The Cedar Valley CourtKings have announced the hiring of a new assistant coach in Brian Jo to join the CourtKings staff.
“I am very excited to join a great organization and learn from great owner and Coach Mohlis,” Jo said. Jo, with nearly two decades of coaching experience, hails from Riverside, California and currently resides in Cedar Falls, where he serves as the head boys basketball coach at Valley Lutheran High School in Cedar Falls. In addition to acting as head coach, Jo also teaches Kindergarten-12th grade physical education and serves as 6th-12th grade athletics director for Valley Lutheran. He also helps run a free basketball clinic in the Cedar Valley area for youth through high school players in Cedar Falls.
While in California, Jo served as head basketball coach for three years at Beckman High School in Irvine, California, where he helped lead the program to the best record in school history and three consecutive state high school playoff appearances. He also worked as the co-director for OC Rhythm, a youth basketball club team ranging in players from the 4th grade to the high school level.
Throughout his career, Jo has coached and helped develop 11 players that have gone on to compete in NCAA college basketball at all three levels, as well as the NAIA on scholarship and help produce two professionally players. One of those players was Kaleena Mosequda-Lewis, who played at division one women’s national power Connecticut where she won three national championships. She would go on play for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA, who are fresh off a league championship in 2018.
Jo is prepared to bring a wide variety of skills to a CourtKings team hungry to climb back to the top of the Midwest Basketball League after a tough defeat in last season’s MBL playoffs. Among those skills are an emphasis on fundamentals, player development, dedication, teamwork, commitment and accountability. The hiring of Jo is the first of two assistant coaching hires for the team, with the second to be announced soon.
“After head coach Michael Mohlis and I interviewed Coach Jo, we knew he was just what we were looking for in an assistant coach.,” said CourtKings owner and general manager Gary Rima. “Brian is a great addition to our staff and his love and dedication to the game is second to none and his professionalism will be noticed by everyone within our organization. I couldn’t be happier about this addition to our coaching staff!”
The CourtKings will hold an open tryout on Sunday, October 28 at 1:00pm at the Boys and Girls Club at 515 Lime Street in Waterloo. There will be a $25 tryout fee.