Coaching Staff

Head Coach, Michael Hootner - coachhootner@gmail.com; 619.316.4747 - cell or text
Image: Head Coach, Michael Hootner - coachhootner@gmail.com

Michael Hootner, who played for Mesa College (CA) from 1988-1990, will enter his seventh year as the Lady Olympian Head Coach.

A fiery competitor and a dreamer himself, Coach Hootner demands that his players have a passion for the game and aren't afraid to dream. “I want these women to dream big,” said Coach Hootner. “In order to make those dreams come true, they have to be disciplined in the classroom, in their personal lives, and on the hardwood,” concluded Coach Hootner.

Since arriving at the community college level in 1999, he is very proud of the many players he has helped continue their academic goals and playing careers at the 4-year level, including the 15 alone during his first six years on the women's side.

Some of these schools include, Colorado State, UC-Irvine, Cal Berkeley, Presbyterian (SC), Liberty University (VA), University of Maryland Baltimore County, Cal State Dominguez, San Diego Christian, Susquehanna University (PA), Polytechnic (NY), Lehman College (NY), East Central Universityd (OK), Holy Names (CA), Fresno Pacific, Midwestern State University (TX), Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Utah State, Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), Cumberland College (KY), University of St. Mary (KS), Presentation College (SC), Concordia University (CA), Campbellseville University (KY), Babson College (MA), St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY), William Cary (MS) and the University of Regina (Canada). While at Mesa, Hootner has coached two dozen All-Conference players, including 13 1st-Team All-Conference selections; one in the 2012-13 campaign and three in the 2011-12 season.

Hootner's 2011-12 team won it's first PCAC since the 2001-02 season with a 21-8 record. The Olympians finished the year with a 17-game winning streak before bowing out to the #1 team in the state, Mt. San Antonio College in the second round of the CCCAA State Playoffs. Mesa finished with a 21-7 record overall and a 12-0 record in the PCAC. It was Coach Hootner's first PCAC Title since he took over the reigns in 2007. Coach Hootner also won the PCAC Women's Basketball Coach-of-the-Year Award.

Coach Hootner has also been a pioneer during his time at Mesa with regards to using the latest technology to help better market his student-athletes, the program, and Mesa College. Hootner decided in 2007 that he wanted to use the power of the internet to get information out to the masses. And that is exactly what he has done.

Hootner has used www.Facebook.com, www.Twitter.com, www.viddler.com, www.veoh.com and most recently, www.justin.tv/mhootner. The latter has been used to broadcast all home and away games live on the internet during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Viddler and Veoh have several unedited, digital, full games saved online for anyone to view at anytime.

For the 2013-14 campaign, Mesa will broadcast all games at www.ustream.tv. Once here, you will search at the top in the search box for mhootner. Then, you will see a list of all the channels for the year and you simply select the channel for that days game.

“These (free) services have taken our program to a completely new level,” said Coach Hootner. “We have been able to market our players and the program in a whole new way and we feel this has given our players and the program an edge when it comes to helping players try and earn scholarships as well as with recruiting,” added Coach Hootner. This model has also helped the players and the coaching staff save time, money, and allow everyone to focus their energies on other things while still getting the most important information out to everyone instantaneously,” concluded Coach Hootner.

Coach Hootner has also helped many high school and college coaches use these services to help their programs. “It's always about the student-athletes,” said Coach Hootner. “So, anything we can do to help these young women live their dreams, even if they are from our rivals, we are going to do whatever we can to help them,” concluded Coach Hootner.

Prior to becoming the Head Women's Basketball Coach, Hootner spent eight years as the Associate Head Men's Basketball coach at Mesa under the tutelage of Head Coach Ed Helscher. From 2004-08, Coach Hootner also served as the Assistant Men's Tennis Coach.

Prior to returning to Mesa in 1999, Hootner served as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Goucher College (MD) from 1994-1999. During Hootner's five years at Goucher, the Gophers went 100-38 while advancing to the NCAA Division III National Tournament three times, including three conference championships.

In Hootner's final three campaigns, the Gophers had back-to-back-to-back 20 win seasons by going 23-6, 20-7 and 23-5. The final year resulted in a school record for most wins and fewest losses. Hootner also coached three regional All-Americans and three Conference Players-of-the-Year.

In addition to his basketball responsibilities, Hootner also served as the Head Men's Tennis Coach for three years and Intramural Director for five. During his three year stint as tennis coach, Hootner led his team to 12-6 and 16-3 records during his final two years. The 16-3 record, a school record for most wins and fewest losses, included a team regional #11 ranking.

Hootner's coaching career began in 1992 at Frostburg State University (MD), where he spent two full campaigns with the Bobcats. Hootner's teams went 17-12 and 14-12 during those two years while advancing to the ECAC Championship during the 1992-1993 campaign.

