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 2020 season will be her 10th with the program. She enjoys the game basketball and watching the youth excel as they grow.
Phil Shell

Phil Shell began playing organized basketball over 35 years ago. He was captain of his high school basketball team at Point Loma High in San Diego, California. As captain of the team he helped led the way as they became one of the top 5 defensive teams in the city for 2 years in a row. At San Diego State, where he attended college he loved playing pickup ball at the Aztec Recreation Center. Now in his third season with the MRC Rebels, he finds himself digging deeper everyday trying to master the psychology needed to motivate and inspire young people. Basketball is a game that he has always loved. Phil loves to teach and share information with anyone that desires to reach their full basketball potential.


Mark Gallegos

Mark Gallegos has been coaching girls basketball for ten years. Having played varsity basketball for Rubidoux High School in Riverside, California. He began coaching the Horace Mann Middle School girls basketball team in 2010 where he took over a perennially winless team and took them to within one game of the playoffs in his first season. In 2019 he coached them to their first ever Final Four appearance at Kezar Pavilion. He joined MRC in 2014 and has coached and assisted for every grade level, from fourth grade to high school.


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.

Wilson Stephens

Wilson Stephens born in LA and raised in San Francisco has been coaching basketball for nearly 15 years. Graduate of Mcateer high school, he is known for being one of the best players to come out of San Francisco. Having played 4 years at University of San Francisco . He is now inducted into USF hall of fame. Playing 8 years pro overseas and nearly making to the NBA he is now in charge of all competitive girls Sports in San Francisco Rec & Park. Getting girls into becoming great student athletes, and playing college sports is his goal.

Rod Hodges 

Rod who was born and raised in San Francisco has been coaching basketball for 20 years. Once part of the coaching staff with Oscar Jimenez, he is well known in the basketball world. Playing 2 years of college football at of Nevada College he now continues to teach the game of basketball that he loves.


Training Staff:

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