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Meet our Amazing Virtual Coaches


TENNIS  COACHES

Sami Czarnecki - Tennis Coach

I am originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I have been playing tennis since I was about 6 years old and have always had a love for the game. My Senior year of High School I was awarded "Most Winningest Player" in South Dakota, and am currently at Rockhurst University in Kansas City on a tennis scholarship.   

Besides my love for tennis, I also have a love for teaching kids. After graduating Rockhurst this spring I will become an Elementary Education teacher. I am very excited to teach young athletes who also share a passion for tennis. My motto is that there is always room to grow and improve in your abilities on and off the tennis court. 




Adrielle Morante - Basketball & Tennis Coach [Bilingual English/Tagalog]

I have worked with Kassirer Sports & Youth League tennis for 8 years.  I grew up playing youth & high school athletics in San Francisco, Bay Area, California & I was awarded “Most Inspirational Player” by my coach Raymond Wong, as an athlete for leadership. My mission is to serve the community and youth to challenge themselves to become the best version of themselves by focusing on mastering fundamental movement skills. 

I attended Skyline College to obtain an associate’s degree in allied health science. While going to school, I developed a passion for working in the health & fitness industry. I worked at Sports Club/ LA San Francisco, and transitioned over Equinox Sports Club as a Sports Manager. I want to pass on to my students that you can grow through the adversity you face playing sports,  “It strengthens competitiveness, personal and professional values, self-assessment, teamwork, leadership, empathy, and emotional control. Through sports, I believe that it can help navigate relationships with others, and with ourselves as well as how to understand how our emotions can change the way you live and love.”   In my spare time, Adrielle loves to spend his time being active through basketball, cycling,  weightlifting, and adventures with his super dog, Biggins. I hope my students are able to grasp the concept of how to associate E.I. and reflective practice with applied sports or fitness performance.  My primary goal is to develop a positive inviting environment for students to grow.


Angelo Cardenas - Tennis Coach

My name is Angelo Cardenas. I’m 23 years old and have been teaching tennis to kids/teens since my junior year of high school. I played Varsity tennis at Concord High School all 4 years earning awards such as MVP for 3 years & Athlete of the Month for 4 months at my school. I then continued to play at the community college level at Diablo Valley College(DVC) where in my first year I was the #6 player and played doubles as well.  In my Second Season I was the #1 player at the school where I made the State Tournament in Ojai, CA in doubles. From 16 years old until now, I’ve taught various amounts of tennis camps at Oakhurst Country Club, Paragon tennis in Orinda, through the Kassirer Sports and Youth League tennis programs, as well as private lessons to kids ranging from 6-17 years old.


BASKETBALL  COACHES

Michael Hsu - Basketball Coach [Bilingual English/Mandarin]

My coaching career began in 2005 with Beijing Aoshen Olympians. It was a professional team from China that developed many players to play for the national team. We even developed a player named Sun Yue to make it to the NBA. I worked for them for 6 years as the assistant coach and skills trainer. During the period, I was very fortunate to learn from many great coaches like Phil Jackson (NBA's most championship winning coach), Pete Carril (former Sacramento King's assistant coach, famous for his Princeton Offense), Paul Coughter (FIBA Coach of the Year in 2006, legendary coach in Asia), Bill Tosheff (first NBA Rookie of the Year award winner, Indiana University Basketball Hall of Famer), Mike McGee (won 2 NBA championships with the Lakers in 1982 and 1985), etc. 

During the years from 2006 to 2010, I was also the basketball trainer of Sun Yue and Songtao Zhang. Both are Chinese National team players. Sun Yue was playing for Los Angeles Lakers from 2008-2009, and later on with New York Knicks and Washington Wizards. I was able to attend and observe all of their practices, trainings, meetings, and games during the time he was with those NBA teams.

From 2011 to 2015, I was running my own basketball agency/academy based in Covina, California. Other than representing players and coaches, we also did a lot of player skill development and camps for college and pro players, as well as youth athletes. We had done many basketball exposure tours to participate in many international exhibition games and tournaments in the countries like Mexico, Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, and China, as well as hosting basketball clinics in those countries. 

I’ve been continually coaching basketball and training players after I settled down in Pleasanton since 2016. Other than the local AAU teams I've been coaching, I have also started to coach basketball with Kassirer Sports since 2018. 

Jared Moore - Basketball & Speed+Agility Coach

 Hello everyone my names Jared Moore and I have an extensive athletic career starting basketball when I was 9 in the Ymca to playing for the top aau team in the nation ages 11-14 where we won 2 national championships. I attended J Serra freshman to sophomore year and played football along with basketball. I transferred to Dana Hills for the following 2 years and my senior year I led the team in scoring and rebounding. 

I attended Santa Barbara city college to continued playing basketball, but after playing 2 years I  decided to just focus on school and my future in coaching. I have been working with and coaching kids for over 10 years now.  I am still in school to obtain my Bachelors in Kinesiology where I plan to continue my passion in coaching.

