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.

Coach Ruta- Director of Business Operations and Virtual Training

Ruta was born and raised in Lithuania and as of this fall she has returned there to work for UPBasketball remotely. 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. 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. Ruta enjoys being part of the UPBasketball team because she loves sharing her appreciation and passion for basketball, as well as applying her experience in player development.

Asha Thomas- Player Development Coach

Asha was born and raised in East Oakland, CA. She graduated in 2015 from Bishop O’Dowd High School. She was able to help her team win three state championships. Asha attended UC Berkeley and became Cal’s all-time 3pt leader (233), ranked 4th in assists (485), and ranked 15th in scoring (1309). She graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies. After graduated, she played professionally in England for the Sheffield Hatters. She loves to work with aspiring athletes and trains them when she isn’t in the gym herself. Asha is blessed to be a part of UPB and excited to share her knowledge and experience.

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Ashley Hawkins- Player Development Coach & Ops Assistant

Ashley Hawkins was raised in Sacramento, Ca. She attended Antelope High School where she was inducted in the Antelope High School's Women's Basketball Hall of Fame earning back to back first team all-league titles (c/o 2012). She was named MVP of the 2012 Sacramento Optimist All Star game and also played in the 2012 Sac vs. Bay All Star game. Ashley then went on to play two years at Vincennes University where she was captain of her team and nationally ranked in the top 100 JUCO women's basketball player rankings during her 2013-2014 season. After Vincennes, she went on to play three years at The University of Evansville where she red shirted for one out of the three years. At the University of Evansville she earned her degree in psychology. Ashley is excited to join the UPB team to share her passion and knowledge for the game with the younger generation to help them reach all their goals and get to the next level. 

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Michael Orlich- Player Development Coach and Special Projects Coordinator

Michael is from Fresno, California where he attended Clovis West High School and was a three year varsity starter. He continued his playing career at the University of San Francisco and graduated in 2019. Alongside playing at USF, he also started his skill development training there. After his career at USF he joined the coaching staff at Washington State under Kyle Smith where he was in charge of Player Development, along with receiving his Masters in 2021. He worked out the guys on a day to day basis and was also in charge of running spring team workouts. After his two years at Washington State, he worked the NBA Pre-Draft in Santa Barbara alongside Packie Turner. Michael joined the UPBasketball team because he loves the game of basketball and loves being able to share that same passion with the players coming in to work.

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.

Ellie Liberman- Social Media Specialist

Ellie Lieberman was born and raised in San Mateo, CA. She attended Menlo School and is now a rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is studying American Culture Studies and Marketing with an emphasis in Sports Management. While she's not in class, she's managing UPB's Instagram and Twitter, or writing articles for SB Nation. Ellie is passionate about the intersection of storytelling and sports, and loves learning about all of UPB's clients beyond just their work on-the-court. 

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