Ground Up Coaching

Ground Up Coaching

6 employees
7 years in business

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I have over 15 years of teaching and coaching experience at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) levels. My achievements include back-to-back league championships at the college and high school levels, C.I.F. Regional and Section appearances, and helping players move onto college and professional levels. I have coached, mentored and developed multiple All-American players, high school league M.V.P.s, and All-League 1st team players. My strengths include basketball subject matter knowledge, understanding basketball methods, practice design, team strategy, skill development, and team building. I focus on emphasizing life skills, developing meaningful coach-athlete relationships, and motivating student-athletes to achieve individual and team goals. The focus of my service is to help players of all levels meet their individual, specific, or team needs with my years of college and high school training experience.

I enjoy working with all players and helping them achieve their goals and maximizing their potential. As a coach, I have missed the planning, interaction, and teaching with my players. During this period, the youth are struggling to find competition and are in need of personalized basketball training. The idea of helping those in need right now drive me to do the work that I do (e.g. teaching, coaching, and connecting). 

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Fontana, CA 92336
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, the student can tell me specifically what areas they need support in. The other option is for me to conduct an assessment to see their current skill level. For example, basic ballhandling, footwork, and shooting drills would be planned followed with more advanced moves if needed. The most important component is knowing what the student needs so I can support and target the areas with a plan, specific design, and execution. 

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

7 Years of Successful Head Coaching Experience 

3 Years of Successful College Coaching Experience (DII)

4 Years of Successful Junior College Experience

2 Years of Successful Club Experience 

Master's Degree in Kinesiology 

Education Specialist Credential, Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Bachelor's Degree 

Experience with developing College All-Americans, Professional, All-League, and State Basketball Players. 

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

Generally, we start at $40 per hour. From there we can start to develop a pricing package depending on the level of consistency and seriousness of the student. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started as a middle school teacher and eventually went to California Baptist University to get my Education Specialist Teaching Credential in Mild to Moderate Disabilities. My high school coach was a big influence on my decision to pursue teaching and coaching. He provided guidance in a time where I was lost and really shaped my life through the lessons he taught me through the game of basketball. 

What types of students have you worked with?

College, High School, Youth. I have work with all ages in my coaching career. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

First, look at their resume or credentials. Teachers with experience have a lot to offer because they have committed to learning the craft of teaching and coaching. Secondly, try to speak with the person over the phone first to see if it is a "good fit." Next, trust your instincts if the teacher is right for you. If you get a chance to work with the teacher, you should know if they have qualities that will benefit you in the short and long term. 

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

Students should first be specific. The more specific the more targeted instruction can be. Since time is limited, the student should seek to get exactly what they need to improve. If they don't know, the teacher might need to assess and provide an evaluation. From there, the teacher can identify priority areas to work on. Basketball is a game that requires time and work to develop the fundamental skills necessary to be competitive and successful when playing. Improving is a journey and the quicker the student begins the better chance they have of improving. 

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