Ron Rossi started coaching 25 years ago where he helped form a league called Cupertino Hoops, a youth league from grades fourth through tenth. He also coached high school boys for three years. After that, Ron became the Head Coach for St. Lawrence Academy Girls Varsity Basketball program for 12 seasons. They qualified for CCS Playoffs in 10 of the 12 years. He then became the Associate Head Coach at Ohlone Junior College for the Women’s Basketball program for the next 5 seasons. The team made the State Tournament all five seasons and three of the seasons qualified for the Elite 8.
Ron is proud that one of his roles as a Junior College coach was as head recruiter. “During my tenure there, 94% of all recruits were moved on to a four year school to play basketball and received full or partial scholarships,” says Ron.
Ron is currently in his fourth season as the Girls Varsity head coach at Woodside The past 2 seasons, they have qualified for CCS with winning records in Non-League Play. Woodside has become well respected in both non-league and league play and they are looking to continue to improve.
Ron enjoys many aspects of coaching. He enjoys seeing the improvements in a player or team; creating a program that is well rounded and prepares them for almost anything; when the players are playing well and having fun; and especially working with young adults and teaching life lessons.
Ron played 2 years of Varsity basketball for Reading High in Reading, PA, the largest high school in the state of Pennsylvania. In his junior year, they made it to the State Finals.
Ron grew up in Reading, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. After Reading High School, he attended RACC Junior College and Penn State. He obtained an AA Degree in Business Management. He is a certified trainer in business empowerment, and many other business classes.
When not coaching, Ron loves to golf with friends. He also works out 5-6 days a week. He enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time with family, wine tasting and watching sports. He was a Project Manager, Customer Service Director and Consultant in his professional career but has semi-retired and works 30-35 hours a week helping a local custom packaging company. He was also a Private Trainer for Basketball teaching young athletes from ages 8 to College players.
His wife and he have no children as they were not able to have them and chose not to adopt. Coaching youth has filled some of that void in their lives. They have been asked to be godparents to many of their nieces and nephews. He has also performed and officiated 2 weddings.
Mike Shinn grew up playing sports. “I was a classic gym rat, or in my case, an asphalt rat,” says Mike of his athletic childhood. Mike attended high school and community college in Rockford, IL. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University and an M.S. in Finance from Golden Gate University.
Mike has an extensive background in sports and coaching. He coached both boys and girls for six years at Kennedy Middle School and this is now Mike’s seventh year coaching at Woodside. He has been the assistant varsity coach for five seasons and the assistant JV coach for two seasons. This is Mike’s second year as JV head coach.
Mike says his favorite thing about coaching is to see the improvement in players on a daily basis.
In addition to coaching, Mike is a volunteer as an AARP Tax Aide during tax season. Mike has been married for 34 years, has a son and daughter who are both in their 30’s, and his main hobbies are playing guitar and hiking.
“In high school I was a practice player on a very good team, and I kept working hard on my game until I was 30. I would play in recreational, church, intra-mural, and industrial leagues and played most weeknights wherever I could find a game. The highest level I ever played was A league industrial basketball in Phoenix, AZ with many ex-college and high school players. I continued to play in recreation leagues in Redwood City and Palo Alto until I was 45.”