WHO WE ARE
The Denker Basketball Academy is an elite-level AAU basketball program, based in San Jose, California. We practice in the Almaden Valley area, and serve surrounding communities, including Los Gatos, Willow Glen, San Jose and more. Our mission is developing successful, well-rounded boys and girls who excel at basketball, and in life. Basketball is the game we play, but we hope the lessons learned through hard playing, teamwork and community service will impact our players throughout their playing careers, and beyond. We offer highly-competitive teams for boys and girls, ranging from 4th grade through high school. Our team name, “Drive”, is a symbol both of the intensity we bring to the court, and also the motivation we want to foster for all facets of life. We are a Non-Profit (501c-3) organization that strives to help youth in our area as well as other charitable organizations around the world. We play in both local and national-level AAU tournaments. We compete hard with fundamental defense, creative offense, highly disciplined play and team-first attitude. We develop our players through training camps and skills clinics. We offer excellent collegiate- and national-level coaching experience. And most importantly, we are about working hard, having fun, and supporting each other as we compete, learn and grow together.
Chris has a wealth of experience in the basketball industry accumulating over 27 years as a coach, scout, advance scout, video editor, clinician, consultant, writer, and administrator.
Coach Ken is a fixture in Almaden athletic circles. His energy and effort to help young boys and girls in Almaden Valley achieve athletic goals is second to none. Ken has over 12 years of coaching experience...
COACH & MENTOR
Dwight brings over 12 years of coaching experience in the NJB league, where he has coached All-Net teams in 10 of those years. His experience started with girls (his youngest daughter in the 3rd grade)...
Chris brings a wealth of basketball coaching experience to DBA: Leland High School (June 2013 To Present) Girls Varsity Associate Head Basketball Coach and Girls JV Head Coach (November 2013 to Present)
Josh enters his 2nd season in the DBA High School program. During the winter Josh coaches on the JV/Varsity staff at Branham HS in San Jose. A USA Basketball Gold certified coach.
Coaching Experience: 1993 High school assistant & aau coach 1994 Assistant coach Hutchinson JC 1995 Assistant coach Central Missouri State 1995-1997 graduate assistant University of Nebraska...
Jeff has over 5 years of coaching experience. He has coached basketball, baseball, soccer, flag football. He led his Outlaws Comp soccer club to 4 straight regular season titles and 4 tournament titles.
Anthony has coached basketball at the High School and Youth levels serving as the Head Coach of an NJB Division I (7/8) boys team in the Almaden Valley Chapter in 2014-15. He also coached NJB Division I and NJB...
Coach Nick has coached with DBA for 5 years as both Head and Assistant Coach for various levels. He also coached for 4 years of NJB basketball in Almaden as All-Net Coach.
Coach Miyagi enters his 2nd season with DBA after 4 years at Bellarmine College Prep with the JV program. He has also coached Catholic Grammar school basketball and camps/clinics through Bellarmine...
Coach Szarlacki was an Assistant Varsity Coach at Pioneer HS for 6 years before joining DBA and is still close to the PHS athletic department. A standout Football and Basketball player at...
Community Service & Outreach Director for DBA Drive
Gisette helps with all aspects of the organization, including administrative functions, tournament organization and community outreach. She played volleyball, basketball, and...