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Winchester Elite Basketball has a team of dedicated trainers and coaches who are passionate about the game and development of athletes.
Coach Dave

DAVE
BOWERS

Director / Operations / Coach

Growing up locally and playing sports throughout high school and into college I have a great respect for what youth sports have given me. Playing sports was one of the greatest times in my life and I remember each coach I had. Some were good, some were not. I started coaching many years ago so that my son and daughter would have a great first experience and grow to love the comradery and competitiveness that sports provides. I continued coaching because I love everything about it. From seeing the smiles on faces of players, the thank yous from parents, and even more so the satisfaction of truly making a difference in an athlete’s life…this is what keeps my interest and makes me want to be/do better.

I am CPR and First Aid certified and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine. I have coached multiple sports over the years and have had the opportunity to learn and incorporate different skills, exercises, etc. from other coaches and players during this time. I help coach my son and daughter in basketball for Winchester Elite.

Contrary to the belief that coaches only teach athletic skills, we are also a group that will assist in life lessons for your child(ren) and hopefully provide some memorable life experiences. Our responsibility as a coaching staff is not only to develop the fundamental skills of each player on our team but also help your child(ren) build character and show respect to the game and all persons they interact with. It is our job to promote excellent performance of each of our players and to help each realize their full potential.

OUR COACHES

Our coaches and trainers have a proven track record of success in teaching and training players.
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TRAINER / COACHKEVIN GANCZAK

Some kids love a sport but lack the skill.  Some kids have a natural skill for a sport but lack the desire. And some kids have the desire and the skill but lack the motivation to push themselves. My mission, and passion, is to create an opportunity, for kids, to bring all three things together and help them reach their potential.  As a father of all boys, I spent years coaching my sons, both on and off the court / field, which helped me to realize my passion.

I enjoy the challenge of pushing myself and have always had the ability to do so.  I want to teach others to do the same.  I love the analytical aspect of breaking down athletes’ strengths and weaknesses and building them up to be the best they can be.  I love teaching and working with kids and I’m fortunate to have the ability to challenge and motivate kids; adults are a completely different story.

I started playing basketball, and competing, in 6th grade, played in high school and college. I’ve also played a lot of NBA 2K on Xbox. I know there is no single approach to coaching and all athletes have different needs and learn differently.  I’ve learned, practiced, and have been trained in a wide range of modalities. I was a member of the I’m Possible Training Program, a Positive Coach Alliance certified Double-Goal Coach and passed the VHSL certification.  I believe my love, and skill, for basketball, great understanding of the game, as well as my passion, and ability, to work with kids, all provide me the ability to be a positive influence and make a difference for young athletes.

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DIRECTOR / MENTAL COACH / TRAINERANGEL GANCZAK

Very seldom does life go the way you plan.  It’s easy to be happy and positive when things go the way you want them to.  As humans, our strongest tool is our mind, but it’s not uncommon for our minds to be our biggest weakness. Not knowing, or understanding, how to develop and train our minds, our disappointments, insecurities, fears, and stressors can negatively affect every aspect of our lives.  As an athlete, training your mind is just as important, if not more so, than training your body.  I help people, including children, develop their mental game.

I love working with kids, and recognize they all have a different story, different needs, and different struggles.  I’ve always been physically and mentally tough. I’ve also always had a great deal of compassion for people, and I love helping people, assisting them in becoming the best version of themselves, their true self.  My passion is to help create a positive world, one person at a time, and believe that working with kids is a great place to start.

My parents put me into gymnastics when I was three years old, mainly because I was driving them crazy; turns out I have ADHD, although I wasn’t officially diagnosed until I was in my late 40’s. There is no doubt that gymnastics, and my mental skills helped me cope with my ADHD, and be successful.  By the age of six I was competing and by twelve I was a top level gymnast, competing nationally.  I competed in the Junior Olympics and continued gymnastics in college.  I started coaching kids at the age of 15 and have worked with gymnasts at the college level, as well as coaching overseas.  Personally, my life could read as a Greek Tragedy, and yet I’m positive, strong, and content.  I’m currently in the process of obtaining a certification in Mental Training. My experience, in life, as a gymnast, and a coach, as well as my training, have provided me with the skills and ability to help young athletes and I’m passionate about doing so!

Coach Wayne

COACHWAYNE ALSBERRY

“It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That is how winning is done.” -Rocky Balboa

I live my life by this quote. There are so many life lessons that we can get from basketball, or any sport, which is one of the things I love about this sport.  It all comes down to how bad you want it!

I’ve been fortunate enough to compete at several levels, NAIA, NCAA, and NCCAA.  I’ve learned many lessons, both for sports and for life. I’ve also learned, from playing on those different levels, different styles of play and different styles of coaching and I want nothing more than to spread the knowledge I was gifted and have gained.  Basketball afforded me the opportunity to experience several  places for school such as Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Missouri.

