George Houston (Master Coach)

George Houston trains head coaches in the technical aspects of competitive basketball and has done so the last 4 years in the Hooptime program. George Houston was head coach of the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears for fourteen seasons. As head coach, Houston won 279 games, 10 conference championships and a pair of state titles. Coach Houston was born in Juneau. He played on the Bears' state championship team in 1969 under the leadership of Clair Markey, the only person to have coached basketball at all three major levels in Alaska: high school, college, and professional (the CBA Anchorage Northern Knights.) As a student, Houston helped the Crimson Bears to the 1969 state title, and was named Alaska's Coach of the Year three times in his eight-year tenure. In 1999, Juneau-Douglas produced its finest basketball star-Carlos Boozer, Jr., who was regarded as one of 1999's top five college recruits who played for Duke University and now plays in the NBA.


Bob Saviers (High School Program Head Coach)

Coach Saviers is the Head Coach for Hooptime. Coach Saviers has coached at all levels from the grade school to high school ages and was instrumental in developing the Hooptime program. The teams have placed in many AAU and AAU/NCAA tournaments. Bob has his own basketball camps and provides assistance to all coaches where needed.


Kevin B. Casperson (Head Coach)

Played three years of Jr. High basketball at Marie Drake.
Played three years of varsity basketball at Juneau-Douglas High School. Won State Jr. year, record of 30-1.
Played college basketball at three different levels; D1 (Montana Univ., JV's), Junior college (Ft. Steilacoom/Pierce CC, Tacoma, Wa.), NAIA (Univ. of Alaska-Southeast, Juneau, AK.)
Coached one year at collegiate level with Claire Markey at UAS.
Coached 11 years at JDHS - three with Coach Hamey, eight with Coach Houston as the head JV coach and the lead assistant.
With Coach Houston won eight straight SE titles, two state titles (yes, I helped coach Carlos Boozer).
Coached three years at Floyd Dryden Middle School with Robert Casperson as JV coach and lead assistant.
Coached Hooptime for two years.
Played in 20 years of Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal basketball tournaments. Inducted into JLC GM Hall of Fame in 2010.
Coached another four years at JDHS (for a total of 15 years of high school coaching) with Robert Casperson as the JV coach and head assistant.
Coached boys and girls teams in Juneau Parks and Rec. for two seasons

Gilbert Mendoza (Boys 4th-5th coach HoopTime 2018)

Coach Gilbert Mendoza has coached various youth sports at different competitive levels throughout the years and is enthusiastically returning for his eighth year with HoopTime Basketball. During his tenure with HoopTime Coach Mendoza has coached teams at AAU tournaments in and out of Alaska. Gilbert enjoys instructing Juneau's youth and prides himself on instilling the values of hard work, dedication, and teamwork.

Toby Lockhart (Boys 7th)

Toby played high school basketball at Juneau-Douglas High School in the early 90's when Hoop Time Master Coach George Houston was the Assistant Coach and Hoop Time Head of Coaches Kevin Casperson had just begun working with the high school team. Toby was the kind of player that was destined to coach. Undersized and not the most athletic, Toby found a way to contribute by playing smart and with maximum effort. These are the same traits he hopes to instill in the players he's entrusted with today. Toby has worked with his current group since they entered the program in 4th grade and has enjoyed watching them progress both as players and young men.


Tom Gisler (Boys 6th)

Tom grew up in Minnesota playing basketball all his life. He played basketball from 5th grade through college, attending University of Northwestern - St. Paul. While in college he also coached AAU 15U during the summers. Since moving to Juneau in 2016 Tom has continued his involvement in basketball through playing in the local city league and coaching the DZ middle school and HoopTime teams. Tom enjoys seeing players gain confidence, improve their skills, and enjoy the hard work and rewards of playing the game.


Jay Ribao (7th Boys)

Jay grew up in Sitka, Alaska and graduated from Sitka High in 2000, moved to Juneau in August of 2000. He has been playing basketball since 3rd grade. His first taste of coaching was his senior year in High school, in order to graduate it was required to complete a senior project and he chose to coach basketball. He was the assistant coach to the 8th grade middle school team for the season that year. Since Moving to Juneau, he has played in the City Basketball League and was able to get back into coaching again 3 years ago when he was accepted to be a part of the Hooptime organization. He has had the pleasure to able to assist with his oldest son Jace's Hooptime team ever since. It brings him joy to watch his son and his teammates grow as basketball players, getting better and learning the game and most importantly having fun.


Sue Beckerman (4th, 5th, 6th Girls)

Playing experience:
Played three years of varsity basketball in high school in the State of Washington
Played 1 year for the UAS
Played over 20 years in the adult Rec leagues here in Juneau
Coaching Experience:
1 year C team coach at DZ
2 years as an assistant coach at JDHS
1 year of the PeeWee program for Parks n Rec
10 plus years with Hooptime, head coach of the 4/5/6 grade teams

This program is partially funded by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues.