Adam Hepker returns to MNU after five years as an assistant from 2010-15. A 2008 graduate of MNU, Hepker spent a year and a half playing professionally overseas and in the United States.
As a player, Hepker was the starting point guard for Coach Lamar from 2004 - 2008. The Pioneers qualified for the national tournament in each of his four years, advancing to the Final Four three times and winning the National Championship in 2007. Hepker earned All-America honors his sophomore, junior, and senior year, and was MVP of the National Tournament in 2007. He was named the Conference Player of the Year in 2007 & 2008, a Champion of Character Award winner, and was a two-time NAIA-Daktroncis Scholar-Athlete. He was elected to the MNU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.
Ottawa University of Arizona (2017-2021): Hepker spent four seasons as the lead assistant coach for the OUAZ men's basketball program after taking the position to help build the program before the start of the 2017-18 season. Hepker is no stranger to the NAIA having spent 14 seasons as a coach or a player within the national organization. During that time, Hepker teams have reached the NAIA National Championship eight times.
OUAZ won 44 games during Hepker’s four seasons on the Spirit bench. He was the acting head coach in the Spirit’s 96-68 upset of ninth-ranked The Master’s in January of 2021 and he helped game plan for three wins over nationally ranked teams during the 2019-20 season, including a road win at No. 7 The Master's that snapped the Mustangs 47-game home court winning streak.
Grand View (2015-17): Hepker spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Grand View where the Vikings tallied a record of 35-27. The 2016-17 squad reached the NAIA National Championship and finished 20-11 for its first 20-win season in six years. The Vikings averaged 83 points per game over the two seasons with Hepker on the bench, including finishing 15th in the NAIA at 85.1 points per game in 2016-17.
MidAmerica Nazarene (2010-15): Before moving to Grand View, Hepker spent five seasons as an assistant coach alongside current OUAZ head coach Matt Keeley for Rocky Lamar at MidAmerica Nazarene. The Pioneers won 102 games and reached three NAIA National Championships during that time, including a trip to the quarterfinals and another to the Fab Four. Hepker coached at least one All-American in each of his five seasons at MNU.
As a player, Hepker was a four-year starter at MNU from 2004-2008. During those four years, MNU won 115 games and made four trips to the NAIA National Championship. Those runs included three straight trips to the Fab Four and winning the 2007 title with Hepker being named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Hepker was a Second Team All-American as a sophomore and a First Team All-American as a junior and senior, as well the Heart of America Conference Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons.
Hepker would continue his playing career professionally overseas for the Cocoon Baskets Weiden in Weiden, Germany for one season in 2008-2009.
Hepker graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene in 2008 with a degree in History and Government Education. He lives in Olathe with his wife Amy and three children: Brenley, Brooklyn, Bryson.
Central Missouri officially announced Adam Short as a Mules Basketball Assistant Coach in November, 2020.
Short came to UCM after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant with State Fair Community College.
Before State Fair, Short spent the 2014-15 season at fellow Region 16 member Missouri State University-West Plains, where he served as an assistant basketball coach. Five Grizzles moved on to play at the Division 1 level. Along with being the assistant coach, Short oversaw the academic affairs for the men’s basketball and women’s volleyball programs.
Alexis FoleyAlexis Foley begins her third year as an assistant coach for the UW-Stout women's program with the 2020-21 season.
A 2016 graduate of Winona State, Foley joins the Blue Devils after the 2017-18 season as a graduate assistant for the Warriors, getting her masters degree in Educational Leadership. Foley obtained her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Math.
Foley was a dynamic guard for the Warriors in 2014-16. As a senior, she averaged 15 points and 4 assists per game and led the Warriors to the best record in program history of 30-4; That same year, the WSU women also won their first NSIC Conference Championship.
Her career achievements on the basketball court include: All-NSIC First Team, NSIC All-Tournament Team, All-Region Second Team, and WBCA All-American Honorable Mention. She was named to the NSIC All-Academic Team in 2016.
Foley transferred to Winona State in 2014 for her junior season (2014-15). She led the team with 11 points and 3 assists per game and was named to the All-NSIC Second Team. Alexis attended Illinois State University for the first two years of her collegiate career where she played in 57 games and started 34 of them.
- Current Women's Basketball Assistant Coach & Assistant Information Sports Director at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota
- A state champion player at Hopkins High School in Minneapolis, Isler was a four-year letter winner at Carleton and ranks among the program’s leaders in career assists and steals. She earned All-MIAC honorable mention in 2008 after leading the Knights to an NCAA Championships appearance
- Isler spent three seasons on staff with the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx serving as video coordinator and player development associate.
- Worked on the basketball staffs at four NCAA Division I programs: the University of Memphis, University of North Dakota, Illinois State University, and Marquette University. Her previous coaching experience also includes time at Ohio Wesleyan University (D-III) as well as multiple stints at Hopkins High School
Anthony Gordon is currently an Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development at Kentucky Christian University
He is the owner & skills trainer at The Next Level Athlete
Arin Wade was born and raised in Annapolis, MD where he attended South River High school, playing on the school basketball team (2007-2010)
She understands the skills, determination and mentality required to make your game stand out, and she has a passion for passing this on to up-and-coming players.
Coach McKinley is currently the Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach for East High School in West Bend, WI, as well as the Owner of YoungStarzz player development and AAU organization in Wisconsin.
Coach Wright has over 26 years of coaching experience, which includes 19 years at 7 different colleges and 7 years at the high school level. Wright has coached some of the world’s best athletes as a NIKE EYBL coach for Indy Heat Gym Rats AAU program over the last 5 years. Aundrey Wright is a man of high integrity; dedicated professionalism; demonstrated leader; a tireless worker and effective communicator; determined to motivate students to greatness at all levels.
- Currently serving on the staff at Top 5 State of Indiana ranked 4A Cathedral High School
- Served an integral role in leading University of Indianapolis to 6 straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2010 – 2016)
- Instrumental is helping Univ. of Indianapolis climb to as high at #1 in the nation during the 2014-2015 season
- Developed three All-American guards as an assistant at the University of Indianapolis (most recently 2019 NBA Champion Jordan Loyd of the Toronto Raptors)
- At Southern Illinois-Carbondale, instrumental is helping team secure an NIT bid and advance to the second round (to face Arizona State’s James Harden)
- At California University of PA, instrumental is earning co-champs of the PSAC and #16 nationally ranking
- At St. Louis CC – Meramec, developed All-American Mike Branson and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament
- Additional camp coaching experience includes: University of Kansas, University of Illinois, University of Oklahoma, St. Louis University, St. Mary’s College, Southwest Missouri State, Stephen Bardo Camp, Ballstar, Rich Falk Basketball Camp, Shoot 4 The Stars, and a variety of Breakthrough Basketball Camps
Ayana McWilliams finished her first season as head coach of the Golden Eagles with plenty of success. LCCC made their deepest run in the Region IX tournament, making it to the semi-finals to cap off a 18-12 season.
McWilliams comes to LCCC after spending four seasons as the head coach at Lincoln University, an NCAA Division II program, in Jefferson City, Mo. from 2016-2020. McWilliams coached Lincoln to its best start in program history in 2018-19 coaching the Blue Tigers to a 9-2 record in the first 11 games of the season. McWilliams guided the Blue Tigers to seven straight wins to open the season, including road wins over Southern Arkansas and Northwest Missouri.
Prior to Lincoln, McWilliams spent five seasons as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level at the University of South Carolina Upstate. While at USC-Upstate, McWilliams was part of a staff that led the Spartans to the best season program history, winning 22 games in 2015-16. During McWilliams time in Spartanburg, S.C., the Spartans made two trips to the post-season, reaching the WBI semifinals in 2016.
McWilliams started her playing career at East Carolina from 2001-2003 before transferring to Brevard College. While at Brevard, McWilliams became the program’s all-time leader in assists (296) and steals (288) while averaging 16.5 points per game, the second-highest scoring average in program history.
McWilliams earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Brevard College in 2005 and received a master’s degree in Sports Management/Sports Coaching from the United States Sports Academy.
Coach Watson is entering his second year at Central Pointe Post Grad in Orlando, Florida as the Head Men's Basketball Coach. Central Pointe Post Grad is one of the top post graduate programs in the country.
BJ spent his previous 5 years as an Assistant Coach for Park University where he graduated in 2017 after playing three years for the school.
Park University Men's Basketball Accomplishments:
- Participated in The National Tournament (2016 & 2017)
- 3rd Team All-AMC Conference (2016)
- 1st Team All-AMC Conference (2017)
- Honorable Mention All-American (2017)
- BJ has been a demonstrator for multiple skill development videos for Breakthrough Basketball
- Coach Watson was a 9th & 11th grade coach for Warrior Hoops where he organized and implemented practice plans, plays, along with team and parent meetings
- During his college playing career he was a camp instructor for K - 8th grade groups to teach the essential fundamental skills on the court, as well as the importance of being a good person off
Shaw is currently a Men's Basketball Assistant Coach for the North Dakota State College of Science.
Before starting at NDSCS, Shaw was at Dickinson State. Prior to his time at Dickinson, Shaw spent three seasons at Johnson & Wales University. During the 2015-2016 season, Shaw was an assistant at Miami University Hamilton in Ohio.
Shaw earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln working as a men's basketball student manager for the Cornhuskers under both Tim Miles and Doc Sadler from 2010-2015. That stretch includes an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014.
Shaw is originally from Fargo, ND and graduated in 2010 from Fargo South High where he was an All-Conference selection as a senior and team captain.
- Coach Searles is a Breakthrough Basketball veteran, having been with us for the last 5 years! Brice is currently working for the Durango 9R School District in Durango, Colorado . He works at both Park Elementary and Florida Mesa Elementary Schools as a special education paraprofessional. Brice has worked in Special Education for over 22 years. He finds serving students and others with special needs very rewarding and fulfilling. He also coaches at St. Columba Catholic School.
- Coach Searles does basketball clinics with Durango Parks and Recreation in Colorado
- Brice spent 6 years with the Los Angeles Lakers Summer Youth Camps, 2 years at the Michael Jordan Flight School, Snow Valley Basketball School and University Of Colorado Summer Basketball Camps.
He then transferred to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado for 1 year. He won the R.M.A.C. Scoring Championship at 25.0 pts. per game, was an All-District 7 1st Team leading that region in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. He was an All-American Honorable Mention in 1985.
