COHS Basketball


2nd Year at Charter Oak High School

30th Year Coaching (Buena Park, Bell Gardens, Charter Oak). 
Coach Cuevas has been married for 18 years to his beautiful wife Matty, who is a 5th grade teacher at San Jose Charter Academy in West Covina,  and they have two wonderful children, Alyana (14), and Al Jr. (11). Coach Cuevas teaches American Government and Economics in the Montebello Unified School District. 


BA, Political Science & Chicano Studies,  Cal State Long Beach,  1992.

Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Education from National University, 2005


“A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play.” – Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Coach Cuevas understands the the philosophy of "team" first is a key to playing basketball "The Charter Oak way", and the coaching staff is committed to teaching our young men to always play selflessly everytime they step on the basketball court.

Coach Cuevas has 29 years experience coaching boys & girls basketball at every level in high school as well as training college & professional athletes. Coach Cuevas earned his stripes at Snow Valley Basketball School learning from legends Charlie Sands & Herb Livsey.

Coach Cuevas has been licensed by USA Basketball as a Gold Coach Licensed coach. The USA Basketball Gold Coach License is a program that provides basketball education and training to coaches while ensuring the safety of young people in the sport. Gold Licensed Coaches are the only coaches that are allowed to participate and operate NCAA certified basketball events. 

 Coach Cuevas is also certified by the Positive Coaching Alliance as a "Double Goal Coach". The Positive Coaching Alliance's goal is to replace the "win-at-all-cost" model of coaching with the "Double-Goal Coach", who wants to win but has a second, more important, goal of using sports to teach life lessons. 

Coach Cuevas begins his 2nd year as Head Coach of the Chargers after spending 1 year as an Assistant Coach/JV Coach for CO Legend Randy Thatcher. He and his staff are committed to building Charter Oak High School into basketball program that the school & community can be proud of.

Coach Cuevas brings his knowledge, energy, passion, and 29 years of coaching experience to our entire program and hopes to build a perennial winner. 

The program will have a "class act" philosophy that will represent the COHS Administration, faculty, staff, and entire CO community in a postitive manner.

Coach Cuevas & Coach K
Coach Cuevas & Coach Calipari


Experience: 13th Season (Bell Gardens, Diamond Ranch, Chino Hills, Charter Oak)

Personal: Coach Vela has been married for 22 years to his wonderful wife Anna and they have 2 children Jordan (19) who is a Sophomore in college, and Karissa (17) who is a student-athlete at Chino Hills High School.

Professional: Coach Vela teaches middle school physical education in the Montebello Unified School District. 

Education: CSULA, BS Physical Education 1997

Coach Vela is an amazing coach with an intensity that he will bring to Charter Oak Basketball. Coach Vela brings an outstanding all around knowledge of the game, but his primary focus for us will be his outstanding knowledge of our offensive sytem. His intensity and positive energy make him a favorite of the student-athletes. Coach Vela has already taken on many responsibilities within our program and will be a huge part of our success.

Coach Vela

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