Our Coaches


Gerry is from Grand Rapids, Mich., where he attended the local community college before moving on to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and is now studying for his Personal Training Certification. His past work with kids includes coaching NBA Cares basketball camps at the YMCA, then serving children and adolescents with mental and behavioral health issues for eight years through agencies in Michigan. As a Site Coordinator at Edison Elementary in Kalamazoo, his activities included Girls on The Run, NFL Play 60 and tutoring. He also taught PE for middle school students at Kentwood Public Schools (Mich.)


Kate, who became a Fit Kids coach during the 2017–2018 school year, grew up in Sarasota, Fla., playing club and high school volleyball. She earned her degree in biopsychology at UC-Santa Barbara and serves at Redwood City’s Wings Learning Center as an admin / instructional aid / yoga instructor. Her previous work with youth occurred at CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) in Santa Barbara and at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in Dallas.


Brenda is a kinesiology student at Foothill College and aspiring athletic trainer. A former high school soccer player, and FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi fan, Brenda has coached 8-10-year-olds in AYSO and worked as a nanny. “I love being a part of kids’ lives and trying to make a difference,” she says. “Whether it’s physical activity or helping out with homework, I just love teaching kids and helping them grow.”


Suzanne grew up in San Jose, where she says, “hockey and dance have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.” At Foothill and De Anza colleges, she focused on political science and sociology, served as a volunteer assistant hockey coach for 5- to 8-year-olds and helped coach middle school and high school wrestling teams. Suzanne has spent the past three years teaching swim to children ages 3 months to 18 years.


Dan was raised in Pacifica, has played soccer and basketball all his life, and more recently took up boxing as a “great exercise and stress reliever.” After earning his psychology degree from UC-San Diego, Dan taught English in Japan for six years. His first job, at age 15, was teaching children how to swim at a local pool.


Derisa is from Santa Clara and attended the University of Idaho, where she played basketball, followed by grad school at NorthCentral University. She has a sociology degree and is continuing her study in youth and family therapy and sports administration. Her experience with youth includes AmeriCorps service, time as an After-School Director for the YMCA, and coaching 7th-grade girls in AAU basketball for San Jose Spartans. “I am passionate about making a change using my experiences to impact our youth to grow into their own person and see new opportunities outside of their community,” Derisa said. “Playing sports while growing up kept me out of trouble. Basketball was my outlet, and it gave me great opportunities to get a free education and travel the world. I met a lot of people while playing basketball and am definitely grateful for the chances I got to make my life the way I want it to be. Plus my health is very important to me.”