From player to coach I know what it takes to get to the next level & will push you to limits you never thought you had, leaving you not only feeling but knowing you got better each and every session!
Since I could remember all I could ever think about was basketball, and when I was no longer able to showcase my talent there was no doubt in my mind that I would continue to pass down the basketball torch to as many people that I could. Each and every student that comes back to me excited about their accomplishments gives me joy in knowing that what I do is working and making students better each and every day. And thats why I do what I do and conyinue to learn so that I can teach the upcoming youth.
It is with honor and pleasure endorsing Ellesse Brandis as an Athletic trainer. I have had he pleasure of getting to know Ms. Brandis during her training and mentorship with my son Ricardo McGary. I greatly appreciated the special attention you have given my son Ricardo these past 3 years. The affect you have had on him is tremendous. His self-confidence, esteem and not to mention his soccer skills have grown exponentially. He has won 3 awards in the past three years and have been invited to college showcase. My family and I can't thank you enough and highly recommend you as one of the best atlethic trainer we had for our son.
My son Marcus has been training with Ellesse for about two months and when we started he could barely hold on to the ball or put it in the basket, and now I see that he is dribbling through his legs and making a good portion of his shots. He was not very confident when we started and didn't enjoy going to trainings, but now he has noticed improvement in himself and now looks forward to trainings each week and seeing what new moves he can learn. I highly recommend Ellesse to any other clients out there looking to get better. She knows how to make clients feel comfortable and you can tell she really enjoys teaching players and watching them improve.
I tailor my sessions to improve on whatever skill the client want to improve. My sessions definitely includes conditioning and running. I believe that the better shape the prospect is in, the better performance he/she will have. Another skill that I incorporate that translates to all positions is footwork. I also try to include drills where the prospect is playing through some contact to simulate gametime play.
I grew up with a basketball in my hand since the age of 5. I followed and imitated everyone I watched on TV and wanted to become the best player I could be. I played year round on my AAU travel team, flew all over the states playing in countless amount of tournaments, winning some and losing some. I played on my high school Varsity team starting as a freshman, and helped take my team to the playoffs and semi-finals all four years. I was grateful to win All Second team and All First team during my junior and senior year of high school. There after I played at a small junior college in Oregon, Umpqua Community College, where I had the pleasure of playing under one of the best and one of the most winningest coaches in College basketball. Both years I attended we took first place in our league and went to playoffs in our division. Unfortunately due to severe injury to my ankle, during my second year I was unable to continue to play basketball at the high intensity level and sadly had to give the game of basketball up. Throughout my time at Umpqua I studied and learned from the best what it takes to coach all different kinds of players and how each player is different from another, and what it takes to make players better.
I have worked with clients starting from age 6-21. I have coached both high school and AAU basketball for 4 years with a few different teams (Santa Monica High School, California Storm and Georgia Pistols). I have also been a personal trainer for 6 years.