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 2019!
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: 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 at PURE Athletic Training and Mentoring out of Federal Way. 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!
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 🙂
MAKANA STONE | Junior Counselor, 3rd Year
Makana Stone is a senior studying biology and playing at Whitman College. As a freshman, she helped her team reach the Elite 8 of the National Tournament and secure the conference championship title. As a sophomore, she assisted her team in making it back to the National Tournament. She was named First Team All-Northwest Conference both her sophomore and junior years and hopes to make another run in the national tournament in her senior season. Favorite WNBA Player: Alysha Clark Favorite Sports Moment: Winning the Conference tournament my freshman year
IMARI CLINTON | Junior Counselor, 2nd Year
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 attended 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 transferred to Hope International University (NAIA DI) in Fullerton, California. She also played overseas in Spain this past June! 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!
TAYLOR FAHEY | Junior Counselor
Taylor played for Lynnwood High School varsity for three years, competing at the Tacoma dome each year. She won the 3A state championship her sophomore year, placed 3rd her junior year, and placed 6th her senior year. Taylor received honorable mention as a senior. She played for Pacific Lutheran University for her freshman year of college, but has since decided to transfer to Colorado Boulder to pursue a major in Speech Language Hearing sciences! Fav WMBA player: Kelsey Plum Fav sports moment: The buzzer beater that my teammate hit in the state championship with a broken ankle! She broke her ankle in the semi final game and sat the championship game until the last 10 seconds when my coach subbed her in and she drained a shot from the short corner.
KATE HUGUENIN | Junior Counselor
Kate played three years of varsity at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington, and was named Honorable Mention her Senior year. After her senior season, she was injured and had ACL reconstruction surgery. Heading into her freshman year at George Fox University (NCAA D-III) in Newberg, OR, Kate redshirted her freshman season and did not play. This fall, she will enter her junior year of school but sophomore season of basketball. Kate is pursuing a degree in Physical Education with the dream of teaching elementary PE and head coaching a high school girls’ basketball program. Favorite WNBA Player: Diana Taurasi Favorite Sports Moment: Coming back in the fourth quarter to beat Lake Stevens and head to regionals.
ELISA KOOIMAN | Junior Counselor
Elisa was a four-year varsity starter at Lynden High School. She had been a 1st-Team All Conference since her freshman year, when she helped her team to a District Championship and a 3rd-Place at State. Elisa was a team captain by her junior year, and, named the Most Valuable Player in the State Tournament, she led her team to the state championship during her senior campaign. Elisa played collegiate basketball at Northwest Nazarene University and Whatcom Community College. She is currently attending Western Washington University and majoring in education.
MIKAYLA PIVEC | Junior Counselor
Mikayla attended Lynnwood High School (LHS) and competed in four years of high school cross country, basketball, and track & field. She won four state titles at LHS: a basketball team title in 2015, 4×400 meter relay in track & field during 2015, an individual state title in the javelin in 2016, and a team state title in track & field in 2016. Pivec is a rising senior at Oregon State University where she has contributed to two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances (2017 and 2019), one Elite Eight run (2018), and one PAC-12 Conference championship in 2016-2017, An All-Pac-12 performer in 2018-2019, Pivec averaged 15.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game for the Beavers. Pivec was selected to the United States U-23 national team in May 2019 and will represent her country in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru this August. Fav WNBA Player: Sue Bird Fav Sports Moment: Winning the state high school basketball championship with my Lynnwood teammates in 2015.
JULIA STRAND | Junior Counselor
Julia Strand started on varsity all four years at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline. She received 2nd team all league and 2A all state honors her sophomore year, being the leading scorer for her team, and then helping her team to win the schools first ever 2A state championship in 2016. She tore her ACL in preseason of her junior year, causing her to miss her entire junior season, but through perseverance and hard work, she was able to come back and play her senior year for the 2017-18 season. And then earned First-Team honors and the female athlete of the season, and also leading her team to the WesCo championships, and to 3A state. She is now entering her second year and season at Chapman University, playing on the Women’s Basketball team there, and studying Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing. Fav WNBA Player: Kelsey Plum Fav Sports Moment: Winning the 2A state championship in 2016 and beating Cleveland in Regionals her senior year to go to the Tacoma Dome.
TABLA strives to bring the stories of athletes in front of our aspiring girls. Learn from this amazing community of women basketball players and register soon!