Drive Basketball Staff
Learn about our exceptional staff.
- DRIVE: Coaches
Pasha Bains – Co-Founder, Director & Head Coach
Chad Clifford – Co-Founder, Director & Head Coach
Lucian Sauciuc – Asst. Director & Head Coach
Karn Sharda – Head Coach
Chris Randing – Associate Head Coach
Jason Price – Associate Head Coach
Luka Zaharijevic – Associate Head Coach
Petar Zaharijevic – Resident Coach
Evert Pacheco – Resident Coach
Todd Anderson – Resident Coach
Jas Singh – Resident Coach
Toni Maric – Resident Coach
Harry Liu – Resident Coach
Nikhail Berar – Resident Coach
Ravi Basra – Resident Coach
Ty Rowell – Resident Coach
Gurman Banghu – Resident Coach
Riley Barker – Resident Coach
Parker Simpson – Resident Coach
Keegan Konn – Resident Coach
Elias Ellison – Resident Coach
Chuks Udevi – Resident Coach
Abby Zawada – Resident Coach
Cassandra Brinn – Resident Coach
Theo Galano-Tan – Resident Coach
Each Drive Staff member is either currently finishing a University Undergraduate program or has already completed a University degree while playing Varsity basketball. The Staff includes High School and University Teachers/Instructors as well as Coaches working on Post-Graduate degrees in Coaching Science.
The Drive Staff has extensive coaching experience around British Columbia and abroad. Each Staff member has years of experience in working with young athletes. Each coach has not only worked with Drive, but also at various basketball camps ranging from the prestigous Five-Star Basketball Camps in Pittsburgh, Pa to University basketball camps at Clemson University, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, Brandon University, St.Francis University, University of South Carolina, University of Manitoba, and more. The Drive Staff also has coaching experience at various levels of the Elite Development Program in British Columbia.
The Drive Staff is comprised of a number of former or current University Student-Athletes. The staff has competed at a variety of levels within British Columbia and abroad. The Staff includes NCAA Division I players and Canadian National team members with playing experience including AAA Provincial and CIS National Championships.
- PASHA BAINS
Co-Founder, Director & Head Coach
Pasha Bains is born and raised in Richmond, B.C. and attended William Cook Elementary. Pasha is the Founder of DRIVE Basketball Inc. He has many years of experience as an athlete and coach in basketball and overall physical fitness and athletics.
High School Basketball Career
In High School, Pasha led the Richmond Colts to an undefeated season, and the 1998 Provincial Championship, winning Lower Mainland & Provincial MVP. He finished as the AAA Tournament leading scorer in 1997 (34.5 ppg, Grade 11) and 1998 (35 ppg, Grade 12). He finished his high school career as the all-time leading scorer in AAA B.C. tournament history with 317 points in 12 games, and holds seven different AAA Tournament records. In 1998 he was named the Canadian High School Player of the Year and Sport B.C.’s High School Athlete of the Year. Off the court, Pasha was an (IB) Honors student, member of the student council, and Grade 8 basketball coach at Richmond High.
College Basketball Career
Pasha went on to play two seasons for NCAA Clemson University in the ACC Conference with Duke, North Carolina, Maryland and others. Overcoming a serious elbow injury, Pasha became a starter for the Tigers in his Sophomore season. He had notable games vs Georgia Tech, Virginia and George Washington. Off the court, he was the recipient of the ACC Arthur Ashe Award for community service & academic excellence and represented Mens Basketball on the ACC Leadership Council. Pasha was all Academic ACC both seasons at Clemson.
After two seasons at Clemson, Pasha won the 2004 Canadian University Player of the year at Simon Fraser University. At Simon Fraser, Pasha was a two-time Canadian leading scorer (22.9 ppg, 2003), and (25.3 ppg, 2004), and holds the SFU record for career scoring average (24.1 ppg). In 2004, Pasha also finished #6 in Canada West assists (4.6 apg), while moving over to the point guard position. Pasha was a two-time 1st Team All-Canada West selection at SFU and recipient of Sport BC’s University Athlete award. Pasha graduated from Simon Fraser with honors majoring in Psychology and English.
Overcoming a serious ankle injury, Pasha went on to pursue a Graduate program and finished his University career at UBC where he helped Captain the Thunderbirds to their first perfect Regular Season (20-0) and the Pacific Divison title. He finished 1st in Canada West Scoring at 22.1 ppg and was named 1st Team All-Canada West. Pasha holds several UBC Single Season Records.
World Basketball Career
Pasha has spent five summers playing for the Canadian National program, most recently in 2005 where he represented Canada at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. He has played at Jr.World Championship tournaments in Brazil, Dominican Republic and World University Championships in Korea and Turkey.
Pasha has a Master’s degree in Human Kinetics from UBC. His research focus is on coaching science, sports psychology & achievement goal theory in the coaching of athletes and adults. His master’s paper titled, ” A comprehensive look at achievement goal theory and how it can be used to maximize the benefits of the DRIVE BC Basketball program,” served as one of the primary motivators in starting DRIVE Basketball. He also has research experience in health psychology and exercise adherence. Pasha has been a teaching assistant at UBC for courses in human behavior, sports psychology, coaching basketball & human performance.
