Darin Michael Bueno, San Jose, CA Basketball Coach

Darin Michael Bueno

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Coach Bueno is a blessed father of 5, played guard 7 years, has coached youth-teens at developmental-intermediate levels & is highly regarded in the basketball community. View all coaching experience

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Training Locations
Training Locations
  1. South San Jose, San Jose, CA
  2. Cupertino, CA
  3. Willow Glen, San Jose, CA

Coach is willing to travel up to 10 miles


My 1st Fundamentals
In-Person Training for a single athlete

Building a solid foundation of fundamentals and grow quickly into a better basketball skill set. This program is routine based, learn a 15 minute practice routine that you can do at home or use as your pre-game warm up. Ou... See More

Session Length: 55 minutes

$1250 10 sessions ($125/ea) + applicable fees

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My Next Step Fundamentals
In-Person Training for a single athlete

Players will gain more game time confidence as they master their jump shot mechanics (form), practice solid dribbling technique and learn basketball footwork skills. Better form, more confidence, more success and more fun.

Session Length: 1 hour

$1695 12 sessions ($141/ea) + applicable fees

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My Basketball Game Ready Tune-up
In-Person Training for up to 6 athletes

With a personalized customized basketball routine, you can nail down the fundamentals, and learn to play fluid basketball and succeed on the court regardless of the coaching strategies. You can improve at home as everyday... See More

Session Length: 1 hour

$1975 8 sessions ($247/ea) + applicable fees

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My Team Tune-up
In-Person Training for up to 12 athletes

Clinic style individual and team skills enhancement Scrimmage and skills competition. This is a team session designed to keep you growing your skill set, and your team play I.Q.

Session Length: 75 minutes

$3425 12 sessions ($285/ea) + applicable fees

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  • San Jose State University (CA)

  • 20 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Kids, Teenagers

  • Center, Forward, Guard

  • Reading the Floor, Moving Without the Ball, Defense, Rebounding, Footwork, Passing, Shooting, Ball Handling


  • San Jose State University (CA)

  • 20 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Kids, Teenagers

  • Center, Forward, Guard

  • Reading the Floor, Moving Without the Ball, Defense, Rebounding, Footwork, Passing, Shooting, Ball Handling

More About Coach Darin Michael

18 years- Head Coach Central Y- Responsible for individual player development for all levels, all positions. Child, Youth and Teen teams consisting of co-ed, boys and girls recreational (fun-petitive) teams, boys and girls competitive (non traveling teams) and local traveling club teams.

13 years- Teaching Child, Youth and Teens. In individual, small group and team settings. Teaching the mastery of the foundational fundamental and specific skill sets. Teaching essential game time knowledge perparing beginners, intermediate, and next level players to be game ready.

10 years- Coaching Basketball Summer Camps at SJSU, Santa Clara University Boys and Girls 8U, 10U and 12U ,
Santa Clara University Boys and Girls, Coach Summer basketball camps and skills camps for Boys and Girls 16U.

9 years, Head Coach/trainer 5th-8th grade player and team development, Boys & Girls Basketball, Volleyball, Flag football and Track.
3 Years Club basketball Spartans 12U boys, Hoyas JV, Vipers JV, Splash JV

Over my 7 year basketball career, I was blessed to have been Coached by high caliber, high quality, dedicated competitive teachers
of the GAME. I have lead my team as point and shooting guard each of those 7 years, moving up to varsity team my freshmen year and also playing in my first CCS play-off game that same year. During that time, our team was ranked twice in the top 25 High School Basketball teams in the Bay Area. Our Highest ranking was 10th during my Junior Year. During Highschool I played 2 summers of Men's basketball, 1 year at San Jose City College and 1 year at West Valley College. My senior year I was invited to play in an invite only Men's Summer League Basketball at De Anza College. (Se I was drafted as point guard shooting guard and was teammate along side power forward Kurt Rambus (Santa Clara University) and Center Mark McNamara (USC), who both went on to the NBA playing for the LA Lakers. My teammates called me "Baby Magic", because of my vision of the court, ability to finish at the rim or hit the 3 pt. shoot, With my handles and eye opening passing ability I was the ultimate team player. Shortly after my basketball career ended I was introduced to Coaching youth basketball. Being a Stewart of the game, It has been an honor and a privilege to be able to play at a high level, coach youth, passing on the knowledge and skills to the next generation of basketball players,

Review with player individual and team goals
Funtional warm up with and with out the ball
Asset skill set
Stationary Dribbling-Fundamentals Curry's 25 dribbling routine
Review Personal routine
Half court dribbling regiment current level and add new skill as needed (prep work for obsticle course dribbling)
Half court or full court dribbling obstacle course change of pace with a variety of current moves with a verity of lay up finishes, add new moves and counter moves as needed.
Form shooting Lay-ups Jump shot 3 spots
Mikan drill left and right Hook shots
Barkley power dribble and power put back one and two handed
Form shooting: 8 spot backboard only.
Review proper technique with a self correct check list.
Self pass catch turn and shoot
Add offensive move footwork as needed
Jump shot range shooting improvement (3 pointer if applicable).
Free throw shooting routine enhancement
Footwork and game knowledge review and recap.
Review homework routine add skill work as needed.