Brice then went on to play in the Denver Pro Am league before playing professionally in Quito, Ecuador for 3 years with LaSalle and Liga Deportiva. Coach Searles won the Ecuadorian League Scoring Title there averaging 39.5 points per game and has 3 international scoring records of 60 points twice and 72 points in a game. His team went on to win the Ecuadorian Championship and represented Ecuador in the South American Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.
Coach Searles has a lot of valued experience that he is willing to share with your campers.
Bridgeport TuslerTusler begins his first season at the helm of the Polars Women's Basketball team. He was hired as Crown's Head Women's Basketball Coach in August 2022. Bridge comes from a strong variety of basketball coaching positions and experiences prior to coming to Crown. He was on Macalester men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach in the fall of 2021 after spending two seasons as the head boys basketball coach at Monticello High School. Bridge assisted the Macalester men's basketball program to the MIAC championship where they fell short to St. John's in the last couple of minutes. In his last year at Monticello, Tusler led Monticello to the 2021 3A state tournament as the 7th seed during the COVID 2021 year.
Tusler graduated from Bethel University in 2018. He spent his freshman year at South Dakota State and was a member of the football team before transferring to Bethel. At Bethel, Tusler was a member of the basketball and football teams for four seasons. He was a four-year starter on the basketball team and helped the Royals win the 2016-17 MIAC championship. He also earned MIAC All-Rookie honors, was a three-time All-MIAC selection and was named to the MIAC All-Defensive team.
Tusler graduated from Osseo High School in 2013. He was the starting point guard on the 2012 Class 4A state championship team. In football, Tusler was named the AP Player of the Year and Metro Player of the Year, and was chosen Mr. Football in 2012. He is married to Angie, who played at Maple Grove High School and Division I basketball at Northern Iowa. She is now a varsity assistant and JV head coach at Eden Prairie high school, as well as being the recruiting coordinator for the entire crossfire girls basketball program. Bridge and Angie coach Crossfire AAU in the spring and summer together.
Bridge and Angie live in Maple Grove Minnesota with their baby boy (Phenix) and their 3 dogs. (Kima, Bunk and Bodie)
Coach Scales has been working Breakthrough Basketball camps for the past three years. Carl brings many years of experience including:
- Girls’ Varsity Assistant (2000-2005) - Hopkins High School, Hopkins MN. Helped them to 4 consecutive state tournaments, including their first state championship in 2004
- Boys’ Varsity Assistant (2006-2012) - Eastview High School, Apple Valley MN. Helped them to 4 section final games and 2 state tournament berths, 2010 and 2012
- 15 years of AAU/TRAVEL Basketball Head Coach: Girls - MN Metro Stars & MN Fury. Boys - MN Magic, Richfield Select
- Director of Summer Camps and Clinics for the Richfield Boys Basketball Association
Carl has coached with and trained numerous players who have gone on to play college basketball from the D1 level to NAIA. He prides himself in providing sound instruction, his ability to communicate and convey the intricacies of the game, and create an energetic and challenging environment for basketball players to thrive and improve.
On May 20, 2021, Southern Oregon University Director of Athletics Matt Sayre identified a rising star in women's college basketball to lead the Raiders: Carlotta Kloppenburg-Pruitt, who became the 14th head coach in program history after three years as an assistant at San José State University.
At SJSU, Kloppenburg-Pruitt served as recruiting coordinator and was responsible for implementing defensive schemes, developing post players, and composing scouting reports. In 2019-20, her second season on staff, the Spartans had the greatest single-season win turnaround in the country, going from 6-24 to 19-12.
Kloppenburg-Pruitt – a 2014 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), where she competed for two seasons and earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science – made a few stops on her quick ascent to SJSU. Her coaching career started in the WNBA, where she was a basketball operations intern with the Tulsa Shock in 2012 and '13 and a coaching intern for the Los Angeles Sparks and Indiana Fever in '14 and '15.
At Winthrop University (S.C.), where she obtained a master's degree in sports fitness and administration, she was a graduate assistant/video coordinator (2014-15) before being elevated to assistant coach (2015-16). From 2016-18, she joined Arizona State's staff as the assistant director of basketball operations and assistant recruiting coordinator.
Kloppenburg-Pruitt was a two-time Academic All-PacWest honoree at PLNU. She competed in her first two seasons at Ventura College (Calif.), where she was the school's Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2012.
She's also part of an impressive basketball lineage. Her father, Gary Kloppenburg, has been an assistant in the WNBA since 2000 and was the interim head coach for the 2020 Seattle Storm team that won the WNBA championship. Her grandfather, Bob Kloppenburg, was a coach in the NBA for 17 years.
Chris Hamilton became the new head coach of the Franklin College men's basketball program on Apr. 27, 2022.
A veteran at the Division III level as both a coach and a player, Hamilton comes to Franklin following a four-year tenure at Nebraska Wesleyan University under two-time NCAA DIII Coach of the Year Dale Wellman.
During his time on the Nebraska Wesleyan bench, the Prairie Wolves went 69-21 with a 43-15 record in American Rivers Conference (ARC) play, winning the league's regular season and conference tournament championships in 2018-19 and 2019-20 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The Prairie Wolves finished atop Division III in offensive efficiency in 2019 and 2020, and ranked in the top-10 in field goal percentage defense in 2021. In addition to his coaching duties, Hamilton also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, working primarily with both basketball and soccer programs.
Hamilton began his college basketball career at Division III powerhouse Randolph-Macon College, first as a player from 2011-15 and then as an assistant coach from 2016-18.
As a player, he helped the Yellow Jackets to a 90-27 record over his four years with two conference regular season and conference tournament titles each. He ended his time on the roster with the sixth-most three-pointers in program history at 171 and was a 43.5% shooter from deep. A two-time academic all-conference selection, Hamilton earned his bachelor's degree in Business/Economics from Randolph-Macon in 2015.He began his coaching career at Division I Mount St. Mary's as a graduate assistant in 2015-16, where he completed his Master of Science degree in Sports Management.
Chris Oliver is the founder of basketballimmersion.com and The Basketball Podcast with Chris Oliver basketballimmersion.com/podcast/
As an expert in basketball decision training, he coaches, trains and mentors, coaches maximize their players' potential and enjoyment of practices and games.
What he is most passionate about in his work is sharing evidence based coaching ideas that can stimulate your coaching to get better results.The goal is to improve your player retention and transfer of the things you teach to performance. You can learn more about concepts like messy learning, constraints based coaching, maximizing active learning time, adding decision-making to drills, and much more in the numerous blogs he shares at basketballimmersion.com/category/blog/
After coaching for over 20 years, completing his Master’s degree, travelling to globe to watch NCAA, NBA and Pro teams from around the world, Chris saw the need for more education on a games approach to coaching basketball and training methods to support this. He created Basketball Decision Training (BDT), to bridge the gap between skill development and game applications of those skills.
Chris also shares his games approach to coaching, practical evidence based drills and decision training concepts openly through in person, and online learning. All of these concepts have been taught globally through online sharing, camps, clinics, private mentoring and consulting with individual coaching and teams’ staffs. Chris has travelled to Sweden, Australia and New Zealand to spread his ideas. He has also spoken at major coaching clinics in the United States, including the Florida Clinic, Coaching U, the Tasman Clinic, the Rising Coaches Clinic, as well as a number of state coaching association clinics.
2018-Present: Associate Head Coach at NCAA Division 2 William Jewell College in Liberty, MO.
2016-2018: Graduate Assistant at NAIA Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri.
2015-2016: Assistant Coach at NCAA Division 2 William Jewell College in Liberty, MO.
2014-2015: Played senior year of college basketball at NCAA Division 2 William Jewell College. Was a team captain.
2013-2014: Played junior year of college basketball at NCAA Division 1 University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas.
2011-2013: Played freshman and sophomore year at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. Was an All-Conference and All-Region player and the 11th player in school history to join the 1,000 point club as well as a team captain both years.
Coach Hildebrandt prepped at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Missouri where he was an All-State player and a member of the 1,000 point club. He was also named as a team captain
Christian has worked with Breakthrough Basketball for 8 years.
Coach has his Bachelor's in Sport’s Management and his Masters in Education.
As a Certified Canada Basketball Coach (Train2Train) & current assistant coach with St. Mary’s University in Calgary, Collin is passionately committed to empowering athletes both on & off the court to give them the greatest opportunity at being the best they can be.
In addition to coaching at the post-secondary level with St. Mary's University he has also played at the post-secondary level as a captain with Medicine Hat College. Accolades through his coaching & player career include 1 bronze medal & 3 silver medals in the ACAC league, with 2 trips to the CCAA national tournament. He was amongst the top 3pt shooters in the country in 2017 (45.7%). Other coaching opportunities Collin has been involved with since his playing career includes various high school, club, and local provincial level teams in Central & Southern Alberta such as the Alberta Summer Games team in 2023. Rounding out his background, Collin hold's B.Ed degree with focus in kinesiology as he currently works in the fitness & training industry. Collin is grateful for what basketball has brought & taught him in his life & seeks to spread its positive impact it can have in all aspects of life.
Connor was an All-State basketball player in high school. He played Division I college basketball at The Ohio State University before going to play professionally overseas in Japan.
Connor has trained and developed players of all skill levels from beginners up to professionals. He has been an assistant coach for Breakthrough Basketball before being promoted to Lead Instructor.
Corey LasterLaster has been a collegiate coach for the last 20 years, dating back to 2000 where he started his career at his alma mater, Taylor University (NAIA) in Indiana. Laster ran a successful program at Taylor from 00'-03' (51-31). After Taylor University, Corey moved up to the NCAA DII level where he became an assistant coach for Saint Michaels College in Vermont from 03'-05'. Coach Laster was then able to take over his own program in the NCAA DIII level at Defiance College in Ohio from 05'-07'.
From 07'-10' Corey Laster took the assistant coaching position at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, a NCAA DI level university. Wanting to become a head coach once again, Laster claimed the UCCS Women's Basketball program from 10'-14'. Coach Laster was a part of the RMAC for four years building a strong program for the Mountain Lions. His experience in this conference, and knowing what it takes to be a successful team is valuable for Colorado Christian.
Currently, Coach Corey Laster is the Head Women's Basketball Coach for William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA
Four-year member of Taylor Universities Men's Basketball program
One of TU's all-time leading scorers and rebounders
Taylor University Athletics Hall of Fame member since 2010
Taylor Universities Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008
Courtney Boyd enters her third season as Head Women's Coach at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.
Clarke broke the program record for wins in a season in the '18-'19 season, finishing 23-12, and made its first-ever NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Championship appearance. The Pride advanced to the Quarterfinal Round after posting wins over No. 1 seed and third-ranked Columbia (Mo.) and No. 4 seed and fourteenth-ranked Shawnee State. Boyd's team was recognized with three Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference selection and one NAIA second-team All-American. The Pride boasted a 3.32 team grade point average.
