Richard Bangs

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Richard Bangs 2017-10-22T17:31:01+00:00


Trainer – Evolution Basketball
10 Years Coaching Experience
3 Years Training Experience



•  Gonzaga College HS, 2002
•  Carnegie Mellon University, BA Professional Writing; History and Policy, 2006

 Playing Career:

•  Gonzaga College HS, Top 5 Ranking Wash Post
•  Carnegie Mellon University 2002-2005

 Coaching Career:

•  10+ Years Coaching Experience
•  Blessed Sacrament Basketball Camp
•  Gonzaga Purple Eagle Basketball Camp
•  St. Elizabeth’s CYO Team

Like most coaches, I’m simply a product of the coaching tree I learned from at Gonzaga. What I learned from Gonzaga Basketball, and specifically the importance of teamwork and hard work have made me a better person, and helped me succeed in both my personal and professional lives; there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t use those skills.

I was lucky enough to learn the game from some of the greatest minds in high school basketball. That includes my former head coach at Gonzaga, Dick Myers and current head coach, Steve Turner, who moved up the coaching ranks when I played there. Gonzaga’s emphasis on fundamentals and teamwork are the foundations for any great player or program. The numerous hours of training and coaching with not only Coach Myers and Coach Turner, but also knowledgeable assistants, including Bill Whitaker and Paul Evans, allowed me to maximize my potential and show me that hard work, dedication and playing the game intelligently pays off in the long run. The same is true in life.

During my time at Gonzaga, I tore my Right ACL as a Sophomore, but due to my still developing body, doctors recommended I attempt to simply rehab the injury. In doing so, I managed to be recruited by numerous Division III schools and ultimately played at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Thankfully I carried the lessons from Gonzaga with me to CMU: After getting my right ACL reconstructed my Freshman year, I went on to tear my Left ACL twice, spending the majority of my time rehabbing while there.

Fortunately, I was able to focus on my academics and graduated with a double major in Professional Writing and History and Policy from CMU. This was all possible thanks to the lessons I learned at Gonzaga.

While finishing up school and working my way through the corporate ladder, I still felt something was missing. Though I had to withdrawal due to injury from the game I loved so much in college, I still had an itch for it and coaching. That’s when I joined Evolution Basketball, and I haven’t looked back since.

I was fortunate enough to learn from some of the greatest high school coaches in the country, and now I get to pay it forward.  As I train my current players, I try to instill this same knowledge I learned – hard work, dedication, and intelligence always pay off in the long run.

In the case of Evolution basketball, we are a method for personal growth and not just on the basketball court, but in life.

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