Meet the Staff

 
George Quintero
Founder/Director
  George Quintero has coached elite high school level basketball in Southern California for more than 26 years; a distinguished career in which he has hundreds of NCAA Division I athletes and professional players.
   Quintero began his high school coaching career in 1985 at Santa Monica High School, where he would spend six seasons as the assistant coach for the powerful Santa Monica boys' program. Santa Monica captured the 1987 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division IV championships. Since that time he has had successful stints as a head coach at South Torrance (1995-1996); Santa Monica Crossroads (1996-1998); and Los Angeles Marlborough (1998-2003), where his teams won a CIF Division IV championships.
    In 1993 Quintero founded the Westside Basketball Club in Santa Monica, which for 20 years has been one of the most well respected youth basketball programs in the California. WBC focuses on skill development for both male and female student athletes, and sponsored California's Finest Basketball Club. Cal Finest boosted the Top team in the nation in 2001 and produced four McDonalds All American members. Noel Quinn,(UCLA) Jennifer Hall (Vanderbilt) Alexis Kendrick (Georgia) & Crystal Ervin (Notre Dame)
   In 2006 Quintero was named director and head coach of the California Storm - one of just 16 elite Nike-sponsored girls' basketball teams in the nation. In his first 8 seasons with the Storm, Quintero oversaw the development of of America's premier players including USA Basketball Gold Medalist Oderah Chidom, Kendall Copper, Alyssia Brewer
In 2009 California Storm became the first girls' basketball club in history to be affiliated with a professional athlete. Sponsored by six time WNBA All-Star and two time U.S. Olympian, Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury.Developed McDonald's All-Americans Chelsea Gray (Duke) and Justine Hartman (Cal).