A native of Keokuk, Iowa, Boyd came to Clarke from UW-Parkside, where she spent two years as associate head women’s basketball coach and was involved in all phases of the program.
Boyd received the WBCA Thirty Under 30 award at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. The WBCA Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards® program was created to recognize 30 up-and-coming women’s basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game. Each honoree has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others, professional manner, and attitude and professional association involvement.
Boyd started her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, helping the Vikings to a Midwest Collegiate Conference Championship and a trip to the NAIA Elite Eight, finishing the season 30-6 overall.
As a player, Boyd spent two seasons at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, leading the Eagles to a runner-up finish at the NJCAA Championships in 2006 before hoisting the national title in 2007. She finished her Kirkwood career with a 67-4 record before continuing her playing career at Division II Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah. At Dixie State, Boyd was named Newcomer of the Year and Honorable Mention All-Pacific West Conference in 2008 while setting a school record for most three-pointers in a game and landing second-team All-Pac West accolades in 2009.
Boyd received her bachelor's degree in elementary education with an ESL endorsement from Dixie State and her master of education degree from Augusta University.
Coach Damion Byrd is a retired Air Force officer with more than 20 years of coaching experience at all ages.
His coaching versatility has allowed him to train players 5-6 year old all the way thru MS, HS, college, Euro & G- Leagues. He was a camp coach at Mercer University in 2013, the summer before they beat powerhouse Duke in the 2nd round of the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Byrd was named head coach of the All Air Men’s basketball team in 2013 and coached base-level adults for more than 10 years at 3 separate military installations with great success.
He is adept at all levels and positions of the game but specializes in ball handling, passing, court vision, & defensive footwork and agility: all of the traits that lead to a dynamic point guard and floor general. Byrd places great emphasis on mastering the details and being accountable to the things you can control as a player such as your preparation, energy and effort!
Darnell FordCoach Ford has been working Breakthrough Basketball camps for the last four years. Darnell brings many years of experience including:
- 4 years Assistant Women’s Varsity Basketball Coach where he was the head of development and helped them to conference and district championships.
- 10+ years AAU/TRAVEL Basketball Head Coach for multiple teams, 4th - 12th grade boys & girls.
- 10+ years Skill Development Coach where he coached over 1,000 student athletes, 3 McDonald All - American nominees, and ten 1,000+ scorers. Coach Ford has had over 30 players go on to play at various levels of collegiate basketball.
- 4+ years Point 3 Basketball Alpha Trainer. This is an exclusive group as there are only 27 Alpha Trainers in the world.
- 8+ years Tournament, Camp, & Clinic Director
David has 11 years of Varsity Boys Head Coaching Experience
Individual Awards: Career points, career assists, career threes and career rebounds
Derrick DeWittCoach DeWitt was selected to be the Head Girls Basketball at Marietta High School in April 2019. He was charged with elevating the basketball program, instructing physical education classes, and developing middle school coaches and teams, lead a staff of six coaches. Now entering his 14th season has a high school head coach and his 16th year as a Georgia Educator, Coach DeWitt is excited for his fourth season as the head coach of the Marietta Lady Blue Devils.
Coach DeWitt is a certified Physical Education, Math & Special Education teacher who earned his M.A.T. from Brenau University. Coach DeWitt played Division-1 Basketball for Stetson University where he ranks #3 in all-time three-pointers made and played in over 100 games as a Hatter.
An avid reader and podcast subscriber, DeWitt enjoys acquiring leadership skills from autobiographies and stories. DeWitt’s current recommendations are Work Life Podcast, Catching Confetti by Bret Burchard, and Rapture by Nick Nurse.
Coach DeWitt is married to Renee DeWitt, also a Stetson graduate who played basketball for the Lady Hatters. Coach DeWitt is a Girl Dad of two daughters, Leah and Alana who are Marietta student-athletes. Newly arrived baby boy, Derrick Jr., joined the family in August.
Coaching Record & Highlights as a Girls Basketball Head Coach: 193-97: 67% Winning Percentage
Dexter LyonsHere are some of Coach Dexter Lyons Achievements & Experience:
- 2000-2002 Played at Daytona Beach Community College
- 2002-2004: Played D1 at the University of Central Florida
- 2001-02: Conference Defensive Player of the Year
- 2003-04: NBA Summer League (Orlando Magic)
- Conference Defensive Player of the Year (A-Sun), First Team All-Conference (A- Sun), NCAA Tournament Participant
- 2004-05 NBA Summer League (Boston Celtics), First Team All-League, First Team All-Imports, Team MVP
- 2006-07: 3rd Round 33rd Overall Pick in 2006
- NBA Development League Draft (Idaho Stampede)
- 2007-08: League Champion, League Cup Finalist 2009-10: Spain LEB Silver League Champion
- 2011-12: Player of Week (Miyazaki)
- 2012-13: 2 time MVP of the Week (Takamatsu)
- 2003-2006 was a Camp Coach/Counselor at the Kirk Speraw Camp at USF
- Held leading role as camp advisor for summer basketball program by providing direct supervision and fundamental basketball instruction to children ages 9 to 13
- Assisted the Head Coach in scheduling events, and contribute to the development of plans for the basketball camp and game responsibilities
- Served as Camp Coach and positive role model for children attending basketball camp by displaying enthusiasm, sense of humor and patience
- Assisted daily with coaching teams, officiating games, and scorekeeping while distributing game play time equally amongst all campers
- Responsible for coordinating the overall practice
- Coach Dexter has been working Breakthrough Basketball camps for the last two years, mostly working around the Southeast part of the country and based in Atlanta, Georgia
Donald "DJ" Thomas was born and raised in Houston Texas. He attended Tomball Memorial High School, was a four-year first team All-District player at TMHS, and ranks among the program’s leaders in career points, assists, and steals.
Coach DJ had serval opportunities to play Division II, Division III and NAIA opportunities. He chose to attend Blinn college in pursuit of other athletic scholarships. Along the journey Coach DJ fell in love with coaching/player development.
Coaching for Houston's top AAU programs and a program of his own. He's worked on the basketball staff at Concordia Lutheran High School, where they came up short in the state finals.
Thomas has 7 years of coaching experience, including 2 years high school varsity basketball, 2 years middle school level and 7 years of player development training.
Some of Don Kelbick's credentials include:
- Traveled to over 20 different countries training players and teaching basketball.
- Conducted over 1000 basketball clinics and camps training players of all age levels.
Don Kelbick is a long time contributor to Breakthrough Basketball developing dozens of articles, products, and providing ongoing consultation for the site. He also runs the Attack and Counter Skill Development Camps which are offered nationwide.
Don currently lives in Miami Florida training players and running the Drillz N Skillz Basketball Academy He has worked with a variety of great players including Raja Bell, Carlos Arroyo, Rasual Butler, and many other college and NBA players.
After his playing days, Coach Cosby was hired by his alma mater RCC, for his first coaching job. Coach Cosby feels his strengths are establishing relationships, skill development and game planning. His wealth of knowledge comes from his experience, he has coached in the CCCAA, NCAA D3, NAIA, and NCAA D2.
- Assistant Coach at Riverside City College 1999
- Assistant Coach at LaSierra University 2000-2003 (Coached now Head Coach of St. Thomas University, Patrick Crarey and current GM of the San Antonio's Spurs, Brian Wright)
- Assistant Coach at California Baptist University 2004-2006 (two top 20 teams, two trips to the National Tournament)
- Assistant Coach of San Diego Christian College 2011-13
- Assistant Women's Coach at Point Loma Narazene University 2013-16 (first NCAA tournament bid in school's history, only team to beat two #1 ranked teams)
- Currently Head Men's Basketball Coach at San Diego Christian College (multiple top 20 victories)
A native of Flint, Michigan known for his freakish athleticism, ability to score the basketball and jaw dropping vertical, Eddie Robinson, better known in basketball circles as “E-Rob”, began his collegiate career at Trinity Valley in Athens, Texas. After his freshman year, Robinson transferred to Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kansas, where he averaged 22.7 points per game, earning him first team All-American. Robinson would complete his collegiate career at the University of Central Oklahoma where he totaled 28 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. In 2017, Robinson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.
Upon completion of his collegiate career, Robinson caught the attention of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets where he played from 1999-2001. After an impressive playoff performance with the Hornets in 2001, Robinson inked a five-year $32 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.
Since his NBA career, Robinson’s love of the game has kept him active in the basketball community, suiting up for the NBA’s G League, the National Basketball League of Canada, and most recently, Ice Cube’s Big3 league which features former NBA stars. In addition to playing, Robinson has operated an elite basketball training business for several years, with his young clients across North America experiencing unprecedented results. Robinson has also served as a coach at many high school developmental camps and has been active in several charity initiatives for underprivileged children and victims of bullying.
Robinson lives in Houston with his wife Jillian and their toddler son Louie. He also spends time with his other three children, Jaalen, Santana and Giselle after relocating to Houston from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Eric Nelson is entering into his second season as the head women's basketball coach for the Dickinson State University Blue Hawks. In 2019, Coach Nelson coached his first all-conference player Ashlie Larson.
Prior to Dickinson State, Head Coach Eric Nelson entered his sixth season with the Presentation College Saints women's basketball program in Aberdeen, SD. Under Coach Nelson's direction, the women's basketball program has seen success both on and off the court. During this past season, the Saints racked up the most wins since joining the NSAA with 12 - including a trip to the NSAA Final Four for the first time in program history. The Saints also led the conference in scholar-athletes with 17. Furthermore, during his six seasons with the women's program, Coach Nelson has coached six NSAA All-Conference players and two-time NAIA All-American Honorable Mention in Haley Froelich, during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Off the court, Coach Nelson has had 59 NSAA Scholar-Athletes and 15 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes excel in the classroom. Coach Nelson's teams have landed on the NAIA Scholar-Team award list for the past five seasons. In order to receive the team scholar award, teams must have a combined 3.0 GPA or higher.
Prior to PC, Coach Nelson was at Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. where he was the top assistant for the men's basketball program. Collegiately, Nelson played for Morningside College from 2004-2007 and was an assistant coach from 2007-2010. In those six years at Morningside, they won two GPAC championships and went to the NAIA National Tournament three times.
After Morningside, Nelson accepted a full time teaching and coaching job at Westwood High School in Sloan, IA. He was the girls head basketball coach for two years and was also an assistant coach for the varsity football team.
