Our Mission

Torch Basketball Academy is first and foremost a training, and skill development program. Learn everything the game has to offer from those who’ve lived it. Our mission is to illuminate the path to greatness through core basketball and life fundamentals including: leadership, teamwork, time management, discipline, perseverance, and excellence.

Our Coaches

Coach Mel

Coach, Founder

Melanie Murphy was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She had an extremely successful high school career where she was named to Madison Square Garden’s Tri-State All-Star First Team, in addition to being a three-time New York Daily News All-City First-Team member. Melanie remains her school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,855 points, and is the first player (man or woman) to have her jersey retired.

After being recruited by Stanford University, she made the cross-country trip to follow her childhood dreams of playing for a top athletic and academic institution. At Stanford she was fortunate to have played on Four Pac -10 Championship teams, with four NCAA Final Four appearances and two appearances the NCAA National Championship. Melanie is the founder and CEO of Torch Basketball Academy.

Current Varsity Girls Basketball head coach at Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton

Coach Drea


Andrea ``Drea`` Hernandez was born and raised in Modesto, CA.

Drea has a strong belief in personal development and coaches with passion and heart. The process of cultivating strong woman, improving individual skill sets, and creating better people as a part of a team are some of the aspects that excite Drea as a coach:

Torch Basketball, Girls Basketball Director

Varsity Girls Basketball Asst. coach at Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton.

Coaching Accomplishments:

2011 - 2012, Modesto Metro Conference (MMC) Champions

Overall High School Record (65-14) in 3 years

2011 - 2014 Head Varsity Coach, Davis

2012, San Joaquin Section Champions

2012, Coach of the Year

2014, College of San Mateo Assistant Coach

2015 - 2016 Sacred Hear Prep, Assistant Coach

Central Coast Section Champi

Coach Malloy

Skills Trainer | Little Ballers Lead Instructor

Malloy Hester brings over 25 years of athletic training experience to Torch Basketball. He has worked with a plethora of athletes at all levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. With a degree in recreation & parks management, Coach Malloy specializes in enhancing an athlete's role on the team. He enjoys encouraging athletes to believe in themselves as it empowers them to reach their goals.
“Great teams are made of great role players. I want to teach the sixth, seventh, and eighth (player) to embrace their role but increase their team status.”
- Malloy Hester
Torch “Little Ballers” Lead Instructor.
State Championship - Coach Menlo School Girls Basketball Varsity Assistant
Grades K - 12:
Coach Private Basketball Instructor | Individual/Small Groups
All-Net, AAU, and NJB Club teams
Coach YMCA (Palo Alto, Mountain View)
Coach One on One Basketball Company
Ormondale Elementary Portola Valley, Ca.
Coach One on One Basketball Company
Menlo Middle School Sports
Boys/Girls 6th, 7th, and 8th grade: Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball, Soccer, and Baseball