Evolution Skills Trainer
8 Years Coaching Experience
2 Years Training Experience
- James Madison High School (2008)
- George Mason University, B.S. in Recreation, Health & Tourism & Sports Management
- James Madison HIgh School
- Falls Church High School – Head Freshmen – 2008
- James Madison High School – JV Assistant – 2009-2012
- Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology – Varsity Assistant – 2012-present
- Matrix AAU program 14U-17U – 2013-present
- Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology – Varsity Assistant, Field Hockey – 2016
- Hosted a Basketball Clinic for youth from Burma (Myanmar) – 2013
- Hosted a Basketball Clinic for youth from Sri Lanka – 2014
I’m a firm believer that coaching is the absolute best job in the world, and I have been honored to be a part of young athletes lives for the past 11 years.
My love for sports started at the typical age of 5, running around a soccer field before moving to a softball diamond. Neither of those quite fit, but the moment I walked onto the basketball court at age 9, I knew I had found my niche. I started off in the VYI program in Vienna, ending up on traveling all-star teams, and the Vienna County team before reaching Madison. My love for playing quickly transformed into a love for teaching others.
I started coaching as a volunteer, helping with the Freshmen and JV teams at Madison my Junior and Senior years. In that time as a student volunteer, I knew I was onto something, and found myself interviewing for the Freshmen Head Coach position at Falls Church High School. I was elated when I received the call offering me the job. I have no proof, but I’m fairly certain I was one of the youngest head coaches in Fairfax County Public School history, and ever since I have been running with it! Coaching at Falls Church H.S was easily my toughest experiences as I worked with kids who had never played organized basketball; some of whom had never even touched a ball. It ended up being one of my favorite years ever. While incredibly challenging, I learned an abundance about my coaching style, and realizing just how important coaching was going to be for me. It was incredibly rewarding to watch those 9th graders become basketball players, and simply learn to love the game.
I stepped back into Madison’s doors as a JV assistant for three years before I was offered an internship with the Activities Office at TJ. In the interview, I told the Athletic Director that I coached at Madison and asked if I could continue to do so considering how important coaching was to me. He emphatically told me yes, but followed that up with, “But what if I offered you a position here?” TJ had just hired a new Head Coach and were seeking others to help shape a new vision for a struggling program. After thinking about it for all of three seconds, I said yes, and am extremely proud of that decision today, as well as the ground gained for TJ Girls Basketball. In the past few seasons, TJ Girls Basketball has been crowned Champions of the Joe Cascio Classic tournament, has hosted multiple playoff games, and reached the Regional Tournament, logging a win and being one win away from qualifying for the State Tournament for the first time in over a decade. Basketball is exciting at TJ once again.
Joining Evolution was a no-brainer. Not only because I absolutely love basketball, but also because my favorite part of coaching is having the opportunity to be role model, mentor and teacher for kids. I approach each practice, game, and training session as a chance to make a positive difference through basketball. Evolution fosters those same ideals. Each time I step on the court, I promise to give you every ounce of energy, passion and knowledge I have. Lace on up – I’m looking forward to seeing you there.