Coach Nelson has also been a Camp Director for Midwest Elite Basketball the past 11 years and was named Midwest Elite Basketball Coach of the Year in 2016. MEB is a company that travels all over the Midwest putting on team camps for high schools. He has worked with over 1,000 athletes in that time.
A Laurel, NE native, Coach Nelson is a graduate of Morningside College in 2008 with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education.
Eric currently resides in Dickinson, ND.
As a seasoned basketball coach and trainer, Harley’s commitment extends beyond the court, aiming to maximize his players' potential both athletically and personally. Harley has been with Breakthrough Basketball for seven years. Beginning his coaching journey at Maryville University, he realized the transformative power of intentional development. Following Maryville, Harley embarked on an enriching chapter in Southern California, where he joined the largest youth sports organization in the region.
Taking what he learned in Southern California, Harley founded Hall of Fame Sports Organization in Southern IL to help provide positive outlets using the tool of basketball to help the youth of his home communities.
He served a stint at MICDS in St. Louis, MO where he helped bring a District title and postseason run. He is now the Head JV Coach at Parkway Central. With an unwavering commitment to excellence and a belief in the potential of every athlete, he is dedicated to shaping the next generation of basketball stars, instilling in them the values that transcend the boundaries of the sport.
Coach Warning begins his first year as Head Coach for the UW Oshkosh at Fox Cities Men’s Basketball team. However, he has a lengthily history with this program; player and captain (2016-2017), Assistant Coach (2017-2021). Coach Warming has a disciplined yet willfulness to guide his players and fine tune their game individually and collectively as a team.
During the off-season he is also a Youth Basketball Instructor with the Milwaukee Bucks Youth Basketball Program; 2017 - Current. In these programs Coach Warning educated players on the fundamentals and basic skills of basketball while allowing them to find their love for the game itself.
Coach Warning takes pride in helping players ranging in all ages and levels both physically and mentally. His passion and knowledge of the game are what make his expertise so beneficial to up and coming players. He uses his extensive history and basketball IQ to implement it with all those under his guidance. Having the skills to direct all ages of learners has really made Coach Warning stand out.
Jacob Redding is currently an assistant men's basketball coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Redding comes to MidAmerica from North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina after a successful playing career for the Cru. After playing for Coaches Rick Pitino and Chris Mack at Louisville, Redding finished his career at North Greenville averaging 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists per game.
Redding is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana and graduated from North Greenville with a degree in Social Studies.
Jalen Hueser grew up in the Omaha metro area, eventually going on to play college basketball at the NAIA level at Midland University. While playing at Midland, he helped the Warriors win 96 games in 4 years. This included three straight national tournament appearances, including an elite eight finish and a runner-up finish his junior year.
After graduation he moved to New York City where he was a teacher, and gave individual skill work lessons to kids throughout the city. Since moving back to Nebraska he has spent time coaching at the high school ranks, while running camps and private lessons during the off season.
Growing up his love for the game grew as he spent many hours attending basketball practices and camps with his father and grandfather both of whom are/were in the coaching field. He brings 10+ years of helping with camps and individual lessons. His passion is helping young athletes improve their fundamentals while implementing a positive growth mindset in each player.
Coach Jamal Edwards has had the opportunity to learn the BDT concepts from our very own Coach Chris Oliver who has put on over 300 BDT Camps throughout the United States. Jamal's road to how he got to this point in his life is outlined below.
- During a basketball course in his senior year of college, Coach Edwards had an assignment to teach one offensive drill and one defensive drill to a group of classmates. His group consisted of international students with no experience in basketball and English was their 2nd language. He felt at ease instructing his group through the drills, and it was from that experience he realized his true calling, “coaching”.
- Coach Edwards was invited back to be an assistant coach at his alma mater (University of Windsor) and wasted no time in making an immediate impact. Under the guidance of current Head Basketball Coach Chris Oliver, Coach Edwards mastered the key components of Oliver's Basketball Decision Training (BDT) and was responsible for player development and recruiting.
- Having a desire to give back to those who gave so much to him, Coach Edwards started the Taylor Made Basketball Academy (2005) in efforts to give the kids from his hometown the same instruction he was exposed to.
- After executing many successful events through the Taylor Made Basketball Academy, Coach Edwards realized teaching fundamentals and discipline needed far longer than a 3-5 day camp to make a lasting impact in the lives of youth. Now he's offering programs targeting underserved communities (inner city, rural, international and military youth), through Taylor Made Prep in Phoenix, AZ (2014).
- He has played at Alpena Community College, University of Minnesota- Crookston, the University of Windsor, and in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria
- Coach Edwards has worked camps throughout Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa (Breakthrough Basketball), Kentucky, Arizona, and Ontario, Canada.
- In addition to coaching at multiple levels (College Basketball, AAU, Nike Elite Training Programs), Coach Edwards has trained and developed multiple Division I student athletes.
- Coach Edwards has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Windsor and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Sports Management at American Public University.
James Ellis is currently the Head Boys Coach at Days Creek Charter School in Days Creek Oregon. Coach Ellis brings many years of experience including:
- Over 25 years Varsity coaching experience.
- 22 State Playoff Appearances
- Multiple Conference Titles
- Multiple Conference Coach of the Year Awards
- Listed in the top 10 most wins among active High School Boys Coaches in the state of Oregon
Coach Ellis has worked with Breakthrough Basketball Camp coaches Jim Huber, Chris Oliver and Don Kelbick to name a few. He has helped organize and orchestrate many camps throughout Oregon as well as traveled to Germany to observe camps in a different culture. He is passionate about coaching and uses his knowledge to provide clear and challenging instruction to athletes eager to improve their basketball skill set.
- Coach Kelly is currently the Head Coach at Bunker in Missouri where he has compiled a 49-15 record
- Previously, Coach Kelly was the JV coach under Mike Wilson who has 4 Final Four appearances at Strafford High School.
- During Jarod's playing career at North Central Missouri College, he set school record for 3 point percentage, which still stands at 48%.
- Coach Kelly has been working Breakthrough Basketball camps for the last two years and has been trained under the wing of our Elite Skill Development Coach, Jim Huber who has worked with some of the best players in the world!
- Coach Holzer is currently the Middle School Basketball Coach and Coordinator of Basketball Operations at St. Therese North School in Kansas City.
- Coach Holzer has been doing Breakthrough Basketball camps for 4 years, learning under the wing of our Elite Skill Development Coach, Jim Huber who has worked with some of the best players in the world!
- Holzer started the basketball program at Alta Vista High School and is the former assistant coach at Shawnee Mission West, a 6A school in Kansas. Jason also coaches with MoKan, which is a Nike sponsored AAU program out of Kansas City
- His best season as a coach was his Freshman A team going 17-3 at Shawnee Mission West
- Coach Holzer has also worked for Pro Camps with Bill Self
After a successful high school basketball career, Jason Traveled to play professionally overseas for a short two-year stint before making his way back to the states where he began a basketball development company to help local athletes improve on their basketball skills.
Coach Jason Reid has 10 plus years of experience coaching and training athletes at multiple levels including local youth, AAU, High School, Collegiate, and some Pro. Through his professionalism, commitment to his players , and his relentless hard work Jason's demand for training is consistently growing.
Jason is the Current Assistant Varsity/Head Freshman Coach of Osceola High School and The Owner of Just Ball Athletic Training which provides Basketball Player Development to all athletes.
- Owner of Haarlow's Hoops Academy...skills & team training
- Played 2 years of college basketball and golf at Berry College, Rome, GA
- 19+ years of college coaching experience
- 12 years college head basketball coach (Berry College and Tennessee Temple University)
- Over 150 career wins, NCCAA Regional Coach of Year ’13-‘14
- Coached over 20 All-Americans and 6 professional athlete
- Worked numerous Breakthrough Basketball camps since summer of ‘15
JeVar Hudgens is currently the Head Varsity Girls Coach at Mansfield Senior High School in Mansfield, Ohio. After graduating from Mansfield Senior High, he went on to attend Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, where he played collegiate football and basketball. Hudgens then furthered his education in Sport Management at Grand Canyon University.
Utilizing his degree, he formed a youth organization in 2009 called the Mansfield Cavs Youth in which they field over 9 teams yearly of all grade levels. Hudgens now has over 17 years of coaching experience from youth through college. His passion and commitment is rooted in the development of today’s youth.
Accomplishments include Co-Coach of the year in '20-'21 and '22-'23, First “Ohio Cardinal Conference” Championship in '22-'23 since '03, Queens of the Hardwood All-Star Game Head Coach, Northwest District All-Star Game Head Coach, 2 Sectional Championships, a Conference Championship, AAU National Champions ('09 & '11), Grand Nationals Champions ('10, '12, '15), Ohio Youth Basketball Champions ('09, '10, '12, '14, '16), Indiana Youth State Champions ('16, '17, '19), NYBL 6th grade team ranked 10th in the Nation ('14) and many more league and tournament championships.
Jim Huber has developed and coached some of the best players in the world including current NBA players and elite players that attended some of the best college programs in the nation such as Duke and Kentucky.
Some of Coach Jim Huber's coaching credentials include:
- Over 20 years of basketball coaching experience at the youth, high school, and college levels.
- Coached a team to a 1st place finish at the 2013 Nike Global Challenge.
- Coached at the Nike Elite 100 Camp which selects the top 100 high school players.
- #1 Team Defense at 2013 Nike EYBL which has the top 40 Nike
High School teams from North America and consists of 18 regular season
games. Qualified for 2013 Nike Peach Jam.
- A head coach for Mokan Basketball. Mokan is a direct Nike
sponsor program. In 2012 when Coach Huber was Director of Basketball
Operations, Mokan reached the Final Four at the Peach Jam, which only
selects the top 24 teams from the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League
- 45 Championships, 13 Runner-up Finishes, and 26 Final Four Finishes at regional and national tournaments since 2004.
- 42 Collegiate players and 22 at Division 1 level.
Coach Joel Hueser earned his degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He was also a member of the Loper Basketball team (1984-'88). Coach Hueser started his career in Kansas. He was the boys' head varsity and junior high coach at Mankato High School.
One year later he returned to Nebraska and became the boys' head varsity coach at McCook High School for 13 years. During his tenure at McCook, his teams qualified for the state tournament 5 times, finishing as the runner up in 2000.
In 2003 he was hired by Papillion-LaVista South High School and has been the boys' head varsity coach ever since. His teams have qualified for the state tournament 3 out of the last 5 years. He also teaches in the Physical Education department and also serves as an assistant track coach.