 


Nic Carpino - Basketball Coach

 Nic is from Laguna Beach, CA and is currently a third-year student at Santa Clara University where he plays on the SCU Ice Hockey team. In high school, Nic played basketball and ice hockey while also coaching youth sports at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach; Nic oversaw numerous areas of instruction including study sessions and outdoor activities. For three years, Nic was the head coach of a Boys Basketball Team (3rd-6th grade). As a college student, Nic is eager to continue coaching and helping youths develop as players and individuals at Kassirer Sports. 


Raffney Nanquil - Basketball & Fitness Coach

I have been a sports enthusiast my entire life, was a two-sport athlete in high school and have continued that passion with 10+ years in coaching and training. I have worked in all spectrum of youth sports and have trained highly competitive athletes ranging from all ages. I combine my passion for sports with health, wellness and fitness. I help develop my athletes with focus on improving skills, form, and performance. I am currently the sports league coordinator and exercise specialist at Yahoo and have worked in other big name corporate companies as a trainer and sports commissioner, I also have referee and officiating experience in multiple sports.



DANCE  INSTRUCTORS

Gleidson Hoffmann aka "Mr. G" - Ballet Instructor [Bilingual English/Spanish]

Gleidson Vasconcelos  "Mr G" is an award winning dancer, teacher and choreographer. The Brazilian-American dancer was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil. He started dancing at the age of 11 at Studio Arte Dança and at Ballet Liudmila Palonskaya in Brazil, he later graduated from The Harid Conservatory in Florida. Mr.Hoffmann’s professional performance experiences include Sesi-Minas Compania De Danca, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Ballet Arizona, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and New Jersey Ballet.

Teaching experiences include, The Rock School For Dance Education, Princeton Dance and Theatre, Master Ballet Academy, Arizona Dance Project, Philadelphia High School for Performing and Creative Arts, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, Highspire Ballet Academy, Ballet Tech,Dance Theatre of Harlem and Greenwich Classical Conservatory Ballet. Gleidson Hoffmann has successfully completed the American Ballet Theatre® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. 

His repertoire includes ensemble roles and leading roles in Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Paquita, The Harlequinade, La Esmeralda, Giselle, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Flames of Paris, La Vivandiere, The Fairy Doll, Cinderella, The Cavalry Halt, Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Concerto Barroco, Carnival of the Animals, Carmen, Porgy and Bass, Raymonda, Petit Elfs, Blue Danube Waltz, Staccato, La Fille Mal Gardee, Excerpt from my Life, Charlie Chaplin, Time out of Memory, Mambo Italiano, Topia, and Diversions. 

His awards and honors includes a Gold Medal and Best Choreography Award at World Ballet Competition, USA, a Silver Medal at Youth American Grand Prix Finals NY, USA, the Rudolf Nureyev Award from Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, USA and the Jeannot B. Cerroni Outstanding Artist in Performance Award from the Harid Conservatory, USA.  

Mr G will be teaching all of our Ballet classes. 


Carolina Tavarez - Ballet Instructor [Bilingual English/Spanish]

 Carolina was born in the US but grew up in the Dominican Republic. She is a former Ballet Dancer at Ballet Arizona, where she danced professional in numerous roles from the classical repertoire such as  La Bayadere, Romeo and Juliet,  The Nutcracker  Swan Lake, and Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Waltzpargisnacht, Episodes, Stravinsky, Serenade, and Western Symphony. She received her pre-professional training at The Washington School of Ballet where she was awarded several scholarships and participated in competitions such as YAGP and World Ballet Competition. Currently, she is working her Yoga teacher training certification and recently graduated  from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's in Nutrition. She has taught Ballet and Creative Movement for nine years around the valley and at DanceAZ,  a nonprofit after school program. She was inducted member at the Nation Society of Leadership and Success, and she is a recipient of the Actors-Dancers College Education Fund Scholarship. She is excited to work with kids from all over the country throrgh this new platform.


Papa-Kobina Brewoo - Hip-Hop Dance Instructor

Papa-Kobina Brewoo, or Kobina, was born and raised in Accra, Ghana and moved to Madison, WI in 2001 with his family, in hopes for better education and more opportunities to help his family back home. It was in the 8th grade that he found his love for hip-hop upon stumbling across the TV show America's Best Dance Crew. Inspired by how the dancers expressed themselves through movement and music, he began watching YouTube videos as a start on his journey to become a hip-hop dancer. Since then, Papa-Kobina has appeared on MTV's Made, auditioned for ABDC, AGT, WOD and signed with DanceOn Network. On top of that, Papa-Kobina has won countless awards and competitions throughout the midwest.  He feels blessed by all the opportunities he has had, and continues to work towards earning his stripes as a dancer.  


Liliana Wilcockson - Hip-Hop & Ballet Instructor

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Liliana realized early on that dance was the ultimate way for her to fully express herself. Once a shy child, she attributes dance and musical theatre classes for instilling her with confidence and transforming her into the optimistic, outgoing person she is today. After earning her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre at Texas State University, she went on to dance and sing at various theaters around the nation as well as on the seas with Norwegian Cruise Line. When she is not on stage, she finds fulfillment in passing along her passion for dance to the next generation of performers! She looks forward to the opportunity to dance with kids around the nation through Kassirer Sports.


