Club Director, Co-Founder
Coach Sopak founded the Cal Stars in 2006 and has been serving as the club’s Director and Elite head coach since that time. Sopak arrived in California in 2000 and has since made his positive impact on the girls’ basketball scene here in the Bay Area and around the country. Kelly has coached teams of all ages, from second grade to high school varsity, and at all levels.
Under Coach Sopak’s guidance, the Cal Stars have produced more than 100 college basketball players and all collegiate levels. During this time, the Cal Stars program has grown from a one-team program in 2006 to a 16+-team nearly 300 player program today. As the head coach of of the Stars Signature team “Nike Elite” coach Sopak has help guide them from the little known Orinda club to a national power they are today. The Nike Elite team have won over 400 games in TEN years including several top finishes at the most prestigious national tournaments on the travel circuit.
Currently, Coach Sopak is the head varsity coach at Miramonte High School in Orinda. Kelly just completed his 10th year as a varsity head coach in the area and 6th at Miramonte (Northgate 2005-2009 and Miramonte 2009- present). During that time, Coach Sopak’s record stands at 257 wins and 45 Losses, including a 163-25 record since taking over at Miramonte.
Coach Sopak took the Miramonte position in June of 2009. During Coach Sopak’s four years at Miramonte, the Matadors quickly returned to regional dominance, winning 163 games and counting in the past SIX seasons, including FOUR STRAIGHT undefeated DFAL Championships and FOUR consecutive North Coast Section Division III appearnces. The Mats won the 2014 & 2015 Section Championships. In addition, Matadors reached the CIF Northern California PLAYOFF ALL SIX YEARS, including a CIF Division III and a CIF Northern California OPEN Division Championship Runner Up following the 2011-12, 2013-14 & 2014-2015 seasons respectively.
Coach Sopak helped guide the Matadors to their winningest season in school history with a mark of 31 wins and 2 losses during the 2011-2012 season. Coach Sopak earned the prestigious Contra Costa Times East Bay Coach of the Year award following the 2012 season and was selected as Nor Cal Preps Division 3 coach of the year following the 2011-2012, 2012-2013 season and again following the 2013-2014 season.
Prior to Miramonte, he spent four outstanding seasons at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. During his tenure at Northgate, the Broncos rolled off more wins in any four- year period in the school’s history (94). In addition, the Broncos won two league titles (DFAL 2006 and DVAL 2009) during that span. The last two seasons, the Broncos made back-to-back North Coast Section Championship and CIF Nor Cal Regional appearances.
Following the 2009 campaign, the Broncos earned their first North Coast Section Division II Scholar Team Award, with the top GPA in the section at 3.49.
Coach Sopak also runs his own business as a State Farm Insurance Agent in Albany California. Sopak has been with State Farm since 1994.
Club Director, Co-Founder, Lead Skills Trainer
Angie Sun played collegiate basketball at Warner Pacific. During her career at Warner, she was a three-time 1st team All-Cascade Collegiate Conference selection and helped lead the program to its first Conference title and National Tournament appearance in school history. Sun is the all-time scoring leader. This past year, it was announced that Sun was will be inducted into the class of 2017 Hall of Fame at Warner Pacific.
Upon graduating from Warner Pacific with dual degrees in Human Biology and Exercise Science, she joined the Women’s Basketball coaching staff. In her six seasons as an assistant coach for the Knights, Sun was in charge of player development, as well as implementing the team’s strength and conditioning program. During that time, she earned NASM certifications as a CPT (certified personal trainer), CES (corrective exercise specialist) and PES (performance enhancement specialist). She trained over 5,000 sessions as a Master Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness.
In 2011, Sun decided to dedicate her time to focusing on her passion for player development. Sun founded 5th Quarter Basketball, a year round skill development program. She has been training and coaching for 11 years and has worked with 38 players who have gone on to play collegiately. Sun trains some of the top youth and high school girls in the State of Oregon. In 2015 and again in 2016, Sun was selected to be an instructor for the highly coveted Nike Girls Skills Academy in Augusta, Georgia. There, Sun trained and worked with the country’s top rising 8th and 9th graders alongside some of the most influential teachers and leaders in the women’s game.
Sun currently serves as a Club Director of NW Stars and is the lead skills trainer for both the youth and high school programs.
Club Director, Co-Founder
Steve Gardner is the founder and director of ABA ELITE Basketball. He has been training and coaching teams for 10 years here in Vancouver from 1st grade to high school and at every skill level. Steve has worked with numerous players who have gone on to play collegiately. Steve currently oversees 15 ABA ELITE teams and coaches and trains some of the top youth and high school girls and boys in the State of Washington.
