Prep2Prep Staff


   

Danny Kadah
President/Founder, Prep2Prep

Danny Kadah was born in Syracuse, NY, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area as a New York sports fan. He became involved in sports at an early age and was a three-sport varsity letter-winner at Independence High School in San Jose. Danny earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Statistics/Economics from UC Berkeley in 1989, during which time he served as an award-winning sports editor for the Daily Californian, the student-run campus newspaper.

In 1995, Danny earned a Master's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, somehow managing to time it perfectly to miss both the "Fab Five" Years (1992-93) and the football team's National Championship season (1997). Since graduating from the U of M, Danny has covered the San Jose Earthquakes for mlsnet.com (now mlsssoccer.com) and served as a soccer columnist for cybersoccernews.com, in addition to writing a novel.

Danny has over 15 years of high school coaching experience in girls basketball and boys soccer. He has been the head boys soccer coach at Branham High School (San Jose) since 2004, leading the Bruins to their first-ever league championship in the Blossom Valley Athletic League-Santa Teresa Division in 2007. Danny currently resides in Los Gatos, CA with his wife Negar.


   

Jeff Panos
Co-Founder, Prep2Prep

Jeff Panos grew up in Long Beach, CA playing competitive youth soccer since he was five years old. His love for high school athletics and all the positive, rich traditions it encompasses was cultivated while he attended athletic powerhouse Long Beach Poly High School.

Jeff earned a B.S. in Chemistry from UCLA and soon thereafter moved up to the Bay Area to begin his coaching career. He has coached at the premier youth, high school, and junior college level for a combined 16+ years holding both a USSF National "B" coaching license and an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

In 2006, Jeff earned his Master’s degree in teaching from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and then began full-time work as a teacher at Junipero Serra High School (San Mateo, CA) where he strives daily to educate the complete student and marvels in the fact that every day is different. Jeff also heads up the 65+ player soccer program at Serra and has led them to a West Catholic Athletic League title in 2010 and a Central Coast Section title in 2014. Jeff and his family reside in Redwood City, CA.


   

Jennifer Ginn Thompson
Marketing Director, Prep2Prep

Jennifer is an Ohio native and former three-sport high school athlete. Excelling at volleyball, Jennifer became the starting middle hitter for the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears in 2002, graduating from the university with a degree in Sports Management in 2005. While a member of the Polar Bears volleyball team, Jennifer helped lead ONU to four top-15 finishes in NCAA Division III.

After graduating, Jennifer spent two years with the Cleveland Cavaliers as their Database Marketing Manager. In 2007, she became Labette Community College’s head volleyball coach, then left the Cardinals in 2011 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

Now in her third year with Prep2Prep, she enjoys running the Prep2Prep twitter account, photographing events throughout P2P’s coverage area and working with athletes and teams to create video content. Jennifer is an avid runner, and resides with her husband, Chas, and her English bulldogs, Lucy and Milton, in Hays, Kansas.


   

John Murphy
Web Content Manager, Prep2Prep

John Murphy is a San Francisco native who grew up in San Bruno. The football stadium at St. Ignatius College Prep is named after his late uncle, J.B. Murphy.

John played basketball at Serra High School in San Mateo until an astute junior varsity coach, Pat McGlennon, suggested he try something not requiring athletic ability. He's been a journalist ever since and calls former San Bernardino Sun sports editor Paul Oberjuerge and the late journalists/writing instructors Sam Goldman and Lucille DeView his biggest influences.

John has returned to the Bay Area after 20 years working at newspapers in Southern California, his last stop being the 125,000-circulation Riverside Press-Enterprise. His favorite moments are spent with his teen-aged young son Kyle and girlfriend Maria.


   

Ruben Camacho
VP, Business Development/Corporate Partnerships, Prep2Prep

Ruben grew up in Santa Clara and starred at point guard for the Wilcox High basketball team, named to the all-Central Coast Section team as a senior.

Ruben brings a high-energy approach to business development for Prep2Prep. You will often find him at high school sporting events spreading the word about Prep2Prep and connecting with those who feel as passionate about high school sports as he does.



   

Harold Abend
Senior Contributor, Prep2Prep

One of the most passionate prep sports writers in the state, Harold joins Prep2Prep while continuing as a correspondent and writer for Cal-Hi Sports and previously Student Sports for more than 15 years. He has been a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle for over 20 years and was previously the vice-president and sports editor of the Marinscope Newspapers.

Harold is also is the vice president of the California Prep Sportswriters Association and is a board member and managing partner of the West Coast Jamboree girls basketball tournament with vast experience in executing and attaining sponsors for high school events.

Other than a four-year period when he lived in San Diego, Harold is a life-long resident of the San Francisco Bay Area and has frequently contributed rankings, articles and features about high school teams and players from that area for over 30 years. He also has evolved into one of the most respected girls basketball and softball analysts in the state.


   

Nate Smith
Senior Contributor, Prep2Prep

Nate is in his 18th year coaching high school or collegiate athletics, having served as a head coach for five different sports. He also teaches physical education and health science, currently at Heritage High School in Brentwood, and covers all sports throughout the East Bay and the North Coast Section.

Nate earned his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from San Francisco State, where he was a member of the Gators' conference championship track program. He went on to earn his master's degree from Bluffton University (Ohio) in 2004, and his administrative credential from Azusa Pacific University.

In 2004, Nate was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year, leading his Bluffton University team to the only conference title in school history. He has also been a head track coach at Hiram College (Ohio) and Freedom High School in Oakley, Ca.

Nate was the head football coach at Liberty High School for six seasons, where he was a three-sport varsity athlete himself back in the mid-90's. He has also been the head women's tennis coach at Bluffton, and during his teaching tenure at Liberty also guided programs for both softball and water polo. Nate's latest coaching venture has been youth softball, enabling him to coach his daughter, Reilly, who is now in the second grade. His two-year-old son Carson figures to also benefit from Nate's coaching experience down the road.


   

Ryan Silapan
Senior Contributor, Prep2Prep

Ryan Silapan was born in Santa Cruz, CA and raised in Watsonville. He is a big Bay Area sports fan especially the Golden State Warriors. He played competitive baseball for 14 years including all four years at his alma mater Watsonville High. Upon graduation in 2005 Ryan was an assistant on the varsity team for two years under his uncle and current Wildcatz head coach James Gomez.

Ryan has been a sports journalist since getting his start at Cabrillo College in Aptos where he was co-sports editor of the school newspaper The Voice. From there he went on to work as a freelance sports reporter for the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper for the better part of four years where he covered sports such as cross country, football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball as well as games for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Developmental League. Ryan credits both Jim Seimas and Julie Jag for helping him develop into the journalist that he is today.

Ryan is excited to bring his vast knowledge of sports in Santa Cruz County, the Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay to a new and bigger audience.