Our Mission Statement

We hope to impart our knowledge and experiences to create a habit of mind that is hungry for growth.  With a foundation of compounded tools and skills, our athletes will have an established opportunity to develop and find a passion for a game in which they create their own limits.


Garrett James, Director

Garrett James is the founder and director of Ironmen Basketball. Garrett was a four-year varsity starter and three-year captain at Marina High School. Some of his honors included three-time First Team All-Sunset League, 1st-Team All-CIF, and All-County.  He currently holds the Marina High School record for Most Career Assists (641) and is 4th All-Time in Career Points (1,640).  Garrett’s basketball journey then took him to Stoneridge Prep before receiving an athletic scholarship to play at Concordia University in Irvine, where he was part of the #2 ranked team in the country.  Garrett then decided to transfer to Chapman University where he finished his college career.  At Chapman, Garrett finished top 10 in the country in both assists per game and assist to turnover ratio, and broke Chapman’s single season assist record.  He earned the SCIAC Ted Ducey Leadership Award and Chapman’s Don Perkins Male Leadership Award. 

Coaching Staff


Jordan Hamamoto

Jordan was a league MVP and All-CIF selection as a member of the Western High School basketball team. He received an athletic scholarship to play Division II basketball at Lake Superior State and then NAIA basketball at Northwestern College. Hamamoto also played one season at Irvine Valley College.  After finishing his playing career, Hamamoto turned to the coaching side of the game working with youth basketball clinics and providing skills training. He is currently a Kinesiology major at University of Laverne and is expected to graduate in Spring of 2016.  Jordan is an assistant basketball coach for the Cypress College Chargers men's basketball team and is a member of the James Real Estate Ironmen.


Trevor Carroll

Trevor Carroll was a four-year varsity athlete in cross-country, basketball, and track and field at Huntington Beach High School.  Trevor earned honors such as First-Team All-League and Scholar Athlete while at Huntington Beach.  He also selected as a three-year All-Nikkei Awardee.  Trevor decided to take his athletic ability to the track and ran track and field at Orange Coast College.  After two years, he earned a scholarship to run for Div. 1 Cal State Northridge where he competed in the 400 and 400 hurdles.  While Trevor is not coaching, he is also working for United Healthcare and is a member of the James Real Estate Ironmen.


Brandon Hucks

Prepped at Wilson High School in Long Beach, Coach Hucks played three years on the varsity squad, while he averaged 18 points per game with nine boards.  Coach Hucks was named Second Team All-League and team captain  for two years.  He then Attended Irvine Valley College (2007-09) and played two years of basketball while he earned All-Orange Empire Conference Honorable Mention status as a sophomore  and averaged 9.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.  Coach Hucks then earned an athletic scholarship at Concordia University where he averaged 12.2 ppg and 5.1 rpg and scored a career-high 29 points against Hope.    Brandon is entering his second season as an assistant coach for the Cypress College Men's Basketball Program. He will assist with game planning and the strength and conditioning program with a primary focus on developing post players.



Tyler James

Tyler James was a three-year varsity starter at Marina High School.  He received honors such as three-time All-Sunset League, three-time All Nikkei and was a three-year varsity team captain.  Tyler later decided not to further his basketball career in college, and earn a business degree from the Cal State University of Long Beach.  He now is a Realtor for James Real Estate and has  coached for Ironmen Basketball for over five years.  Tyler also is a member of the James Real Estate Ironmen.


Jesse James

Jesse James has coached since 1969, and he holds the most championships in SEYO history, at the highest level.   He has coached over fifty high school players who have received collegiate basketball scholarships, and he was previously a collegiate physical educator.  Jesse proudly coached his two daughters and one son to collegiate basketball scholarships.  His two daughters and three of his sons have started on varsity teams in nineteen of their twenty seasons and received sixteen "All-League" awards in total.  Jesse is currently the head coach of the James Real Estate Ironmen, who are the new NAU AA-State Champions, and he coaches in the Ironmen Club Program.


