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.

DyShawn Hobson - Player Development Coach

Coach DyShawn was raised in Corvallis, Oregon. He attended Corvallis High School, went on to play at Bushnell University for two years, and most recently finished his playing career at his hometown college: Oregon State University. There he was involved with the Oregon State basketball program during their unprecedented Pac-12 championship and NCAA tournament Elite 8 run. Upon graduating from Oregon State with a B.S. in Speech Communication, DyShawn is looking to begin his coaching career with the hopes of becoming an NBA & WNBA Skills Trainer. He is hoping to use his on-court development and film analysis skills to help develop players of all ages here in the Bay Area while working with UP Basketball.

Josh Friedkin - Player Development Coach

Coach Josh played varsity basketball at Albany high school from sophomore to senior year. He was then recruited by Oberlin College where he was the starting point guard as a freshman. During his sophomore year, he has played in 25 games, making 23 starts averaging 29.5 per game. Coach Josh did 3 summer internships with UPBasketball and has trained with Coach Packie for 5 years. He graduated with a double-major degree in both Economics and Psychology, and was recruited to play professional basketball in Israel's second division. Josh is more than happy to be passing on his knowledge of the game to the younger generation at UPBasketball.

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. 

Eddy Ionescu - Player Development Coach

Coach Eddy Ionescu 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. He 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. 

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.

Iniko "Niko" McNeil - Player Development Intern

Coach Niko is a native of Berkeley, California and has been around the game since the age of five. He is currently a student athlete at Merritt Junior College as the latest stop in his basketball journey and has played four years previously at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, Ca. He has been playing basketball since he was 6 years old and has never fallen out of love with the game. Recently, he has worked with and is comfortable with all ages and skill levels as well as watching and being invested in all levels of the game. He is always looking for ways to make athletes' games better through improving their mental approach and outlook on the game. Building lifelong relationships through the game of basketball is Coach Niko's favorite part of his job. Using different techniques, strategies, concepts, and drills that he has picked up along his own journey and mentorships he is looking to pass on to his clients as much information and knowledge as possible!  

Walter Lum - Player Development Intern

Coach Walter was raised in San Francisco California and attended Lick-Wilmerding High School. Currently, Walter is playing for Whitman College in Washington and is the starting point guard for his team. Walter is a passionate player and coach that loves spreading the game of basketball to all. Walter looks forward to being able to help develop the next generation of players while also applying new techniques and skills to his own game. 

Keana Delos Santos - Player Development Intern

Coach Keana, aka, Coach Ke, was born and raised in the Bay Area. She grew up around the game of basketball to where it became more than just a game; more so a lifestyle. Coach Ke attended Miramonte High School, then went on to play at Utah Valley University for four years in Orem, UT. Post graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and minor in Business Management, Coach Ke worked within the NFL, specializing in social media, brand marketing, and non-profit incentives for professional athletes. Currently, Coach Ke is a social media coordinator by day, as well as, a player development trainer by night for the Golden State Warriors Basketball Academy. At UPB, Coach Ke is hopeful to feed her love and passion for the next generation of young women. 

Jenna Kilty - Player Development Intern

Coach Jenna was raised in Oakland, California and attended Bishop O’Dowd High school. She played two seasons at Portland State University and is transferring to University of Idaho in the fall. Jenna has been training at UPB for the last two years, and is super excited to join the coaching staff. After college, Jenna hopes to pursue a professional career overseas and someday be an NBA skills trainer. Jenna is a huge lover of basketball and is always eager to be in the gym and help others grow their game.

Miles Klapper - Player Development Intern

Coach Miles was born and raised in Hillsborough and recently graduated from Serra High School where he was a three year Varsity starter and named MVP and 1st Team all WCAL this past season. Miles has always been passionate about basketball and has been training at UPB and with Coach Packie since 7th grade. He has interned the past two summers at UPB and has also held coaching and training roles for Next Level Basketball. Sports and various independent camps. He is excited to share his love of the game and pass along the knowledge he has acquired from so many amazing mentors over the years.

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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