Andre Chevalier is one of the most respected basketball coaches and trainers in the greater Los Angeles area. Chevalier has been deeply involved in the San Fernando Valley’s basketball community for more than 20 years. His career began in the late 80s as a standout point guard at Cleveland High of Reseda. Chevalier earned a basketball scholarship to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where he set several records including: most points in a career, most assists in a career, most steals in a career, most free throws made in a career and most free throws attempted in a career. His stellar college career at CSUN led to the basketball MVP award being renamed in his honor: The Andre Chevalier Most Valuable Player Award.
Chevalier’s coaching career began at his alma mater, Cleveland High, where he built the boys’ basketball program into a City Section and state power, advancing to the semifinals two years in a row. Cleveland was ranked nationally and regionally by USA Today and Cal-Hi Sports.
Chevalier also served as an assistant coach at CSUN for two years under current Matadors head coach Bobby Braswell. Chevalier had a successful three-year run coaching the girls’ team at Oaks Christian School of Westlake Village before winning a Southern Section championship. In 2010, Chevalier was named head coach of Oaks Christian’s boys varsity basketball team. In 2011, during his first season as head coach, his team won the CIF championship.
Chevalier’s success grooming basketball talent is unparalleled and his work ethic, drive and motivation are hard to match. Most notable is his work with current NBA player Nick Young, who Chevalier coached at Cleveland High. Nick and Andre’s touching journey to success was the subject of the award-winning documentary Second Chance Season, directed by Daniel Forer.
As a championship coach Chevalier has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of student athletes on and off the court. As a mentor he has helped others achieve their goals by providing the crucial support and necessary tools for success. And as a motivational speaker he has left audiences joyful, speechless, and in tears. But what sets Andre apart is his abundant generosity and unique talent to recognize, nurture, and bring out the best in others. He learned long ago that in order to achieve, one needs to apply his skills free from limitations, and above all, you must serve to lead.
Chevalier appeared on Oprah in 2007 (with the Village Nation) and has been profiled or covered in several publications and television segments including the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Our Weekly, San Fernando Valley News, The Ventura County Star, Fox News, and “Life and Times” on KCET among others.