Hernando Planells enters his fourth season on the women’s basketball staff and the third as an assistant coach for the Blue Devils.
Planells was promoted from director of relations to assistant coach over the summer of 2013 with the departure of Joy Cheek.
He coaches the guards along with Rene Haynes and serves as one of two recruiting coordinators with Haynes.
Since joining the coaching staff, Planells has made an immediate impact, landing the No. 1 class in 2015 with the signing of Angela Salvadores, Kyra Lambert, Crystal Primm, Haley Gorecki and Faith Suggs. He also helped land the No. 2 overall recruiting class in the nation in 2014 with the addition of McDonald’s All-America selection Lyneé Belton along with Erin Mathias and Azurá Stevens.
Planells has one of the most diverse backgrounds in basketball in both coaching and player development. He has coached at every level including a stint with the Maine Red Claws from 2010-11 of the NBA Development League. As an assistant coach, he was in charge of player development, scouting and did on-court coaching. He helped develop Boston Celtics No. 1 draft pick Avery Bradley and NBA D-League Rookie of the Year DeShawn Sims. Planells has also spoken at coaching clinics and conducts player development camps all over the United States and in countries such as Japan, Philippines, Australia, Switzerland and Taiwan. In 2011, he founded ELITE athlete training, which specialized in personal training and consulting services for athletes. Through his work with ELITE, he trained and assisted over 100 athletes reach their goal of gaining a college scholarship or playing professionally.
From 2005-10, Planells served as a scout for Marty Blake, who is the Director of Scouting for the NBA. In his role as a scout, Planells put together scouting reports evaluating NBA prospects which were circulated to every NBA general manager and player personnel director.
In 2008, Planells returned to the United States after serving as head coach of the Ryukyu Golden Kings, an expansion team that is a part of the BJ League (Basketball Japan). For the 2006-07 season, he served as the head basketball coach for The Hollywood Fame, a team that participated in the American Basketball Association (ABA).
In 2005, Planells was named the first head coach of the Wyoming Golden Eagles out of the All-American Professional Basketball League. At that time, the 28-year-old was the youngest professional basketball coach in the country.
From 2003-05, Planells served as the assistant coach in charge of offense for Citrus College, one of the top community colleges in the state of California. Other coaching stops include a stint as the head varsity coach at Los Angeles High School (1998-2000), Immaculate Heart High School (1996-97) in Tucson, Ariz., and as an assistant at Monrovia High School (1995-96).
His work on the court led him to the “big screen” where he choreographed and consulted on the basketball scenes and training the actors on movies such as “Coach Carter”, “The Longest Yard”, “Rebound”, “Spider-Man 3”, “Semi-Pro” and others.
Planells’ experience has also led him to work on commercials and print for EA Sports, WNBA, Target, Nissay Insurance (featuring Japanese Basketball superstar Yuta Tabuse) and Li Ning Shoes. He also trained the athletes of “Extreme Dodgeball”, the highest rated show on the Game Show Network and has appeared on SPIKE TV’s smash hit SLAMBALL as the head coach for the Bouncers.
Planells is a graduate of Regis University. He has a son, Preston (14), and daughter, Gabrielle (11).
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