Coaching Staff


Chibuzo Emeka (CB)

Born and raised in San Francisco, California Chibuzo has played basketball since the 5th grade. Lettering in 3 sports at Raoul Wallenberg high school. He also played 3 years of varsity basketball underneath coach Pat Mulligan. Making all city first team and second team in 2 of the 3 seasons. Thereafter he played 2 years at City College of San Francisco losing in one and winning in a Junior College State Championship. He is currently going into his 5th year with the MRC Rebels program coaching multiple teams. He loves the game of basketball, and seeks to pass on the knowledge to the next generation of athletes playing sports. 


Tyler Suarez-Brown
Tyler Brown has been an assistant coach with MRC for 5 years. She attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and played Varsity basketball for 3 seasons, earning First-Team All-League honors and a starting position at shooting guard on the then-ranked #2 team in the country in 2015. After playing for 5 seasons, she immediately began her coaching career with MRC. This upcoming 2024 season will be her 10th with the program. She enjoys the game basketball and watching the youth excel as they grow.
Nelly Escobar

Nelly has been coaching girls basketball for over 2 years and counting. She attended Mercy high school in San Francisco. There she played varsity basketball and track for 4 seasons, attaining league honors in her junior and senior seasons. After high school, she went to San Francisco State, where she graduated in 2020 with her B.S. in Kinesiology and minors in Health Education and Athletic Coaching. She also holds certifications in personal training and corrective exercise with additional experiences as a group exercise instructor. Having a passion for fitness and coaching, Nelly enjoys teaching young athletes about the importance of staying healthy while promoting a positive coaching experience to make sure athletes are having fun and learning about the game of basketball.


Rod Hodges 

Rod who was born and raised in San Francisco, and has been coaching basketball for 24 years. Once part of the coaching staff with Legendary coach Oscar Jimenez, he is well known in the basketball world. He has been coaching at MRC for 19 years and has helped many athletes achieve success in the sport. Playing 2 years of college football at of Nevada College he now continues to teach the game of basketball that he loves.


Demetrius Jackson

Prior to coaching with the MRC, as the Sacred Heart Cathedral Girls Basketball program head coach. Coach Jackson was head coach of King’s Academy high school and the High Intensity AAU program, later joining the college ranks and serving as assistant coach at California State University at Monterey Bay.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Jackson graduated from Thurgood Marshall High School where he earned All City honors twice and All Metro once. Jackson went on to play at Shasta Junior College where he was named All Conference and All State, and earned an athletic scholarship to University of the Pacific. At UOP, Jackson was All Conference twice before playing professionally in Mexico for three years.

Jackson shares, “It’s an honor to be named the head coach of the storied Sacred Heart Cathedral Girls Basketball program. I look forward to the challenge and the opportunity. I’m also so very grateful to return to the SHC community, which means so much to me.” In addition to coaching basketball, Jackson works as the resource department coordinator at Lowell High School.


Marlon Brock Cooper
Coach Cooper comes to MRC with 20 years of coaching youth sports from East Oakland youth development to Jr Warriors in San Francisco. Worked with at risk kids in the Oakland community for several years emphasizing education and sports and keeping them off the streets to help them reach there full potential. He has played organized sports since the age of nine playing Pop Warner football and in many youth basketball leagues. Coach cooper played High School Basketball as a starter in Washington State, with 2 years of Community College Basketball.


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