TABLA is proud to be among the few basketball academies in the world designed and delivered exclusively by women – for our aspiring girls. Check out the *awesome* staff we have confirmed so far for 2018!
BEA CHANG | Director of Everything Awesome
Bio: Bea played four years of varsity at Randolph High School in New Jersey and was named to All-Conference three times. At Haverford College (D-III) in Pennsylvania, Bea started as a freshman and won numerous Conference Weekly Honor Rolls and All-Tournament trophies. In 2009, she was listed in NACBA’s men and women’s “Top 26 Players to Watch in the Nation.” She has coached all over the place; most recently, at Edmonds-Woodway High School, Edmonds Sports Academy, Northside Swarm, and Redmond High School. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington, served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Program Coordinator at UW’s Center for Leadership in Athletics, and worked at UW’s Foundation for International Understanding Through Students. She founded Basketball Education in Action in 2013 and the Awesome Sports Project in 2015. Fav WNBA Player: SUE BIRD! SUUUEEE BIIIIRRRRDDDD! Fav Sports Moment: the final two minutes of the WNBA Finals in 2016.
SARA THOMAS | Program Director
“TABLA is awesome because it was born through the passions of women who love the game of basketball and want to share the impact it has had on their lives with the next generation of girls.”
After she graduated from Centralia High School, Sara Thomas (Wilcox) played for two years at Centralia Community College and two years at Pacific Lutheran University (D-III) where she played in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16. After coaching as an assistant at Tahoma High School and Overlake High School, she became the Varsity Head Coach at Overlake for six years. Currently, she is a PE teacher at Overlake and an assistant coach at Roosevelt High School. Fav WNBA Player: Sheryl Swoops. Fav Sports Moment: Two memories….going 9 for 9 from the field in our “winner to sweet 16 game” vs. Gustavus Adolphus. Playing in the sweet 16 with a 102 degree temperature.
KERSTIN TORRESCANO | Program Director, Seattle
“TABLA is awesome because of the myriad of things we are able to offer young women athletes. It’s not just basketball, we include mentorship, guidance, and leadership skills to propel them into their futures, not just as student-athletes, but also as powerful, confident women.”
Kerstin played varsity at Mountlake Terrace High School, and was named Athlete of the Year during her senior year. Kerstin went on to play at Highline Community College for two years, where her team won a Division Championship. She transferred to the University of Washington to complete her undergraduate degree before leaving to attend the University of Kentucky to complete her master’s degree. Once she returned to Washington she began coaching and training local AAU teams. Today she coaches for Seattle Future. Fav WNBA Player: Tina Thompson Fav Sports Moment: As a fan, watching the Univ. of Kentucky men’s basketball team win the NCAA National Championship in 2012 while attending school there!
SAMANTHA DOUCETTE | Program Director, Los Angeles
“I am excited to be a part of a one-of-a-kind basketball academy that is going to have a huge and positive impact on everyone it reaches.”
Sammy played college ball at Vanguard University (NAIA div. 1), where she was a 3x All GSAC conference player, 3x NAIA All-American, and scored 1,593 career points which earned her the nickname “Sammy Buckets”. During Sammy’s tenure at Vanguard, the Lions won a conference tournament championship (2013), an undefeated conference title (2014), and had two Elite Eight appearances at the NAIA National tournament. She is the current Head Coach at Costa Mesa High School, Cal Swish 14u, and an assistant for a 6th grade Mamba Youth Club team. She obtained a Master of Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine. Fav WNBA player: Tie between Diana Taurasi & Elena Delle Donne. Fav Sports Moment: LA Sparks vs. Indiana Fever on June 22, 2008 because Candace Parker became the 2nd player to dunk in the WNBA and I was at Staples Center to witness it!!!!
JENNIFER BRESLER | Graphic Designer
Jennifer Bresler (DeYoung) was a two-time All-KingCo and All-State 1st-Team selection when she helped Redmond High School to place 7th, 4th, and 2nd in the state tournament. She later helped Northwest University to finish 3rd-place at the NCCAA National Tournament and she was named 1st-Team All-Conference and 1st-Team All-American. She finished her degree at Bellevue College, where she led her team to a 2nd-Place finish at the NWAAC tournament. She has volunteered as an assistant coach at Redmond High School for two years and is currently the Varsity Assistant. Fav WNBA Player: Sue Bird. Fav Sports Moment: the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl 🙂
MICHELLE BEAUMONT | Creative Consultant
Seattle Pacific University alumni class of 2005 – Michelle was captain of the National D2 NCAA women’s basketball runner up team her senior year. After college she continued to peruse athletics as a basketball and volleyball coach at Bellevue Christian School. Michelle now currently manages the creative department for Prep Sportswear, an online custom sports apparel company in Seattle, WA.
HANNAH OLSON | Leadership Curriculum Consultant & Guest Speaker
Hannah Olson’s (Owings) primary work in the Center is focused around Academic Programs and Community Partnerships & Outreach. She helps drive the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership (IAL) M.Ed. programs, assisting with student advising, curriculum development, and internship management. Prior to joining the CLA staff, Hannah worked in the professional sports sector with a focus on marketing, game day production, and event management. She received her Master’s of Education in the IAL program at UW in 2007 and earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Study in 2014, with research focused on effective coaching at the high school level. Hannah has also coached softball at all levels for the past 15 years. Fav WNBA player: Sue Bird. Fav Sports Moment: “The Double” – I was at the Kingdome!
