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Our coaches are carefully interviewed and approved by the club and then provided with numerous hours of basketball skills training.  In addition, every Wildcats coach is screened by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).  Our coaches must possess knowledge and love of basketball, but, more important, they must demonstrate a commitment to providing their players with a positive, character-building sports experience based on encouragement and respect.
 

Meet Our Wildcats Coaches & Trainers
 

Steve Sousa
Wildcats President
5th Grade Boys Head Coach
Founder of Wildcats Development League
Founder of Junior Wildcats
Steve Sousa joined the Wildcats coaching staff eleven years ago, bringing over 27 years of coaching basketball at the middle and high school level. For the past twelve years he has been involved with all levels of Wildcats, including the introduction of Junior Wildcats and Wildcats Development League. Coach Sousa was the  Head Freshman, Head JV and then Assistant Varsity coach for Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose from 1994-2000. After relocating to Davis in 2001 he assisted numerous local Junior High and High schools throughout Yolo County before settling on Wildcats.   Steve lives in Davis with his wife Patti and sons Sam and Nick. Fun Fact: Coach Steve has some killer dance moves!
Jake Rassam
4th Grade Boys Head Coach
8th Grade Boys Head Coach
 
Jake Rassam is a recent UC Davis graduate. He played 3 years of varsity basketball in San Francisco,CA at Archbishop Riordan High School. He also was a practice player on the Davis Women’s Basketball team, who went to the NCAA Tournament. During the pandemic year, Jake continued offering outdoor trainings for the Davis youth community. He has been coaching grades K-8 for 6 years, and loves to share his passion for the sport of basketball. One day, he hopes to become a part of a collegiate or professional team!  Fun Fact:  Coach Rassam can tell the future.  Steph Curry will win 3 more championships as a Golden State Warrior!
 
Ivan Dodic
4th Grade Boys Assistant Coach
 
Ivan Dodic has been involved with the Wildcats program for 7 years, coaching both boys and girls teams.  Ivan graduated from Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland and went on to play for four years at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA where they competed in the NCAA Tournament during his senior year.  He has coached both at the grade school level and high school level for the better part of 20+ years.  Coach Ivan works as a marketer for Johnson and Johnson's Hematology Division and is an active real estate investor.  He lives in Winters with his wife, Leanne, and 3 kids (Emily 15, Maci 13, JD 10).  Fun Fact (maybe):  Coach Ivan has a bucket list of sporting events to attend which he is slowly making progress on!
 
Marc Ross
6th Grade Boys Head Coach
 
Marc Ross loves basketball and coaching.  He played basketball at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and also has an MBA from UC Davis.  Marc has been as assistant coach for Dixon high School basketball and has coached youth baseball and basketball the past few years.  He works in commercial real estate and lives in Davis with his wife Syreeta and his sons, Cooper and Tyler.  Fun Fact: Marc grew 6 inches the summer before his Sophomore year of high school!!

 

Brian Dwyer
6th Grade Boys Assistant Coach
 
Brian Dwyer has coached a variety of sports since 2013 with his oldest son Cohen.  He played college football at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI and was recently inducted into his High School Sports Hall of Fame at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, CA.  Coach Dwyer and his wife Janelle have lived in Woodland since 2009.  Married since 2008, they are the proud parents of two boys, COhen and Rylen.  They are actice in the community where Brian is a current member of the Woodland Rotary, Vice President on the Woodland Little League Board and a Yolo Counbty Farm Bureau member, while Janelle is active with Omega Nu and "Mommy and Me" baby group through the City of Woodland.  Brian works as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Woodland.  Fun Fact: Brian once coached a Wildcats basketball game with his 1yo son Rylen strapped to his chest!
 
Steve Smith
7th Grade Boys Head Coach
5th Grade Boys Assistant Coach
 
Steve Smith is a former all-conference UCD Aggie basketball player who has been coaching varsity high school basketball in the Sacramento area since 1997.  He started his coaching career in 1994 as the 5th grade coach at St. James school.  Coach Smith has been an elementary school teacher in the Natomas Unified School district since 1998 and has been the head varsity coach at both of Natomas' high schools.  He is originally from Oakland, Califormia where he played high school basketball at Bishop O'Dowd and participated in two state championship games in three years on varsity.  He has also worked with UCD basketball and trained athletes at the high school, college and professional levels.  Fun Fact: Coach Smith considers himself a better cook than he was a basketball player.
 
TRAINERS
 

Brett Cauchi has a passion for teaching leadership and life lessons through the game of basketball. With his new training and leadership company, Brett Cauchi Basketball, he focuses on teaching reads and game situational basketball along with leadership and communication skills. With eight years of college basketball playing and coaching experience, Brett understands the level that is needed to train in order to make it to the college level. He is currently the assistant coach at Folsom Lake College for the women’s basketball team. Brett is a graduate of Chico State where he coached for three years from 2013-2016, including an NCAA Tournament second round appearance. And most recently, graduated with his masters degree from the University of Washington. Brett also works for Point Guard College (PGC) basketball camps throughout the summer as a coach trainer- training coaches and players across the United States and Canada.

 

 Darius Graham prides himself in providing elite level skill set and knowledge while most importantly instilling confidence in kids both on the court and in life. He graduated from UC Davis with the following D-I era career rankings: No. 2 in assists (418), No. 6 in free throws made (200), No. 7 in threepoint field goals made (125), No. 9 in points (923) and No. 10 in field goals made (299).  Graham is the third player in the program's all-time history to collect 400 or more assists.