Coach Hootner has also worked and directed several summer basketball camps including the Philadelphia 76ers, Metro-Index All-Stars, Syracuse University, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Mike Dunleavy, University of California at Irvine, George Lynch, the Nike All-Star Basketball Camp and several high school camps.

Following his two-year stint as a player at Mesa, Hootner transferred to Goucher College to play on the first team in the history of the program. Hootner averaged 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists per contest in route to being named the first team ‘MVP' in school history.

In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Hootner is also the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Mesa while teaching Health, Online Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science classes at Mesa College and Grossmont College. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 his tennis teams have won an unprecedented five straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) titles while winning 43 consecutive PCAC matches, dating back to 2008. He has won five straight PCAC Coach-of-the-Year Awards as well as being honored as the 2011 and 2013 PCAC Male Coach-of-the-Year.

Hootner earned his A.A. degree in Journalism from Mesa College, his B.A. in Communication from Goucher College and his Master's Degree in Health and Physical Education from Frostburg State University.

Hootner resides in San Diego and is dating Heather Kiley. They have a daughter, Emelia Kiley and reside in San Diego. Hootner also has a stepson, Ethan Simley Jr.

Dale Parker, Assistant Coach - dale610us@yahoo.com
Image: Dale Parker, Assistant Coach - dale610us@yahoo.com

A familiar face to San Diego, Dale Parker brings more than 15 years of professional playing and coaching experience to San Diego Mesa. "We are incredibly lucky to have someone with Dale's experience as a part of our family," said Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner.

Coach Parker is a wonderful communicator and motivator and will be the Lady Olympians Recruiting Coordinator, Scouting Coordinator and will be working with the post players.

Coach Parker was the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Francis Parker High School and Steele Canyon High School before joining San Diego Christian College in 2012-13. He helped them to their second consecutive winning campaign, 17-15 after going 20-11 the year before.

Parker spent the 2006-07 season with D1 Cornell University and helped the team to a 12-15 record, tied for the fourth most wins in program history. The team also boasted an 8-6 Ivy League record, tying the mark for the most conference wins by the women's basketball program in a single season, and finished the year ranked third in the conference, its best Ivy League finish since the 2001-02 team tied for second place. Thanks to Parker's work with the team's forwards, sophomore Jeomi Maduka and junior Moina Snyder earned All-Ivy honors. Maduka became Cornell's first second-team All-Ivy selection since the 2003-04 season, while Snyder was an honorable mention pick.

After playing for both Imperial Valley College and Valdosta State College, Parker spent four years playing professionally in the Latin American League in South America. During that time, he played for teams in Venezuela, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay. Parker remained in Paraguay following his playing career and began coaching at the American School of Asuncion, while teaching physical education and English. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1996, Parker began a two-year coaching stint at Imperial Valley College.

Since 1998, Parker has worked in various social work capacities, including as a case worker for Volunteers of America and as a residential manager at a home for special needs occupants. He also spent three years working as a special needs teacher at McNair High School in Decatur, Ga., before relocating to LaJolla, Calif., and took a job as the Director of Security at Pacific Corporate Group.

Parker is married to San Diego State University Head Coach Deitre Collins-Parker and the couple resides in Spring Valley.

Mercedes Fox-Griffin, Assistant Coach - mercedesfg5@gmail.com
Image: Mercedes Fox-Griffin, Assistant Coach - mercedesfg5@gmail.com

Mercedes Fox-Griffin will begin her first year under Head Coach, Michael Hootner. "To land someone with Mercedes' character and experience is unbelievable," said Coach Hootner. "I am incredibly honored that Mercedes wanted to be a part of our family. I'm excited to coach with and learn from her invaluable experiences," concluded Coach Hootner.

Coach Fox-Griffin went to La Jolla Country Day where she led her team to four CIF championships and two state championships (2001-2005) while playing alongside Stanford and WNBA star, Candice Wiggins.

She then accepted a scholarship to play Division I basketball at Oregon State University where she did for four years in the Pac-10 conference. She led the team in assists and free throw percentage while making the all defensive team all four years while at OSU.

She later went on to play professionally overseas in Israel and Poland. In her first season, she led her team in steals, assists, and scoring (2009-2012).

Fox-Griffin will work with the guards, be the Assistant Recruiting Coordinator, and serve as an Academic Advisor.

Coach Fox-Griffin enjoys writing, poetry, watching movies, hiking, meditating, spending time with friends and family, reading, and playing basketball.

Fox-Griffin earned her Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from Oregon State in 2009 and resides in San Diego.

Jason Sinkoff, Director of Basketball Operations - jsinkoff@aol.com
Image: Jason Sinkoff, Director of Basketball Operations - jsinkoff@aol.com

Coach Sinkoff begins his first year under Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner. "We are incredibly lucky to have Jason as a part of our Coaching staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program and his impact has already been felt by me and the players," said Coach Hootner.

