Coaches

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Chris Whirlow

Chris has coached teams from 3rd grade through High School Varsity since 1992. He coached at Northgate HS in Walnut Creek from 1994-1997 and at Acalanes HS in Lafayette 1998-1999. Chris was the Head Varsity Boys coach at Campolindo HS in Moraga from 2001-2008. During his 7 seasons at the school, the Cougars compiled a 136-66 record, winning 3 DFAL league titles and 3 North Coast Section championships. He was named Contra Costa Times Coach of the Year in 2005. Chris resigned as Head Coach from Campolindo in 2008 to spend more time working with the Flight Elite program. Chris and his wife Audrey live in Danville with their daughter, Emerson.

Phil Doherty

After finishing college in San Francisco, Phil taught school and was the Sports Director at St. Gabriel’s School in SF. He also served as Athletic Director at St. Stephen’s School and was the Northern California director of the Golden State High School basketball program. His teams also won 3 consecutive Golden State Basketball Championships. Phil then opened a sporting goods business and began coaching his 5 sons in CYO and AAU basketball. He also ran a Spring league sponsored by his business until he and Chris co-founded Flight Elite Basketball in 1997. Coaching youth basketball has been his passion and he’s taken great pride in the success of Flight Elite Basketball.

Mark Doherty

Mark has coached in the Flight Elite Basketball program since 2006. Mark graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He was the Freshman Boys basketball coach at Campolindo High 2007-2008 and Assistant Varsity coach 2008-2009. Mark is also co-director of Warriors Basketball Program. Mark lives in Walnut Creek.

Yoruba Harrison

Yoruba is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and played on three state championship basketball teams in high school. Yoruba played college football at Morgan St. University in Baltimore and professionally with the Washington Redskins. Yoruba was the Assistant Varsity coach at Campolindo High School from 2003-2008. He was also in charge of Strength and Conditioning for the program. He was been working with the Flight Elite program since 2004. Yoruba lives in Fremont.

Kenji McCrae

Kenji McCrae brings an energy & zest to coaching that is contagious. Kenji played Varsity basketball at Acalanes High School. Kenji was able to make the team and contribute on a very deep bench. After high school, Kenji followed Rob Collins’ coaching journey to Richmond High School where he would show up to early morning workouts to help get their students ready to play on the varsity program. Being a great teammate is something that Kenji strived to for as a player and now works diligently to teach as a coach.  He has been coaching with Flight Elite since 2013.

Jesse Dawes

Coach Jesse Dawes grew up in Walnut Creek where he developed a fiery passion for the game of basketball. He played Varsity Basketball at Las Lomas High School, where he earned multiple all tournament awards, as well as making All-League honors his senior year. Coach Dawes started coaching elementary students at Indian Valley after school while attending high school. He played Junior College basketball at Allan Hancock College, before transferring to Cal Poly SLO. While studying Recreation Administration and Sports Management, Coach Dawes continued his coaching career with AAU, middle school, and high school level athletes, and has been coaching boys and girls for over 15 years. He still plays in men’s leagues in the east bay, where he resides, and can be seen at numerous 24 Hour Fitness’s all over the Bay Area.

“Nobody is perfect. Your gonna make mistakes, it’s gonna happen. Make it a goal to not make the same mistake twice!” -Coach Dawes

 

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