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Coach Michael is very patient and knowledgeable. Our son was picking up the concepts from him well and he made sure to coach for how things were going instead of just sticking to an agenda. Recommended.

Coach Michael is an exceptional coach. He is very knowledgeable and had many years of experience developing kids. I don’t know anything about basketball but listening to him explains why we do this or that helps me understand and appreciate basketball more and more. He is very patient and kind and takes his time to coach your kids. I feel no rush with him. I appreciate all the time and effort he puts in to help the my kids learn.

Thank you Coach Michael,

Coach Michael is absolutely amazing. My 7 year old has learned so much in such a short amount of time. He emphasizes fundamentals and discipline. He is patient and great with kids.My son looks forward to his sessions every week.

01/25/2024 To Whom It May Concern, I highly recommend Coach Michael Bueno’s classes to anyone wanting to learn basketball and improve their skills. During the winter season of 2023, I had the pleasure of attending Coach Bueno’s classes with my 8 and 12-year-old sons, and 7-year-old nephew. We all three had limited basketball training. Coach Bueno’s classes Lay a strong foundation in basketball skills. He starts with core techniques players of all levels need to know, like Great Balance, posture, and dribbling. Are tailor-made for the skill level, abilities, and personality of the student. Coach Bueno is empathetic and observant of his students. Are physically challenging. We got a great workout. Empower and encourage students to be leaders. As a result of Coach Bueno’s classes, my son’s passion for basketball has grown. He’s enjoying playing in our local youth league, and routinely asks me to spend more time playing ball with him on the court. Sincerely, Geoff H.
Starting at a young age, Coach Bueno has helped me develop skills that not only helped on the court but also off it. From learning to have the perfect balance to developing leadership skills, Coach Bueno has been a second dad to me. Making sure I was on top of my school work and creating a safe space. He believed in me when other coaches didn't. He helped me develop the confidence to speak up on and off the court and to always take my shot. Having the opportunity to be one of his players, and coach alongside him has made me a better person and has taught me that a coach that builds trust in their players can influence the way they impact society. As an adult, I now have the honor of passing on this knowledge to the children I coach and continue to apply these skills in my everyday life. Thank you so much for being a building block in my life and the lives of other players.
I have known Coach Bueno for about 10 years. He’s been an integral part of the St. Leo the Great School community, not only as a coach, but as a teammate, mentor, and friend. We have followed him from St. Leo’s, to the YMCA, and to his own private coaching. Coach Bueno has such a kind and caring heart. What stands out to me is that when I’ve watched him coach, it isn’t just about learning the skills or running plays, but I can tell he genuinely cares about the kids as humans. He makes sure they are having fun and enjoying the practices. Thank you Coach Bueno for all you do!
Coach Bueno's time teaching basketball to my daughter and her classmates has brought them closer together in addition to teaching them the fundamentals of the sport. His example of leadership, dedication, and persistent practice-makes-perfect attitude teaches the kids skills that can get applied well beyond the ball court. His level-headed approach to competition and his general positive demeanor make kids of all skill levels feel comfortable and excited to play. He is a great coach and a great example to young people.
As a kid, you go to the gym or training camps just to have fun; not realizing, certain individuals are looking out for you. Coach Bueno was and is that individual. Looking back coming from a family who wasn't able to pay for certain events, Coach Bueno looked out for me by simply assisting in that manner. Now as an adult, still the same Coach Bueno, helped my son by becoming a stronger young boy and helped me, through many one on one talks, on becoming a better father and focusing on my priorities.
We only have words of gratitude for you, Mr. Bueno. You’ve helped teach my children your wisdom, values like respect but above all self-confidence, forming an athletic character of safety and passion for basketball. My husband and I thank you for being not only a great coach but also a great guide for Indira and Oziel. Blessings to you and your family.
You have been a great coach for my daughter and her friends. You’ve taught them the fundamentals of basketball and in a way where it’s fun, and being a good teammate and showing great sportsmanship is emphasized. You’ve shown them a ton of skills that the girls can use on and off the court. Thank you for being a great coach!
Mike is a very talented basketball coach who is very good with kids. My son learned so much from him as he really teaches fundamental techniques for beginners and even advanced students.
Coach Mike Bueno is a decorated veteran of basketball. Within minutes of being taught, his love for the game spreads to you. Being able to witness his knowledge of basketball is a privilege to those taught by him. Personally, he has taught me things I would have never known before. Even outside of basketball, throughout the years I developed a "beast" inside. As a mentor, he shows you how to bring it out and control it effectively. In not just basketball, but life in general. Through and through, I have nothing but respect for Coach Mike Bueno.
Since 2009 I’ve been a student of basketball due to Coach Bueno’s love for the game. His court vision, communicative skills, and deadly accurate passes are just a few things of many that have rubbed off on me as a player. Without Coach Bueno’s guidance and knowledge, I wouldn’t be where I am at today with the coaching I now do myself so I will forever be in debt to Coach.
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