Allen Huddleston
Head Coach
Office: 209-384-6316

    Allen is in his twenty-seventh year as a coach for the women's basketball team, and twenty-second year as Head Coach. In his 23 years he has an overall record of 454-266 (63.1%), and 197-- 71 (73.5%) record in the Central Valley Conference.

     Allen iCoach Huddlestons very active in recruiting. He does the setup the defensive side of the ball, scouts opponents, and works with the post players.

     Allen is a graduate of Merced College with an A.A. Degree in Liberal Studies. He received his BA from California State Stanislaus majoring in Kinesiology.  Fulltime, Allen teaches classes in the Life and Fitness Division at Merced College. Allen and his wife have one son in Allen jr.

     Allen lives in Chowchilla with his wife Barbara.  Their son Allen played basketbal and  graduated from Fresno State University.  The last two years his son has been on his coaching staff.

Wayne Smith
Assistant Coach

     Wayne is beginning his fourth season coaching the lady Blue Devils. The Memphis, Tennessee nativAssistant Coach Smithe is a graduate of Merced College in Physical Education along with eighteen years of coaching experience with all ages and school levels. Wayne has held coaching positions with McSwain Middle School and is presently the coach of the girl’s basketball program at Le Grand High School. In between Wayne’s coaching duties he is presently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. Wayne is the proud father of Angela, Ashley, and Benjamin Wayne.

Jessica Ramirez
Assistant Coach

     Jessica Ramirez is a former Blue Devil honorable mention All-Central Valley Conference selection.  After her two years at merced College, she transferred to Division II CSU Stanislaus.Jessica Ramirez

     A native of Le Grand, Jessica returned four years ago to the coaching staff working with the posts.  When she is not coaching she works as a care giver in the area.  She currently livings in the Merced metroplex area.

Alvin Roberts
Assistant Coach

     Alvin Roberts is from Leggett, North Carolina (population 65), and attended nearby North Edgecombe High. Upon graduation in 1975, he sat out a year while his twin brother Calvin played basketball for Merced College under Hall of Fame head coach Don Reid. Calvin convinced Alvin to joinAlvin Roberts him in Merced for the 1977-78 school year. In Calvin’s second season, Alvin’s first, the Blue Devils won the Division II state basketball championship. The following year, 1978-79, Alvin played on a second consecutive state championship Merced College team.
     Alvin transferred to Fresno Pacific University after the 1980 season, where he studied and played two more intercollegiate years. Along the way, he married Felicia Butler, and they had a daughter, Nina. Alvin worked as an area basketball official for nearly a decade. His marriage dissolved, and he returned to North Carolina. Eventually he joined Calvin in the Middle East, playing international professional basketball for a team in Israel.
     Years passed. Alvin never lost his desire for participation in basketball. In April, 2017, he returned to the Valley and reconnected with Merced College. “I always stayed in touch with one of my friends from those championship Blue Devil teams, Allen Spencer Huddleston,” he says. “Allen asked me to help with the ladies, and here I am.”

Ashley Chavira
Assistant Coachra

     Ashley is beginning her first year as a coach for the Lady Blue Devils. She graduated from Santa Ana Community College and Montreat College, which is located in North Carolina. Ashley hAshley Chaviraas her Master’s Degree in Sports Management and Administration.  She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education with a teaching credential in Physical Education. She is entering her 4th year as the head coach at Hoover High School and has been coaching all levels (k-12th) for a total of 8 years.      

Jordan Pierce
Assistant Coach

     Jordan is starting her first season as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team and is born and raised in Merced, CA. She graduated from Merced College in 2018 with her AA degree in Social &Jordan Pierce Behavioral Science and a second one in Psychology. Jordan’s sophomore year at Merced College her team finished #2 in the state and she led the team in 3 pointers. Jordan continued her basketball career and transferred for one year to Westcliff University in Irvine, CA to lead the program in scoring and in 3’s. She is in the process of finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Education at Westcliff University to become an Academic Counselor. Jordan joined to help improve the skill development and shooting technique of the young women with her talent, experience, and knowledge of the game. Lastly, Jordan is a new mom to her one and only son, Quincy.

Steven Shepp
Assistant Coach