Vanessa McClendon

Owner/Director/ Trainer/ Head Coach High School Team Huff 17U & Team Rice 16U
Coach Vanessa Selden McClendon Founder and Director, Northwest Magic Former Professional WBB player. University of Oregon WBB alumni. Owner/Founder of Northwest Magic, Team Huff, & Team Rice. One of the top trainers in Washington State. Known for team placement and player development. Vanessa Selden-McClendon’s experience is well rounded. She grew up as a military brat and traveled all over the United States and Asia as a youngster with her parents, spending her High School Years in Antioch, California. Her career highlighted by earning Second-Team all-state honors from California Basketball Magazine as well as East Bay player of the year by the East Bay Prep Writers Association. She averaged 19.9 points, 8.4 steals and 4.3 assists a game her final year, eclipsing state’s single- season steals standard (252) in addition to finishing second on career chart (674). She paced the team to 26-6 record and Division I runner-up in the Northern California championships, netting 21 points in the title game. She received dozens of offers from D1 schools, including University of Washington and Washington State but decided to attend University of Oregon (Ducks 1989-1992). She started as a freshman, opened the first 23 games of initial collegiate season to become the Ducks first player to land Pac-10 all-freshman honors since 1987. The squad’s most valuable newcomer assumed quarterback role by accumulating most steals (52) in three years and finishing second on the team in assists (89). Oregon’s third leading scorer, averaging 16.2 points per game during the conference seasons. After her collegiate years, she had the opportunity to play professionally in Barcelona, Spain; Tasmania, Australia; and on several teams in Germany. Due to a chronic knee problem, her career ended, but not her passion for the game. She assisted in player development for Portland Fire (ABL league) as a practice player and attended several WNBA training camps. Although her professional pursuit was prior to the thriving of the WNBA, her love for the game has never been stronger. Vanessa started  Northwest Magic is 2009.  Training and Coaching some of the top players in Washington State. Vanessa was inducted into Antioch’s Hall of Fame in October of 2012. Click Vanessa is an inactive Family Therapist and lives in Puyallup, Washington State with her husband of 27 years, Gerald, and 14 year-old son, Marcus.

Gerald McClendon

NW Magic Co-Owner/Director of Boys Program
Coach Gerald draws from his experience of playing, training, and coaching with his wife Coach Vanessa for over 20 plus years. A 20-year retired veteran of the US Army, Coach Gerald brings high energy and drill sergeant leadership skills to Northwest Magic. Responsible for quality control of the organization with Teams, Coaches, Parents, and Gym Facilities.

Coach Gerald lives in Puyallup, WA with wife Vanessa of 27 years and son, Marcus 15.

Kevin Strozier

Coach Director (Trains coaches to become Magic Certified) - Head Boys Coach 14U- Training Ref Trainer

Kevin Strozier has been a high school girls basketball coach for over 17 years. Coach Strozier played 3 sports at Flint Central HS in Michigan. He was an active athlete in baseball, football and played varsity level basketball for 3 years. During the 3 years of varsity basketball he earned all-state honorable mention as a senior in 1979 averaging 23.5 points per game. After high school Kevin earned a full scholarship to Mott Community College where he received recognition as a two time Conference Player of the Year (1979-1981) and Junior College All-American, leading the team to their best record in school history (28-8) and averaging 23.0 points per game. Mott placed 8th in the nation and was named All-State, All Region 12, All Tourney team (national) and Kevin was awarded the Bud Opee Award for the Best Small Player in the national tournament and named to the national Juco all-star team. Kevin went on to earn a full scholarship to St. Louis University where he was started every game (1981-1982), made the All-Metro team, where he was third leading scorer and was voted team MVP.

After college Kevin started coaching at Genesee High School and at his alma mater in Flint, Michigan. Upon coming to Washington, he coached at Lincoln High School in Tacoma (2001-2007) where he won back to back Narrows league title (2005 & 2006) won Coach of the Year, won the district title in 2006, and a state participant (06) finishing the season at 25-3. Kevin has coached some of the top players in the state who have gone on to play college basketball and WNBA to include Alex Montgomery, Georgia Teach and Washington Mystix. See Alumni for other players.

In addition to Coaching for Northwest Magic, Kevin also Coaches at Pierce College in Tacoma, WA.