Coach Haggerty will be entering his 11th year coaching youth basketball, working with athletes from Kindergarten through 5th grade. This includes 4 years of owning and operating The Lady Mini Dribblers, a feeder program for Hicksville High School.
Haggerty has a degree in athletic training from Wilmington College and a chiropractic degree from Logan College. He practices athletic training at the high school and is a chiropractor at the local hospital in Hicksville.
Haggerty is a father of 3 girls, all whom he has coached through their basketball careers. Coach Haggerty brings great enthusiasm and high energy to his coaching style to keep players engaged and learning at their best. He is a true believer in the importance of fundamentals and repetition to become a better basketball player.
Hawkins enters his eighth season as a coach with the NNU men's basketball program in 2022-23, spending the first six as an assistant before earning a promotion to associate head coach during the summer of 2021.
During the seven years of his tenure, the Nighthawks have gone 93-78, including a 60-33 mark over the last three seasons. In the 2020-21 campaign, NNU earned a selection to the NCAA DII Tournament for the first time in program history and won a pair of games to reach the Sweet 16.
Before rejoining the NNU family in 2015, Hawkins played in the Gold Coast’s Intensity Super league, one of the top summer leagues in Australia. He then toured with AIA to Israel after playing half a season in the top league in Latvia for Jurmalas-Fenikss.
During two seasons as a student-athlete at NNU, Hawkins averaged 11.2 points per game, dished out 182 assists and led all NCAA Division II players with a 94.1 free-throw shooting percentage in the 2012-13 season.
Jonathan Bluitt a 4 time high school state basketball champion from OKC McGuinness from 1998 to 2001. Bluitt also played for Athletes First and was the main catalyst for leading Athletes First to its 1st Nike Super Showcase in Orlando, Florida. From there Bluitt took his savvy skills and leadership abilities to Bridgton Academy, being one of the 1st guys out of Oklahoma City to explore the postgraduate experience.
As a collegiate player, Bluitt was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner from 2002 to 2006. Bluitt helped guide Oral Roberts University to a pair of Mid-Continent Conference regular-season Titles, a Mid-Continent Tournament Championship, NIT appearance and the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
Bluitt led the Mid- Continent in assist 3 out of the 4 seasons he played also ranks 2nd as the all time assist leader at Oral Roberts University.
Some of Coach Jonathan Bluitt's coaching credentials include:
- Two years as a graduate assistant under Scott Sutton at Oral Roberts University, where he assisted the coaching staff with player development as well as helping with scouting reports for the opposing team.
- Two years as a JUCO men's assistant at Western Texas College. During his two years at Western Texas College, Jonathan helped coach the team to their first conference tournament in 21 years, since the NolanRichardson era.
- Bluitt has helped with the coaching duties of Athletes first; which is one of the nation’s top AAU elite programs in the country. As well as assistant coaching duties with the Oklahoma Storm (home school) leading the Storm to a Gold Ball Championship and Tulsa Noah.
- Bluitt has worked multiple basketball camps such as the Harlem Globetrotter camp, Kansas University, Oklahoma State University, Oral Roberts University and Oklahoma Christian University.
- He has developed and trained a number of pros as well as some of the top prep basketball players throughout the country.
- Jonathan is a specialist in developing basketball players and inspiring each individual to improve in dribbling, shooting, creating space from the defender and much much more!!!
Justin Bowen has an outstanding background as a professional basketball player and over 5 years of coaching and training experience.
Coach Bowen just recently won the 2017 4A Boys State Championship as Associate Head Coach for the Whitney Young Dolphins and hope to repeat that in 2018!
Coaching & training different AAU Teams throughout Chicago as well as the Whitney Dolphins, Justin has helped more than 25 players received scholarships offers from Division 1 schools. His mantra, "If it doesn't challenge you, It doesn't change you" is something he frequently uses to drive his players to excellence on the basketball court and through life.
His Eli7e basketball program is going on 12 years and Bryson has trained Professional athletes such as Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks), Justin Johnson (International Italy) Jordan Brangers (International Germany), Michael Cobbins (Oklahoma Thunder/Blue and International Greece) , Loryn Goodwin (Dallas Wings/ International Egypt)
- Head Trainer For GOOD Hoops, a grassroots basketball program based out of Edmonton, Alberta.
- WCAP Prep School Head Assistant & Trainer
- All Time Leading Scorer In Grand Prairie Regional College History where he scored over 1,700 points
- All Canadian/Player Of The Year In ACAC
A love for the game of basketball along with a tremendous work ethic, enthusiasm and intensity give Kenton Tennal all the right ingredients to be one of the top young basketball camp coaches in the Midwest.
Tennal has coached a high school basketball team into the State Tournament in three different states…Kansas, Nebraska and most recently Iowa.
Coach Tennal’s career record as a head high school coach is 101-33 (75%.) His teams have consistently been near the top of offensive statistical categories such as points per game, and 3’s made per game. In 5 seasons, Tennal has coached 14 1st/2nd team all conference players.
While in high school he led his team to the state tournament three consecutive years from the point guard position. Coach Tennal spent much of his youth in the gym as both his mother and father are Hall of Fame coaches in Kansas.
Tennal has been working youth basketball camps since he was just 15 years old. He and his sister took over their fathers T’s Skills and Drills Basketball Camp right out of high school, and they have been running that camp in Centralia, Kansas every summer for the past 15 years. Since moving to Iowa Kenton started doing his own camps keeping the T’s Skills and Drills name while helping hundreds of young players to not only develop their basketball skills, but learn to love the game, as he does.
- Kristina Danella has been with Breakthrough Basketball for the last five years, traveling all over the Northeast as a lead clinician.
- Danella is currently the Head Girls Basketball Coach and high school special education teacher at Sparta High School in New Jersey. She completed her Master's Degree in Special Education in December of 2022.
- Previous jobs include Head Varsity coach at Mount Olive HS and Head Women's Basketball Coach at Keystone College in La Plume, Pennsylvania. Danella’s career coaching record is 125-73 after seven active seasons. Danella was also in charge of Game Day Management at Keystone College.
- Danella was named the 2020 CSAC Coach of the Year after winning the 2020 CSAC Championship. This marked the first ever conference championship for Keystone College. With this victory, Keystone made their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Keystone ended their historic 2019-2020 run with a record of 21-7 and 19-1 in conference.
- Additionally at Caldwell, Danella served as the Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator, where she served on the Gender and Equity Committee for the Central Atlanta Athletic Conference, and oversaw Caldwell's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, helping fundraise for charities such as Make-A-Wish.
- Danella graduated from Marist College in 2013 after winning three MAAC Championships with the Red Foxes. Danella scored over 1000 points in her career and was the MAAC Sixth Player of the Year as a senior. Before Marist, Danella played two years for UMass and was an Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Selection and Second Team All-Conference Player.
- The Manalapan, N.J. native starred at Red Bank Catholic High School, graduating as the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder with 1,773 points and 1,156 rebounds. A three-time All-State First Team selection, she was a two-time Shore Conference Player of the Year and the 2007 Asbury Park Press Player of the Year. She will be inducted into the Red Bank Catholic Hall of Fame in June of 2023.Danella is currently the Head Girls Basketball Coach and high school special education teacher at Sparta High School in New Jersey.
Coach Miller is currently the Head Men's Varsity Coach at Piketon High School in Piketon, OH
Coach Miller played at Notre Dame College & Shawnee State University from 2005-2009 where he was a 4 time All-American Mideast Conference member. He was an American Mideast Conference champion (North Division) in the 2007 - 2008 season
Kyle played professionally in the Central Australian Basketball League for 3 seasons (2012-14)
Coach Miller has helped worked at Breakthrough Basketball camps since 2017
Other notable accomplishments:
- 3 time CABL All-Star 5 member (2012, 2013, 2014)
- 2 time CABL leader in assists (2013, 2014)
- 2 time Central District Basketball Club Most Valuable Player (2012, 2014)
- Finished top 5 (in the CABL) in scoring 2 times (2012, 2014)
- Finished top 3 in the Woollacott Medal (CABL MVP) voting (2014)
- Helped lead the Lions to back to back playoff appearances after a stretch of 21 years of not qualifying (2013, 2014)
Western High School (Boys’ varsity coach): 3 seasons (2014-2017)
- Led the Indians to their 1st winning season in 6 seasons (2nd place finish in the Southern Ohio Conference) – 2014-15
- Led the Indians to Sectional and District championships (2015-16)
- Led the Indians to their first Regional (sweet 16) appearance in Ohio’s state tournament in 8 seasons (2015-16)
- Led the Indians to their best regular season win total in 8 seasons (2016-17)
- Experienced back to back to back winning seasons (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17)
Entering his third season in Bruins blue, Kyle Taylor has continued the strong tradition of the Salt Lake Community College Men's Basketball program.
In just two seasons, Taylor has posted an overall record of 49-9, earning back-to-back trips to the NJCAA Championships in Hutchinson, Kan. He earned the Scenic West Athletic Conference regular-season title and a Region 18 title in the 2019-20 season, seeing a high national seed end in disappointment with the COVID-19 pandemic. Taylor earned the 2020 Region 18 and NJCAA West District Coach-of-the-Year awards.
Not only has SLCC been successful as a team in Taylor's tenure, the Bruins have seen a great deal of individual success. To date, SLCC has had a pair of NJCAA All-Americans, eight NJCAA Academic All-America players, and has had 14 players accept offers to NCAA Division-I programs.
Head women's basketball coach, Kylee Gorby, is entering her second year at the helm for Spalding. In her first season, she led her team to a 3-4 overall record.
Prior to taking the helm at Spalding, Gorby served as an assistant coach at Georgetown College where she helped guide the Tigers to at 22-11 record and appearance in the NAIA Division I National Tournament in 2019. While at Georgetown, Coach Gorby assisted Head Coach James Jackson in recruiting, creating and implementing scouting reports, creating and conducting individual workouts, mental training activities, as well as organizing and implementing fundraisers.
As player, Gorby was a four-year letterwinner at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, helping lead the Eagles to the first NAIA National Tournament appearance in school history in 2014-15, as well as a return trip to the big dance in 2015-16. The 5-9 guard also helped guide the Eagles to back-to-back KIAC tournament titles in 2015 and 2015. For her career, Gorby scored 1,197 points, pulled down 452 rebounds and dished out 410 assists earning First Team All-KIAC and NAIA All-Tournament team honors in her senior season.
Gorby, a Leitchfield, Kentucky native, is a graduate of Asbury University where she earned B.A. in Media Communications.
