Vanessa McClendon

Owner/Director/ Trainer/ Head Coach High School Blue Star & 5th Yakima
Coach Vanessa Selden McClendon

Founder and Director, Northwest Magic

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 24 years, Gerald, and 11 year-old son, Marcus.

Gerald McClendon

Co-Owner/Director/Tournament Director/League Director
Coach Gerald draws from his experience of playing, training, and coaching with his wife Coach Vanessa for over 20 years. A 20-year retired veteran of the US Army, Coach Gerald brings high energy and drill sergeant leadership skills to Northwest Magic.

Coach Gerald is a Government Contractor, lives in Puyallup, WA with Coach Vanessa of 23 years and son, Marcus 10.

Edwina Martin-Arnold

Co- Owner/CFO/ Head Coach Tacoma 5th Girls
Someone who participates as a teacher, leader, and instructor to train, educate, support, and motivate only describes Coach Edwina on a small scale.  Northwest Magic is proud to have the coaching knowledge and Business expertise of Edwina Martin-Arnold. Edwina brings 20 plus years of experience as a player, fan, coach, and business owner. Her love and respect for the game of basketball is paramount and is a welcoming trait to the Northwest Magic culture. In addition to coaching at Northwest Magic since inception, Edwina is responsible for a lot of Northwest Magics growth and status in the community.

Coach Edwina is a former prosecutor, active author, and currently works for the State of Washington.

Kevin Strozier

Head Coach- Blue Star / Post Trainer/. Training Coach/ 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 Highline Community College in Des Moines, WA

Sasha Mathews

Assistant Coach Blue Star
Sasha Matthews has 10 years of coaching experience and loves the game of basketball as well as coaching youth. One of the many reasons she enjoys coaching is because of the life lessons that can be learned and applied while playing the game which can help players as they age meet the challenges of everyday life and deal with adversity. Her goal is to help our players improve their basketball skills, develop strong character, improve confidence and get to the next level whether that be making their Varsity team at their high school or playing ball in college.
Sasha was a multi-sport athlete at Palmdale High School in southern California and named Female Athlete of the Year in 1991. She played basketball for Antelope Valley Community College from 1991-1993 and averaged 14.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in her two seasons at Antelope Valley. In the 1992-1993 season, she averaged 19.8 points per game and earned Foothill Conference Player of the Year. Sasha then left her family and sunny California and accepted a full basketball scholarship from University of Alaska Fairbanks. It was a tough adjustment but she took on the challenge and became stronger as a person. She was leading rebounder and second highest scorer on the team. After graduating from college, she relocated to Washington State due to the military.
In addition to coaching for NW Magic, she is the Girls Varsity Assistant Coach at Timberline High School in Lacey. Her daughter has played for NW Magic for the last 5 and a half years.

Keeshia Thomas

Head Coach Blue Star / Head Coach Rising Blue Star 8th
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.

Tim Brown

Head Coach Unsigned Senior Team
Coach Tim Brown returns for his 2nd 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 brings unequaled leadership skills and experience to the athletes in the Northwest Magic Program.

Coach Tim lives in Spanaway, WA with his wife and two children: Tiarra and Tianna.  Coach Tim also has two adult children.

Ben Rodriguez

Director/Yakima Division/ Coach

Coach Ben has been coaching local AAU teams in the Yakima Valley for over 10 years.

He has led many of his teams within that time to AAU NATIONAL events around the country and some of his teams finishing in the top ten in the nation against elite competition from Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Washington DC, Texas and California.

Experience coaching at the national level is what coach brings to the NW MAGIC family.

Coach Ben is excited for this opportunity to be a part of the NW MAGIC family for years to come and leading his teams to USJN NATIONAL EVENTS.

Jerome Young

Head Coach Tacoma 6th Grade
Jerome Young is native of Tacoma, WA who was a very strong 3-sport athlete in high school- basketball, football, and wrestling.  After graduation, he went pro in arm wrestling , holding several world titles.

