Chief Training Officer
Recently, Coach Packie has had the amazing opportunity to work with some professional athletes from his favorite local championship team The Golden State Warriors and the 2 time MVP. Packie has worked with children age 6 and older to professionals players both here and overseas. He has a unique approach to teaching and making sure the game is always enjoyable. Many young athletes are passionate about basketball and he wants to help not only ignite that fire, but allow it to grow so that it never burns out.
Coach Packie attended Holy Names University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Sports Management.
Ruta was born and raised in Lithuania. She moved to the United States in 2012 where she attended Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, TN. She played at Western Kentucky University for two years, during those two years the team made it to the NCAA tournament both years. In 2015 Ruta transferred to the University of Southern Indiana, where she finished her playing career and earned a Bachelor's degree in Sport Management. After graduation, she accepted a graduate assistantship position with Wichita State's women's basketball team. She graduated from Wichita State in May 2019, after graduating with a Master's degree Ruta moved to the Bay Area in June 2019 to pursue her career in sports administration and coaching. Ruta is excited to join the UPB team because she loves sharing her love and passion for basketball, as well as applying her experience in player development.
Oderah Chidom was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She graduated from Bishop O’Dowd High School (c/o 2013). At O’Dowd she led her team to two state championships, was a McDonald’s All-American, WBCA All-American and played on the USA u17 team. Oderah attended Duke University. She was captain of the 2016-17 season and totaled a 55.4 field goal percentage, which ranked sixth on Duke’s career charts. Also, her 153 blocked shots ranked sixth as well. Oderah studied public policy and marketing & management. Oderah was drafted to WNBA and played one season for the Atlanta Dream. She also played in professionally in Europe for three seasons. Oderah is excited to join the UPB team and share her passion for the game.
Bianca Turner and Coach Packie Turner started UPBasketball in Oakland, California in August 2016. She grew up in Oakland and graduated from Santa Clara University with her Bachelors in Business Marketing. Bianca is passionate about creating an environment that teaches hard work and mental toughness. Each UPB program is designed with the athletes in mind. She strives to create fun and challenging opportunities for UPB athletes to grow. If you have any questions about clinics, scheduling or training with one of our coaches, please feel free to send her an email at email@example.com.
Ellie Lieberman was born and raised in San Mateo, CA. She attended Menlo School and is now a rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is studying American Culture Studies and Marketing with an emphasis in Sports Management. While she's not in class, she's managing UPB's Instagram and Twitter, or writing articles for SB Nation. Ellie is passionate about the intersection of storytelling and sports, and loves learning about all of UPB's clients beyond just their work on-the-court.