Loretta Martin, a native of Kenner, La, entered the Dillard University family in 2005 as a member of the Lady Bleu Devils basketball team with an athletic scholarship. After graduating from Bonnabel High School in 2002, Ms. Martin received a basketball scholarship to Copiah Lincoln Community College, where she played basketball ball for two years.
Coach Martin received an Associate degree in Kinesiology in 2005 from Copiah Lincoln Community College. She then moved on to join the Dillard family where she played two seasons under the direction of Coach Kiki Barnes. After completing her eligibility in basketball, Ms. Martin received a Bachelor's degree in Educational Studies in May 2010 from Dillard University.
Ms. Martin is currently staffed in the athletic department at Dillard University where she is assistant women's basketball coach for the Lady Bleu Devils.
Malcolm Wynn is entering his sixth season at New England College. Last season, Wynn was named as the associate head coach. “Malcolm Wynn is a tremendous coach,” said Coach Charlie Mason. “Coach Wynn's body of work at the collegiate level speaks for itself. He has won at every level and his experience as a successful coach and recruiter will be an asset for our program as we move forward."
Since joining the Pilgrims staff, the men's basketball team is 75-32 (.701 winning percentage), including three-straight 20+ win seasons.
Wynn served as the head men's basketball coach at Curry College for 12 years and led the Colonels to multiple Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships and NCAA tournament appearances; including a school-record 21 wins in 2012-13 season.
Malcolm Wynn also served as the head men's basketball coach at Roxbury Community College. In the course of seven seasons, he compiled a stellar 142-42 (.771) record. Wynn led RCC to the 2000 NJCAA Division III National Championship and was subsequently named as NJCAA National Coach of the Year. One year later, he guided the Tigers to a 31-1 record and third-place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament. Starting in 1996, his teams won four NJCAA State Championships and five NJCAA Region XXI Championships. Wynn was also a four-time recipient of both NJCAA Region XXI and District 8 Coach of the Year honors.
Marcilina Grayer was named as head coach of the Salt Lake Community College women's basketball program in the spring of 2019, replacing longtime coach Betsy Specketer.
A former SLCC player herself, she brings a wealth of experience to the program. Grayer also fulfills the role of Eligibility Coordinator for the department. Grayer is currently a member of the NJCAA Board-of-Regents representing Region 18 and the Scenic West Athletic Conference.
The SLCC alum has already created a notable reputation by coaching with the Bruins, with a set of accomplishments that landed her on the WBCA Thirty-Under-30 in 2018. The list recognizes the top-30 coaches in collegiate women's basketball under the age of 30.
She helped lead the Bruins to an NJCAA Final Four appearance in the 2016-17 season, as Salt Lake earned both Scenic West and Region 18 titles. The Bruins also won the league in 2018 and 2019, repeating as Region 18 champions and claiming the Scenic West crowns.
Mostly working with the Bruin post players, Grayer played a huge role in helping SLCC land a First-Team All-Region 18 and Player of the Year pick in sophomore Cassidy Whitney. Because of her efforts, the 2015-16 SLCC program had a 31-3 overall record and 14-1 record in the SWAC, leading to a league championship and an NJCAA National Tournament at-large berth where the Bruins advanced to the Elite Eight.
Coach Grayer played collegiately at SLCC from 2008-10 where she helped the Bruins to a Region 18 runner-up finish and a No. 5 final ranking in the NJCAA Top-25 Polls in 2010. Grayer was an Academic All-Region 18 scholar-athlete in each of her two seasons as a Bruin.
Coach Grayer earned her bachelor’s degree in Integrated Studies (Criminal Justice/Psychology) from Dixie State University and also obtained an associate's degree from SLCC. She holds a Masters' Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University - Irvine.
She currently resides in West Jordan, Utah.
Marcus Hall is the Branch Director of the Kalona YMCA, where he founded Hardwood Academy, a basketball training program which runs every summer June through August.
He was Head Boys Basketball Coach at Highland High school from 2011 - 2018 where he led the team to its' first conference title, district title and sub-state birth in over 25 years, and was named Golden Triangle Coach of the Year & SEISC coach of the year.
Marcus privately trains players of all age & skill levels, middle-school through college, in both individual and group settings.
Martin Anderson is a renowned elite player development coach. His purpose is to impact as many athletes as he can through the game of basketball.
Martin played professional basketball for four seasons overseas before back injuries ended his playing career early. Through a short stint as a player development coach in the National Basketball League of Canada he discovered his passion for coaching and decided to commit to training athletes full time.
Martin has since worked with athletes in the NBA, WNBA, FIBA, NCAA D1, NCAA D2, NCAA D3, NAIA, JUCO, High School, Middle School, and Youth all over the world. He has created life long relationships with many elite people within the basketball world such as Phil Handy (LA Lakers Assistant Coach), The Seattle Storm (WNBA), Bob Willett/Gary Hughes (Deuce Brand), and numerous players in the NBA, WNBA.
Martin has a strong love for people , and he cares about every single player that he works with. He creates a family atmosphere and understands that caring for people is far more important than anything else.
Coach Martin Apodaca has been coaching youth and high school basketball for over 10 years.
In that time, he has made his way up from 8th grade head coach to varsity assistant. Coach Apodaca is currently head coach for New Mexico Flash (Metro) a Grassroots/AAU girls basketball club, a program designed to help and prepare for the high school level.
· 8th Girls Head Coach at Mountain View Middle School, Rio Rancho, NM
· C/JV/V Asst. at V. Sue Cleveland High School, Rio Rancho, NM
· Breakthrough Basketball Camp Director (New Mexico)
· AAU/Grassroots – Head Coach New Mexico Flash (Metro)
Coach Apodaca also privately trains with athletes at all levels to help prepare them for the next level.
Coach Matt Keeley started coaching as an Assistant at MidAmerica Nazarene University during the 2009-2010 season. A 2004 graduate of MNU, Keeley spent the two seasons prior as a full time assistant at Washburn University. Before Washburn, he taught and coached at Manhattan High School.
Some of Coach Matt Keeley's credentials include:
- Coach Keeley is the Head Men's Coach at Ottawa University in Arizona
- Keeley has recruited and coached 3 All Americans and 2 Conference Players of the Year and 13 All Conference Players
- Matt Keeley has coached for 9 college seasons and won over 100 games
- He is currently in his 5th season to have coached with Nike EYBL program, MoKan Elite
- In 4 completed seasons Coach Keeley has directly coached over 25 players earning college scholarships including players in the SEC, Big10, Missouri Valley, Big East and Mountain West conferences
- Matt has been the Camp Director at Rocky Lamar's Fundamentally Driven Basketball Camp for the past 5 seasons in that time working with over 3000 campers
- Starting point guard for MNU 2000-2004
- During his playing career at MNU, his team advanced to the Elite Eight three times
- Keeley earned All-American honors his junior and senior seasons, leading the NAIA in assists as a senior
- Matt was named the HAAC Player of the Year in 2004, a Champion of Character Award winner and was an Academic All-American
- Along with conducting Breakthrough Basketball camps, Keeley is in charge of recruiting as well as help with scheduling, travel, and on-floor coaching duties at MidAmerica Nazarene
Matt Vega is currently the Boys Assistant Coach at Cheyenne Central. He is originally from Rawlins, WY, and played at Rawlins High School. He was All Conference and All State as well as a State Champion.
He started his coaching career at Casper College as a Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach where he trained 3 NJCAA All Americans. From there he was the Girls Varsity Head Coach at Platte Valley High School and then the Boys Varsity Head Coach at Midwest High School.
Matt Vega has been a Breakthrough Basketball assistant coach for several years before being promoted to a Lead Instructor.
- Coach Mo Bethea, is in his second year as the Assistant Head Coach for Warner Pacific University in Portland, OR. Coach Bethea leads player skill development, recruiting, film breakdown, as well as practice/game planning. Coach Bethea is entering his second year with Breakthrough Basketball, assisting with camps throughout the PNW
- The Newport News Virginia native played collegiately at Warner Pacific University where he also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports & Recreation Management with emphasis in Administration
- Mo helped lead Warner Pacific to 2 national tournament appearances and 2 “sweet 16” runs. As a freshman he shot 90% from the free throw line, good for 6th all-time in school history. He topped that mark, as a Junior, shooting 93% from the line putting him at 4th all-time in school history for a single season. He coupled his success at the line with success from 3, shooting 47% from deep on the season, putting him at 14th in the entire country
- For his career he currently sits at 7th in 3pt makes, 8th in 3pt attempts, 8th in games started, 12th in total minutes played, 15th in assists, 16th in steals, & 20th in games played in school history
Nate Quilling is currently an assistant coach for the Corban University Men’s Basketball program. He just completed his first year on staff and helped guide the Warriors to a 20-11 overall record. The Warriors also earned an at-large berth to the NAIA National Tournament, the first appearance since the 2016-17 season.
Before his time at Corban University, Quilling spent two seasons with the John Brown University Golden Eagles. With a covid shorted season in 2020-21, the Golden Eagles had an overall record of 27-20 during his time at JBU. Quilling assisted in all areas of the program from player development to scouting to recruiting. He led all pre-season, in-season, and post-season strength and conditioning sessions.
Quilling’s coaching career started at his alma mater, Trinity International University in the Chicagoland area. He served on staff for 3 years, having one of those seasons end in a trip to the NAIA Division II National Tournament. As a student-athlete at TIU, Quilling had a remarkable senior season in 2016-2017. The Trojans posted a single season win record by finishing the campaign 30-6, capturing a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) title before making a run to the quarterfinals in the national tournament.
Nate and his wife, Hannah, reside in Salem, OR with their son, Brooks.
Neil Watson was born in Kansas City and played high school basketball at Sumner Academy. After HS, he went on to play at Toledo University and then transferred to University of Southern Mississippi where he played from 2011-2014.They went to the NIT quarterfinals once and the NCAA tournament twice while he was there.
After college, Watson went on to play professionally overseas for 5 years in Iraq, Sweden, England, Scotland, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Austria, and Italy.
He is currently the Head Assistant Coach at Shawnee Mission West High School. Prior to this role he was a Head Coach at East High School, Assistant Head Coach at Park University, and an Assistant Coach at Pembroke Hill. Watson has been assisting at Breakthrough Basketball Camps for many years before being promoted to a lead coach.
Coach Nicholas Smith is in his fourth season as assistant coach for Southwest Minnesota State Men's Basketball.
