Boys Basketball Head Coach: Joel Sobotka
Joel Sobotka joined Valley Catholic’s staff in 2012 as athletic director and boys head basketball coach. He came to Valley Catholic after six years as top assistant and recruiting coordinator at the University of Portland, where he was honored as one of the top two assistant coaches in the West Coast Conference. Joel brings 18 years of college basketball experience to Valley Catholic, including four years as a Division I head coach at Portland State University. When hired in 1998 at the age of 28, Joel was the youngest D-I head coach in the country. Joel has also coached at Eastern Oregon University, Cal State Northridge, and Arizona State. Joel played at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Joel led the 2013 Valiants to the Lewis & Clark League Championship and a Final Four appearance at state and, in 2014, to the state championship. Joel was named the 2014 Oregon’s Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. Joel and the Valiants won silver medals at state in 2017 and 2018.
Assistant Boys Basketball Coach: Nicholas Hegwood
Nick Hegwood joined the high school basketball staff after four years of coaching Valley Catholic’s middle school CYO teams. Nick is also defensive coordinator of Valley Catholic’s football team. He coached high school football for 10 years at Beaverton High School and ended his career there as head freshman coach. At Beaverton Nick played football and ran track and was a member of the 1997 State runner-up football team. Nick has taught at Valley Catholic Middle School since 2007.