About Our Founder, Hodari McGavock

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Hodari McGavock, Founder

NO BOOKS, NO BALL and President of the Board of Directors

Hodari McGavock has served as an educator for students from middle and Hodari Pix 5high school through community college in both the Oakland Unified School District and the Peralta Community College District for 38 years. He has worked with this wide range of students in the capacities of teacher, counselor and basketball coach.

Born and reared in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hodari McGavock, fondly referred to as “Coach Mac” is a product of the Indianapolis Public School District from elementary through high school and is a proud graduate of Crispus Attucks High, where he was an outstanding student and basketball player. He earned a full basketball scholarship to and graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1966. He earned a Masters Degrees from both Eastern Michigan University, Yipsilanti, Michigan in 1968 and California State University, Hayward with a Life Pupil Personnel Services Credential as well from California State University, Hayward.

Rickey Henderson is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

The incredible career achievements of “Coach Mac” as a men’s varsity basketball coach in the Oakland Unified School District at Oakland Technical High School for 25 years and now at major cross-town rival Castlemont High are legendary, highlighted by many noteworthy achievements, only a few follows:

In 2012 Inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame

In 2011 Honored as State of California Coach of the Year

2010 – Oakland Athletic League Championship

Leon Powe and Boston Celtics 2008 NBA Champions Ring Ceremony (Oct 28, 2008)

Selected as 2008-09 California Inter-Scholastic Federation Model Coach Award winner. A model coach demonstrates and teaches the six core ethical values: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship (the “Six Pillars of Character”). The CIF believes that the highest potential of sports is achieved when teachers/coaches consciously Teach, Enforce, Advocate and Model (T.E.A.M.) these values and are committed to the ideal of Pursuing Victory with Honor.

Quentin Thomas and UNC 2009 NCAA Final Four Champions!

Honored as Oakland Tribune Newspaper “ 2002 Coach of The Year”,

Nominated for California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Hall of Fame,

He coached for 25 years at Oakland Tech High School until June 2005 moving over to rival Castlemont High School in 2007 after a two year hiatus,

First full-time Oakland Public School Counselor to become a full time Oakland Athletic League coach,

Gold-Basketball-Wreath-Award-TrophiesWon two Northern California State Championships consecutively from 2002-3,

Qualified for numerous Northern California State Championships Playoffs,

He has won eight Oakland Athletic League Championships,

First Basketball coach to ever win four consecutive Oakland Athletic League Championships from 1999-2003,

Won over 550 High School basketball games,

In 1980 he founded of the “No Books, No Ball” Academic Achievement Program for Student-Athletes to aid them in their quest for academic excellence and to facilitate their enrollment into institution of higher learning,

Has sent hundreds of student-athletes to colleges all around the country and the world professionally including the NBA,

In July 2010 he took Castlemont High School Varsity Basketball team to Heidelberg, Germany for an 11-day trip to play four games against club teams where they will stay with German families during the trip that includes visiting and participating in a German school while there.

Assistant Mens Basketball Coach at Merritt Junior College, Oakland, California

Has mentored several very successful Mens High School Varsity Head Basketball Coaches,

Bernard King Scores 60

Has trained many professional basketball players including National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Stars, NBA Scoring Champs, and NBA World Champions, NFL All-Pro’s, including Rickey Henderson, Bernard King, Purvis Short- the current National Basketball Players Association Director of Player Programs, Leon Powe, Marshawn Lynch, Josh Johnson, Quentin Thomas, Terrell Lowery, etc.,

Camp Counselor for University of Sports “SuperStar Basketball Camp” for elite Boys and Girls athletes since 1995.

Purvis Short Destroys the Jazz

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