Mission & Vision
Our mission at Uptempo Hoops Elite is to build high character athletes, on and off the court. With years of experience both playing and coaching, the UH Elite coaching staff is dedicated to the development and growth of every player. Our coaches understand that a solid foundation is the key to future success, which is why we focus on skill development and higher level team concepts.
Our vision at UH Elite is to properly prepare each player for the next level of competition as they further their career. Our desire for your athlete is to get better every practice and build confidence in their game.
Founder & Program Director
Coach Kyli grew up in the California AAU circuit on the Rancho Cucamonga Bulls, playing alongside of many of his closest friends who have made it both in the NBA and professionally overseas. He played collegiate basketball for Arizona Christian University (Phoenix, AZ) and was an integral part of a record-breaking team, reaching the NAIA Division I finals for the first time in school history. His continuous love for basketball and development of the youth fueled his desire to create his own basketball program based on hard work and mastering the fundamentals.
Chelsea Alfafara Crooms
Coach & Assistant Program Director
Coach Chelsea, wife to Coach Kyli, was born and raised in California where she played AAU for California Swish. She was a four-year varsity player for NAIA Division I Vanguard University Women's Basketball Program (Costa Mesa, CA). As team captain for the Lady Lions, her team made four consecutive National Tournament appearances, reaching as far as the Elite Eight her senior season. She continues to share her love for basketball with UH Elite athletes. Currently, Coach Chelsea is in her final year of medical school for The University of Arizona and plans to specialize as an anesthesiologist.
Coach & Trainer
Born and raised in Rancho Cucamonga (California), Coach Cierra played for one of the top AAU programs in the country, Cal Sparks. After being ranked among the top female high school athletes in her graduating class nationwide, she went on to play at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC) and the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY) before ultimately graduating from San Diego State (San Diego, CA). Since then, she has been playing professionally overseas for 5 years in countries such as Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Mozambique. During her off season, Coach Cierra coaches for Gilbert Christian High School and UH Elite.