Steve has a deep love for the game of basketball and believes that doing things with integrity is more important than anything. He wants to teach our student athletes that the quality of being honest, acting with class, having strong moral principles and treating people the right way is most important.
17U Navy Head Coach
Coach Aldridge brings 41 years of coaching experience as well as 25 years of AAU club experience with him to Northwest Stars.
Coach Aldridge comes to us as the winningest large high school coach in the state of Washington. He has an 82% career winning percentage, with nearly 800 wins (Prairie HS and Clark College). His teams have made 27 State Tournament appearances and won 6 State titles under his guidance.
Coach Aldridge has helped hundreds of players go on to earn college athletic scholarships. He has developed connections and a great report with college coaches at all levels all across the country.
Coach Aldridge will take on duties as the NW Stars High School Program Coordinator as well as Head Coach of our top elite high school team.
17U Red Head Coach
Coach Meadors has been teaching and learning basketball in the Pacific Northwest for the last 23 years. Meadors has gained experience coaching both girls and boys high school basketball in the Willamette Valley, most recently completing a 5 year tenure at Stayton High School which culminated in a 2007 Oregon 4A state title.
Meadors is currently in his 10th season as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach and the Director of Advising & Testing at Lower Columbia College in Longview Washington. In those 10 seasons Coach Meadors’ overall record is 204-94 (69%) and 131-25 (84%) in the NWAC West Region with five west region titles. Chad, a four-time west region coach of the year is most proud of the 88% graduation rate for all the student-athletes who have played during his tenure. 17 players have been named to the All-NWAC Academic Team. Under Coach Meadors guidance 37 players have continued their playing careers at universities and colleges all around the country.
Coach Meadors helped guide the Red Devils to a school record 27-4 record in 2016-17, fresh off a trip to the 2016 NWAC Final Four. This is Chad’s second year working with the NW Stars and is coaching the NW Stars 17U Red team. Chad is a graduate of Western Oregon University (2000) and is a former NWACer, Clackamas Community College (1998).
17U White Head Coach
Caleb is currently the head women’s basketball coach at Centralia College. He has been coaching basketball for the past 14 years going back to his start as the Adna Middle School’s girls and boys coach. He also served as an assistant coach for the women’s teams at Adna High School, Napavine High School, and Pullman High School.
Caleb was hired as the assistant women’s coach at Centralia College prior to the 2010-2011 season. During his six years as the assistant coach, Caleb’s primary responsibilities were recruiting and training the guards. In those six years, the Lady Blazers won three NWAC Western Division titles. The 2016-2017 season was his first as Centralia’s head coach, in which they took 2nd place in the Western Division, and earned their sixth consecutive tournament appearance. This is Caleb’s 2nd year as the head coach for the NW Stars White team.
15U Navy Head Coach
Currently an Assistant Coach for the women’s basketball team at Transylvania University (Lexington, KY). Previous coaching experience includes Associate Head Coach or Assistant Coach for the women’s basketball program at Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR), Head Coach for the girl’s basketball program at Sunset High School (Portland, OR), Assistant Coach for the girl’s basketball program at Southridge High School (Beaverton, OR), as well as Assistant Coach for the men’s basketball programs at Concordia University (Portland, OR) and Eastern Oregon University (La Grande, OR).
15U Navy Assistant Coach
Currently an Assistant Coach for the women’s basketball program at Linn-Benton Community College (Albany, OR) as well as a Head Coach in the youth,
girl’s basketball program of the Northwest Stars. Previous coaching experience includes Head Coach of FAST Elite girl’s basketball club (West Linn, OR). Former players include those going on to play at Oregon State University, Utah State University, Vanderbilt University, Westmont College, The Master’s University, Whitman College, and Linn-Benton Community College. Previous experience includes training individual girls, grade 3-12, in basketball fundamentals.
15U Navy Assistant Coach
Currently a member of the women’s basketball program at Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA). In the 2016-17 season, Whitman won the Northwest Conference tournament and went to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament. Previous athletic experience includes helping Prairie High School (Brush Prairie, WA) advance into the state tournament both in basketball and in soccer, as well as earning a spot at the state meet in track and field. As a 5’10 guard she earned all-league honors in her final two seasons on the basketball court and on the soccer pitch and was a four-time Prairie Scholar-Athlete.