Meet our Coaches and Trainers..
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 am a member of the I’m Possible Training Program, a Positive Coach Alliance certified Double-Goal Coach and passed the VHSLcertification. 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.
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!
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 coach my daughter’s travel softball team in addition to coaching my son with 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.
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“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.
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