COACHES

Varsity Head Coach 

Brason Alexander

 

Brason Alexander is in his fourth season with the Sea Queens, second as Varsity Head Coach.  Prior to joining CdM, Coach Alexander was at Lincoln High School (Tacoma, WA) from 2007-13 as the Boys’ Varsity assistant and JV head coach. In six years with Lincoln, the Abe’s won 3 league titles, 4 district titles, and 3 trips to the State Championships (4th place in 2008, 3rd place in 2013).  Coach Alexander played at the University of Puget Sound from 1999-2002 and West Los Angeles College. Coach Alexander grew up in a basketball family and is the son and grandson of successful high school coaches.   Coach Alexander holds a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration.  Coach Alexander, his wife, Tamara, daughter, Trasara (14), and son, Cash (8) relocated to Southern California in 2013 to be closer to their families.

Varsity Assistant

Roger Chung

 

Roger Chung is in his tenth season with CdM Girls’ Basketball, and his ninth season as the varsity assistant.  He previously coached the girls’ JV team at CdM and served as Girls Frosh/Soph and JV Basketball Coach at Cypress High School for 3 years. Coach Roger started his coaching career when he was 18, coaching 6th and 7th grade boys.  He has coached the senior girls in the South East Youth Organization (SEYO) for 6 years before coaching high school basketball.  Roger graduated from UCI with degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering.  He is a licensed professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.  He is currently a Senior Project Manager for a civil engineering consulting firm in Irvine.  Roger lives in Irvine with his wife, Janet and his 11-year old son Bradin and 6-year old son Haydin.

Junior Varsity Head Coach 

Varsity Assistant Coach

Jill Apperson Manly

 

Second year Head JV coach, Manly played at Alhambra High School  and was named all CIF Div 4A.  She played four years at Pomona College. During her four years at Pomona College her team held a 48 – 0 SCIAC Conference record.  They went to NCAA playoffs all four years including the Final 4 and The Final 8.  She  holds top 10 records at Pomona in rebounds 221 (29g) 1981-82 and Blocked Shots  43(29g) 1984-85.  More recently, Manly has coached boys NJB for 5 years,  is a certified yoga instructor and former owner of Jabulani Yoga Studio  in CDM. She recently published an award winning children’s yoga book.  Manly is the mother of four children:  Christina and Dana NHHS 2008, 2010; John and Ron CDMHS 2018, 2020.

Manly is passionate about making sports fun and accessible. She believes with hard work and good coaching a player’s participation in high school sports  can build a student/athlete’s self esteem and teach valuable life lessons. Manly’s definition of success is that her player is a happier, wiser, kinder, more skilled and healthier human being because of what they learned on her team and on the court.

Assistant Junior Varsity Coach

Malia Grippo

Malia Grippo has enjoyed coaching youth sports for the past 15 years. She has coached her children’s soccer and basketball teams, including teams at OLQA, and CDM Middle School. Her favorite coaching experience was in China, when she coached a youth basketball team. Only a couple kids could speak English, but that is what made it that much more fun!  Malia played basketball and soccer at Loyola Marymount University, and enjoys running marathons and triathlons. One of her biggest athletic accomplishments would be the Ironman in Coeur de Alene five years ago. Malia believes that athletic competition is about greater life lessons and experiences, not necessarily about the big win, or the winning shot or goal. She is still thankful for her high school basketball coach for forcing her out of her comfort zone, which is still part of who she is today. She now lives in Newport Beach with her husband, Ralph, and her two children, Chase (19) and Tia (18.)

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