Ravi Bhambhra, Saratoga, CA Basketball Coach

Ravi Bhambhra



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Entering my 6th season as a collegiate coach. Helped improve a student-athlete's 3FG% from 17% as a freshman to over 48% as a sophomore; he ended up earning a scholarship. Results. View all coaching experience

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  1. City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Coach is willing to travel up to 50 miles


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1 session package with Coach Ravi. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$132 1 session + one-time fee

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3 session package with Coach Ravi. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$393 3 sessions ($131/ea) + one-time fee

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10 session package with Coach Ravi. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$750 10 sessions ($75/ea) + one-time fee

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  • University of Arizona (AZ)

  • 14 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Guard, Forward, Center

  • Shooting, Rebounding, Reading the Floor, Post Moves, Pick and Roll, Passing, Moving Without the Ball, Footwork, Defense, Ball Handling, Attacking the Rim, Agility


  • University of Arizona (AZ)

  • 14 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Guard, Forward, Center

  • Shooting, Rebounding, Reading the Floor, Post Moves, Pick and Roll, Passing, Moving Without the Ball, Footwork, Defense, Ball Handling, Attacking the Rim, Agility

More About Coach Ravi

I've been coaching basketball for 14 years. Currently, I'm an assistant coach with the men's basketball team at City College of San Francisco. Last year, I was the head JV coach at Palo Alto High School, where our team went 19-5 and 11-1 in our league, winning the league championship. Other coaching stops of mine have included Cañada College, Tucson High School, and Pima College. I've coached boys as young as 5, men as old as 35, and all ages in between. This season at CCSF will mark my 6th season as an assistant coach at the collegiate level.

In 2012, I started a basketball team for 5th-6th grade boys, and after 4 seasons of training with me, all the boys made their high school teams.

While I was at Cañada College, I helped a young man improve his 3-point shooting over 30% in just one offseason; he went from 17% as a freshman to over 48% from 3-point land as a sophomore. Eventually, with his hard work and dedication, he earned a scholarship to play basketball in college, having the final two years of his education paid for.

While an undergrad at the University of Arizona, summers were when I hit the road. I'd do basketball camps all across the country, from Philadelphia, PA to Tallahassee, FL; from Waco, TX to Stanford, CA. For 10 of the 12 summer weeks, I'd be on the road, staying in dorms, coaching kids, soaking up information and picking successful coaches' brains, and waking up at 5:30am to get to early bird workouts, just so I could take notes from legendary coaches. I've been dedicated to this for a long time.

In 2015, I completed my master's degree in kinesiology with a focus on sport psychology from San Jose State University. I completed the 2 year course in just 3 semesters, and I implement research regarding the mental game in every training session I do. It's one of the most overlooked aspects of training, and just as important as the physical side of training. When physical and mental practice are combined, the results are significantly greater than when doing just physical practice, or just doing mental practice.

There's more, there's so much more!! But I cannot write all that I have learned over the years here in this box. Why don't you come get a session in, and find out for yourself!!!

I competed in 4 sports in high school - basketball, football, baseball, and even one year of varsity soccer. Basketball was always my favorite, and my best trait in the game were my leadership qualities. I just had a way of getting everyone on the same page in the team sport, always getting us the best shot, and always ensuring teammates were inspired and played hard. My proudest athletic accomplishment as a player would be that as a senior in high school, I started, played 1-4 out of the 5 positions on the floor, and helped lead our team to a league title. We lost 1 game that year. However, I always knew I wanted to coach, and that I was well suited to be a coach. So immediately out of high school, I got into coaching.

My athletic highlight from the coaching side of the floor would be helping lead our Cañada College team to a #3 ranking in the state (out of 96 teams!). We got to the playoffs for the first time in over a decade at Cañada, and we even won a playoff game. It was a tremendous season, and great fun to be a part of. This season at City College of San Francisco, we have our goals set much higher ;)

Our sessions will be tailored to your goals; if you want to become a better free throw shooter, we will focus on that, if you want to improve your post game, that's where we'll spend our energy, and if you just want overall development, we'll have a balanced attack. If you want me to evaluate weaknesses and tailor a plan for you, that's an option, too - it's your session, it's your world. I'm just here to help you achieve your goals.

