Director of Skills Academy Camps –
16 Years Coaching Experience
9 Years Training Experience
- Robinson High School, 1994
- Wingate University, BA Sports Management 1998
- Robinson, All-District, All-Northern Region, 2 year Varsity starter
- Wingate University, 2 year letter winner, 1 year student asst.
- 1 year Asst Coach Wingate University
- 3 years Hayfield Basketball Camp Director
- 5 years Varsity Asst Coach Hayfield High School
- 3 years coached Myers & Altermann team Nike Pro-City League
- 3 years Head of Skills and Drills Basketball Training
I was born and raised in Germany and did not move to the United States until I was 14 years old. The opportunity that I had as a child to travel throughout Europe gave me an appreciation of the global reach of the game of basketball. I was a ‘gym rat’ on the ARMY base that my family was stationed and it was an encounter with a gentleman who took a keen interest in my work ethic and raw skills to impact my love of the game. Mr. Brown would saunter through the base gym on occasion to watch pick-up games and shoot around. He noticed that I was in the gym every time that he stopped by. He took me aside and instructed me in a very simple drill that incorporated improving my shooting mechanics, ball handling skills, and footwork. As I put the time and effort into perfecting this ‘8 spot’ shooting drill, I begin to notice a steady improvement in my game performance.
I set a goal for myself as a teenager to earn a scholarship to play basketball in college. I knew that it would take an immense amount of hard work and commitment to achieve this goal but I am a very determined individual and I was confident that I could achieve my goal. It was difficult for me at times because I had to sacrifice a great deal to meet my academic and athletic commitments. I wasn’t as fortunate as others to attend summer camps or receive individual training in basketball skill development, so I took it upon myself to research information pertaining to developing my basketball skills and improving my speed, agility, and quickness. My hard work paid off when I was awarded with an academic-athletic scholarship to play college basketball. My experience in college was particularly rewarding due to the fact that I would receive high level instruction on a year round basis. My collegiate career came to an abrupt end when I tore the ACL in my left knee, but my love of the game continued as I became an assistant coach and experienced the inner workings of a successful college basketball program, learning about the recruiting process, practice and game planning, and individual player skill development.
My experience as an adult with the game of basketball has been very rewarding. I have had the opportunity to coach at a successful high school program at Hayfield HS and participate in 2 Northern Region Championship Finals, winning one of them. Along the way I have forged many friendships with other coaches at both the high school and collegiate level.
This game has been so good to my family and I and I am so fortunate to be able to train young players in the nuances of the game. I THANK YOU for the opportunity to impact your life.