About Us

COACH HEATHER (BURGE) QUELLA

Heather offers over 30 years of playing and coaching experience.  She played at Palos Verdes High School under Coach Wendell Yoshida (Peninsula High School Athletic Director) and went on to play at the University of Virginia (1993) with her twin sister Heidi, and renowned players like Dawn Staley (2018 NCAA Champion Coach at University South Carolina and US Olympic Team Coach 2020), and Tammi Reiss (Syracuse Assistant Coach).  Together, they won three Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and went to three Final Fours in four years. Heather played on the US Women's National Team (1993) with Dawn, and other elite players like Lisa Leslie (USC), Jennifer Azzi (Stanford), and Theresa Weatherspoon (Georgia).  After college, she played overseas on the top teams in France, Spain, Hungary, Australia, and Honduras, before joining the Sacramento Monarchs in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).  Disney made an original movie about Heather and Heidi called Double Teamed based on their life story.

More recently, she has directed and coached basketball camps, club teams, and recreation leagues in San Pedro and Palos Verdes. 

Heather received her college degree in Spanish Language and Linguistics from the University of Virginia, and her Masters in Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills.  She coaches girls volleyball and basketball while teaching Spanish and PE at Christ Lutheran School in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.  


She has been married for 20 years to Darren Quella, and they have three boys: Joshua, Matthew and Gregory.

DIRECTOR STACEY GIRARD

Stacey Girard is a marketing and public relations professional who has spent her career working in and around the game of basketball.  A former Division I scholarship basketball player for Marist College, Stacey has spent the last 20 years working for NBA and WNBA teams, a coaching agency and as a consultant for professional players and coaches. Stacey's background as a player and a front office executive afford her the knowledge and experience to support Coach Heather in clinic administration, and basketball fundamentals teaching and assessment.