Camryn Hamaguchi

Camryn Hamaguchi was a four-year varsity starter at Kennedy High school where she was a two-year team captain and earned numerous awards such as Empire League MVP, 1st Team All-Empire League, All-Academic Empire League, All-NIkkei.  Camryn led her team in scoring in her Junior and Senior years while holding Kennedy High School's highest three point and free throw percentage and eanred Kennedy High School's Female Athlete of the Year.  Camryn is now playing college basketball at Chapman University and coaches in the Lil Ironmen Introductory Program, Lady Ironmen Club Program, Skills Clinics, and Ironmen Summer Camps.



Russell Butsumyo

Russell Butsumyo played two years of varsity basketball at Cypress College where he earned the Cypress College Hustle Award and was part of the 2016 Empire League Championship team.  Russell has also devoted his time into community service where he earned the Orange Coast Optimist Octagon of the Year in 2013.  Russell has trained with Ironmen Basketball since the beginning of time and now is a valued coach in the Lil Ironmen Introductory Program, Ironmen Skills Clinics, and Ironmen Summer Camp.



Zachary Perez

Zachary was a first team All-Conference Big VIII selection as a member of the Corona High School basketball team.  He continued his athletic career at Cypress College in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons where the Chargers posted a 22-6 record, the best in almost two decades. After playing, Zachary turned to the coaching side of basketball and is going to enter his third year of coaching at Cypress College. Zachary finished his education at Cal Poly Pomona, graduating in 2018. After graduation, Zachary began to pursue his masters in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific University where he is set to graduate in the fall of 2019.


Alysa Ito

Alysa was a four year varsity scholar athlete at Troy High School. She was the starting point guard and team captain. Some of her high school achievements include a Southern California CIF and State Championship, Four straight undefeated Freeway League Championships, All-Tournament Honors, First Team All-Freeway League, and All-CIF Honors. She began her collegiate career at Cal State Fullerton. She then transferred to Fullerton College where she was the starting point guard and lead her team and conference in steals and assists. She helped #1 in the state Fullerton College to a 28-3 record, including an undefeated Orange Empire Conference Championship. She finished her career on scholarship at Sonoma State University where she was the starting point guard and team captain. She led her team in assists and steals. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2013.  Alysa is currently an assistant varsity girls’ basketball coach at Mater Dei High School. She joins Mater Dei from Hawai’i Pacific University where she was a Graduate Assistant coach from 2013-2016. There, she helped the Sharks to a NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in 2015, the 2015 PacWest Conference Championship, and the 2015 PacWest Tournament Championship. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Hawai’i Pacific University in 2016. 


Justin Nguyen

Justin was a four year varsity basketball athlete at Santiago high school where he was team captain and awarded the coaches award. He then played point guard at Cypress College for two years and also made the Dean’s List. He then received an athletic scholarship to play basketball at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa. where he also earned his teaching credential. He is now an assistant principal at a high school in Compton. 


Jonathon Lew

Jonathon Lew played 3 years of basketball at Fountain Valley High School. Growing up, Jonathon played basketball for Orange Coast Optimist alongside fellow Ironmen coaches Garrett James, Tyler James, and Jordan Hamamoto under Coach Jesse James. After high school, Jonathon earned degrees in Economics and Sociology, with a minor in Japanese, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation, Jonathon returned home to Southern California where he started devoting his time developing youth in various basketball camps and clinics. When Jonathon is not coaching Ironmen, he can be found playing and running OCSA basketball leagues.


Jacqui Paredes

Jacqui Paredes was a 4-year varsity scholar athlete at Beckman High School.  She was also a 2 year varsity starter and team co-captain. Jacqui’s achievements include 2 times 2nd Team All Pacific Coast League selection, All Nikkei Award recipient, and All Tournament honors in the Segerstrom and Fullerton High School Tournaments. Jacqui has trained with Ironmen for over 6 years where she held leadership positions including Camp Counselor and Head counselor at the Ironmen Summer Camp. Other leadership positions include Vice President of OCO Octagons Club and President of the Beckman High School Filipino Club. Jacqui is passionate about devoting her time to coaching at Ironmen skills clinics.