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. Click here to read more about Coach DyShawn.

Eddy Ionescu

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.

Matt Hopkins - Player Development Coach

Coach Matt was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. He attended Santa Cruz High School and played basketball at Cabrillo College. After graduating from California State Monterey Bay, he returned to Cabrillo College as an assistant coach for their men's basketball team. Matt is entering his second year on a collegiate college coaching staff and finishing his Master's in Sports Law and Business from Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He loves working with kids of all ages and enjoys enhancing their basketball skills and passion for the game. Matt is incredibly excited to join the amazing team at Unlimited Potential Basketball. He can't wait to give the gift of basketball back to the community and help athletes reach their goals. Click here to learn more about Coach Matt.

Danny LaFortune - Player Development Coach

Coach Danny was born in Maryland and raised in the East Bay. He attended College Park High School, and then went on to play at Diablo Valley College over which time the league honored him to the all academic first team. Danny graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During his time at UCSB, he was dedicated to the basketball program and was able to actively provide knowledge to players while also refining his skills from experienced division one coaches. Upon receiving his degree in Sociology, Danny is looking to advance as a skills trainer and is also interested in pursuing a career in sports management. He enjoys training players at all levels while offering a style that will foster an everlasting love for the game of basketball. Danny is honored to be part of the UPB team and excited to impact players on and off the court. Click here to learn more about Coach Danny.


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. Click here to learn more about Coach Ruta.

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. Click here to learn more about Madisen.

Daniel Ballout - Front Desk Associate

Daniel was born and raised in Burlingame, California. He is currently a senior at Burlingame High School where he is looking forward to studying finance in college. Daniel has trained with UPB since 2018 and officially became a member of the team in the Summer of 2022. At the front desk, Daniel greets our visitors, answers our phone, and helps maintain our gym. Daniel is excited to meet new people and become a part of UPB’s large community.


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