Heather offers over 35 years of playing and coaching experience. She played Volleyball and Basketball at Palos Verdes High School under Coach Wendell Yoshida (Peninsula High School Athletic Director) and went on to play basketball 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 2021), and Tammi Reiss (Head Coach Univ of Rhode Island). 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 Teresa 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, Multicultural from Cal State Dominguez Hills. She coaches girls volleyball and basketball while teaching Spanish and PE in San Pedro, California.
She has been married for 24 years to Darren Quella, and they have three wonderful, tall boys: Joshua, Matthew and Gregory.
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