Our Team

On Court Staff

Coach Packie- Chief Training Officer

Recently, Coach Packie has had the amazing opportunity to work with some professional athletes from his favorite local championship team The Golden State Warriors and the 2 time MVP. Packie has worked with children age 6 and older to professionals players both here and overseas. He has a unique approach to teaching and making sure the game is always enjoyable. Many young athletes are passionate about basketball and he wants to help not only ignite that fire, but allow it to grow so that it never burns out.

Coach Packie attended Holy Names University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Sports Management.

Nick Kanno - Player Development Coach

Coach Nickwas born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii. He attended Mililani High School, then continued his playing career at Holy Names University. After graduating with a bachelors degree in Business and Finance. Nick started his coaching career at Kamehameha School and at Punahou School. In addition, Nick coached Hawaii’s West Coast Elite AAU team and worked under Derrick Low at PROformance Hawaii Basketball. In 2021 Nick moved back to the Bay Area and is excited to join Coach Packie and the UPB family. Nick values developing genuine relationships with players and feels it’s paramount in helping maximize their potential on and off the court. 

Aaron Friedkin - Player Development Intern

Coach Aaron was raised in Albany California and attend Albany High School. Currently, Aaron is playing for Skyline College looking to make big impact this year at the point guard position. Aaron is a devoted Coach, Athlete and Mentor. He has been playing basketball since he was 6 years old and has never stopped. Recently, he has been working with ages between 6 and 18 years old. He is always looking for ways to make the kids better at the game. Applying different techniques and trainings that he has developed and applying new techniques he learns in his own college practices.

Eddy Ionescu - Player Development Coach

Coach Eddy was born and raised in Walnut Creek California. He grew up playing hoops with his twin sister Sabrina where they shared an incredible love and passion for the game of basketball. Eddy then went on to play two years at City College of San Francisco where he shared a state championship title with his teammates, and finished off his collegiate career at the University of Oregon where they won two Pac-12 championships, and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2020-2021 season. Coach Eddy looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience for the game of basketball, and help shape the next generation of youth athletes. 

Off Court Staff

Bianca Turner- CEO

Bianca Turner and Coach Packie Turner started UPBasketball in Oakland, California in August 2016. She grew up in Oakland and graduated from Santa Clara University with her Bachelors in Business Marketing. Bianca is passionate about creating an environment that teaches hard work and mental toughness. Each UPB program is designed with the athletes in mind. She strives to create fun and challenging opportunities for UPB athletes to grow. If you have any questions please feel free to send her an email at bianca@upbtraining.com.

Ruta Savickaite - Director of Basketball Operations

Ruta was born and raised in Lithuania. She moved to the United States in 2012 where she attended Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, TN. She played at Western Kentucky University for two years, during those two years the team made it to the NCAA tournament both years. In 2015 Ruta transferred to the University of Southern Indiana, where she finished her playing career and earned a Bachelor's degree in Sport Management. After graduation, she accepted a graduate assistantship position with Wichita State's women's basketball team. During two years with WSU, she was assisting the head coach with recruiting, marketing, player development, game-day operations, and scheduling. She graduated from Wichita State in May 2019, after graduating with a Master's degree Ruta moved to the Bay Area in June 2019 to pursue her career in sports administration and coaching. Currently Ruta is in charge of day to day operations at UPB, while working remotely from Lithuania.

Madisen Carter- Social Media Coordinator

Madisen was born and raised in Sacramento, California. She went to Antelope High School where she was the head of the sports section for the school’s news team, Titan TV News. In 2016 she moved to Phoenix, Arizona to attend Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Journalism and a certificate in Sales and Marketing Essentials in May of 2020. As a sports reporter and journalist at ASU, she covered high school sports in the Phoenix area, ASU Athletics, the Arizona Fall League, and more. Currently, Madisen is back at ASU pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sports Law and Business at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Madisen is excited to be a part of the UPB team and to share all the talented athletes’ stories with the community. 

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