Coach Jesse Mercado joins Team Nikos with extensive coaching and training experience. He believes in building character, discipline, and integrity through commitment, collective responsibility and lots of hard work. His coaching philosophies are not built simply around just winning, but rather a belief that the team structure, over individualism, is what leads to success for all. Team is defined as every member of the program who shares the common goal of success. Jesse was a 3-year Varsity High School starter, earning several acknowledgements before then heading to UC Santa Barbara for a 2-year basketball career. Once his playing came to an end, Jesse continued his passion to coach and train the game he loves working with professional, collegiate, high school and grade school players. He has 14 years of high school varsity coaching experience, including serving as Associate Head Coach at Saddleback Valley Christian School; and 13 years of skills and athletic performance training.