My love for this game is huge and I want to help every student athlete, whether it is on the court or off. My goal, at the end of the day is to give kids opportunities that I had, and even more, to provide them with the opportunities I did not have, as well as to reach their potential.

Coach Barry

COACHBarry Turnmeyer

5th Grade Girls Head Coach

“I can accept FAILURE because everyone fails at something. What I can’t accept is NOT TRYING.” – Michael Jordan

I am a father of 2 little athletes of my own, one in basketball & softball and one in gymnastics. I feel like a coach for life and love being able to help them with their sports. I grew up playing basketball from Junior High, through High School and recreational through college. I’ve always had a love for the game and now I get to enjoy the other side of it. I’ve been coaching with Winchester Elite since 2018, but have coached in Frederick County and Shenandoah County since 2010. While coaching girls’ basketball, I also coach youth Little League Softball in the Spring as well.

My coaching style is fun for the girls at this age. I coach them to love the sport, while winning a few games and tournaments along the way. The ultimate goal for all of my girls is to enjoy what you do, without enjoying what you do, it will feel more like a burden rather than a sport. Explaining to the girls that enjoying what you do and becoming good at it requires hard work and not being afraid of failure.

“If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail” – Kobe Bryant

A message for all of my girls: “Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become, the coaches like myself who have pushed you, and the hours of practice you’ve put in, is a little girl who fell in LOVE with the game and never looked back. Play for that little girl”

Coach Joe

COACHJoe Gorrell

4th Grade Girls Head Coach

“It’s the little details that are vital.  Little things make big things happen.” – UCLA Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden

And so starts the journey for the student/athletes at Winchester Elite.  It is all about the details – practicing hard, repetition, dedication, being on time, giving 100%, as well as learning how to become a good and encouraging teammate.  At the same time, as a coach, I remind myself often that these athletes are still KIDS!  So I incorporate fun into the practices as well.

My own basketball journey began with 4 years of high school varsity basketball.  I was not the most gifted player, but NOBODY out worked me.  I started out with the JV TEAM as a freshman, but we beat the Varsity Team one day!  And I was called up to the Varsity squad the very next day.  My work ethic and determination also carried me to the collegiate level as well.  If you would have told me back then that I would one day be coaching girls travel basketball (including my own daughters), I would have never believed it.  I am enjoying every minute of it.  And I pride myself in being a good role model for the athletes.

There is no overnight success here at Winchester Elite or in life for that matter.  That is a myth at best.  Success is gained through hard work, practice and repetition.  And waking up and doing it again.  Even when as a student/athlete, you may not want to be in the gym that day.  But as a Coach, I will push you out of your comfort time.  Helping the athletes get better day over day. All through hard work and grounded in the fundamentals of good basketball.

Finally, I am so impressed and blessed to be part of the Winchester Elite organization. The Coaching Staff at Elite are all outstanding and dedicated Coaches.  Top shelf.  Very family like atmosphere all the way around, including a great group of dedicated parents. My daughter got an invitation to come try out for Winchester three years ago and the rest is history as they say.  Please come by and give Winchester Elite a look.  As a Parent, it will be one of the best decisions you could help your son or daughter make.  I know it was/is for mine.

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CoachJason Hamm

6th Grade Boys Head Coach

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Coach Jackie

Assistant CoachJacqueline "Jackie" Ryan

5th Grade Girls Assistant Coach

“Respect every opponent, but fear none.” – Coach John Wooden

I started out as just a “mom” in the stands and now I have multiple seasons experience as an assistant coach for the girls teams. It is truly a joy to watch all the players grow as individuals and come together as a cohesive unit. The feeling you get when you see a teaching moment from practice get put into action on the court is indescribable.

I have extensive history in athletics playing multiple sports – from basketball, to track & field, cheerleading, and bowling. I was playing JV basketball in 8th grade and played on the Varsity team all 4 years of my high school career. I also played travel AAU basketball throughout high school so I understand the importance of balancing sports, education, and just being a kid! During school I was the awkward tall girl, but on the court I was the leading rebounder, conference player of the week, and team captain. Although I did not continue my basketball talents at the collegiate level, I never lost my passion for competitive sports. As an adult I competed at Nationals in Reno, Nevada for amateur PBA bowlers and I have run in various 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races.

I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech and I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. I am currently a Registered Dietitian for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. I am CPR certified and I have a certification in Health Coaching. With a background in nutrition I hope to instill the important role of healthy eating and whole health in the athletes that cross my path.

An athlete’s character is more significant than their talent – this is my coaching philosophy. My goal is to create well-rounded players on the court, as well as in the community and classroom. I strive to enhance the basketball talents of the Winchester Elite Players, while developing their leadership skills, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and work ethic.

Coach Jimmy

Assistant CoachJIMMY DOWNS

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Coach Eric

Assistant CoachEric Connell

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