2016-17, SMSU had one of its best seasons in school history, tying a
school record with 28 victories, while capturing the NSIC South Division
and NSIC Tournament championships. SMSU also advanced to the NCAA
Tournament for the fourth time in school history, before losing to
eventual national champion Northwest Missouri State in the region
Smith, a two-time All-NSIC second team honoree, he was also named CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2014 and twice was named the SMSU Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Smith is a 2014 graduate of SMSU with a degree in sports management and finance. He is pursuing his master’s degree at SMSU.
This will be Coach Smith's second year with Breakthrough Basketball
A graduate of Siena College ‘13, Anosike enjoyed a decorated collegiate career, leading the NCAA in rebounding for his junior and senior seasons. He concluded his career with over 1000 points and 1000 rebounds and second all-time in school history in rebounds.
Anosike hopes to pursue a coaching career at the conclusion of his playing career. He has been involved with several camps and AAU programs in the northeast region and enjoys sharing his international basketball experiences with the youth.
Paris DavisCoach Paris has over 11 years of basketball experience and extensive experience as a Breakthrough Basketball Skills Coach.
Paris is a CoachUp Captain, has completed over 1,000 basketball training sessions, has been ranked #1 in the state of Illinois for basketball training on CoachUp.com
Paris is an Elite Skills Trainer & Influencer for One Up Basketball
He played varsity basketball for the legendary coach, Gene Pingatore (2002-2005)
-Ranked top 100 in the state of Illinois (2005)
-Named East Suburban Catholic Conference All-Star (2005)
Received academic and basketball scholarship to Saint Xavier University (2005)
-Second leading scorer at Saint Xavier University (2006-2007)
-Helped lead team to the NAIA National Tournament (2007-2008)
-CCAC Honorable Mention Player of the Week at Saint Xavier University (2009)
Other coaching achievements include, but not limited to...
-Christ the King Girls HS Basketball Tournament Champions (2014-2015)
-Christ the King Girls HS Basketball Conference Champions (2014-2015)
-District 89 Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament Champions (2010)
Paris is the Creator and Author of the High Five Basketball Training Guide.
Quentin Mitchell has coached 40 college players, 23 of which have played at the Div 1 level. 6 professional players (one of which was an NBA pick) and has coached over 1,000 kids at various camps and clinics
Quentin was all conference in high school and a McDonald's All-American nominee.
He went on to play at Western Illinois University where he holds the records still today for for most 3 point field goals in a game (9), most consecutive games with a 3 point field goal (6), and highest 3 point field goal percentage in a game going 9/11 for 82%.
Quentin has played all over the world professionally, helping his teams make the playoffs and win championships.
Some of Coach Quentin Mitchell's coaching credentials include:
- Assistant varsity coach at Redford Covenant High School in Detroit, Michigan. Responsibilities included practice planning, organizing game plans, scouting and team development.
- Head JV Coach at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Missouri. Team records were as follows: 18-6 (2012-2013), 18-4 (2011-2012), 14-2 (2010-2011), 17-1 (2009-2010)
- Assistant Coach at MOKAN, in Kansas City, Missouri from 2009-2012 and their record was as follows: 36-5 (2012), 50-9 (2011), 56-9 (2010), 57-9 (2009)
- Most recently, along with working with Breakthrough Basketball, he was the head coach for Tilton Elementary School in Chicago where they finished 8-1 and made the Chicago league playoffs for the first time in 4 years
Before Eureka, Pepino spent two years at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as the Video Coordinator. During his time there, he was also the administrator and trainer for Ballhogg Basketball in Edwardsville, IL.
Pepino focuses on the building and growing of players’ understanding of the game and how to get better, and specializes in helping young athletes learn how they can continue to grow their skillset on their own. Working with athletes from skill levels ranging from middle school to Division 1 college level allows Pepino a unique understanding of what it will take to get players to their desired landing spot and goals.
Coach Roamie Williams has over 15 years of junior and high school basketball experience. He is the current High School Girls Varsity head coach at Maricopa High School.
Williams is also presently the head basketball skills trainer at the Ocotillo Village Health Club in Chandler, Arizona. Roamie has been a coach for Arizona Athletics Basketball AAU program since 2017.
He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a BA in Communications. His unwavering approach, passion, commitment and sense of pride has produced winning players and teams at every age group. A strong emphasis on fundamentals is the core of his approach to developing players. You will likely see his Instagram or Twitter account filled with inspirational quotes and information for everyone.
Hired in the fall of 2013, Rob Southall is now in his sixth season as head coach of the men's basketball program and assistant director of athletics at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
Coach Southall’s philosophy of player development have made their mark on the record books at Elms College. His offensive system allowed several student athletes to reach their potential, he has developed four out of the eight thousand point scorers in school history. He has developed back to back NECC Defensive Player of the Year 2017 and NECC Player of the Year 2016, in addition to eight student-athlete have earned All-Conference honors. Not only limited to the success on the court, he has had 10 student athletes on NECC All Academic honors. During Coach Southall tenure the team has four out of five NECC Tournament including the Championship game in 2014-2015.
Coach Southall took the reins of the Blazers’ men’s basketball team after an eight-year stint as a full time assistant coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). During his time at WPI, the Engineers enjoyed tremendous success with Coach Southall on the bench compiling a 178-44 record with six New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season championships as well as the 2005-06 and 2012-13 NEWMAC tournament championships, six appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship and the 2011-12 ECAC Division III New England Championship title. WPI also notched 20 or more wins in each of Coach Southall’s eight seasons on staff under head coach Chris Bartley.
Prior to his time at WPI, Coach Southall spent a season assisting Joe Reilly at Bates College and helped guide the team to one of its best seasons in school history (19-8). Bates reached the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship tournament final before falling to Amherst College.
A 2002 graduate of Springfield College, Coach Southall played basketball for two seasons and was a graduate assistant coach for the Pride under head coach Charlie Brock for two years. At Springfield, he was also the head junior varsity basketball coach and was heavily involved in recruiting and game preparation. Coach Southall also obtained a master’s degree from Springfield in 2004.
Romeo Lagmay, Jr. came to Dawson Community College with a successful career in various divisions. His experience spans over 25 years of coaching middle school, high school, college and professional basketball. Coach Lagmay (Lug-My) prides himself building his foundation of fundamentals from middle school in 1996 to winning a college national championship in 2010.
Prior to becoming the Head Coach at Dawson CC, Lagmay was coaching at various divisions, as well as professionally. Coach Lagmay is the last winningest coach at Salem University (NCAA D2) in West Virginia since 2001. In his first year in 2006, he had one of the best turnaround records in the country. During his 6 years in Alabama, Coach Lagmay had Talladega College (NAIA) ranked top 10 nationally in his last season in 2014 knocking off two NCAA D1 schools in the same season. He also led them to a USCAA National Championship in 2010. At the NJCAA level, Coach Lagmay has turned Dawson into a regional powerhouse with 5 winning seasons leading the Buccaneers into conference runner-up champions, 3 conference semifinals and 2 quarterfinals appearances. He has 200 college career wins as of December 2018. Since his arrival in Glendive, Coach Lagmay has produced 3 Top 40 Junior College All-Stars, 1 Conference and Region MVP, 6 NJCAA All-Region, 3 All-Americans, 6 First Team All-Conference, and 5 Second Team All-Conference players. Academically, Coach Lagmay has developed 32 Presidents Honors List, 51 Academic All-Conference players along with 28 NJCAA Academic All-Americans. In the last six seasons, Dawson Community College has been recognized nationally with one of the highest team gpas, ranking as high as #2 and #3. The team’s highest GPA of a 3.54 is the highest honor and best in school history.
In 2006, Coach Lagmay was introduced as the head men’s basketball coach and general manager of the West Virginia Wild of the International Basketball League (IBL). He also coached in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Summer Professional League from 2004-2008 as both an assistant and head coach in the free agent division. As an assistant coach, Lagmay was in charge of player and bench control. As a head coach, he was responsible for practice sessions and team and player development. He also participated as one of the lead instructors in tryout sessions, conducting different stations of skill development and team play. In 2008, Coach Lagmay won the free agent summer division league championship.
After a strong high school basketball career, Ryan earned a scholarship to play college basketball at Concordia University where he played for 2 years before transferring to finish his college basketball career at Central Michigan University.
Coach Thomas has over 15 years of experience coaching at multiple levels (youth, AAU, YBOA, and High School). Through his dedication, leadership, innovation and tireless work ethic Thomas has become a sought after skills trainer. As a skills trainer he has helped mold thousands of young people around the country developing their game.
Here is a brief overview of Coach Thomas' coaching credentials:
- Owner of HoopGrind Basketball - Basketball Development Program
- Athletic Director & Associate Head Basketball Coach at Impact Christian Academy
- Trained and developed many college and professional players
- Currently trains players from youth to professional level
- 2016-Present Associate Head Coach / Athletic Director Impact Christian Academy
- 2011-2015 Assistant coach at Edward H. White High School - Jacksonville Florida (6A)
- Multiple top 5 FHSAA state rankings
- Multiple District Championships
- 1 FHSAA Final Four appearance
She first earned international playing experience with the Under 16 and Under 20 England teams and eventually England’s senior women’s nation team in 2002.
Hopkins-Chery attended and played basketball at Jefferson College where she was an NJCAA Academic All-American Scholar-Athlete in 2005, All-Region Academic Team member in 2005 and a two-time MCCAC Academic All-Conference honoree. Additionally, the Vikings were conference champions in 2004 and 2005 while she was a part of the program.
After two years at Jefferson she transferred to Park University where she became a standout on the women’s basketball team. As a player at Park she helped lead a Pirates squad to the programs first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament in 2005-06 after winning a conference title in the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). Hopkins-Chery was also honored as an AII-Academic All-Conference member and an NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete in 2006 (the first of three times she received this honor).
A 2020 graduate of the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg, Missouri, Sweany was a student-assistant at UCM, where he assisted the coaching staff with practice, team travel, meals, and video work. He also helped organize UCM’s annual Elite Camp for potential student-athletes each August.
Sweany is excited about stepping into his assistant coaching role and being on the Southwestern campus. “I am very thankful to Coach Kindle and Southwestern’s athletic administrators for giving me this opportunity; I can’t wait to get started,” says Sweany. “I am excited to work with Coach Kindle and look forward to assisting him in achieving the goals he has set for this program.”
Most recently, at Doane University, Sweany began his coaching career while starting to work toward his master’s degree. As a graduate assistant, he was involved in all aspects of running a collegiate basketball program. Sweany looks to complete his master’s degree while coaching for the Spartans.
Coach Carter is the current assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Glendale Community College in Arizona.
Stephen Carter was with the women's basketball program at Upper Iowa University for three seasons.