Coach J, a terrific tennis player himself, played scholastically at Torrey Pines High School here in San Diego. He then went to Palomar College in San Marcos where he played #1 singles and doubles for the Comets before transferring to NCAA D1 Hofstra University in New York where he continued his tennis career. He finished his final three years there playing #4, #5 and #6 singles and #2 and #3 doubles. He was team captain at all three stops and has always enjoyed being a leader.

In addition to his scholastic and collegiate accolades, Jason has also represented California and his country in the Macabbi games in 2003, 2004 and in 2011. In 2003 he won the silver medal in doubles in Houston, Texas, at the Junior Maccabi games and in 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts, he won the doubles gold medal in the Junior Maccabi games. And in 2011, at the Sydney, Australian International Macabbi games, Jason won the bronze medal in doubles.

Coach Sinkoff will be the Director of Basketball Operations as well as working with the players pre, post and in-season conditioning programs. He will be in charge of team statistics, be the Travel Coordinator, and Academic Advisor.

Sinkoff is also Coach Hootner's Assistant Men's Tennis Coach. He helped the 2013 team reach the State Final Four while the team achieved it's best record in school history (20-5).

He likes to hang out with friends and loves the San Diego Chargers and San Diego Padres. In 2012, he had an opportunity to work at the 2012 U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Coach Sinkoff earned his Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Hofstra and hopes to one day earn his Master's Degree. He is from San Diego, CA and currently resides in San Diego.

LaQuann Brown, Assistant Coach - laquannbrwown@gmail.com
Image: LaQuann Brown, Assistant Coach - laquannbrwown@gmail.com

Coach Brown will begin his first year on Coach Hootner's staff. Born in Georgia, Brown was raised in North Carolina. "LaQuann's enthusiasm for life is contageous. He is an incredible motivator and leads by example and we are very forturnate that he wanted to be a part of our family," said Olympian Head Coach, Michael Hootner.

Throughout his time in high school he ran track and cross country, lettering all four years in track. He also played soccer and served as a Student Assistant Coach and was the statistician for the girls basketball program.

Immediately following graduation, he joined the U.S. Army. he was a unit supply specialist and a ranking sergeant.. Within his time in the Army, he served one tour in Afghanistan.

A gym rat by nature, Brown loves to spend his leisure time working out and working out athletes. While in the Army he ran the annual 10 miler in Washington DC in 60 minutes.

After his service to his country, Brown moved to San Diego. He is currently enrolled at Mesa with plans of getting his degree in Nutrition with a minor in Kinesiology. His future plans are to own his own gym and continue to help people reach their fitness goals. In his spare time he enjoy working out, running, eating, playing basketball and soccer, listening to music, and hanging out with his roommates.

Coach Brown will work with the players in helping them reach their individual and team fitness goals in the pre, in-season, and post season.

Brown lives in San Diego.

Danny Delbene, Assistant Coach - delbe002@cougars.csusm.edu
Image: Danny Delbene, Assistant Coach - breakankles4@yahoo.com

Coach Delbene will begin his first year under Coach Hootner's staff. "Coach Delbene was a terrific player and has a tremendous basketball IQ. He will be a tremendous asset to the coaching staff because of not only his experiences as a player but because of his passion and love for the game," concluded Coach Hootner.

Delbene hails from Concord, CA (Bay Area) where he played high school ball at Clayton Valley High School. He was All-League (BVAL) in 2004 and 2005 and the top Defensive Player in 2005. He then went on to play one year of community college basketball at Los Medanos College (CA).

He currently serves as a substitute teacher and special education assistant at Clayton Valley High School and the Mt. Diablo School District, respectively. His goal is to be a teacher and a coach. In 2009, he served as the Assistant Boys Basketball Coach.

In 2012, Delbene earned his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Cal State San Marcos.

He enjoys Weight Training, Health and Fitness and instructing players for skill development. Delbene will work with the Director of Basketball Operations and the Recruited Coordinator as well as with the guards during on-court instruction and player development.

Delbene resides in San Diego with his brother, Johnny, a Mesa alumni.

Adam Sinkoff, Assistant Coach - asinkoff@aol.com
Image:  Adam Sinkoff, Assistant Coach - asinkoff@aol.com

Coach Sinkoff will begin his first year under the tutelage of Coach Hootner. "Adam has a genuine passion for coaching and helping others," said Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner. "I'm excited to have Adam a part of our staff," concluded Coach Hootner.

Sinkoff grew up in San Diego and graduated from Torrey Pines high school in 2009. He then attended University of Oregon. Sinkoff then coached the Black Mountain Baller's competitive team in North County (San Diego). His hobbies include spending time in the weight room and shooting free throws.

Sinkoff will assist with statistics, player development, pre, in-season, and post season conditioning, as well as assist the recruiting coordinator.

Sinkoff lives in San Diego.