Coach Joh Barbee- Boys 17U NW Magic Head Coach & Lead Coaching Staff Trainer
Coach Barbee has over 20 years of head coaching experience that includes high school boys, girls and men’s collegiate experience. Coach Barbee understands and exemplifies the definition of student-athlete being a graduate of Cornell University and playing at the division 1 level. Coach Barbee’s guiding principles of relationships are number one and playing hard, smart and together has produced over 30 All League/All Conference players, state player of the year and recognition as coach of the year 9 different seasons. Coach Barbee is currently the head boys basketball coach at Franklin Pierce in the Parkland area.

Keeshia Thomas

Blue Star Head Coach and Girls Magic Director
Coach La-Keeshia has coached organized basketball for over 10 years. She played in high school, Junior college and then went on and played for a four year college in California. Coach La-Keeshia began her coaching career at Showalter Middle. Her eagerness to learn and grow as a coach led to her being a Varsity Assistant at Foster High School as well as becoming the JV Head Coach.

This year, Coach Keeshia is part of the Blue Star Coaching Staff & has taken on as Girls Magic Director.

Tim Brown

Head Coach High School Boys/ Trainer
Coach Tim Brown returns for his 4th stint with the Northwest Magic coaching staff.  Having all 4 of his kids always involved in basketball at some level, Coach Tim has subsequently coached at various levels while raising his four children including. High School Varsity Boys Coach, High School Varsity Girls Coach,  AAU teams just to name a few. Coach Tim is currently the Head Varsity Girls coach at Bethel High School.

Coach Tim brings unequaled leadership skills and experience to the athletes in the Northwest Magic Program.

Coach Tim had two daughters that play(ed) for Northwest Magic. Tianna Brown (currently Grand Canyon University) and Tiarra Brown (also played for Grand Canyon University)

Coach Tim lives in Spanaway, WA with his wife.

Anthony Clemons

High School Girls Weight Lifting Coach
I am an 19 year military service veteran with 10 years coaching experience from K-12 grade. I have coached on various competitive levels from recreational to elite. I have trained and worked with children of all skill levels and abilities and have had success with my teaching and coaching methods. I have worked with and trained along side ex-professional women basketball players, Community College coaches and numerous high school coaches. I am USA Basketball Gold certified and AAU certified. Currently I am working toward my personal trainer certification from NASM. —

Coach Edwina Martin-Arnold

Co- Founder/Strategic Development
Edwina Martin-Arnold’s life has been filled with a passion for youth sports. It is my firm belief that a young person’s physical, mental, and social development can be enhanced through involvement with athletics.

Edwina’s coaching career began over thirty years ago when she volunteered to coach at Rainier Beach Recreation Center. She continued coaching through the years mostly with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).

In 2007, Edwina co-founded Northwest Magic Basketball with Vanessa and Gerald McClendon. Her role has changed over the years depending on the needs of Magic. She has led the coaching technics, player development, accounting, and membership development. Her role today is strategic development, helping to guide the future growth of the organization.

In addition, Edwina is a lawyer and currently, she is the Chief of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS

Since 2001 I have been a Real Estate Broker and it was shortly after that I began coaching youth sports. I’ve coached Boys & Girls Club sports, Little league Baseball and Multiple Select AAU Basketball programs in the South Puget Sound areas. It was my time as a Basketball coach that helped me discover my passion for the game as well as my passion for the youth sports environment. I took that passion to become head coach of 2 Select Programs Pro-Bound Basketball and Next Gen Basketball. For more than 5 years I was able to help our teams succeed both on and off the court. With a focus on making sure our Student Athletes were excellent students first. Many of the kids I coached, have since graduated and moved on to play college sports including my son who is a graduate of Grand Canyon University in Arizona. Where he played club soccer & basketball.

I have also been employed as a Substitute teacher in the Federal Way School District. Which put me in the classroom with some of the same kids I coached! I am excited to work with your players and coach them in the sport I have so much passion for.

