The Nighthawks Look to Shake Up the Southwestern League & Revitalize MV’s Basketball Culture
The Nighthawks are now 7-3 under the leadership of their new head coach Brian Wethers so far this season. Murrieta Valley heads to the Tustin Tournament today to play University and then will begin Southwestern league play against Chaparral on January 9th. There is much excitement and anticipation as the Nighthawks prepare for league play.
Wethers enters his first season as Head of the Nighthawk Basketball program. He previously ran two other successful local high school programs; Calvary Murrieta and Linfield Christian. Last season, Wethers was the Director of Basketball Operations at the University of California-Riverside.
Wethers attended the University of California-Berkeley from1999-2003 where he was a four-year starter for the Golden Bears. He holds the school record for most points scored in a single NCAA tournament game with 27. After college, he went on to play professionally overseas in numerous countries; Germany, France, Australia, Ukraine, New Zealand and Lebanon. He also spent time in the NBDL with the Bakersfield Jam. While playing in Australia, Wethers led the league in scoring and was named League MVP.
Wethers replaces Nighthawk coaching legend Steve Tarabilda,who guided the Nighthawks for 24 seasons. Tarabilda won six league championship and made 21 CIF SS playoff appearances. He led Murrieta Valley to the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA Championship in 2010 was inducted into the Southern California Basketball Coaches Association hall of fame. He ended his career with a 355-176 record.
Wethers played for Tarabilda at Murrieta Valley from1995-1999. He was a four-year Varsity starter, was All-League four years and the Southwestern League MVP as a Junior and Senior. He was also the Riverside County Player of the Year his Senior year and named All-State his Senior year. He was a Top-25 National Recruit and Wethers remains Murrieta Valley’s all-time leading scorer.
Yusef Sharpe is the Varsity Assistant Coach. He has coached for 14 seasons and this will be his 10th year as a Varsity Assistant Coach. Sharpe has been coaching in the Southwestern League for the better part of a decade on various level
Scott Fields is also a Varsity Assistant Coach. This will be his second season as a Varsity Assistant Coach in the Nighthawk Boys Basketball program. The Murrieta Valley alum is in his 13th season as a coach overall.
The new Director of Nighthawk Basketball Operations is Daniel Millard. Known locally as Coach D, he previously worked in the greater Los Angeles area with both at risk, as well as, general youth mentorship and basketball programs across the county. Coach D helps oversee and guide the development of all levels of the Nighthawk Program.
The Director of Player Development is Jamal “Kap” White. White graduated in 2008 from Roosevelt High School in New York and went on to play at LIU Brooklyn as a freshman in college. He transferred to St. John’s University where he was a two-time selection to the Big East All-Academic squad. He would become a player coach in his senior year.
Ryan “Bulldog” Shrader returns for his third year as the Murrieta Valley’s Strength & Conditioning Coach. He graduated from Murrieta Valley in 1997 and spent three seasons on the varsity basketball team. Shrader’s commitment to the game, his teammates and the weight room earned him the Mr. Hustle award three times. The award was changed his senior season from Mr. Hustle to the Bulldog Award and it is still given out every year.
Wethers and his coaches would like to turn around a program that has had losing records for the past four seasons. Murrieta Valley is 24-9 as a program so far this season and there is excitement in the revamped Nighthawk Basketball program. Lets see if the magic continues into league play.