Varsity Head Coach
Coach Josh Budde is entering his second season as the Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Westlake High School. The Warriors went 21-9 in his first year and lost in the CIFSS Div 4 Sweet 16.
He has previously coached four years at Agoura High School as the Boys JV, SF, F Head Coach, and Varsity Assistant; 1 year at Simi Valley High School as the Boys JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant; 1 year at Westlake High School as the Boys Freshman Head Coach; and most recently three years at Saint Bonaventure High School as the Boys Soph/Frosh Head Coach and Varsity Assistant where he came off of a Tri-Valley League Championship going 5-0. In 2017-2018, he was part of the CIFSS Div. 4AA Finalist team.
Coach Budde spent 12 years as the Associate Head Coach for Valley Thunder Club Basketball until March 2019. He is now also teaming up with TruHoops Basketball.
Coach Budde has served 24 years in the United States Navy (Active and Reserves). He recently earned his final promotion to the rank of E9 – Master Chief Petty Officer. He is currently stationed at VR-55 at Point Mugu, CA. He has been on two Deployments on an Aircraft Carrier and one Mobilization that included a two-month deployment to the United Arab Emirates.
Coach Budde received a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix and holds a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. He has also earned Teaching Credentials in Physical Education and Mathematics. He is entering his 2nd year at Westlake High School as a Math Teacher and a PE Teacher at High School and has taught for three years at Saint Bonaventure High School. His son, Tre’Shon Wilson, is a Westlake High School Alumni, Class of 2011. Coach Budde enjoys spending time with his friends, family, and especially his wife, Yashica, whom he resides with in Moorpark, CA.
Varsity Assistant Coach
Coach Jayleen Wong finished her first season on staff at Westlake High School, second season coaching high school girl’s basketball.
Coach Wong is from Duarte, CA. She graduated from Rio Hondo Prep (’11) in Arcadia, CA where she played volleyball, basketball, and softball. She enjoyed being a multi-sport student athlete and volunteered to help coach younger girls. She played on JV her freshman year and was brought up for playoffs, then the next three years on Varsity. In 2011, she was part of the CIF-SS Div. 6AA Finalist team.
Coach Wong previously coached at Monrovia High (JV Head Coach) and at Kare Youth League (Arcadia, CA), which is; a year-round youth program teaching fundamentals of volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer.
Coach Wong received a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from California State University of Los Angeles. She previously spent time in London serving others and used sports and dance to bring people together before coaching at Westlake High. Coach Wong enjoys spending time and swing dancing with her husband, Damon. She currently resides in Westlake Village, CA.
Varsity Assistant Coach
Kevin Kenney joins the Westlake High School Girls Basketball staff with over 20 years of coaching experience in Southern California, and he is excited to be working with Head Coach Josh Budde again.
Beginning in 1998, he coached both track and field and boys basketball at Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks. In basketball he helped guide teams to Mission League titles on multiple levels and advanced to the CIF Semi-finals twice, making the state tournament in 2001. As a track and field coach, his athletes won multiple Mission League titles, a CIF SS title, and set school records in the girl's long jump and the boy's triple jump.
In 2004 he was hired as Varsity boys basketball head coach at Malibu High School, where he led them to the playoffs for only the second time in school history. He spent two years as JV boys basketball coach at Agoura HS (2006-08) and most recently assisted on the Moorpark HS girls basketball staff (2018-20)
In 1999, Coach Kenney started the Valley Thunder Basketball program. It began as a single fourth-grade team in the San Fernando Valley but has since worked with over 1,000 players ranging from 1st grade up to the NBA through teams, camps, clinics, and personal training. The club moved its operations to the Conejo Valley in 2007 and has trained many of Westlake High School’s basketball players over the last decade.
Coach Kenney lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife Stephanie, a teacher at St. Mel School in Woodland Hills, and his daughter Jocelyn, a first-grader.
JV Head Coach/Varsity Assistant Coach
Coach Bartholomew has been involved in youth sports since 2003, with over 10 years at the high school level and 9 years at the youth sports level; he also served 6 years on the board of directors for local youth sports organizations.
He currently is a teacher at Santa Paula High School, where he teaches mathematics, engineering and was the boys' frosh/soph head basketball coach for three years. In his last year, the F/S team went 10-0 in the league with an overall record of 17-4.
His previous experience also includes coaching girls basketball at Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, and La Reina high schools. Coach Bartholomew is part of the positive coaching alliance and takes pride in building up his players while teaching the fundamentals of basketball and teamwork. As the JV coach at Oak Park, he took a winless team from the previous season to a second-place league finish.