About Us

About Us

imageCoach Dan Hibson
Dan Hibson is the founder of Mini sports Stars and has 20 years’ experience coaching kids 3-18 years of age.  Dan started coaching basketball at IHM School in Belmont Ca at 15 years old and has continued coaching basketball, baseball, and other sports for the past 20 years.  Some of the teams Dan Hibson has coached:

  • Hillsdale High School Girls Varsity Basketball (4 years)
  • San Mateo National Little League Cardinals
  • Hillsdale High School Boys Varsity (assistant)
  • St. Raymond’s 8th Grade Boys Basketball
  • Belmont Pony All-Stars
  • AAU “Hustlers” Boys basketball

Throughout his coaching experience Dan noticed that the most important thing a coach can instill in children and adolescents is a positive experience that will help children and adolescents develop into outstanding individuals.  Competition is important in our society but the development of physical, social, and intellectual skills are far more important than a win or a loss

All Mini Sports Stars coaches are trained to abide by the Mini Sports Stars mantra: “To enhance the Character of Our Youth through Sports in a Positive Atmosphere.”  Coaches are specifically trained to be:

  • Positive & friendly
  • Knowledgeable about the sport they are coaching
  • Compassionate
  • Organized
  • Articulate
  • Fun
  • Energetic

Mini Sports Stars classes almost always have a 6:1 coach to athlete ratio in order to make sure that each child is receiving the proper amount of attention and instruction.  Skill mastery through repetition is a priority if Mini Sports Stars classes as studies indicate that both children and adults alike learn in “chunks of 3.”  For more information about specific drills to enhance skill mastery through repetition please visit the tee-ball and basketball pages.

image002Coach Russell Gomes
Russell is currently attending the College of San Mateo, majoring in Communication studies. He has participated in sports all throughout middle and high school, in particular soccer and basketball. Russell also works at the Junior Gym throwing birthday parties for children. He believes making kids happy is very rewarding and tries his hardest to achieve his goal. Among other work experience, Russell spent a semester working at the Walt Disney World resort. His experience working with children translates well to coaching and he’s excited to apart of the Mini Sports Stars team.


photoCoach Matt Medeiros
Coach Matt has been with Mini Sports Stars since the beginning. Matt was a good athlete in high school (playing both basketball and baseball) and also played junior college baseball at Canada College. He is organized, motivated, passionate, and charismatic. Matt Graduated from CSU East Bay with a degree in History and is currently pursuing his teaching credential at Notre Dame De Namur in Belmont. Below is Matt’s coaching experience and we are proud to have such an experienced coach on staff.

  • 1 yr. head coach 7th grade basketball team at Bayside
  • 1 yr. assistant JV baseball coach at San Mateo High School
  • 3 yrs. coaching middle school AAU basketball year around
  • 3 yrs. assistant varsity basketball coach at Hillsdale High School

Currently Coach at:

  • AAU Middle School basketball
  • Head JV baseball coach at Hillsdale high school
  • Assistant Varsity basketball coach at Hillsdale high school


image001Coach Jolly Mateo
Sports play a very significant role in my life and have loved it since I was very young. I have a passion for sports and love playing them, especially basketball. I started playing basketball since I could walk and have been playing in different leagues since the 3rd grade. Today, I play basketball recreationally. I also love being involved in football, baseball, hockey, soccer, and even volleyball.

I am a huge Bay Area sports fan and enjoy going to hundreds of sporting events. The San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors, and the San Jose Sharks are among my favorite teams in all of sports

Overall, I am an optimistic person who enjoy coaching those younger than me. I find it valuable for kids to be involved in sports because it keeps them active and are a perfect way to teach them teamwork, patience, and commitment. I am happy when I coach because it gives me the chance to educate children become a positive role model for them.

I am currently enrolled at San Diego State University, studying Hospitality & Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meetings & Events. In the future, I hope to be working for a Bay Area sports organization in their special events program.


image003Coach Marissa Dachauer
Hi I am Coach Marissa! I played water polo and basketball at Hillsdale High School and Dan Hibson was my basketball coach. During my senior year, I received the Heart of a Knight and the Tony Cecil Memorial awards for outstanding academic and athletic performance. I love working with kids, and especially coaching because it is very rewarding to see children grow, learn, and have fun playing sports. Currently I am attending CSM and planning to transfer in the fall. I am planning on becoming a nurse and am considering pediatrics because of the experience I have had coaching at Mini Sports Stars.


photo (17)Coach Roxanna Camacho
Hello! My name is Coach Roxanna and I have been coaching for Mini Sports Stars since 2008. I grew up in San Mateo playing soccer and basketball. I played AYSO soccer from the ages 6 to 12 and then went on to play CYSO for a year after that. I also played competitive basketball from 6th grade till my senior year of high school. I was the Athletic Director at Bowditch Middle School in Foster City in 2012. At Bowditch I coached the 8th grade boys B Team and I was the assistant coach for the 6th grade boys B Team. I currently work for the City of San Mateo as a Program Specialist in the Athletics Department.

I graduated from Hillsdale High School in 2011, and attended CSM for two years and received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. Currently I am attending San Francisco State where I am working on my Bachelors in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Latino Studies.

My hobbies include hanging out with friends, watching basketball games, and playing recreational basketball.

My passion for sports and my passion for working with kids has made coaching with Mini Sports Stars a great experience and I look forward to working with your child soon!


100_6887Coach Jim Baker
Coach Jim Baker played 3 years varsity at Sahuaro High School in Tucson Arizona under Coach Dick McConnell, the winningest coach in Arizona high school history. Coach Jim trained under Coach McConnell before joining the US Coast Guard. He has coached multiple camps and prides himself on his defense-minded and fundamental based approached to the game of basketball.