In Loving Memory
Coach Tom Riach
In March 2021, we lost an integral part of the Aliso Niguel community. Coach Tom Riach coached basketball at Aliso Niguel High School for 18 years as an assistant for the Varsity Boys team, 7 of which he was an assistant for the Varsity Girls team as well. Prior to coming to Aliso, Coach was an assistant at Saddleback Community College for 11 years, and both an assistant and head coach for the boys’ program at Dana Hills High School for 6 years.
Beyond basketball, Coach Riach taught mathematics at Aliso Niguel High School for 25 years. He was a loving husband and father to his wife Victoria of 38 years, and four children: Kelsey, Kyle, Kevin and Cameron- all of whom graduated from Aliso Niguel.
Coach represented daily the qualities he asked his players to be: passionate, devoted, kind and caring. There is no measure to the level of pride Coach Riach took in Aliso Niguel Basketball. He will forever be missed.
Coach Hana Qaqi
Coach Tom Riach
Coach Tom Riach is our fearless and selfless leader who has coached over 25 years and loves every second of it. He is enjoying being both a very significant part of the girls and boys programs at Aliso Niguel. We love having Tom be a part of our program! Commonly referred to as the "GOAT" we absolutely love having him be not only our number one fan but also our number one guy!
Coach Hana is entering her first season with Aliso Niguel High School. She previously spent a year as the Head Junior Varsity coach at Shadow Hills High School. She also spent a year as an assistant coach at College of the Desert. Coach Hana spent one year as an assistant coaching softball at Palm Desert High School.
Coach Hana was born and raised in Palm Desert, CA. She played basketball and softball at Palm Desert High School from 2008-2012. After high school, Coach Hana played basketball at College of the Desert from 2012-2014 and soccer from 2013-2014. After two years at College of the Desert, Coach Hana went on to earn her bachelor’s degrees in both Criminology and English from the University of California, Irvine.
Coach Hana Qaqi
Coach Tom Riach
Coach Brad Johnson
Varsity Head Coach
Brad Johnson is entering his third year as the Head Coach at Aliso Niguel High School, and his 14th coaching high school basketball. In his first year at Aliso the team finished with a 20-9 overall record, placing top 3 in league and making the schools’ second appearance in CIF Southern Section Division I. In a shortened second season due to COVID, he led the team to an 18-7 record, including an undefeated South Coast League Championship and CIF Division 1 Quarter Final appearance.
Coach Johnson began coaching in 2008 at Big Bear High School where he spent seven years with the boys’ program as the Junior Varsity coach and Varsity assistant. From there, switched over to the Girls program and spent one year as the Junior Varsity coach before taking over as the Head Varsity coach. In his first year as Head Coach, the team finished with a 20-4 record, winning their first league championship in 41 years- the second championship overall in school history. Coach Johnson was named Cross Valley Coach of the Year that same season. Coach then moved to Orange County and served as the Junior Varsity coach and assisted the varsity boys at El Toro High School.
Outside of high school coaching, Coach Johnson worked as the Recreation Coordinator at Big Bear Recreation and Park District where he ran youth and adult sports programs, including year-round youth basketball leagues and tournaments.
Coach Hope Goddard
Varsity Assistant Coach
Hope is entering her second year as the assistant varsity coach at Aliso Niguel High School. In her first year, she joined in helping Coach Johnson lead Aliso to an undefeated league championship title and a run to the CIF Division I quarterfinals. Prior to joining the Wolverines, she was a part of the coaching staff at Boise High School in Boise, Idaho- coaching both JV Basketball for three years and Varsity Lacrosse for one until COVID-19 unfortunately cut off the end of the season. In her first year in each program at Boise High, both teams finished with an undefeated record overall.
Coach Hope is an alumni of Tesoro High School, where she played Basketball and Lacrosse. She ended her basketball career with two league titles, and received All-League Honors in Lacrosse as a midfielder on a California top-20 and nationally ranked team. Following her high school graduation, she attended Boise State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Pre-Physical Therapy and a minor in Psychology. She has been accepted into the Doctor of Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) program at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and will begin her studies in the Summer of 2022.
Coach Gene Duenas
Junior Varsity Head Coach
Coach Gene Duenas has had a lifelong dedication to sports which has led him to his position at ANHS as the Frosh/Soph and JV assistant coach. He began his experience with high school athletics, lettered in volleyball, and went to the playoffs for State Championships. He also competed in the Hawaiian State Basketball tournament. He has competed in basketball leagues throughout Southern California for the last 15+ years. As his children became interested in basketball it was natural for him to become involved and assist in their development. In his free time, he enjoys volleyball, golf, basketball, and DIY home projects.