California HeatWave

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California HeatWave
Founded 2003
League ABA
Team history Fresno Heatwave (2003-06)
Sacramento Heatwave (2006-13)
California Heatwave (2013-14)
Based in Madera, California
Arena Liberty High School
Colors          Orange and White
Owner(s) Reggie Davis
Greg Chambers
Head coach Reggie Davis
Championships 0
Division titles 0
Cheerleaders Heatwave Dance Team
Dancers Jasmine Huntsman

The California Heatwave was a professional basketball team in the American Basketball Association (ABA) team based in Madera, California. The team began play in the fall of 2003 at Selland Arena in Fresno, California. The founder of the Fresno Heatwave was Albert Ellis and Richard Hanna. The Fresno Heatwave was coached by Sean Higgins, and its Vice President was Janine Nkosi.

Originally, the team was called the Fresno Heat, but it was renamed Fresno Heatwave to avoid brand confusion with the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat.


On December 3, 2006, the team officially moved to Sacramento, California and became the Sacramento Heatwave. They played at Natomas H.S. Event Center[1] before settling at Cosumnes River College.[2]

They team moved to play at Folsom High School[3] northeast of Sacramento before settling at West Campus High School in Sacramento.

On October 28, 2013, the Heatwave moved to Madera, California (25 miles northwest of Fresno) and changed its name to the California Heatwave.[4]

In November 2014 team owner Reggie Davis announced that the Heatwave was ceasing operations immediately.


  1. ^ "No NBA, no problem: Heatwave basketball revs up to start season". Sacramento Press. 18 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Sacramento Heatwave put a new spin on basketball". Sacramento Press. 18 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Two pro sports teams relocating to Folsom". Folsom Telegraph. 20 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Sacramento Heatwave moves to Madera". 28 October 2013. 

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