Lauren Frazier - Hip-Hop & Ballet Instructor

Lauren Frazier is a New York and New Jersey based dancer, singer, and actor. Lauren has been studying dance and performing for 15 years. A recent graduate of Fordham University, she has been able to study at the London Dramatic Academy, the Rockette Summer Intensive, Broadway Dance Center, New Jersey Ballet, and Broadway Dance Theatre. Lauren is also training privately with her mentor Rhonda Malkin. She has also studied voice under Tom Smargiassi, Linda Smargiassi, and Elaine LaChica. Performance credits include The TempestWest Side StorySouth PacificBye, Bye, BirdieCrazy for YouGuys and Dolls, and Legally Blonde, the musical. Living in New York during her time at Fordham, Lauren has performed at Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and  NYU Skirball. She also can be seen in episodes of MTV's Singled Out. Lauren is currently auditioning for professional shows in New York and is excited to bring her passion for the arts and knowledge to Kassirer Sports!


FITNESS   COACH


Hayley Pettinato - Fitness Coach

 I am a NASM certified personal trainer and certified spin instructor with over a year of experience coaching group fitness and indoor cycling classes. I am well-versed in energizing and motivating clients throughout sessions, ensuring the safety of participants in regards to heart rate and exercise technique, and modifying specific exercises to accommodate various skill levels. During the quarantine, I've conducted live virtual workouts to a wide range of clientele with differing skill sets, equipment, goals, etc. I am also the creator and host of the Philosophy of Fitness Podcast, where I explore all aspects of the mind-body connection from differing perspectives!

HAYLEY IS UP FOR MS. HEALTH & FITNESS.
Vote for Hayley to appear on the cover!  https://mshealthandfitness.com/2020/hayley-noelle

One of my podcasts about the history of women in fitness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EegvjTResxQ&t=307s

Hayley is coaching Fun Fitness, HIIT and Full Body Fitness classes.


SOCCER COACHES

Mislav Leko - Soccer Coach [Multilingual English/Croatian+Serbian]

I’m am a former pro soccer player with more than 150 professional matches on a very high level in Europe for over 13 years. Through my professional career, I played in Croatia, Romania and Norway with or against some of the best players in the world (Luka Modric and many more). Holding a BSC in Sports Management and recently moved to New York! I have been coaching at local elementary schools through NYC football club and love sharing my passion knowledge with youth.


Noah Keats - Soccer Coach

I Played and coached soccer at a professional level in England and America. As well as playing NCAA division 1 soccer and representing my national team (England) at university level. I am a highly experienced coach and player. I coached with Southampton FC who are in the English premier league and Lonestar soccer club in Texas. I taught soccer at local elementary schools all over West England before moving to the US and really enjoy sharing my expertise with youth and inspiring all young soccer players to work hard to reach their potential.  I am also an experienced fitness coach and personal trainer.

 Achievements:

  • PDL team of the year 2016
  • WAC conference team of the year 2016
  • Represented England at university level 
  • Name appeared on 2017 FA Cup Final Ball 

 Coaching Qualifications:

  • English FA level 2 in coaching soccer 
  • USSF D license in coaching soccer
  • NASM certified personal trainer

Pedro Goncalves - Soccer Coach [Bilingual English/Portuguese]

My name is Pedro Goncalves and I am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I have been living in the U.S for the past five years and am currently in St Petersburg, Florida. I speak Portuguese as my native language, English fluently after receiving two College degrees and Spanish Advanced. 

I consider myself very energetic and passionate about life. I believe in hard work, to have joy for sports and passion for what you do. I love challenges and new experiences. I got fascinated by youth development recently after being able to work at Ronaldo Soccer  Academy in Tampa right after graduating from a NCAA college playing soccer at the highest level. 

I am very fortunate for all the experiences that I have had in soccer throughout these five years, and in the process of becoming a professional soccer player I would love to give it back to the community by being able to make part of the development of youth soccer players.  This is the main reason why I chose to apply at Kassirer Sports and why I am so excited to make a difference and help other athletes achieve their goals such as I did by getting a Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree while following a professional career in soccer and pursuing my Master’s degree!


Maxime Desplan - Soccer Coach [Bilingual English/French]

 Born and raised in New York in a French household, Maxime was exposed to soccer at a young age and played throughout his life. In high school, he was the captain of the varsity team at the United Nations International School. After graduation,  he attended New York University and along his studies, started coaching at New York International Soccer Club. After that he moved on to Paris Saint Germain Academy New York and coached players from the ages of 5-17. He is now the General Manager and coach at the  French Football Academy, an elite soccer club based in NY. 

Coaching Experience

  • Head Coach, French Football Academy             
  • Community Coach, New York City Football Club (NYCFC)
  • Head Coach, Paris Saint Germain Academy NY             
  • Head Coach, New York International Soccer Club