Coaching Staff

Bob Wendell


Evergreen United does not use volunteer parents as coaches in our recreational and Div 1 competitive basketball programs. All coaches are paid coaches specifically hired to only coach basketball. Our Div 1 competitive program has some of the best coaches in the country.

The Evergreen United basketball coaching staff is headed by Bob Wendell, Director of Basketball. Bob is very hands-on in the coaching of all our players.

Bob has had tremendous success as a basketball player and coach. As a two-sport athlete he played both Basketball and Baseball at UC Berkeley. He played on the UC Berkeley team that won the NCAA National Championship under Coach Pete Newell. He has been inducted into the Menlo Atherton High School Hall of Fame, San Mateo County Hall of Fame, and UC Berkeley Hall of Fame with his team. He was the starting Guard on the No. 1 college team in the country that had the best record ever in UC Berkeley history.

Bob learned the art of coaching from Hall of Fame coaching legend Pete Newell and played against professional basketball legends like Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, and John Havlicek.

Bob has been a consultant to the Japanese Olympic Basketball Team and has run basketball clinics for a number of years. He coached the Peruvian National Basketball Men's and Women's teams for two years in World Games and Olympic Trials.

Bob has coached youth basketball for a number of years. He recently coached a 4th Grade team that was undefeated for two years.

Bob has coached the basketball teams at Chaboya Middle School and Quimby Oak Middle School in our very own Evergreen School District for a number of years. He worked as a teacher at Quimby Oak for 5 years teaching Science, US History and Art.

Bob loves to teach young players how to play the game the right way and focuses a great deal on helping them understand the game of basketball. His primary goal at Evergreen United is to prepare children not only to play the game of basketball at a very high level, so that they can play on their Middle School and High School teams, but also to develop a deep appreciation for the game of basketball in a safe environment that builds good character.

Bob is currently working with the Evergreen United After-school program coaches and students and the Evergreen United Basketball League. In October, 2014 Bob started the Evergreen United Basketball Academy, an AAU competitive basketball club for players who wish to play basketball at a high level. Bob also runs the Evergreen United Summer Basketball Camps, high-end basketball teaching camps.

Ray Townsend


Head Coach Ray Townsend brings forty years of experience coaching high school, college and professional teams.

Ray coached AAU programs for 10 years in the L.A area. He has conducted basketball clinics overseas in Spain and China. He brings "old school basketball" values and fundamentals to the modern game. Ray believes that the fundamentals, sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline, work ethic, and good listening skills are essential components of becoming a player.

Ray worked as an Advance Scout for the NBA Chicago Bulls. His son Raymond Anthony "Ray" Townsend played basketball at Mitty High School, UCLA and in the NBA for Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers. He was a member of the UCLA Basketball National Championship team under legendary coach John Wooden. Ray's other son, Kurtis Townsend, is an assistant basketball coach at the University of Kansas and was an assistant on the Jayhawks 2007-08 NCAA national championship team.

Ray has coached at Bellarmine High School, Mitty High School, St. Francis High School, and San Jose State.

Thomas Mathis


Associate Head Coach Thomas Mathis brings over 27 years of successful basketball coaching in the San Jose area.
Thomas coached NJB for 21 years and had responsibilities as head coach, Chapter Director Evergreen area, NJB Allstars, and has helped develop many boys and girls who went on to play successful high school basketball. He has a great passion for the game. This is his third year with Evergreen United Basketball.

                Evergreen United Coaches Code of Conduct

      • Be a teacher. Coaching is for the moment, teaching is for a lifetime.
      • Everyone plays - ensure all players receive playing time in games
      • Be reasonable in all expectations and demands you have of players
      • Make it a fun and enjoyable experience. Never yell at or ridicule players for any reason.
      • Be generous with your praise where deserved. Be a coach that the players can respect.