Boulder Basketball’s mindset is simple, “1-FIVE”. 1-FIVE comes from a Coach Krzyzewski quote that says, “To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one, you become selfless.” You will always accomplish more as a team than as individuals. This philosophy follows our teams in all aspects of this game. Specifically, 1-FIVE influences three main aspects of our game:
Without defense, nothing else matters. We do not teach offense until we understand defense and defensive intensity. Our intensity will dissolve teams. 5 players constantly coming at you no matter who is on the other bench. 5 players having each other’s back willing to go to battle with the guy next to them. Defending 94’ with an overwhelming presents no matter what the opponent does. Wave after wave of defensive pressure and intensity that will stifle any ball handler.
Spacing is offense and offense is spacing. Understanding not only your role, but every one’s role on the team is the definition of 1-FIVE. A common, shared focus for how we play, how we utilize our teammates, and how we break the opponent’s defensive scheme down. We will care more about team success over our individual accolades.
The willingness to win is easy, the willingness to prepare is painfully difficult. Without a solid unit, we cannot prepare. We must know the scout, know how our team can match up, and be willing to put the team over individual playing time. We will ALWAYS be the most prepared physically and mentally. We never hope, we expect. It is our time.
Head Coach Boys Basketball
Matthew Smith has been coaching varsity level basketball for the past 5 seasons at Peak to Peak Charter School in the Metro League. Coach Smith grew up in central Indiana playing basketball and developed a love of the game at a very early age. He has carried this passion into his coaching focusing on fundamental development and preparing players to achieve anything they work hard for.
While in Indiana, he earned a Bachelor of Science from the School of Technology at Purdue University. He currently is a Project Manager at a communications company in Westminster.
Coach Smith’s coaching philosophy is simple, “1-FIVE”. 1-FIVE comes from a Coach Krzyzewski quote that says, “To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one, you become selfless.” The reason Coach Smith’s teams were able to shatter 16 school records during his previous coaching role was tied directly to 1-FIVE and his defensive focus. You will always accomplish more as a team than an individual. Developing individual abilities and winning games will always be an emphasis, however, becoming better men and preparing these boys to be successful in life will always be the top priority.
Matthew and his wife, Amanda, have been married for 15 years, lives in Boulder County, and have two sons Lake (12) and Tanner (10) both of which enjoy coming to games and causing chaos in the student section.
Sophomore Boys Basketball Coach
Tobin Skenandore will be entering his first season with the Boulder High School boys's basketball program. Tobin grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and moved here from San Diego, CA seven years ago. He has been an assistant and head varsity coach in the surrounding area since moving to Colorado. In addition to coaching high school, Tobin also has 7 years of experience coaching at the colligate level.
Tobin’s coaching philosophy stretches beyond teaching students the game and is focused on teaching students’ skills that will not only make them successful in the game, but more importantly skills that can be used in life beyond high school basketball.
Freshman Boys Basketball Coach
Coach Terry comes to Boulder with a tremendous amount of coaching experience from club, high school, and collegiate levels. He coached basketball at Fort Hayes State while obtaining his teaching certificate. Coach Terry brings leadership qualities from his extensive administrative experience as athletic director for Northridge, Mountain Vista, and Rocky Mountain high schools. Throughout his career, Coach Terry has been part of 13 state championship teams, 16 state runner-up teams, as well as a national championship team. His leadership qualities will be an asset to this program.
Varsity Assistant Boys Basketball
Coach Yopp comes to Boulder having graduated from Erie High School in 2018 and playing 2 years at the University of Saint Katherine in California. At the University of Saint Katherine, Coach Yopp shot 40% from 3 on his career and shooting overall 45% from the field. Coach Yopp brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and IQ that will help the players develop their game to another level. He also brings a different level of intensity and fire to the staff that the players will be able to relate to. His ability to meaningfully connect to players is unparalleled and he will be an absolute asset to the program. Coach Yopp’s goal is to make connections with players that will lead outside of basketball and into the real world. He will do anything for these players to ensure they enjoy their time within the men’s basketball program at BHS.
Varsity Assistant Boys Basketball
Keegan Johnson graduated from Monarch High School in 2018. While at Monarch High School, Keegan brought Monarch their first 5A playoff win since 2013-2014 season. Being a three-year varsity player, Keegan set the school records in overall steals and season steals. In his junior and senior seasons, he was top five in state in steals, while making Second Team All-Conference both years. He was also recognized by the state in First Team All-State Academics with a 4.29 GPA. Keegan was an assistant basketball coach for the Colorado Titans Basketball club program and this experience gave him the opportunity to coach in California, Portland, and Seattle in 2019.
Coach Johnson strives to build players in character and creating a culture of passion and support. The development of these young men into upstanding Boulder High School student athletes is a key mission in his coaching perspective. Currently, Coach Johnson is working on his undergraduate degree in the Leeds Business School at University of Colorado with an emphasis in Marketing.
Varsity Assistant Boys Basketball
Coach Boyle is a very familiar face to Boulder having just graduated from BHS last year after a stellar senior season. He was top 3 in scoring, averaging 9.5 points per game. He was also the leading rebounder collecting 128 rebounds his senior season.
Coach Boyle will be volunteering and assisting the upper level teams during his gap year before moving on to Pomona College in Southern California to continue his basketball playing career.