Metro Region: Portland
Member Since: 2020
Cho served as the director of basketball operations at the University of Portland from 2012 to 2014. His primary responsibilities included coordinating the team’s travel plans, office management, overseeing community outreach efforts, and managing the Pilot Basketball camps.
Cho joined the Pilots after spending the previous three seasons on the coaching staff as an assistant coach at renowned DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. During his three years, the DeMatha program won two WCAC championships, compiled an 88-19 record while sending four players to the NBA in Victor Oladipo, Jerian Grant, Quinn Cook, Jerami Grant, as well as countless collegiate players to the next level.
Cho began his career as an educator through the Teach For America program and taught in the South Bronx and Harlem for six years. He served as the boy’s basketball coach from 2004-06 at Future Leaders Institute, leading them to a New York City Charter School Championship.
From 2006-09, while living in Mozambique, Cho spent three years as a volunteer coach and instructor with the Mozambican National Basketball Federation. Cho worked to assist the under-20 and under-16 national team and for Desportivo do Maputo, one of Mozambique’s top senior men’s club teams. He also trained under-16 basketball coaches using the NBA/Nike Africa Coaches Guide for six consecutive weekends leading up to the under-16 national championship.
In August of 2008, Cho was the varsity boys’ basketball coach at the American International School of Mozambique, where he started and developed that program. During his time in Africa, Cho served as a coach for the NBA-sponsored Basketball Without Borders Africa. He also led various volunteer efforts, including rehabilitating basketball courts by partnering with Hoops 4 Hope and the U.S. Embassy and conducting basketball clinics with local basketball clubs.
Cho has served as clinician/speaker for USA Basketball Youth Division and worked as a court coach and support staff member for the junior national team program. He has worked with USA Basketball for the Nike Hoop Summit game since 2012, as well as working the junior national team’s U16/U17 trials.
Since taking over the Lake Oswego High School program in 2015, Cho’s team has won the Three Rivers League title for three consecutive seasons (2018-20) while being named league Coach of the Year each of those years. During the. 2018-19 season, the Lakers were ranked #1 in both the coaches and the OSAA power rankings for the second half of the season, while finishing up the season in 3rd place in the state championships. The 2019-20 team finished the TRL with an undefeated 12-0 record while qualifying for the OSAA state championship quarterfinals before games were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition to his responsibilities at Lake Oswego as the head basketball coach, Cho is a part of the board at the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association (6A Representative) and the Oregon Basketball Coaches Association (communications/Mentorship). Cho has also served as the camp lead instructions director for the Yao Foundation Camp in China for four out of the past five summers, traveling to China with an assistant coach from the Lake Oswego program to deliver basketball instruction to youth from all over China.
Cho graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2000. He also received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Columbia University in 2003. Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Springfield, Ore.
Cho and his wife, Connie, have a son, Nathaniel, and a daughter, Emma.