Faith And Free Throws

Faith And Free Throws

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5 years in business

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I am a coach who has a driven passion to serve. I'm committed to teaching utilizing an innate gift for bringing out the best in others. Also, I sincerely care about my students and actually celebrate the successes of each and every student that I have been afforded the opportunity and privilege to assist.

I have always loved the game of basketball. Although, I started playing the game competitively in high school. I had an outstanding high school basketball coach named Coach Alex Gillum, who was my primary influencer. He was on an "old school" coach who taught me in a time when a coach was allowed to discipline as they determined necessary. He told us when we go to bed at night, we should sleep holding the basketball. The basketball should become an extension of our body. I believed him! Basketball became my religion. As an adult, I would develop another love; it was my acceptance of Christ in my life. This led to my decision to serve as a volunteer elementary basketball coach. After much success, I discovered the fact that I had a real gift for teaching the game of basketball, while simultaneously ministering to a new generation of young men. This would later become my ministry and I felt a call in my life to achieve higher learning. I enrolled in college and would receive two degrees at Dallas Baptist University. I have a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Sports Ministry and a Masters of Education in Kinesiology.

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Dallas, TX 75228
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, an assessment of the student's current basketball IQ. Afterward, I like to ask the student his/her personal opinion of their strongest attribute (i.e. dribbling, shooting, defense, etc). Shoot around dialogue...

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

Currently, I have a Masters's in Education Kinesiology, BA in Sports Ministry from Dallas Baptist University.

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

My standard fee is $50.00 per hour. There is a two to three-hour minimum for distances where the Coach travels more than 25 miles.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching as a volunteer basketball coach at my neighborhood elementary school; George W. Truett.  From there, I established an after-school program called Basketball 4-Life, in which I served as Executive Director for more than 5 years.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked primarily with elementary, middle, high school, and college-level students. My most popular former student would later get signed to the NBA Utah Jazz, C.J. Miles. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have always celebrated the successes, achievements, and personal goals form former students. Whenever I see one of my students score a basket; I have a cathartic experience of joy and mutual jubilation! 

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

Make sure you find a coach who demonstrates a passion for the work.

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

Do you really have a desire to become a better basketball player? Do you really want it or are you just playing because of one of your parent's dreams or ambitions for you?  

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