MEET THE TEAM

Brian Smith

Coach

Coach Brian “Coach B” Smith has been a youth basketball coach for 25 years. He has coached both boys and girls ages 5–18. Coach B started coaching his little sister at the recreation level
and found a passion for teaching the fundamentals of basketball and encouraging players to be their best. Moving on to the club/travel team level he has coached with the Long Beach Lady
Warriors, MCD and L.A. Lady Titans. Soon after He began coaching at the High School level at Long Beach Jordan, Bishop Montgomery and Immaculate Heart. Coach B Is currently the
Basketball, Cross Country and Track & Field coach for Immaculate Heart Middle School.


Coach B brings a positive environment focused on fundamentals, increasing skill level, sportsmanship, mental toughness and above all encouraging your best effort.

Chris Rodgers

Director of Basketball

Chris Rodgers hails from the Philadelphia area. After a successful 4-year college career at Bucknell University, Chris continued his basketball career in Europe; playing professionally in the German Bundislega.

 

While playing overseas, he developed a love for coaching and became the head coach and program director for a 14u team. He led the team to back-to-back German championships.

 

Once he finished playing, Chris returned to the US and settled in Los Angeles. He started training high school and college athletes. With over 15 years of coaching experience, Chris continues to train local youth as well as coach Varsity basketball. He developed numerous athletes who currently play college basketball. As a player, he possessed a competitive attitude with a desire to succeed which he now passes on to his players. He believes in motivating players to achieve heights they never thought possible by helping them break through their mental limitations.

Rich Kitagawa

Director of Operations

Rich has been coaching basketball for over 40 years.  He has coached at the youth and community level, club and high school.  Coach Rich takes pride in teaching strong fundamentals and the understanding of the game.

Rich believes it is important to help players understand their true potential.  He has been a High School Varsity coach since 1997 winning over 125 Varsity games. He has also coached Club basketball since 2000.  He has led teams to top 5, 7th and 16th places at AAU Nationals Tournaments throughout the United States.  Currently,  Coach is a member of the basketball and softball coaching staffs at La Puente High School.

Contact US

risesportsacademy@gmail.com  |  Tel: 213-267-1543

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