His passion is running DRIVE Basketball Camps. He began in the summer of 2002 and has experience running camps at Clemson University and Simon Fraser University. He was also the head coach at UBC’s elite summer camp in 2004. Pasha is an active coach with the prestigious Five-Star Basketball Camp in Pittsburgh. Pasha has coached the DRIVE U17 selects the past seven club seasons, with trips to Seattle and Las Vegas. Several athletes Pasha has worked with in the DRIVE Academy have moved on to University including Brett Leversage (UBC), Kyle Grewal (UFV), Bol Kong (Gonzaga), Harleen Sidhu (Nebraska), Elle Kerfoot (Seattle University), Gurjote Jhaj (UFV), Emerson Murray (Cal/Seattle), Manroop Clair (Hawaii/Seattle), Jadon Cohee (Seattle), Mindy Minhas (UBC), Tristan Etienne (Washington), Matthew Neufeld (St.Louis), Taylor Browne (UBC) and more. The past (3) BC Provincial MVPs, Jadon Cohee (2013), Mindy Minhas (2014) & Jauquin Bennett-Boire (2015) played for DRIVE Basketball.
In 2015, Pasha was named Assistant Coach at the University of British Columbia.
In 2015, Pasha was named to the Selection Committee of the first ever All-Canadian Biosteel HS Basketball Game. In addition to being on the 11 person Selection Committee, Pasha served as an Assistant Coach in the game.
Pasha was recently named one of the “Top 10 Richmondites” in the Richmond News 25th Anniversary edition. In 2006, Pasha was awarded the Richmond Review Don Fenell Award of Distinction for his contribution to the community and athletics. In 2008, Pasha was tabbed as the “Best Player of the 90s” in the Vancouver Sun’s AAA BC Tournament Special along with being named among the Vancouver Sun’s “100 South Asians making a difference in BC” list.
Pasha has been a guest speaker at several schools and community events in the past decade. He was involved in the 2003 Youth Forum against Violence at the East Richmond Community Center and has spoke at several Terry Fox run’s including Walter Lee Elementary in Richmond. He was involved in the Heath Elementary Reading program day and worked closely with Hoops 4 Hope an organization that sends used athletic sneakers and equipment to Africa. Pasha was a keynote speaker at the SATA Teachers event in Surrey and spoke at McNeil Athletic Banquet. In August 2008, Pasha was the guest speaker at the annual Sikh Youth Camp held in Vancouver, BC. Pasha is a regular supporter of KidSport, a foundation that helps fund needy kids playing sports. He has been invited as honorary athlete for the first two KidSport galas held in Richmond in 2014 & 2015. Pasha Bains & Chad Clifford were named Young Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce in 2013.
Pasha was recently honored in the Richmond Review’s Best of Richmond 2008 and 2009 Vote. In 2008, Pasha was named #2 Local Hero behind Rick Hansen, #2 Best Coach behind his high-school coach Bill Disbrow and his 1998 Richmond High Basketball team was #1 Best Richmond Team of All-Time. In 2009, Pasha was named #1 Richmond’s All-Athlete & #1 Best Coach. In addition, in 2009, Pasha was named to the “Top 30 under 30” in the Richmond Review.
Pasha will be honoured by the City of Richmond by entering the inaugural Richmond Wall of Fame in Summer 2015.
What is Coach Bains all about?
“Pasha is a great coach. He is a good coach because he does not accept me making bad moves, or doing them half speed, that is what I like about him, he wants me to get better, he cares about my progress. He told me what I needed to work on, he showed me how I can be better. Pasha’s moves are incredible, and I’ve seen how he does them, so I have learned a lot. Pasha has a lot of knowledge of the game. Pasha is the best coach I have ever had.He has inspired me to be the best, and to work hard.” – Ex-Camper
- CHAD CLIFFORD
Co-Founder, Director & Head Coach
Chad Clifford is born and raised in White Rock, B.C. and attended Star of the Sea and Peace Arch Elementary. Chad is the co-founder of DRIVE Basketball Inc. He has many years of experience as an athlete and as coach in basketball.
High School Basketball Career – British Columbia
In High School, Chad led the White Rock Christian Warriors to the 1999 AAA Provincial Championship, winning Fraser Valley & Provincial MVP. He finished his Senior season earning MVP in every tournament that WRCA participated in and helped guide the team to a 33-5 overall record. In 1997 as a sophmore Chad helped the WRCA Warriors defend their single A Provincial Championship earning Fraser Valley MVP in the process before breaking his ankle in the provincial finals. Chad is one of the only players in the history of BC school sports to earn a Single A Provincial Banner and Triple A provincial Banner at the Senior Boys level in basketball.
When Chad graduated from WRCA in 1999 the school retired his No. 3 uniform and hung his Jersey in the gymnasium. He is one of the only players in school history to have their Jersey retired.
