Coach David Moseley

Stanford Cardinal '96 to '00

Coach Malachi Thurston

USC Trojans '99 to '00

PV A&M Panthers '01 to '03



David Moseley (Coach Mose) hails from a long line of outstanding guards for the Stanford University Cardinal and played from 1996 to 2000. He concluded his prep career in New Mexico as the 1996 Gatorade Player of the Year. The following year at Stanford, Coach Mose earned All Pac-10 Frosh Honorable Mention; and, as a senior captain in 2000, he earned All Pac-10 Honorable Mention. Moseley helped the Cardinal win two Pac-10 championships and a trip to an NCAA Final Four appearance in 1998 (Stats:).

Coach Mose played professionally in France, Turkey, Hungary, Argentina, and Venezuela. Averaging 15 points and 5 assist per game, Moseley's teams competed in the playoffs every season and played in two championship series during his career. In addition to Coach Moseley's leadership of the Mavericks, he is the Head High School Varsity Basketball Coach of The Priory School in Portola Valley, CA and previously coached a local super elite AAU U17 boys team, prior to the Mavericks. He has also coaches extensively with younger kids in NJB's Redwood District, both division and All-Net levels. He resides in Palo Alto with his wife and daughter.


Malachi Thurston (Coach Mal) embodies the core values necessary to be a great coach at all levels of play. As a local Bay Area high school standout, he ended his high school career at Marin Academy averaging 28 points per game and received numerous post season awards. He followed this up with a year at the famed prep school, The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, where he averaged 24 points per game and was named to The New England Prep School All Stars first team along with Tri-State League MVP honors.

Coach Mal decided to attend USC over Oregon to play college basketball in the Pac 10, but transferred to D-1 Prairie View A&M, the second oldest public university in Texas, after his freshman year. While at PVAMU, he led the Panthers in a number of statistical categories and on the floor (Stats:). Coach Mal coaches the Mavs U13/14 teams and has been the Head Coach of the Palo Alto, CA Midnight boys U17 AAU Team. Coach Mal is the Boys Assistant Head Varisty Basketball Coach at the Priory School in Portola Valley, where he assists Coach Moseley. He resides in Portola Valley.


The Mavericks coaches have been exposed to some of the best basketball minds and coaches in the country. They have extracted many tips, tools, drills and coaching perspectives for youth athletes.

At the heart of our coaching approach is the belief in teaching a balance between winning and learning - basketball skills, good sportsmanship and life lessons. In a culture that has lost perspective and is too skewed to "winning at all costs," particularly in youth sports, the Mavericks coaches ascribe to the core goals and tennants of the Postive Coaching Alliance (a national non profit organization founded at Stanford University) and its initiative to help transform youth sports sports so sports can transform youth. We believe that good sportsmanship is a cornerstone to competing effectively and consistently.

While our coaches are as competitive as any, having played at the professional and at the D-1 levels, comprehensive studies by scientists and sports pyschologists have repeatedly and overwhelmingly proven that athletes in every sport perform better under pressure when they focus on skill mastery and are not so outcome or performance fixated. And when performance improves enjoyment improves, further enhancing the athlete's interest in the sport and his/her abilities to perform.

As importantly, it is our belief that kids need to learn how to win and how to deal with defeat and failure. A true competitor keeps perspective and is balanced when faced with adversity. Youth atheletes especially need to understand how to channel and focus their emotions and maintain the proper mental framework to consistently compete and perform well under any set of circumstances.

It is from this collective viewpoint that our coaches strive to teach our players.