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Philosophy - 

Our training philosophies are grounded on the idea that each athlete should be properly conditioned to play a particular sport.  At CRF Sports Academy we are committed to improving the three fundamental areas that are essential to increasing an athlete's ability to perform at their highest level when it counts the most.

We have strategically designed our program to incorporate these three training components to properly develop our athletes in each of the four seasons; preseason, in season, off season and summer. These principles are applied for all of our sports and fitness programs.


  • Fitness: Good health or physical condition, especially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition required to perform.
  • Strength: The ability to generate consistent effort, force and/or high intensity throughout practice or game situations.
  • Skill: Proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience.

Trainer vs. Coach

At CRF Sports Academy we are different – we build every kid up through our proven coaching techniques and methods that train the whole person, mind, body, and spirit.  At the end of the day, if your son or daughter feels great about the work they have put in and the improvement they have made, confidence is the outcome – a better player and a more developed person who can do anything.  Sports can damage kids – we all know of (or have experienced ourselves) a coach that was a trainer – but had no business being a coach – they did the opposite of what we do, leaving scars and tearing kids down.
  • A coach is different (and better) than a trainer. A coach trains the mind, actions, and physical skills.
  • A coach teaches a player to react naturally.
  • A coach teaches a player to think strategically and in a disciplined manner rather than just how to run faster or jump higher or shoot better.
  • A coach teaches a player to look at situations from a prepared perspective both mentally and physically.

Coach John Wooden is arguably the best “coach” that has ever lived. I love his definition of success – it is my definition too: “Success is the peace of mind which is the direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you made the effort to become the best at what you are capable of becoming.”

This is our goal and our commitment to you, give us a call, we should talk!

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Minneapolis, MN 55441
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Athletes will receive 60 minutes of Sports Specific Strength Training and 60 minutes of our Basketball Skills Curriculum.


A CRF coach will oversee the athlete's program during the initial week of testing and the final week to measure results. 

+ Vertical Jump Program (VJ) - for athletes looking to increase their explosiveness while landing safely at the same time.

+ Untamed Speed Training Program (US) - for athletes looking to improve their running mechanics and increase their speed.

+ Upper Body Strength (UBS) - for athletes looking to increase their core and upper body strength.

+ Total Body Strength (TBS) - for athletes that want to target all of their major muscle groups in one session.

*Each one of our strength programs have been designed to compliment the three planes of movement to ensure our athletes are performing at their best.


Our ball handling curriculum is all progression based which is the key to building confidence for the most important skill required to play basketball. Our primary focus starts with stationary one and two ball drills before we progress into our movement series. The movement series focuses on forward, backward and lateral footwork. We utilize cones and other tools that increases foot speed as well as athletic mobility while dribbling.



While shooting is integrated into our skills academy curriculum, Build A Shooter focuses exclusively on analyzing the mechanics of players shooting form and then making adjustments to improve their shooting accuracy.  We incorporate several innovative drills that improve an athlete’s timing, rhythm and reaction time.



Offensive moves will cover a variety of guard and post specific footwork drills that will enhance a player’s ability to be a scorer. This program is designed to take a player’s offensive footwork and ball handling to the next level by equipping them with a library of counter moves out of triple threat position when attacking the basket. Our series of drill sets will effectively enable each player to score while facing or playing with their back to the basket. Our intense ball handling series will be applied to this module to ensure maximum confidence while attacking the basket.


IQ Enhancement’s focus will be learning the fundamentals of basketball team play. Participants are placed in team oriented drills to simulate a game like atmosphere. Athletes will have the opportunity to utilize skills developed throughout each clinic module in a practice setting and game situations. This program allows us to teach players 1 on 1, 2 on 2 as well 3 on 3 concepts on both offense and defense in a variety of competitive drills.

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

Clarence was a standout basketball and baseball player at Pineville High School in Pineville, La. As a senior he was selected as District 3-4A’s Most Valuable Player and All State in basketball and as a catcher in baseball, Clarence was an All-District, All Cenla and Honorable Mention All State performer. After a stellar high school campaign, he went on to play two successful seasons of basketball at McNeese State University while studying Business and Kinesiology.

In 1999 he began his first of three seasons as a wide receiver in the Arena Football League. Despite no high school or college football experience, he compiled 118 receptions and 36 touchdowns as a wide receiver in only 32 of 45 games for his career. Clarence has also recorded two scores under par (69 and 70) in golf as a self-taught player.  He currently serves as a varsity baseball coach at Highland Park Senior High School (St. Paul, MN.)

What types of students have you worked with?

Sports Performance and Skills Coach Experience: ( 20 Years )

D1, D2 and D3, All American and All Conference Basketball Players 

Elite High School Players ( Top 20 - ) 

AAU and Travel : ( 4th- 12th Grade )

Professional - NBA and Overseas

Freshman Boys Basketball Coach at Highland Park Senior High ( St. Paul )

Strength and Conditioning Coach at Highland Park Senior High ( St. Paul )

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

If at all possible, be sure to spend just as much time on strength and conditioning as well as skill development.  Try and find a one stop shop for both.