About Us

This organization is a 501c3 non-profit corporation; our coaches and staff do not get paid, and fees are used for the gym and tournament/league fees.

"We are a competitive travel basketball team with a European and American approach to develop players in a positive environment. Our players who join our competitive teams get to play tournaments and league games in San Marcos. We practice 3-4 times per week and we play year round for long term development and a family culture approach. We keep our teams small with 8-9 players per team to allow our players to get maximized playing time. We have tournament teams only for very committed and serious players. Our teams play A and B division games."

Mission and Goals

Our mission as coaches is to give back to our community and City of San Marcos by forming teams that play the highest competitive level.

Our goal is to develop starters players for our middle and high school basketball teams in San Marcos/Carlsbad/Vista/Encinitas/Escondido.

We are dedicated to helping our players reach and maximize their highest potential while developing a lifelong passion for the game of basketball.

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Our Coaches

Ciprian Oltean

Ciprian Oltean

Main coach at San Marcos Basketball. Ciprian is a national junior basketball player. He played for the Romanian National Basketball team for 4 years and in Romania, A pro division for 2 years, as a power forward, winning championships and medals at ages 15 through 18.

Paul Fan

Paul Fan

Paul grew up in San Diego and played junior high and high school basketball for Twin Peaks, Oak Crest, and San Dieguito High. Paul has also played in many high-level semi-pro men's leagues and tournaments around California from the late 90s to the early 2000s.

Enrique Carillo

Enrique Carillo

He is one of our passionate coaches at San Marcos Basketball. He thinks supporting kids in setting personal goals and developing trust in their abilities, resilience, and motivation are essential to coaching. He's training the kids to be better people on and off the court.

John Thatcher

John Thatcher

Basketball is his lifelong passion, and he gives his all to teach and guide other young basketball players. He understands playing competitively takes effort, dedication, and consistency, but also support from other experienced players.

Ronnie Mitchel

Ronny Mitchell

Ronny played at Vista High School and graduated in 2001. He played junior college at Mira Costa, played in his junior and senior years at Bethany College in Kansas, and graduated in 2005.

Tony Laguna

Tony Laguna

He coaches our San Marcos girls teams, JV and varsity high school competitive teams under Prolific Basketball. Tony also coaches the San Marcos Knights & Coastal Elite Basketball Club. He played basketball for San Marcos High School until he graduated in 1995.

Hilda Mateiu

Hilda Mateiu

She played basketball for 8 years through middle school and high school, and for the last 5 years, she's been training the teams in San Marcos with Prolific Basketball and Thunder Teams. Hilda is one of the SEMS San Elijo Middle School JV coaches.

Our practice training is focused on:

  • Elevated basketball skills - ball-handling, shooting, and passing
  • Defense awareness and strategies
  • Speed and quickness development
  • Acquisition of advanced technical skills
  • Basketball IQ and development
  • Fostering a competitive mindset

Benefits of joining our team

We  train our players to become starters on their middle and high school teams. We aim to help kids develop a healthy and positive attitude for teamwork and competition.

  • trainings with a high competitive advantage
  • low cost while still playing competitive travel ball
  • maximized playing time in a competitive team
  • enhanced self esteem and self-confidence
  • one-on-one instruction from our coaches
  • training hard in a positive environment
  • developing longlife passion for basketball

Play elite competitive basketball

Our basketball teams were created to represent the city of San Marcos, our middle and local highschools.

Our goal is to prepare them to become leaders, starters and players in the middle and high school basketball teams.

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