Section named Coach Donnellan their 2013 Basketball Honor Coach for his contributions on and off the court. In 2014, he was named the Northern California Division 3 Coach of the Year.


Coach Donnellan has been coaching the 17U Showcase team for the North Bay Basketball Academy since 2013, and is the NBBA Director of Camps and Director of Coaching.

 

Scott Morgan

Associate Director of Camps
Director of K-2 Leagues


Coach Morgan has over 30 years experience coaching basketball at numerous levels. He started as a 19 year old coach for the Special Olympics and has since coached many levels, including two AAU National qualifying teams and High School Varsity Basketball. Coach Morgan is currently apart of the Tamalpais HS basketball coaching staff under his son, Tim Morgan.


In 2008, he left his insurance business after 27 years to pursue his passion to start a basketball academy, Novato Basketball Academy. His vision for the Academy was to create a culture that focused on fundamental basketball skillsets, build self-confidence, and self-esteem. His goal was to have his athletes play the game of basketball for many years, at any level and pass it on to to future generations.


Coach Morgan's basketball coaching is influenced from his father's midwest approach to the game (think Hoosier's), the 1970’s and 1980’s Drake HS basketball style and his HS Varsity Basketball Coach, Ed Annello.


Coach Morgan has been with NBBA since 2015 as our Director of K-2 Leagues and Associate Director of Camps. He also runs skill clinics and coaches travel teams in the fall and spring seasons.

 

Mike Washington

Director of Tournaments
Associate Director of Sonoma County & Wine Country


Growing up in Burbank, California, Coach Washington played high school basketball at John Burroughs High School . He was awarded the Bill Flora Basketball Scholarship for academics and his hard work on the court, as well as in the community.


Coach Washington began his coaching career by working at local YMCA and Golden State Warriors summer camps. He also coached teams for CYO and Park and Rec. In 2012, Coach Washington was hired as an assistant coach under head coach Pat Fuscaldo and associate head coach Rich Shayewitz at Sonoma State University. For four seasons, he had the responsibilities of writing scouting reports, drawing up game plans, on court instruction, academic monitoring and co-directing Sonoma State summer basketball camps. Beginning in 2015, Coach Washington served as the freshman head coach at Rancho Cotate High School for two seasons. In the fall of 2017, he was named the varsity head coach at Rancho Cotate.


Coach Washington has been with North Bay Basketball Academy since the summer of 2015. In 2016, he was named the Associate Director of Sonoma County & Wine Country and in the summer of 2017 he was appointed Director of Tournaments.

 

Nic Pederson

Director of Player Development - Sonoma County
Associate Director of HS Showcase Program


Coach Pederson grew up in Sonoma County and played his high school basketball at Cardinal Newman High School. In 2004, he helped lead his team to a league championship while earning North Bay League MVP and Redwood Empire honors. He also was a nominee for the prestigious McDonald's All-American game.


Deciding to stay local, Coach Pederson went on to play collegiate basketball at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to play at Cal State Stanislaus. In 2009, he graduated from Stanislaus with a degree in Physical Education and a concentration in Coaching. After college, his basketball career continued internationally where he played professionally in Europe, Asia and South America. His teams made the playoffs nearly every season, he reached the finals in Finland and Germany, and won a championship in Peru. Coach Pederson received multiple league honors throughout his international career.


In the winter of 2017, Coach Pederson was hired as the Sonoma County Director of Player Development and Associate Director of Showcase Team. He also coaches travel teams throughout the year along with running skill clinics and semi-private training sessions. His goal is focused on helping each individual athlete achieve his or her potential and reach all of their goals.

 

 

Audie Balue

Director of Strength & Conditioning


Growing up in Colorado, Audie played lacrosse, ran cross-country and swam at Monarch High School. She lettered all four years on varsity in all three sports. After graduating from Monarch, she attended Boise State University for her undergrad and ran cross-country and track, while also playing club lacrosse. Audie graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Fitness Evaluation with a Minor in Psychology. She served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boise State Men's Club Lacrosse team during her senior year.


Upon graduation from Boise State, Audie moved to Savannah, Georgia to complete her Masters of Science in Sports Medicine with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning from Armstrong State University. She worked as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Savannah College of Art and Design's (SCAD) Men's Lacrosse team, as well as the Assistant Strength Coach at Anderson Cohen Weight Lifting. At Anderson Cohen, she also assisted with the Armstrong State University's Women's Volleyball team.


After graduating from Armstrong State, she moved to San Mateo, CA to intern at Sparta Science, a top tier strength and conditioning facility for high school, college and professional athletes. During her time there she worked with Santa Clara University's Women's Volleyball team. From Sparta, she was hired to work with Dominican University. She also worked as a Master Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in Larkspur. In March of 2017 she became an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at The Academy of Art University.


Audie joined North Bay Basketball Academy as the Director of the Strength and Speed program in 2015. She also serves as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Academy of Art University. The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recognizes her as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).


Credentials:

  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Masters of Science in Sports Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Fitness Evaluation
  • CPR/AED

 

 

Emily Easom

Associate Director of Girls Program


Coach Easom grew up in Marin County and played her high school basketball at Marin Catholic. During her terrific career, she was named MCAL Player of the Year in both her junior and senior seasons. In 2012, she was named by the SF Chronicle as the North Bay Player of the Year and named to their All-Metro Third Team. She currently holds the school record for most three-point field goals made in a career and also ranks third all time in career points.


After graduating from Marin Catholic, Coach Easom went on to play five years of Division I basketball. She began her college career at Portland State University where she started all three years and received Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention in 2014 and 2015. She averaged the most minutes played in the conference (38.5) and set two Portland State University women’s basketball records; three-point field goals made in a single season (136) and three-point field goals mad in a single game (7). After three years at Portland State, Coach Easom finished her playing career at Sacramento State University. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in May of 2017.


In the summer of 2017, Coach Easom joined the NBBA staff as the Associate Director of Girls Program. She coaches teams and trains players in our facility in San Rafael. In addition to coaching and training with us, she serves as an assistant coach for Coach Borello at The Branson School.