Rachelle S. Camacho
B.A. in Education: Secondary Physical Education/Health
M.E. in Administration and Supervision

PE Teacher at Mt. Rainier High School, Highline School District.
27 years of Secondary Teaching
Retired Coach for Highline School District and Tukwila School District.
9 years High School
18 years Middle School
Retired National Athlete of Guam:
2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Retired National Athlete of Guam
Women’s National Basketball
2 Gold-1994 Micronesian Games and 1998 Micronesian Championships 1 Bronze-1999 South Pacific Games.
Retired National Athlete of Guam
1 Silver-2003 Fiji South Pacific Games
1994-2005-12 years as a National Athlete

Physical Education Teacher and Coach for 27 years.
1994-2002-Girls Varsity Basketball and Soccer Coach.
Inarajan High School and Southern High School Guam.
1998 Coach of the Year and Champion Varsity Coach-Southern High School Guam

2002-2021 Middle School Basketball and Soccer Coach:
2002-2003-Lake Stevens Middle School, Lake Stevens Middle School
2003-2008-Cascade Middle School, Highline School District
2009-2012-Chinook Middle School, Highline School District
Coach of the Year; Highline School District
2012-2021-Showalter Middle School, Tukwila School District

Physical Education Teacher:
1995-2002 Inarajan High School and Southern High School. Guam
2002-2003-Lake Stevens Middle School, Lake Stevens School District
Cascade Middle School
Tyee High School
Mt. Rainier High School

Oceanview High School Graduate, Guam
1st Team All-Island Basketball & Soccer
Female Athlete of the Year Award
Female Scholar/Athlete Year Award

Coach LeAsia

Skills Trainer & Assistant Coach
LeAsia Jones is a multi-sport athlete from California who has a overall passion for sports and working with kids.   She participated in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track & Field in high school and college.    She was an NAIA Women’s Volleyball assistant and NWACC Men’s Basketball assistant coach. Was an assistant and head coach for multiple ABA Men’s semipro teams. She has years of experience training and directing basketball skills camps, clinics, group and private trainings.   Currently plays semi-professional basketball for Christian Faith and has 2 WBCBL Championships with Seattle Dynasty.  Jones attended Oroville High where she played 4 years of Varsity basketball averaging a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) and 3 blocks per game. In her High School’s own Duard Millet Basketball Tournament she received the Varsity Girl MVP award scoring a career high of 24 points. Was Westside League Champions one season going undefeated 10-0, was back to back NSCIF Section Finalist in 2001 & 2002, a All The Best-All Star Game Participant in 2003, received Character Is First (CIF) Victory With Honor Patch Award before heading to the State Tournament.   Women’s Volleyball Team (1999, 2001-2003) Westside League Most Valuable Defensive Player 1999, Most Improved 2001, Westside League Most Valuable Defensive Player 2002, All The Best All-Star Game Participant 2003.  2-Time Chico State High School Heptathlon Winner and Record Holder 2002 & 2003   Outstanding Senior Enterprise Record Female Athlete 2003 winner alongside Aaron Rogers who won the Male Athlete award.   Gatorade High School Track & Field Athlete 2003.    NSCIF High Hurdles All Time Record Holder 2003.  After graduating high school Jones signed with NCAA Div II Chico State on a basketball and Track & Field scholarship.   While at NCAA Div II Chico State her game high was 14 points 9 rebounds against Holy Names. Due to dealing with the transition from high school to college Jones became academically ineligible her freshman year. She got back on track academically taking extra courses at Butte College before her sophomore year, but tore her ACL, MCL and manicus in preseason practice. At the end of the year she transferred to Lane Community College for a fresh start and to reunite with her high school teammate Dominique King.   While at Lane Community College her game high she scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half to take the lead over Chemeketa Community College to take the win also grabbing 11 rebounds. Her team won the NWAACC Tournament in 2005-06 finishing with a 33-1 record (undefeated at home). For the tournament she finished with a total of 14pts and 12 rebounds. In track & field at NWAACC Southern Regional’s finished 2nd place in 2006 and 3rd place in 2007 in shot put, and  6th in Heptathlon in 2007.   After graduating from Lane, Jones transferred to NAIA Div II Evergreen State College, where she played Volleyball and Basketball. After finishing up her first year of Volleyball, Jones ruptured her achillies in her second week of practice and had to sit out that season. Despite another injury Jones bounced back becoming a leading blocker in Volleyball next season and in basketball she had a game high of 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and steals against Seattle University.   
Coach Darcel Sharp was born and raised in San Diego, California. Coach Sharp was a multisport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball until he finally focused on football in college. Darcel attended college in New Mexico where he played football as wide receiver and later ended his football career playing arena football in Wyoming for the Wyoming Cavalry. He comes with over 20 plus years of experience in coaching youth sports, high school girls basketball, girls AAU, and high school boys football. While coaching, Coach Sharp ran his own speed and agility program with an extension of a womens interval training bootcamp. He strongly believes that it takes a village to raise our youth to become productive responsible individuals that exudes positivity. He is very passionate about giving back to the community he lives in and is ready to share his love and knowledge of the game with the Northwest Magic youth.