Over the last 20 plus years, Jerome has been a coach for a variety of sports to include basketball, football, and wrestling.  He has coached at  various AAU levels, boys and girls clubs, parks and rec, and ymca basketball.  He has been to the National Boys 6th Grade Ranking Tournaments in Las Vegas 3 consecutive years.

Jerome currently has 2 kids in the Magic Program.  He is a Behavior Modification Specialist and runs Legends Ranch in Roy, WA.

Kathey Delaney

Uniform Coordinator/ Head Coach Tacoma 3rd/4th Boys
Coach Kathy was a two sport athlete since second grade playing soccer and basketball. She has been coaching for 10+ years with the last year being a part of NW Magic. She has been an accountant for 25+ years and works as a security guard part time. Het full time job is Homeschooling her twins who both participate in the NW Magic program. She enjoys working with the young kids and watching the development happen in them.

Doug Wankowski

Director Harbor Magic Boys
Coach Doug has coached youth boys and girls basketball for 7+ years in Wisconsin and Washington along with youth soccer, baseball and girls fast-pitch softball.  Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI where he played on teams from Kindergarten thru Semi-Pro but due to a heart condition his career was cut short.  Coach is a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that God gave him that condition to switch focus from playing hoops to teaching hoops.  This is where he realized his true passion is life…helping today’s youth learn about the game that he loves and respects.  Coach Doug’s motto is “Attitude, Effort and Intensity” and his mission is to ensure all players are taught the fundamentals of basketball while stressing the importance of having strong grades in school, showing respect to all they meet and to always help others, on and off the court.

After 17 years working for Anheuser-Busch, Doug now works from home for a family owned and operated company out of Wisconsin called Boelter Beverage as their Sales Manager for the PNW and Western Canada. His job entails working with all breweries and distilleries to help market their brands.  He resides in Gig Harbor, WA with his wife of 13+ years and their 4 children Tanek, Madyn, Bejla and Raijner.

Coach Randall Selden comes to Magic with Division I football experience. Coach Randall brings the high-level competitive edge that magic, as an organization, is moving towards. Randall played at Boise state on a football scholarship.

Coach Randall has coached with Magic in the past and has been called a “players coach”. He relates to each player and treats them with respect. He is interested in developing the whole person which includes; skills relevant for winning basketball games, a competitive spirit, and most importantly good sportsmanship/citizenship.

We are excited to have Coach Randall on more of a full-time basis to help with training, coaching, and with the expansion of northwest magic as an organization.

Ray Navarro graduate of Davis high school, class of 2012. Played aau on one of the top middle school and high school teams in the pacific northwest. Senior year of high school was a starter on the WIAA 4a state championship team. After playing at Davis I began coaching high school summer league until I became a volunteer assistant for Davis high school. A year later became head freshman coach at Eisenhower high school. That summer coached Washington Elite 13u aau team and was ranked top 10 in the Pacific Northwest. This season will be my first year as assistant coach for Yakima Valley College Men’s team. With knowledge in video breakdown and experience with all age levels I look forward to making a positive impact and help the Magics players become better on and off the court.
Anthony started his journey coaching in 2010. He has coached teams on a local, regional & National level. He preaches Team Ball & loves to cultivate an atmosphere for his players to develop team chemistry. He encourages his players to compete at a high level, have fun & create a lifetime of memories. He guides his players to play “Together” & beyond teaching the game of basketball he aims to make a positive impact into the lives of the players he coaches. Anthony is thankful & excited for the opportunity to be apart of the NW Magic Family!
Coach Andre was an avid athlete throughout his youth, playing competitive ice hockey for an elite traveling team, receiving all-league honors in football, conference 100 meter champion in junior high and stints on various competitive baseball teams.

As a married father of 6 children, Andre has become extremely passionate speaking into youth in various settings. He is part of the youth leadership group at Puyallup Nazarene Church. He has been coaching youth in track, basketball, football, baseball and Tae Kwon Do for over 10 years.

Andre currently has his son Kyson (pictured above at with the Gold Medal trophy at the Washington State Governors Cup) on the 5th grade team, and is very excited to participate in the Magic Family!