Level Up Sports Academy

Level Up Sports Academy

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1 hire on Lessons.com
4 employees
3 years in business

About this pro

  • Strive to make a difference in kids’ minds and hearts

  • 7 years of basketball training experience

  • 3 years of coaching high school at top 20 program in California - De La Salle High School

  • Part of the California state championship coaching staff where we faced Chino Hills and Lonzo Ball (NBA player for the Lakers)

  • Extensive experience coaching youth from 8 to 18

  • 4 years of operations experience for CYO youth basketball program

  • USA Basketball youth program coach during 2016 Summer Olympics

  • Learned from and coached with legendary high school coach Frank Allocco Sr - the winningest high school coach in the State of California.

  • My student athletes often tease me about the many sayings I have - Space and pace,  ABCs (always be cutting and screening) W.I.N. (what's important now) or D.I.G (Dignity, Integrity and Grace) to name a few.

  • My coaching philosophy, "Get comfortable being uncomfortable." Basketball is a correlation to life and unless you are doing things that push you, you won't grow.

  • Run successful AAU program that uses the appeal of basketball to create positive social change & service in sports. Integrate a mix of philanthropy, fundamentals, & fun.

  • Fun Fact: Was Steph Curry's trainer in a TV commercial.

  • Learn more at: https://levelupsportsacademy.org/why-us/
  • I love to see the people I train work hard and achieve the goal we set out during our initial session. 

  • Nothing is more gratifying than watching a young athlete struggle in the begging to only overcome and progress in a skill. The moment at which they finally get comfortable with a new skill and to see the happiness it brings them is a great feeling. 

  • I enjoy watching all my students apply what we worked on in a game situation and execute the skill. 

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Concord, CA 94520
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The initial session consists of an assessment of the player's ability. We discuss goals and build from the core of what the athlete excels at. Parents and kids love my enthusiasm and encouragement. Each session is timed and fast paced. I always explain the 'why' behind each drill and ask the athlete questions to make sure they are absorbing the lesson. Each session is unique to the athlete and built around what he/she needs to level up. 


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

  • 3 years of coaching high school at top 20 program in California - De La Salle High School

  • Part of the California state championship coaching staff where we faced Chino Hills and Lonzo Ball (NBA player for the Lakers)

  • 4 years of operations experience for CYO youth basketball program

  • USA Basketball youth program coach during 2016 Summer Olympics

  • Learned from and coached with legendary high school coach Frank Allocco Sr - the winningest high school coach in the State of California.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
  • $60/hr

  • Discounts availble for pre-booking 5 lessons at a time

  • Scholarships available for kids who meet criteria

How did you get started teaching?

I love coaching youth basketball. I got the coaching bug about seven years ago when I started coaching my son's third grade CYO team at St. Perpetua. From there, I took my passion and exclerated it into high school coaching. 


What types of students have you worked with?
  • Boys & Girls

  • 8- 18 years old

  • Begginer to advanced

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I put together a basketball camp for kids in need open to 4th through 7th grade boys. The camp was instructed by current and former Bay Area high school coaches.

The camp was more than just about basketball. The supporting organizations invited kids who have displayed leadership characteristics, determination, integrity and compassion in their approach to the world. Basketball athleticism played only a small part in the selection.

The kids got hands-on training from an experienced coaching staff. The kid to coach ratio was 4:1 making the individual attention for each kid a priority. 


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
  • Have a plan or goal on what you want to accomplish

  • Set a realistic time line to reach it
  • Come ready to work hard with a growth mindset
  • Set-up an initial call with a coach to see if he/she is a good fit for what you want to accomplish
  • Look for a coach that has compassion, that will honestly assess you and provide an individualized plan based on your needs.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

1. Why am I hiring a trainer? 

2. What is my goal/objective? (i.e. make the high school team, become an 80% or better free throw shooter)

3. What is a realisitc time frame to accomblish my goal? 

4. How much instruction do I need to achieve my goal? 

5. How hard am I willing to work to achive my goal?


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