Owner/Director/ Trainer/ Head Coach High School Blue Star & 5th Yakima
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.
Co-Owner/Director/Tournament Director/League Director
Coach Gerald is a Government Contractor, lives in Puyallup, WA with Coach Vanessa of 23 years and son, Marcus 10.
Co- Owner/CFO/ Head Coach Tacoma 5th Girls
Coach Edwina is a former prosecutor, active author, and currently works for the State of Washington.
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
Head Coach Blue Star / Head Coach Rising Blue Star 8th
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.
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.
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.
Uniform Coordinator/ Head Coach Tacoma 3rd/4th Boys
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 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.
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!