I am a USA Basketball Gold Licensed coach, CoachUP Cerified Basketball Coach and AAU Club Member, having coached every level with the exception professional basketball. I am not one to boast about accomplishments, but understand that it is necessary to inform you of my abilities to help you become a better basketball player, teammate and person. I have coached over 30 years.
My career began in Chesterfield, Va. coaching 10-11 years olds for Falling Creek Athletic association. I coached with this organization for four years, with us winning the county championship once and finishing second another time. Meadowbrook High School was my next coaching opportunity, where I coached the freshmen team for four years and the junior varsity team for two years. During my coaching tenure there, the freshmen teams had three winning seasons and two district championships. The junior varsity teams won the district championship once and finished second the following year.
The varsity coach that I coached under at Meadowbrook, Mike Sutton, would go on to coach with Tubby Smith at Tulsa, Georgia and Kentucky, the year they won the National Championship. He then became the Head coach at Tennessee Tech.
For four years, I fortunate enough to coach AAU basketball with Richmond Metro Basketball. My first two years, I coached the "B" teams, not qualifying for the national tournaments. The following two years, I was given the privilege to coach the 14 and under and 15 and under teams. These two teams had never qualified for the national tournaments, coming up one or two games short. The 14 and under team not only finished second in the Va. state tournament, but went to the nationals in Kingsport Tn., but finished 10th overall. We entered the tournament seeded 46th. The 15 and under team also finished second in the Va state tournament, qualifying for nationals. unfortunately, we did not place in that tournament that was held in Baton Rouge, La.
The opportunity of a lifetime came, when I was asked to be an assistant coach at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA. I was an assistant under Clay Nunley for those two years, gaining unbelievable knowledge about the game. My professional career pulled me away from the game for a few years.
I have been coaching at Salisbury Academy for 7 years and the past 4 years we have been in teh championship game, having won it twice with undefeated season. The most recent was this past season, comppleting a 20-0 perfect season!
I started JLT Fieldhouse, a year round basketball academy. I welcome the opportunity assist you with improving your skills, knowledge, confidence, work ethic and overall game. We help bring the game back to basics, while also teaching how practice makes "permanent", not perfect.
By far the most enjoyable part of what i do is "teaching" young people "how to play the game", while building and improving their skills. Seeing the confidence and self esteem rise with every session, is a joy that I never get tired of experiencing!
1- I am one that shares with kids what they need to hear to improve and not what they want to hear.
2- Personal development goes along with the athletic development. This is important to me because I want to also prepare young people to be better individuals and not just better athletes.
3- There are three major components to my coaching/teaching philosophy:
a) Simple- I like to keep things simple to allow for faster and consistent growth and retention
b) Effort- I provide and expect maximum effort from all of our participants. Again, you get out of it, what you put into it.
c) Attitude- I bring and expect a positive attitude with each session, be it private lesson, clinic or camp.
Coach T really took the time to study and determine exactly what areas our daughter needed work in. He has taylored her training to really hone in on those areas.. Would highly recommend!
Amazing instructor one in a million.
Amazing coach, 5 star and first class all the way.
It is vitally important to me to establish upfront what the expectations are from the client, as they are reaching out for a specific reason. Once that is established, I always evaluate other aspects of the student athletes skill set and offer my opinion of potential areas in which I can asist further, beyond their initial needs for my services.
My coaching experiences cover all age groups, from first grade all the way to the college level.
My current position at JLT Fieldhouse, Inc. allows me to teach 1st-12th grade boys and girls on a weekly basis.
I have coached AAU teams to the National level on several occasions, even placing in the top 10 on one occasion.
Coached at the high school level, freshmen boys junior varsity boys and varsity boys. Championships with each level.
The youth basketball level is where I got my coaching start and it remains my favorite level to coach.
I had the pleasure of coaching on the college level as well, as an assistant at Division III Randolph College.
My standard hour session is $30 and
90 minute session is $40 and
two hour session is $60.
A friend told me about a youth basketball league was looking for extra coaches because more kids came out than they had coaches. BEST decision of my life, because 32 years later, I love it more than I did when I started!
And the kids keep me young!
I have worked with both very skilled and the very very beginner level. I enjoy every level of coaching.
I have worked with student athletes that actually just want to improve their athletic skills and have no intentions of actually playing fo a team. I have also worked with dicision one, two and three level players, who take the game more seriosuly than you could imagine.
I coach the varsity boys team at a private school in my community. Two of the players on my team lost their home in a fire during the season. they have a younger sister and their mom is a single mom. Money was rasied to help the family get back on their feet. The boys asked their mom to ask me if I would take them shopping for clothes! That brought tears to my eyes, but also proved that, as their coach, I had more more of an impression on them than I could have ever thought.
And this is why I LOVE what I do!
The biggest point I would make is know what you are looking for, but also be open to getting feedback that you did not expect. Coaches are trained to see what you don't, and they should have your best interest at heart. But, also don't allow a coach to talk you out of what you initially contacted them about. We are here FOR you, not ourselves.
Also know that every coach approaches coaching differently, to achieve their expected results.
I'll provide these in a bullet point format;
* What is their approach to teaching? Meaning, are they very interactive or more vocal. this can impact how a player interprets and retains coaching instruction
* What is your follow up process with your students? Coaches should want to know how their players are progressing and players should want their coach to know
* How does the coach track progress? if a coach instructs many students, they could get you confused with another student. It should be a realtionship that you are developing with your coach, not just a "paid session" for the coach
*Do you follow your students during their season? This is important to me, because as a coach, I would like to know how all of the hard work you put in is paying off.