Janet Eleazar | Head Coach
Throughout Coach Eleazar’s tenure as a coach on various levels, she has had the opportunity to train and mentor hundreds of youth and high school boys and girls interested in the sport of basketball. Basketball is a sport she has always loved and competed in herself. The role of a basketball coach takes a lot of dedication, commitment, late nights, hard work, patience, and know how. She possesses these qualities along with the skill-set in the game to match.
Coach Eleazar has been coaching for over 20 years. She is going into her 4th year as the head women’s basketball coach at Southwestern College. She coached 15 seasons at Eastlake High School and was the Varsity Head Coach for 12 of those seasons. In those 12 seasons, the Eastlake High Girls Basketball program ran off 11 league titles, which included a steak of 10 consecutively. Eastlake was a perennial top-four program in San Diego County each of the 12 seasons. In 2006, the girls attained the highest honor in regional play by reaching the Division I CIF Championship game. We came away shorthanded that night but was victorious in our feat to play in a championship game. That same year Coach Eleazar was name Coach of the year in San Diego. The following year, we came back with a vengeance and not only reached the championship game but were crowned the 2007 Division I CIF Champions with the victory over Helix High School. Tournament Championships, at the High School level, also included Best of the West hosted at La Jolla Country Day, The Nike Tournament of Champions hosted in Phoenix, Arizona, and the KSA Holiday Tournament in Orlando, Florida. With those efforts Coach Eleazar was awarded San Diego County and Metro Conference Coach of the year. In 2007 Coach Eleazar was awarded Coach of the Year at Eastlake High School. Coach Eleazar had the pleasure of working with a multitude of great young ladies. Over the years, Coach Eleazar has helped over 20 young ladies play at the next level (Junior College, Division I and Division II. Throughout those 12 seasons, along with high school coaching accolades, Coach Eleazar gained a youth club team called Lady Titans Basketball Club. My focus was on young ladies from the 3rd grade throughout middle school.
In 2009, Coach Eleazar wanted to devote more time to the younger level. Therefore, she started up the Piranhas Basketball Travel Club Team. Since 2009, the club has grown from 12 players to over 100 total players in all levels. We are one of the top club basketball teams in San Diego County. We travel all over California, Nevada, and Arizona. Coach Eleazar is responsible for the administrative work, travel arrangements, accounting, procurement (uniforms and equipment) camps, training, scheduling games, practices, fundraising events and most importantly, the Head Coach for the majority of the teams.
Coach Eleazar started her basketball career at Southwest High School. As a varsity player, Coach Eleazar received MVP honors, Hustle Award, multiple 1st Team All-Metro Conference Honors, and was in the top 10 in scoring in the county her senior season. From there, Coach Eleazar went on to play at Southwestern Community College where she was selected Defensive Player of the Year and Unsung Hero. In 2016 Coach Eleazar was inducted into the Hall of fame at Southwestern College as a student-athlete for basketball.
In 1997, Coach Eleazar received her Bachelor’s Degree at San Diego State University. Coach Eleazar continued her education and attended National University to receive her Masters of Education in 2004. Coach Eleazar is currently teaching Health and Special Ed at Eastlake high school. In the spring of 2018, she received her 2nd Masters degree in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific University.
Coach Eleazar’s approach in her role(s) is “TEACHER FIRST”. Through her role as a teacher for over 15 years and coaching for over 20 years, Ms. Eleazar understands the most important thing when coaching basketball which is to ensure that each player comes away with values that will help them with the game and in life. Hard Work, Commitment, Teamwork, Responsibility, and Loyalty are the core values of the Piranhas Basketball Club and to whomever, she coaches.
Coach Eleazar is married to Edward Martin, A teacher and the head boys’ basketball coach at Montgomery High School and they have two sons Kyden and Keanu.
Lance Hickman | Assistant Coach
Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
Lance Hickman enters his 4th season as an assistant coach/recruiter of the SWC coaching staff. He has had the opportunity to coach many boys and girls, of different ages in a wide variety of different sports. Coaching has many qualifications, one of which, but not limited to, is life lessons. He believes the attributes you learn in sports translate into your daily living requirements. His biggest philosophy is, “Never forget where you came from.”
Mr. Hickman has been coaching in different sports for close to 20 years, from Little League, Youth Football, to Piranhas club basketball. In the late 90’s, he coached two years at Mar Vista High School. The girl’s varsity basketball team made the CIF playoffs in their second year for the first time in school history.
In 2010, Mr. Hickman had the honor of joining the Piranhas Basketball Club Team. He states, “I have been very fortunate to coach with Ms. Eleazar. She has a brilliant basketball mind, numerous positive philosophies, and she really cares about the direction our youth will take in the future.”
Mr. Hickman played and lettered in different sports growing up to include, but not limited to basketball. He continued to play basketball in college and the United States Navy.
In 1993, Mr. Hickman received his Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science, Magnum Cum Laude. In 1998, he received his Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Mr. Hickman currently is CEO of Varsity Team, Incorporated, a non-profit organization that counsels and houses over 24 at-risk teens. He also teaches at the University of Phoenix.
Mr. Hickman currently resides in San Diego with his wife Rochelle and 4 children Rodrick, Nick, Jae and Kaelie.
Allan Paranada | Assistant Coach