The first session would be to see where you are in regards to the specific skill we're trying to work on. Then, I will provide the appropriate challenge point to best accelerate your development. No point continuing to practice plain ol' left hand layups if you've already mastered that skill; we need to implement reverse layups, goofy-foot layups, and floaters to our arsenal of finishing moves. Conversely, if you're looking to improve your shot off the dribble, but are struggling to hit from the 15-foot range, we'll start in close, honing the technique of shooting off the dribble. We'll slowly move away from the basket, so that ultimately, you can stop behind the on-ball screen and knock down a 3 if the defender goes under the screen.

But I'm not going to trick you; there's no magic here. You must put in the work on your own!!! Based on your goals, I'll give you homework assignments so that you can continue to improve on days when we're not meeting. I'll be able to tell if you've been doing your homework or not. It's upto you; if you want to get better, you've got to work. I can show you all the techniques, I can give you all the mental tools you'll need to succeed, but if you refuse to put the work in, we're wasting our time. Like the old saying goes, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."

For the advanced player, it's all about making reads - how to attack your defender, how to use a ball screen, how to use a screen away from the ball - and then converting the shots that will be open with the appropriate read. For example, recognizing when to curl off a screen for a jumper, or when to curl off a screen, fake the shot, and then continue for a dump off to the screener. If this sounds too technical, don't worry - we'll catch you at your challenge point with more appropriate drills. But to the aspiring professional who's already mastered many basketball skills, this technical jargon is music :)

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Client Reviews

Ravi is wassup

Great guy. Great coach. My son really enjoyed his first lesson.

My daughter and I really like the way Coach Ravi handles training. Not only is he effective at skills trainings but his coaching side becomes apparent in the manner in which he motivates and also places the responsibility on the athlete in a positive way. He has provided my daughter with homework before the next session to help instill what was worked on previously which is a great thing. We are definitely looking forward to working together further.

My 15 year old son has had only 2 years of organized basketball experience in club and one year of high school ball so far. Trying to maintain a “basketball budget,” we opted to put this offseason’s club ball money into one on one skills development. The first session with coach Ravi was the best workout among all of the practices within these past 2 years. It’s been a challenge for me as a father (inexperienced at coaching) to help my son improve on shot mechanics. It was great to see immediate results with Ravi’s recommended drills and putting in the reps. After the session my son felt very satisfied with the training and looks forward to more sessions. Regular team practices are good, but we feel one on one skills development with coach Ravi was a great investment in our son’s confidence.

To whom it may concern- I count it a privilege to write a letter of reference on behalf of Ravi Bhambhra. I met Ravi about three years ago when my son joined his AAU high school basketball team, the Peninsula Giants. My son Tim has played for Ravi the past two seasons. The AAU season extends from March to August. Two consecutive six-month seasons have afforded much time and many opportunities to get to know Ravi as a coach and as a person from many perspectives. Ravi has exhibited many strengths as I have interacted with him and I’d like to highlight a few. Ravi is good with people. I have coached competitive basketball at the elementary, high school and college level over the past twenty-five years. AAU is competitive basketball. Managing young people, their parents and the fans is not easy in the realm of competitive athletics. Parents, especially, can be difficult to deal with. They expect playing time, special attention, personal recognition and much more. I have watched Ravi handle all these unique challenges as they came his way—and he handled them with an even hand, objectively, diplomatically, fairly, giving no unjust preferential treatment, and at times having to make the hard decision to serve justice. It has been impressive to observe from the outside. Ravi is also good with the players. He treats them with respect and also as young men. My wife and I greatly appreciated Coach Ravi calling our son Tim to a high standard of excellence in all areas—work ethic in practice, managing his personal calendar, etiquette and responsibility in communication, and selflessness in team relations. In addition, Ravi worked hard to cultivate a healthy rapport with the players, maintaining a nice balance between exhorting the players when they needed motivation to giving ongoing encouragement for positive reinforcement. Also, he is a careful listener. As a coach and a parent I also appreciated Ravi’s commitment to being consistently punctual, providing thorough information well in advance for games and events, fairness and patience with financial expectations and fees and showing a personal interest in each of the boys by staying in contact with them in the offseason. He cared about them as young men, not just as seasonal athletes. Being a truly good coach requires versatile interpersonal skills as well as balanced character attributes. It’s a tall order—a rare recipe to find. I think Ravi has all the ingredients. I am glad to avail myself for further follow up or to answer any questions regarding my interactions with Coach Ravi. Sincerely, Dr. Cliff McManis Pastor Teacher Grace Bible Fellowship 408 368-9904 hoopsdad@comcast.net
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