About Valley Thunder Basketball.


Our Mission:

Valley Thunder Basketball is a club program designed to help develop student-athletes in the West San Fernando Valley and Ventura County Area. Our goal is to prepare players for the High School level by providing a strong fundamental base, advanced understanding of strategic concepts, a detailed work ethic, and perspective about how important athletics are in conjunction with to family commitments, schoolwork, and various religious beliefs.

Valley Thunder provides intense and energetic training while making adjustments toward each student-athlete’s skill level and personal needs. Both written handouts and video evaluations are used to help each student-athlete maximize his or her potential as a basketball player.


Our History.



Valley Thunder began in the Spring of 1999 with a single 4th grader playing in ARC, and has now worked with over 500 players of multiple ages and skill sets. While many of our teams have participated in regional and national tournaments, our goal has always been to prepare players to be successful student-athletes. Off the court, Valley Thunder teaches a player that family, faith and academics should be honored before the game. On the court, we emphasize an understanding of team defense and movement without the ball, which provides a smooth transition into any high school system or style of play.

Our Coaches.


Kevin Kenney.


gamespeedcoach@yahoo.com | (818) 371-7294
Head Coach, Program Director 

BOYS BASKETBALL
Notre Dame High School: 1998-2004
Malibu High School: 2004-2006
Agoura High School: 2006-2008
CIF Playoffs: 2000, 01, 03, 04, 05, 08
CIF Southern Section Semi-Finals: 2000, 2001
CIF State Tournament: 2001
American Roundball Corporation: 1999-2003
ARC 10u Travel Division Director: 2002
Co-Director: 2007 USC Camp and 2007-08 Complete Player Camps

HS TRACK AND FIELD
Notre Dame HS: 2000-2004
CIF Champions, LA Times Coaching Staff of the Year: 2002
Six time Mission League Team Champions, 20 time individual league champions, 10 CIF qualifiers, 5 CIF Finalists, Div III CIF Champion and 2 All Time School Record Holders


Josh Budde.

joshuabudde@me.com
Associate Head Coach/Middle School division

Boys Basketball
Westlake HS: 2015-16
Los Cerritos MS Head Coach: 2015-present
Simi Valley HS Coach: 2011-2012
Agoura HS Coach: 2007-2011
CYBA: 2003-2006
Santa Monica: 2001-2003

US Armed Forces
Awards: Navy and Marine Corp Achievement, Global War on Terrorism, National Defense, Good Conduct


Demetri Zanikos.

dzanikos24@gmail.com
Director of Player Development
DZ Basketball

University of Miami (Fl)
2013: BS Communication, Minor in Sports Administration

IMPACT BASKETBALL: Certified personal trainer

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Our son Chandler played four years with Coach Kenney and the Thunder. Like all the really good coaches, Coach Kenney is a teacher. The education starts with basketball but quickly expands into other parts of life. Coach has intensity and integrity and inspires the same in his players. “Play hard, Play smart.” It is a good lesson taught by a great coach.Michael and Susanne Abbott