Gene “Geno” Cotter was unique. From his humble beginnings in the hills of Northern California, Geno strove everyday to be the best version of himself. From All-State basketball honors in High School to a successful college basketball career, Geno was never content with the conventional. This extended to the company he founded, Basketball Jones Hoop Camps, whose goal is to bring a passion and excitement for life and basketball into the lives of young people.
GENO excelled at every stage of his basketball career:
• Named to All-State team in High School
• Played at Holy Names University on a Basketball Scholarship
• AAU Coach | "BBJHC Avengers"
• High School Varsity Coach | South Fork HS
• College Assistant Coach | Feather River College
• Personal Basketball Trainer
• Director of over 200 Basketball Camps
• Certified High School Official
• Produced 7 Instructional DVDs
"Having put on over 200 camps, our curriculum is time-tested and proven. Each day is filled with drills, games, and competitions that I have personally done as a player, coach, and camp director. There is no trial and error at our camps-Everything is done for a reason."
It starts with "GENO ENERGY". Our people do our best to demonstrate the positive charisma synonimous with that of our founder, Gene Cotter. We believe in nurturing a passion for life in bringing families together for the upliftment of community through youth basketball programs.
Ace Koski - Looped on Hoop since '96
Education: Cal State University, Monterey Bay
- B.S. Business Administration
- B.A. Psychology
- Minor: Sports Management
"It is an incredible honor to be given the trust to further develop the culture of inclusion that Geno grew into each of these camps. Our driving force is to continue his legacy living through each of us who knew him; and all of those whose lives he touched with his uplifting spirit.
A Big Brother to many and a positive role model to all, Geno knew how to bring out the very best in each of us, and it's with that same love for humankind, that we will continue his life's work of reaching kids with a genuine spirit of Passion, Purpose and Positivity!"
-Long Live Geno
*Current Specialist for Cabrillo College Basketball
California State Univ., Monterey Bay
Humboldt State University
Feather River Junior College
Santa Cruz High School
Aptos High School
Portola High School
Stanford University Elite Overnight Camps
Los Angeles Lakers Overnight Camps
Texas Tech University Basketball Camps
AAU Club Administrator | "The Jones"
Snow Valley Basketball School
Bobby Knight's Team Camp
Northern Regional Director | Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma
Education: M.A. Education , Multicultural - University of Redlands 2006
Teaching Credential - Multiple Subject 2006 | B.A. Graphic Design 2003
Coach G says...
"Excited to reconnect with legendary Basketball Jones roots crew and very honored to keep the positive vibrations of Geno’s uplifting spirit moving forward. The power of a person’s life lives in greater good created within the stories they leave behind. We look forward to further fulfilling Geno’s legacy of reaching and teaching kids about the transformative powers of living with Passion, Purpose, and Positivity. We are dedicated to uplift the youth and strengthen the hearts within communities everywhere we go. Have Hoops, We’ll Travel, and Long Live Like Geno!
Gordon Hunt graduated from Fortuna High School in 1998, helped his team win a league championship, and was named Humboldt Del Norte League MVP.
He went on to play NCAA basketball at the University of Redlands in Southern California, where he earned several team awards and career accolades as a college player, including:
Best Defensive Player
SCIAC All Conference Honors
At the University of Redlands, he holds three all time - Top 10 school records including:
1) Career Free Throw Percentage with 83.1%
2) Career 3-Point Field Goals Made with 178
3) Single Season 3-Point Field Goal Average with 43.4%.
He played and coached on two European Basketball Tours through Germany and Italy.
Coach Hunt served as the Graduated Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and Head of Recruiting for the University of Redlands from 2003-06, where he earned a Teaching Credential and Master’s in Multi-Cultural Education.
As the Grad-Assistant Men's Basketball Coach during the 2003-04 season at the University of Redlands, the team made history running a high octane fast break style, called "The System.” The team still holds the record as the highest scoring team in the history of all NCAA divisions, with an average of 132.4 points per game.
10+ years as a Classroom Teacher
Lead Director - "Coach G Training"
Kids Unlimited in Medford, Oregon
"Be One!" Jamaica Youth Ambassador Project | Montego Bay, Jamaica
Designed cross-cultural leadership projects with students in America and Jamaica
Helped raise money to purchase new drums for under-served youth in Jamaica
Studied & Practiced Yoga at the Shivanada Yoga Ashram in Kerala, India
Central Coast Camp Director
Head Coach, North Monterey County High School
AAU Club Administrator, Head Coach | North County Rebels AAU
San Diego Miramar College 2008-2011
North Monterey County High School 2004-2008
Basketball Jones "Future Stars" Director
Head Coach, Upper Lake High School
Owner, Little Bounce Basketball Academy
Administrator, As1 International Travel Team AAU Program:
China | Hungary | Russia | Ireland
Mendocino College (1989-1992) | AA Degree - Physical Education
"Basketball Jones is family, and has been an important part of my adult life. My son, Quincy, spent his summers at camp but was too young to participate. I could see his excitement and love of the game growing over the years. The idea of having children ages 4 to 6 years old share in an enriching basketball experience is why I founded Little Bounce Basketball Camps in 2007. Future Stars began when Geno and myself decided to incorporate this age group into Basketball Jones ." -Coach Miles
ANDREW SNELLGROVE | Athletic Director, Coach
Valley Christian HS | Sacramento Kings
RYAN CHISM | Athletic Director, Coach
University High School
JEREMY DIRKS | Principal, Coach
Christopher High School, Gilroy, CA
AUGIE JOHNSTON | Head Coach, PRO EURO Player
Atascadero High | Played in Germany
PERRY HUANG | Assistant Coach, WNBA
Seattle Storm | China Olympic National Team
PACKIE TURNER | Owner, Trainer NBA, NCAA
Unlimited Potential Basketball Academy
JUSTIN CLYMO | Athletic Director, Head Coach
JAMES PAGE | Head Coach, CCCAA
Cabrillo College Men's Basketball
POPS & CHARLES MORALES | Owner, Lead Trainers
Hollister Boxing, "Team Trouble"
MAURICE "MO" MANN | Owner, Lead Trainer - NFL & CFL
Get Better or Get Beat (GBGB) | Mann Up! Athletics
LINDSEY FOSTER | Assistant Coach NCAA
Sonoma State University
DAVID BROOME | Assistant Coach NCAA
Montana State University
RYAN BISIO | Head Coach CCCAA
College of the Redwoods
STEVE BALL | Head Coach CCCAA
Napa Valley College
PATRICK & MONIQUE JONES | Head Coaches
Santa Cruz High School, Team Santa Cruz AAU
TARIQ FLEMING | GM Ticket Sales & Services
UC Irvine - Miami Heat, NBA
Pierre Bernasconi | Salinas High School
Played: Professional European Player - France
Nathan Hentley | Eureka High School
Played: Humboldt State University
Jermaine Brown | Mendocino College
*Current Student Athlete
Kobe Ordonio | Cal State San Bernardino
*Current Student Athlete
Todd Bragonier | Varsity Coach, Folsom High School
Played: University of Florida
Jacob Guzman | Certified High School Official
Played: Cal State Monterey Bay
Zavon Jackson | NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
Played: Lewis & Clark State University
Cameron Jones | Colorado College
Played: Concordia University