Lamar Hurd

Lamar won three high school state titles in Texas, and led Heritage Christian Academy to a top-25 national ranking his senior season. He graduated as the class valedictorian, with a 3.9 GPA.

He was the starting point guard for Oregon State University from 2002-2006; he received All-Pac 10 Honors, shared the team's MVP award, and was named to the Pac-10 All Academic first team. In 2005, he captained an Athletes In Action team that traveled to East Asia. His overall impact at Oregon State may best be summed up by his winning of the Pac-10 medal in 2006: this annual award is given to only one male and female student-athlete at each of the conference's institutions who best exemplifies excellence on and off the playing field.

Lamar followed his college career by playing professionally in Germany's 1st division, considered to be one of Europe's top professional basketball leagues. In 2007, Lamar decided to stop playing professional basketball in order to work with kids, and he has been doing so ever since. From 2007-2009, Lamar served as the Director of Basketball at The Hoop in Beaverton, and from 2009-2012 he co-owned All In One Basketball.

In the spring of 2008, Lamar was part of Oregon State's 4-man hiring committee that landed Craig Robinson as the head men's basketball coach. Lamar was also part of the Oregon State hiring committee in the spring of 2014 that assigned Wayne Tinkle as the new head men's basketball coach.

From 2008-2011, Lamar served as a primary college basketball analyst for Fox Sports Northwest and Root Sports. With these networks, Lamar provided commentary and basketball insight for their studio show, College Hoops Northwest, and also live at Oregon State University men's basketball games.

In 2012, Lamar began broadcasting games for the Pac 12 Network, and in 2014 he also began broadcasting games for ESPN. In 2016, Lamar became the television analyst for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lamar graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Communications. Contact Lamar

 
Tim Black


Tim Black has distinguished himself as one of the most versatile personalities in European professional basketball. He was elected team captain of every team on which he was a member and was selected 1st team All Germany and Belgium. Tim has spoken at many sports forums in Europe as well as in the United States.

The faith of Tim's parents was a tremendous influence on his life. His love for basketball was nurtured at a very young age. Tim's motivation increased as his faith grew to be the main source of strength and focus. Tim recalls, "My parents taught me how to meditate on Biblical scripture. Meditating on God's word was my saving grace."

Even though Tim was not heavily recruited after graduating from high school, he continued to believe that God had a plan for his life and a career in basketball. This plan included a tryout at Barton College; a Christian based school in Wilson, North Carolina. Barton's Coach Ron Lievense offered Tim a scholarship on the spot, which he accepted a week and a half later. Tim's experience at Barton was no less than spectacular. He earned many awards including 1st Team All-American and the conference scoring title in the 2002-2003 season. He also set and broke many school and conference records. Tim was inducted into the Barton College Hall of Fame in 2015.

During his first year in Germany he won the scoring title with an average of 32 points per game for the NVV Lions of Mönchengladbach. He then changed teams and played for the Paderborn Baskets where he met Lamar Hurd and developed a lasting friendship. After again leading Paderborn and the German Bundesliga in scoring, he took his talents to Belgium and Italy.

Tim's career is a testament to his will and dedication towards the game of basketball. His love and respect for the game is just a part of what he wants to bring to The Other Side of Basketball family. Contact Tim

 
Omar Leary

Omar was born and raised in Portland Oregon, where he attended Lincoln high school and was a standout basketball player. Omar received a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma where he majored in Multi-Disciplinary Studies and was a 2nd Team All Big 12 academic selection his senior year.
Post college, Omar took his passion for being a youth leader to several schools in the northwest. Kentridge High School in Kent, Washington where he worked with kids facing academic, behavioral, and attendance challenges. Roosevelt High School working with Open Meadows Step Up program and Parkrose Middle school working with Elevate Oregon as a Teacher mentor.
Omar's love of both basketball and mentoring shown in the five seasons he spent with the Portland Trail Blazers as the Youth Basketball Specialist and assistant men's basketball coach at Western Oregon University. Omar is excited to be a part of The Other Side of Basketball as it is his goal to continue building on the current success of TOSOB.
 
Matt Dietrich

Matt enjoyed a fulfilling basketball career that began at Horizon High School in Phoenix, Arizona where he garnered All-Region and All-State accolades. He continued playing at the University of Redlands in California, where he was an All-Conference performer and a member of the 2011 Conference Championship team. Matt was a 4-year starter and 3-year team captain for the Bulldogs, and attributes much of his basketball success to his time spent under the tutelage of Coach Jim Ducey.

Coaching became a passion for Matt shortly after graduating from Redlands. He began volunteering at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Scottsdale, and eventually became a coach for Powerhouse Hoops Scottsdale. Matt is currently a Lead Youth Development Coach for the Portland Trail Blazers, where he directs and coaches youth basketball camps and clinics all over Oregon. He is also a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance as a Double-Goal Coach. Matt is very excited to share his love and knowledge of the game with The Other Side of Basketball family.

 
Austen Bergquist

Austen joins The Other Side of Basketball with his goal being to help players understand the lessons in basketball go beyond the court. Driven by his goal to be a great coach with a team first and hard work mentality, he hopes that he can help players understand that basketball is a tool that can take you many places in life, as well as teach many lessons.
Austen's hard work and team first mentality first started being developed under the guidance of Lamar Hurd when Austen played under him from 2009-2012. Austen then went on to play four years of basketball at Tigard High School, senior year being the team captain. Currently enrolled at Western Oregon University pursuing a degree in exercise science, Austen was the student assistant coach under head men's basketball coach Jim Shaw for two years from 2015-2017. Under the guidance of Jim Shaw and assistant coaches such as Omar Leary, Kegan Bone, Gage Aker, Zach Payne, and Josh Reber, Austen took away many lessons, the most important to him being how to build a successful program while utilizing every players talent. In his two year span as the student assistant coach, Austen was a part of the coaching staff to lead the first team in Western Oregon University history to make it to the NCAA Division 2 Men's Final Four. Austen is currently a youth basketball coach with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he has coached at youth basketball camps and clinics all over Oregon since 2016.
Austen is looking forward to and is excited about being apart of The Other Side of Basketball team, and cannot wait to get to work.

 
Melissa Petersen

Melissa lives in Happy Valley with her husband and two children. In addition to her role at TOSOB, she works at Valor Christian School International, and also manages her husband's plumbing business and finances. Melissa is passionate about her family, youth athletics, and giving back to her community.