Prep School Basketball Career – Ohio
Prior to playing NCAA Division 1 basketball Chad spent a season in Ohio playing prep school basketball. During that season Chad competed against the top players in the Midwest including Lebron James and his Akron St. Vincent St. Marys teammates. For his outstanding play Chad was named to the All-State team and participated in the “Rising Stars All-State Game” where the top Seniors in Ohio competed against the top Seniors from Pennsylvania. In that game Chad was coached by Keith Brett Dambrot, Lebron James former high school coach who went on to coach at the University of Akron the following season. Chad finished the game with 15pts and 9 rebs.
AAU Basketball Career
Chad was a member of the Ohio Basketball Club AAU team which ranked top 25 in America at that time. His 17U Team had 10 NCAA Division 1 players on the roster including McDonald’s All-American Jawad Williams (North Carolina/Cleveland Cavs). The OBC program is a fully sponsored Adidas Team and is coached by long time Director, Michael Duncan. The OBC program has placed over 350 players on basketball and football scholarships and have had nearly 30 athletes go on to play professional sports.
Prior to OBC, Chad was of member the Amer-I-Can All-Stars AAU program. This program was founded by NFL Hall of Fame member Jim Brown and was run out of LA where Chad got to meet the legend himself at his home in Beverly Hills.
Prior to Amer-I-Can All-Stars, Chad was a member of Grassroots Canada AAU team coached by Ro Russell. The Grassroots program under the guidance of Coach Ro has sent hundreds of players to NCAA Div. 1 on full scholarships and several players (Tristan Thompson, Corey Joseph, Nik Stauskas to name a few) to the NBA.
College Basketball Career
Chad graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) completing his degree in Human Kinetics. Chad was a member of the Varsity basketball team at UBC (2005/06) that had completed a perfect 20-0 regular season in Canada West play and earned the Pacific Division title.
Prior to UBC, Chad spent the 2003-2004 season playing for Simon Fraser University. At SFU, Chad was the team’s second leading scorer (16.5ppg) and finished among the top 10 in Canada-West scoring, three point shooting, and free-throw percentage.
Prior to SFU, Chad was a two-year letterman at NCAA Division 1 St. Francis University in Pennsylvania, where he was one of the teams leaders in three point shooting.
His passion is running DRIVE Basketball Camps. He began in the Fall of 2004 and has experience running camps at Saint Francis University and Simon Fraser University. He was also the Co-head coach at UBC’s elite summer camp in 2004. Before joining forces with Pasha to create DRIVE, Chad ran Phenom Basketball Camps established in 2001 with former high school teammate Kyle Wilson (2001 AAA MVP).
Chad has coached and worked with many young athletes over his 14 years of coaching experience that have moved on to play college or university basketball. Several athletes Chad has worked with in the DRIVE Academy have moved on to University including Jermaine Haley (West Virginia), Jadon Cohee (Seattle/S. Utah/UBC), Manroop Clair (Hawaii/Seattle/UBC), Ty Rowell (Cal Baptist), Jas Singh (SFU), Mindy Minhas (UBC), Tristan Etienne (Washington) and more. 4 of the past 6 BC Provincial MVPs, Jadon Cohee (2013), Mindy Minhas (2014), Jauquin Bennett-Boire (2015) & James Woods (2017) played for DRIVE Basketball.
Chad was recently named the 2018 Coach of the Year at the 16th Annual Community Leader Awards hosted by the Surrey Now Newspaper. Pasha Bains & Chad Clifford were also named Young Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce in 2013.
What is Coach Clifford all about?“He has helped me from head to toe. From the player I was 2 years ago to now, it was all because of him. I cannot say enough about this guy. He would do anything for anybody, because he has so much love for the game.” – Ex-Camper
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Phone: 604.818.SLAM (7526)
- LUCIAN SAUCIUC
Asst. Director & Head Coach
Coach Lucian Sauciuc has dedicated his life to coaching the past ten years. He has been a key factor in many successful DRIVE seasons and has helped mold some of the brightest young stars in B.C. Lucian has coached over 500 AAU games at every age level (U10-U17) both elite & competitive. He is a former HS standout, CIS player, University Graduate and true learner as we have seen him evolve every year.
Read why DRIVE is so important to him.
“Ever since I first attended DRIVE as a senior in high school, it has been intertwined into my life and something I am very passionate about. DRIVE has provided me with an amazing opportunity to work with players of various abilities and has helped mold me into the person I am today. It makes it so rewarding to work with players and to take a personal interest in their development on and off the court and I am grateful for all of the relationships I have established over the past number of years. I remember being at the first camp and to see how far it’s come and to be along every step of the way has been incredible and I can only imagine what the future holds.”
- KARN SHARDA
Associate Head Coach
- ANTHONY SOHAL
Associate Head Coach
- JASON PRICE
Associate Head Coach
- LUKA ZAHARIJEVIC
Associate Head Coach
Read why DRIVE is so important to him.
“DRIVE has grown tremendously over the years, and I have been blessed and very fortunate to be a part of it for almost 10 years now. DRIVE hasn’t only prepared me for basketball, but it has more importantly prepared me for life! That is why I love it, and even more so, that is why I coach at DRIVE now. I want to share that passion for basketball that DRIVE has instilled in me, and I want to help all the players of this new DRIVE generation get to that next level and be prepared for both basketball and life.”