Coach Chris Pearson
Christopher Pearson is the founder and head coach of the Elevated Legacy 15+ team.
He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and moved from the east coast to Benicia, CA in 1985. He played varsity basketball at Benicia High School where he was part of the team that reached the semi-finals of the North Coast Sectional playoffs. Christopher has been a sports lover his whole life, competing in Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball.
After graduating from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Minor in Religious Studies, he decided to pursue a Master’s in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. While finishing his graduate studies, Christopher completed a six-month internship in the Cal Sports Medicine Program providing acupuncture to student athletes. Christopher worked with the Downtown Berkeley YMCA for 7 years as a youth sports and youth programs leader. Christ also taught at Castlemont High School and subsequently, at Calvin Simmons Middle School. He was an assistant coach for the JV basketball team at Castlemont High School for 3 years. After his time with Oakland Unified School District, he served as a program coordinator at several local non-profit organizations. While employed in the non-profit sector, he gained invaluable experience in popular education, facilitating anti-oppression and diversity trainings. With an eclectic background in health and well-being and more than 12
years experience coaching, Coach Pearson realizes the importance of developing the minds and hearts as well as the bodies of athletes, placing a heavy emphasis on character development and awareness cultivation.
Coach Corey Crutcher
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, Coach Corey developed an enthusiasm for the game of basketball at an early age. He went on to follow in his brother's footsteps, becoming a standout at East Kentwood High School in football, basketball, and track & field. Coach Corey extended his efforts into community outreach and youth development while earning a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Michigan State University.He has since coached and athletically developed youth of all ages in Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and currently in Oakland, CA where he serves as an advocate to foster and probation youth. As a coach to the Elevated Legacy team, Coach Corey is excited to empower young athletes as they elevate to their potential!