7th grade boys
I played four years of prep basketball at Van Buren (Ohio) High School , which were highlighted by back-to-back regional final appearances my junior and senior seasons. During the last three seasons, I have been a student manager for Eastern Michigan University men basketball team. My previous coaching experience includes coaching 8th grade, 9th grade and JV boys teams for Van Buren during summer league seasons. I also served as head coach for a YMCA men’s team, which went undefeated. I plan to graduate in April, 2012 with a B.A. in history.
7th grade girls
I have played and loved the game since the age of 5. Basketball is a passion in my life. My coaching experience includes leading several youth teams while in high school and college. When my own kids were old enough to hold a ball, I became their coach as well. I coached my oldest daughter through 9th grade and after she reached high school started, I began coaching my twin girls.
I believe in teaching fundamentals of the game, in improving skills and in the theory that the team is the most important part of the game. A youth coach can make or break a student-athlete’s desire to play the game. I strive to be the best and offer timely, positive feedback to make the girls better basketball players, better teammates and better people as they move forward in life.
8th grade boys
I attended high school in Plainfield, Ill., a suburb about 30 minutes south of Chicago. I’m currently a student at Eastern Michigan University where I am a manager on the men’s basketball team and hope to walk on as a player next season. I have been playing basketball since I was 8 and I can truly say I love the sport. I look forward to working with the kids and teaching them about the game of basketball in a positive, exciting and fun way. At the end of this season I hope the boys will be able to walk away and say that they had fun and learned a great deal about the sport of basketball.
9th grade boys
I have previously served as an assistant on high school boys varsity and girls JV teams. As a player, I had three years of varsity high school experience and also competed at the college level. My high school team went 50-2 during my junior and senior seasons and won back-to-back state championships in Minnesota. As a freshman at Calvin College I was the sixth man on the conference championship team. Although I have graduated from college, I still play and try to improve my own game. I’m excited to coach the 9th grade team. It will be a learning experience for me and I know that it will be a learning and growing experience for the players, too.
11th grade boys
I grew up playing and following basketball in Kentucky, where I was raised in the town of Madisonville, which is on the state’s western side. For the past two seasons, while living in Baltimore, Md., I served as an assistant coach at the Bryn Mawr School. I assisted with the girls JV team for a season, and the girls varsity team for a season. After that experience, I decided to continue coaching once my wife and I moved to Michigan in March of this year. I am excited to be a part of WWBA and have high expectations of my team. I am a firm believer in fast-paced play, and always working on the defensive end of the court. I will be fair and honest with every player, and know that we will be competitive this season.