LAURA HIRSH | Leadership Curriculum Consultant
Laura Hirsh is currently a psychologist in private practice in Seattle, WA, having completed her doctoral degree at Pacific University in Oregon. She received her B.S. from the University of Puget Sound, where she was a 3-year starter on the women’s basketball team. Laura grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, and was a 4-year varsity player on the basketball team at Crescent Valley High School. During her high school and collegiate career, Laura played point guard and shooting guard. While at UPS, she helped lead the Loggers to three appearances at the NCAA D3 national tournament, and was on the First Team all-conference selection for the Northwest Conference during her junior and senior years. Fav WNBA Player: Diana Taurasi. Fav Sports Moment: Going to the Elite Eight in the NCAA D-3 Tournament in 2007. We traveled to Deborah, Iowa, and as the underdogs we upset #2 ranked Howard Payne during the Sweet Sixteen round.
MAKANA STONE | Junior Counselor (Seattle, July 5-8 & July 30-Aug 3)
Makana Stone played varsity all four years at Coupeville High School on Whidbey Island. She received First-Team Honors her sophomore year, league MVP her junior and senior years, and played in the 1A All-State Game her senior year. She is currently a sophomore studying biology and playing at Whitman College. During the 2016-2017 season she helped her team reach the Elite 8 of the National Tournament and secure the conference championship title. In the 2017-2018 season she assisted her team in making it back to the National Tournament and was named to the First Team All-Northwest Conference. Fav WNBA Player: Kelsey Plum! Fav Sports Moment:The first thing that came to mind for my favorite sports moment was this…https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PhdoTThn5mw
KELSEY ROGERS | Junior Counselor (Seattle, July 5-8 & July 30-Aug 3)
Kelsey played varsity basketball at Lynnwood High School all four years where they got 3rd in state her freshman and junior year, 6th in state her senior year and won state her sophomore year. In 2017, she was named WSGBCA 3A Player of the Year, All-Wesco First-Team, First-Team Tacoma Dome Hardwood Classic, and she was invited to play in the Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association Senior All State Game. She just finished her freshman year at Western Washington University (DII) in Bellingham. Fav WNBA Player: Breanna Stewart Fav Sports Moment: Arike Ogunbowale hitting back to back buzzer beaters in the semi finals and the championship game to lead Notre Dame to a Championship title.
CHARLI ELLIOTT | Junior Counselor (Seattle, July 5-8 & July 30-Aug 3)
Charli Elliott played at West Seattle High School, where during her senior year the team went undefeated in league and won the Metro League Championship. They continued on to place 6th in state. Charli attends and plays basketball at Pacific University (D-III), where she started her freshman year and at one point led the conference in offensive rebounds. She is now entering her senior year at Pacific University and is playing basketball while pursing a degree in Creative Writing with a Chinese minor.Fav WNBA Player: Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm. Fav Sports Moment: When her high school team won the Metro League championships for the first time in school history, winning by one point at the buzzer.
IMARI CLINTON | Junior Counselor (Seattle, July 5-8 & July 30-Aug 3)
Imari played four years of varsity at Henry M. Jackson in Mill Creek, Washington and was named 2nd team All-Conference two years in a row. Imari currently attends Pacific Union College (NAIA DII) in Angwin, California. Starting both of her freshman and sophomore year, she was also a captain and named 2nd team All-Conference her freshman year and 1st team All-Conference her sophomore year. Imari is majoring in elementary education and plans to graduate in 2020. Fav WNBA Player: Candace Parker! Fav Sports Moment: Last year when my team came back from a 15 point deficit and won the game on senior night! I still remember having 30 seconds left on the clock bringing the ball up the court and I passed it to my teammate who was wide open. she ended up making the three to take us into overtime and winning the game in overtime!
MEGAN DRAKE | Junior Counselor (Seattle, July 30-Aug 3)
Megan Drake completed four years of Varsity basketball at South Whidbey High School earning All-Conference honors each year and playing in the 1A All-State game her Junior and Senior years. Megan is currently at Pacific Lutheran University and will play her first year of college ball next winter after undergoing ACL reconstruction surgery this year. She plans on getting her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing. Fav WNBA player: Elena Delle Donne Fav Sports Moment: Scoring 26 points in an overtime game that took South Whidbey to the District tournament.
GLORIA BATES | Junior Counselor (LA, August 13-16)
Gloria is a rising junior at Claremont McKenna College, a biochemistry major with a sequence in computer science. When she is not playing, she is also writing– a lot! Fav WNBA player: Kaleena Lewis. I played her one time and watched her a lot growing up; she was and is indomitable Fav Sports Moment: It was my senior night of high school; one of my best friends who struggled with performance anxiety hit a game-winning three. I was really happy for her that night, knowing how hard she had worked.
MELODY GAUTHIER | Junior Counselor (LA, August 13-16)
Melody is the all time leading scorer for Rosemead High School and three time Mission Valley League MVP. She then went on to help lead Los Angeles Valley College to a Conference title and now currently is entering her final season at Hope International University. Fav WNBA player: Lisa Leslie for the Los Angeles Sparks. Fav Sports Moment: Kobe Bryant’s last game where he scored 60 points.
We will also have many awesome women coaches and athletes who will take a day off from their adult jobs to volunteer throughout TABLA. Some of them are featured in our Faces of Team Awesome. Learn from this amazing community, become a Junior Counselor or REGISTER soon!