Coach Marcus Warren is an Army Veteran who has coached basketball for 6+ years. He was selected to the 2004 and 2005 All-Army Basketball Team. To be one of 12 players selected amongst all Army Service Members stateside and overseas is a prestigious accomplishment. After his military tenure, Coach Marcus decided to start his very own AAU program comprised of female youth athletes and military dependents. In 2014, The Lady Thunder AAU organization was established and grew into a very successful program, training, developing, and mentoring it`s members. Under his leadership the program produced two great teams winning several local showcases and exposure tournaments across the Puget Sound, Las Vegas, California, and Oregon. A major accomplishment was winning the Jr. NBA Regionals Gold Bracket their first year, 2019. After years of success and preparing players for high school, Lady Thunder met their goal and celebrated by ending the program early 2020. Coach Marcus decided to join the NW Magic organization shortly after and recruited a number of former players to join as well. Coach Marcus brings experience as a player and as a coach that make him a great addition to the Northwest Magic family.  We are excited to have him onboard. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, rooting and being the #1 Fan for his kids, and supporting former and current players.

Demario Hall

Head Coach 8th Grade

Coach Demario is a former Alum Garfield Bulldog where he was a star and multi-sport athlete.  He was the combo guard on the basketball team with a tremendous IQ that led the team to State as a sophomore.  Demario begin his organized basketball journey back in 2002 at Rotary BGC as a Head Coach for the boy’s team and then added and started coaching girls in 2011 aka Lady Style.  He has guest coached on various teams and retired in 2018. 

Demario coached two winning seasons in the Jim Marsch and Slim Watts Classic.

Coach Demario brings with him not only player and coach experience but a passion to teach the craft, instill long lasting IQ and a wining mindset.  

Darrell Wright is from Fort Pierce FL, and graduated from Port St Lucie High School in 1999. Darrell was 3 sport star playing Football, Basketball, and Running Track. Darrell was highly recruited in Football and Basketball. Darrell was named Player of the year in his league Football and 1st team All-State. Darrell was a 4 year started in basketball making 1st Team-All league his sophomore, junior and senior year. Darrell lead his basketball team to a 30-4 record his senior year only to lose in the state finals. Darrell was nominated Player of the year in his League, 1st team All-state and a McDonalds All-American nominee in 1999 Darrell is 2nd all times in scoring, rebounding and block shots at his high school. Darrell signed his letter of intent with the University of Louisville for football. Darrell attended Reedley Community College in California where he lead the State in QB sacks and finished runner-up as Defensive player of the year in the State of California. Darrell was named Defensive player of the year in the Conference, Darrell was name to the 1st team Jr. College Grid-Iron All-American team and California Grind-iron All-American team. Darrell attended the University of Oregon from 2001-2003. Darrell emerged as a starter in his 1st year leading the Ducks in QB sacks. Darrell was free agent acquisition with the Dallas Cowboys in 2003. In 2004 he became the 1st pick in the NFL Europe draft by the Amsterdam Admirals leading the team in QB sacks, Also in to 2004 Darrell became a free agent with the Washington Redskins. Darrell also played for the Montreal Allouettess in the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 2004. In 2005 Darrell played for the Cologne Centurions in the NFL Europe League where he led the team in QB Sacks. In 2005 Darrell signed with the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent and was later picked up as a free agent with the Hutson Texans. In 2007 Darrell finished his career playing in the Arena Football League (AFL) with the Orlando Predators. Darrell coached at Springfield High School for 11 years starting in 2007. He coached Football for 10 years and Basketball for 7 years from Head Freshman coach, Head JV coach, and Head Assistance Varsity coach. Darrell Stop coaching High school Basketball to focus on coaching his daughters and their friends at the youth level. Darrell has been the head coach of the AAU program Lane County Hot Shots for the past 6 years where he manages 3 girl teams and 1 boys teams