The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Leandro is entering a new phase in its long history of serving young people in San Leandro and San Lorenzo with a remodeled building and new Teen Center to open in late 2020. You have been with us on this journey and we want to hear from you —how the Club helped you and where the friendships, skills you learned, fun you had took you in life. Just like you, our kids need support and guidance. Remember your coach, your teacher and how a kind word or showing you how to do something made all the difference? Your kind word, your heart and talents could help give a kid today just the support he or she needs at the right moment.
The next chapter in our life starts with your stories. Let us hear from you!
Keenan McMiller, current Head Coach, Men’s Basketball and faculty in Kineseology, at Chabot Community College, attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Leandro from 4th through 8th grades. After leaving the Club, Coach McMiller went on to graduate from California High School earning a B.S. from San Francisco State University, and a Masters of Arts degree in Kineosology with a minor in Sports Management from Southern Arkansas University. Coach McMiller brings over 20 years of teaching Math, Science, and Physical Education at a range of elementary and middle schools that include St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Encinal High School in Alameda, Hoover Elementary, Roots and Montera Middle School in Oakland (where he served as an Aspberger’s Teacher). Coach McMiller then moved to Merritt College and served as Assistant Coach, then Head Coach, Men’s Basketball and Faculty Intern for 10 years. During Coach McMiller’s tenure at Merritt College he accomplished 2 State final four championship appearances, 4 state playoff appearances and 7 winning seasons. Born and raised in Oakland, California Coach McMiller was a student athlete on the 1999-2000 Chabot College Men’s Basketball state playoff team playing for the late Chabot College Head men’s basketball coach Tony Costello.
Coach McMiller reflected on his time with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Leandro and why the programs and activities in which he participated were so important to him.
“The Club taught me organization and discipline through the various activities we did. We had to be respectful to our peers but also to the equipment we were using whether that was doing arts and ceramics or woodshop. For me, it gave me structure and I had really good people there mentoring me. I remember my woodshop teacher who would always take the time to help me learn. I still stay in touch with Ed Hawkins my basketball coach after all these years, that’s how important his influence was on me.”