Coach Don

Coach Don

4.9 (14)
12 hires on
2 employees
15 years in business

About this pro

Students who take lessons with me seem to progress quickly.  I do not spend any time on unnecessary drills, but use the practice time to teach basketball fundamentals that will help the student progress immediately. As a result, the student finds a even greater joy in playing basketball.

What I enjoy most about my work is showing students that they are already better then they think. They just need someone, like myself, to ring out those hidden qualities and gifts they naturally have. Along with teaching them new ones.

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Pasadena, CA 91101
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14 Reviews


  • Ben Bernard

    Coach Don is excellent with kids. Teaches the kids to be good listeners. Great with the fundamentals.

  • Andi Smith

    Coach Don was great with my son and nephew. The private lessons kept away distractions and allowed them more time to learn techniques that a large group setting rarely provides. He taught them how to work together as a team. They love basketball and his coaching really helped them learn to focus and increase their skills.

  • Kevin Tran

    Great coach teaches very well.

  • Yoseph Kim

    Supported me by teaching fundamental skills in playing basketball such as, dribbling, shooting, etc. Best coach I’ve ever had before.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First I will have the Student perform a few light easy drills. And immediately I will be able to see some of the student's strengths and weaknesses. After observing for a short period of time we will then start working on their weaknesses. 

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

Experience, I have over 26 years of it. Results, Many current and former High School and College players.

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

My pricing is $65.00 per session

How did you get started teaching?

Recreationally at first. Then after having success with those students, I decided to do this full time.

What types of students have you worked with?

Most of my customers are primarily males. My youngest current student is only 8 years old. My oldest is 54.  However the majority of my students are from Middle and High Schools.  Along with several College Students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My favorite project are students who started with little basketball ability and ended up playing at a much higher level than they ever expected.  Many of my students ended up playing College Basketball and they never expected that.

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

Very Important, Do not ONLY look at their credentials, look at their results. How do their current and past students play.  Are their students good players or are they simply average? This is a great indicator of how productive of a teacher he or she will be.

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

What is their obejective? Do they want to hire a basketall instructor just to get better personally? Or do they want the instructor to help them make the team or go to the next leve?

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