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Giuliana Mendiola

Giuliana Mendiola is the best offensive player in California high school history. She was the first guard to score over 3,000 career points, and remains the only player in history to collect over 3,000 points and 700 assists. She is Orange County’s Career Scoring leader and was named one of California’s greatest players of the decade by ESPN Magazine. Throughout her prep career she earned numerous awards including: CIF player of the Year, OC Player of the Year, All State, and All America honors.

Giuliana was a four year starter at the University of Washington, and established herself as one of the most all-around players in Pac-12 history. She is the only player in NCAA Division I history (men’s or women’s) to lead her team in points, assists, rebounds, and steals for two seasons. She became the first player in conference history to score over 1,500 points, collect over 700 rebounds, and distribute over 600 assists. She was the first Pac-10 player of the year in Washington history and the first player to score over 40 points in a game. She remains Washington’s All-Time Assists leader, and is one of the greatest scoring point guards in Pac-12 history. During her career she was a John Wooden National Player of the Year finalist, a two-time All-American, and Four-Time All-Conference player. After her illustrious career she was inducted into the University of Washington Hall of Fame in 2012.

Giuliana played professionally in the WNBA (Sacramento Monarchs), NWBL (San Francisco Legacy), Europe (Greece, Spain and Switzerland) and the ABA (LA Aftershock). She led the NWBL in scoring during the regular season and the playoffs, averaging nearly 30 points per game. She became the most prolific shooter in Greek League history, averaging 17 points and 7.3 rebounds during her career, with a career FG% of 59% and career three-point percentage of 50%. In 2005, she became the first woman to play, start, and score in the ABA, a men’s professional league. In her historic first game she had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals for the LA Aftershock.

After her legendary playing career, Mendiola became a Division I basketball coach. She coached one season at Montana State University and seven seasons at UC Riverside. At UC Riverside, her team won the Big West Championship in 2016, going undefeated (16-0) in league play for the first time in school history.

Joe Perry

Coach Joe Perry is currently an assistant varsity coach for the girls’ basketball team at Rosary Academy High School of Fullerton. He is also the assistant director, head coach and trainer for ATHLETES 4 CHRIST Sports Ministry (A4C).

His experience spans over 40 years of coaching both boys and girls basketball, which also includes 16 years of high school basketball (Boys: 5 years and Girls: 11 years). He started coaching a 7th grade boys school team at age 16, while playing varsity basketball during his high school sophomore year.

Coach Perry’s venture coaching boys ended in 1995. After adding a girls program to his original established club in 1989, his girls program sky-rocketed on the national scene in the summer of 1990. Over the many years coaching girls travel/club/elite teams, Coach Perry has coached and trained with hundreds of girls & numerous boys, many that have played at the collegiate and professional ranks.

Coach Perry has hosted, conducted & worked numerous camps & clinics. He also provides his own private training called, “Dreams of the Hardwood Training” and “What’s The Point?” Point Guard Clinic. His training is not just limited to youth, but also to collegiate and professional players.

With his collegiate coach connections of all levels countrywide, it has given him a strong platform to assist high school players in being recruited and receiving opportunities to play college basketball.

Coach Joe Perry has attended in numerous coaches’ clinics, trainer seminars and participated in many collegiate camps.

Joe Perry has received not only numerous awards over the many years, but also a feature sports story in the Los Angeles Times newspaper and a sports interview with Tony Hernandez of Channel 2 News in the early 1990’s.

Coach Joe Perry is the proud father of Shannon Perry LeBeauf, who is currently the Associate Head Coach of the UCLA women’s basketball program.

Gioconda Mendiola


Gioconda Mendiola, along with her sister Giuliana, formed the highest scoring duo in California during their playing careers, and transformed El Toro High School into one of the highest scoring teams in the state. During her senior season, Gioconda led Orange County in assists and ranked top five in scoring, and was one of the top playmakers in the state. She averaged 18 points and 8 assists, and was ranked in the county and state in assists, three pointers made, and three point percentage. During her career she was an All-County selection, League MVP, and First Team All CIF. She led El Toro to its greatest season in school history in 1999, a level of success that has not been reached since she graduated.

Gioconda was a four-year letter winner at the University of Washington, where she joined her sister and put together the highest winning percentage for a recruiting class in Washington history. In her first season she led Washington to a Pac-10 Championship and the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament. In her senior season, she led her team in steals and three pointers made and ranked second in assists, assist to turnover ratio, and three point percentage. Gioconda was one of the best defensive players and three point shooters in the conference, ranking in the top 10 in both categories. Gioconda was an All-Academic Pac-10 selection in 2004. During her playing career in Washington, she ranked first in the conference in attendance and shattered previous records, averaging over 6,000 fans per conference home game and becoming the first team to have back to back conference games with over 8,000 fans.

Gioconda played professionally in Germany and Sweden where her playmaking, high intensity defense, and long-range shooting made her a fan-favorite. She consistently ranked in the top five of her league in assists, three pointers made, three-point percentage, and steals. During her professional career she won the German Cup Championship and was named Newcomer of the Year in the Swedish league. After her playing career, Gioconda joined the Riverside Police Department, where she served the city of Riverside for eleven years. She was the team captain on the RPD team and competed in the Police Olympics where she earned the bronze medal.

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