Orlando Basketball Coaches

  • Brian Rizo - Certified Leader, Director & Basketball Coach

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

    Experience:
    Brian Rizo was born and raised New York City where he played basketball up until completing High School. He then attended the University of Central Florida where he served as both a women’s basketball scout team player and men’s basketball team manager. He went on to pursue his master’s degree at Michigan State University. While completing his degree, he worked as a Graduate teaching assistant as he interned with the Men’s basketball team. He later became the assistant video coordinator/assistant director of basketball operations for the women’s basketball team at MSU. Upon graduating, he returned to Orlando, Florida where he’s served as an Assistant Varsity coach for Dr. Phillips High School and Montverde Academy. He has coached players of all ages and abilities including several that have gone on to play professionally overseas, WNBA, and NBA. He currently holds an Advanced Scouting position with the Atlanta Hawks.

    Personal Fact:
    Brian is a Husband, a Father, and a son of God. Basketball was his first love.

    Why I love to coach:
    Basketball is my passion. I am a highly motivated and fundamental sports leader with experiences as a player, teacher, coach and administrator. I am very excited to be able to impact my community by inspiring athletes to pursue Christ through basketball. I will challenge them to grow in life, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I look forward to working with your athlete in helping them maximize their potential both on and off the court. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. God Bless.

  • Rafael J. Frias - Basketball Instructor and Coach

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

    Experience:
    Coach Frias has been playing basketball and baseball all of his life. He's competed at the AAU level in both sports through High School. He was awarded a Baseball Scholarship from Evangel University. During his time in Missouri playing baseball, he also served as a scout team player for both the Men's and Women's Basketball teams. He bring over 8 years of coaching experience and skills instruction to elementary, middle school, and high school athletes.

    Personal Fact:
    Christ Believer, Father, Husband and Sports is my passion

    Why I love to coach:
    I believe I was born with a gift to influence others, and what better way than to provide knowledge of what I love and know most...Basketball! Most importantly, I want to make a difference in our youth and set a positive example in all aspects of life, while representing Christ in me.

  • Perla F. Henderson - Basketball Instructor and Coach

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Matthew 22:37-39 - Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself."

    Experience:
    Coach Henderson began playing basketball in middle school in Miami, FL. She played both Forward and Center positions on her Varsity High School team all four years winning district and regional championships along the way. She also led her to to the state finals and received various awards and recognition for both basketball and academics. Coach Henderson earned a full basketball scholarship to the University of Central Florida (UCF). Her coaching experience includes middle school, YMCA and 3 years in Upward basketball recreational league.

    Personal Fact:
    I have been married to my amazing husband Rodney for 16 years and have two beautiful daughters Macayla and Maya.

    Why I love to coach:
    I decided to coach with Upward Stars because I believe it's important to invest in young lives and serve others by using the gifts and talents that God has given me. The most important key to coaching young athletes is to be a positive role model for them both on and off the court. An impactful way to do ministry with young athletes is to use the sport as a teaching tool for life to develop the whole athlete in spirit, soul and body by always demonstrating the love of Christ, encouraging growth and development in all areas and of course having FUN while doing it!