Prior to UIU, he was at Belmont Abbey College, an NCAA D2 institution in North Carolina. His main coaching duties & responsibilities included working with post players, development of practice & game planning, as well as film breakdown of opponents.
Belmont Abbey finished 21-10 last season and lost in the conference finals. Carter also spent five years at the high school level at Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Phoenix, Ariz. He assisted Matt King at Sandra Day O'Connor and helped build that program under Coach King as a head JV coach and varsity assistant. Coach Carter is also a veteran Coach/Clinician at Snow Valley Basketball School in Waverly Iowa. He has spent the past six summers helping lead the camp in various forms, while developing & teaching the game to thousands of campers.
2007-2011: Lander University
2007: Scored 40 points in one game my freshman year, and missed breaking the school record by only 2 points
2010: Surpassed 1,000 point milestone, finishing career with 1,191 points
Defensive Player of the Year
Western Conference Player of the Year
All-rookie 1st Team
Made it to the Copa Catalunya Final 4
Averaged 15 PPG, 8 RPG, 5 APG
Tesia Harris is a coach, trainer, educator, and philanthropic relations professional. She has been putting together philanthropic & sporting events since 2013. Her passion for helping others has always been her drive and purpose in life.
Harris began her collegiate basketball career at the University of Delaware and as a sophomore she led the team with 13.6 points per game and made 51 three-pointers. Those numbers led her to Colonial Athletic Association Second Team honors, being voted the team’s most valuable player and earning the Blue Hen Basketball Club Outstanding Achievement Award. She transferred to St. John’s (NY) for her senior season and in her career, she finished with 1,016 career points. In her one season at St. John’s the team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, finishing the season ranked 14th by the Associated Press. Harris graduated St. Johns University with a bachelor’s degree in English, a minor in sociology before completing a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Liberty University.
From 2012-2013, Harris played professionally in one of the top divisions in Slovakia. She made the move from professional basketball to enter the coaching world. She coached at the Division I level for three years, where she was responsible for assisting specifically with guard skill development and team’s offense.
Harris is currently an educator and client relations manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day activities of professional athletes as well as managing branding, social media strategies, and philanthropic events.
Coach Tramel Barnes is in his fifth season as assistant coach for Southwest Minnesota State Men's Basketball.
In 2016-17, SMSU had one of its best seasons in school history, tying a school record with 28 victories, while capturing the NSIC South Division and NSIC Tournament championships. SMSU also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history, before losing to eventual national champion Northwest Missouri State in the region championship.
SMSU has recorded 72 victories during his four seasons as assistant coach, which included a 19-win season and an appearance in the NSIC tournament semifinals in 2013-14.
Prior to joining the SMSU staff, Barnes completed a five-year collegiate playing career at a pair of NSIC schools. He started his career at Northern State University (2008-10), appearing in 48 games with eight starts in two seasons, before transferring to SMSU in 2010.
Following a red shirt season in 2010-11, Barnes played in 60 career games for the Mustangs scoring 351 points and grabbing 231 rebounds, while dishing out 159 assists. He finished his SMSU career shooting 82.8 percent from the free throw line ranking sixth in program history. As a senior in 2012-13, he averaged 6.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and ranked second on the squad with 85 assists.
Barnes is a 2013 graduate of SMSU with a degree in sports management. He earned his master’s degree at SMSU in physical education.
This will be coach Barnes' second season with Breakthrough Basketball.
Tre'Vion Beverly is the Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Owens Community College. She is involved in all facets of the program, including player development, strength and conditioning, and recruiting.
Tre'Vion worked as an assistant coach at Cleveland Central Catholic High School before coming to Owens. She also worked as a graduate assistant and assistant coach at The University of Northwestern Ohio while pursuing a Masters of Business Administration. She presently possesses Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, and a degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning.
Tre'Vion has coached and trained numerous players who has gone on to play college basketball and play professionally. She prides herself on building relationships with players, instructing the game of basketball while also including life lessons, and creating a healthy and energetic environment.
Troy Slavin graduated from Northeast High School where he was selected First Team All CNC League and All Tournament Team at the Riverton Invitational while averaging 19 points a game, with a CNC season high game of 35 pts. An athletic six foot guard known for his leaping ability, Troy once shattered a backboard and led the CNC in dunks his senior year.
Troy accepted a basketball scholarship to Fort Scott Community College but injuries soon ended his college career. He went on to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Radio and TV Production from Kent State University, and began a career in professional broadcasting for some of the nation's premiere radio stations. At 35, he was nominated for radio's highest honor, the Marconi Award, as the nation's best Large Market Personality. At 37, he was awarded the Butterfly Award, the highest honor given by the Children's Cancer Research Fund, for his work in raising over six million dollars to find a cure.
During his radio career Troy stayed connected to basketball and kids, coaching at St. John the Baptist in Minnesota and playing in exhibition games against the University of Kentucky and Deion Sanders' Dallas Cowboy All Stars. His career took him inside Minnesota Timberwolves practice with Kevin McHale and Sam Mitchell, and on the court to learn a few tricks from the legendary Harlem Globetrotters.
Coach Ty Keck is the Program director and head coach for the Skyline girls basketball team in Idaho Falls, ID. He has led that program for the last 8 years and has created a culture of success. Overall, this is his 15th year coaching basketball. During his time with the team has led them to multiple district championship berths and titles. He led the program to their first ever state championship performance and has placed at state in the 4A classification several times.
Coach Keck has had the opportunity to coach and lead multiple division 1 athletes through player development over the course of his career. He has had multiple athletes break school records and qualify as all state players as well. He is a proud member of Basketball immersion and leads his teams with many of the foundations of BDT skill acquisitions and small sided games to help them connect skills to the game.
Searles is currently an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Lawrence Tech University. He joined the staff in 2020 after a stellar two-year career for the Blue Devils.
He is the Owner of Trust You Training Skill Development and has coached and developed players from all levels from NBA to elementary school.
A native of Pontiac, Michigan. Earned Bachelors in Business Administration and a masters degree in Business Administration, Project Management from Lawrence Technological University.
Searles earned NAIA All-American Honorable Mention honors as a senior in 2018-19 as he averaged 24.6 ppg to lead the WHAC in scoring. The First Team All-WHAC selection helped guide Lawrence Tech to their first-ever WHAC Tournament appearance.
Tyler Long begins his fifth season with the University of Central Missouri basketball program in 2020-21 and second as the Graduate Assistant. Long serves in a variety of capacities within the team, assisting the UCM staff with practice, equipment, travel, video work, and day-to-day operations.
He is a 2016 Warrensburg High School graduate, where he played for head coach Chris Nimmo and the Tigers. Tyler is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Sport Management from UCM.
Tyler has been an assistant coach for Breakthrough Basketball for several years and has travelled with Jim Huber to his camps to learn directly from him.
Coach Whitcomb is currently the Head Coach of the Developmental Team and Assistant Varsity Coach at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Tyler makes innovative basketball videos with Championship Productions.
Previously, Coach Whitcomb was the Principal at Martin High School
Tyler started off his coaching career at the age of 19 as a student assistant College basketball coach at Kalamazoo Valley Community College which lead to him becoming an assistant coach on some very good college teams under a Hall of Fame coach. During that time, he helped with the basketball camps and ran basketball camps all over the nation. In one summer, he worked 12 different basketball camps including; Five Star, Reebok’s Bobby Hurley camp, McCracken camp, Bradley University, KVCC, Shooting camps, Grand Valley State, Camp of Champions, and Calvin.
Coach Whitcomb continued to work camps and climb the ladder to one day being a Head Varsity Basketball coach and running his own camps and great programs. On his way up the ladder, he was a Professional basketball owner of the Grand Rapids Flight and later the Holland Blast of the International Basketball League. Coach had a team that was the highest scoring team in all of basketball with a 144 ppg.
Tyrone is a basketball instructor with over 30 years of coaching experience. He owns and operates a developmental sports academy, Impact Sports, out of Fort Morgan, Colorado. In addition, he has a degree in Physical Education and a passion for teaching the game of basketball to players of all ages and skill levels and improving the lives of youth through character-based athletic development.
Tyrone works as an Athletic Director, Activities Coordinator, and senior coach counselor at a residential charter school and treatment facility for adjudicated youth. Tyrone has worked in youth corrections for over 30 years.
As a player, he was a standout three sport athlete in high school and two sport athlete in college. He played under the legendary Hall of Fame Coach Dan McKiernan at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. Coach McKiernan ignited Tyrone's passion for being a developmental coach when he let him work as a volunteer assistant at his Pikes Peak area camp.
Tyrone's most memorable coaching memory was as an assistant at Resurrection Christian in 2019-2020 under future Hall-of-Fame coach and mentor Bruce Dick. Tyrone proved himself to be an invaluable asset to the team and helped lead the team to 25-0.
He has assisted at numerous Breakthrough Basketball camps over six years before making the much deserved transition to Lead Coach
Vincent DeLisio has spent 11 season coaching at the collegiate level. This includes stops at UCM, Southwest Baptist University, Cameron University, and most recently Friends University.
He was an assistant coach at Friends and also served as Falcon’s interim head coach. Before that, DeLisio was a graduate assistant women’s basketball coach at Cameron University. He also served as a graduate assistant for the Southwest Baptist University men’s basketball team along with a five-year tenure as a student assistant coach at the University of Central Missouri.
Coaching accomplishments include 3 NCAA Division II national tournament appearances, 1 NCAA Division II conference championship, 1 Daktronics player of the year, multiple all league players at the Division II and NAIA level.
DeLisio has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from the University of Central Missouri. He has been an assistant coach with Breakthrough Basketball for 5 years and has been able to directly learn from Jim Huber and Don Kelbick.
Wes Wilkinson is a former professional basketball player from Grand Island NE. He was a top 100 prospect and won two HS championships while at Grand Island. He then played for the University of Nebraska from 2002-06. By his senior year, Wes was nominated by his teammates and coaches as the team MVP and the Weightlifter of the Year. Award. After graduating from Nebraska with his degree in Business Administration, he had a short stint with the Boston Celtics, Summer League, playing under Doc Rivers. After being released from the Celtics, Wes signed his first professional contract to play for Aalst, Belgium. In ten years of playing professionally overseas, Wes won six Championships and accumulated many personal accolades along the way. He was also recently inducted into the Grand Island High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Although Wes is retired from playing professionally, his passion for the game has not diminished. This naturally developed into “Wilkinson Hoops”. Basketball has provided Wes a unique platform in which he can share his knowledge and personal experiences to help teach, guide and develop the next generation of players, both on and off the court.”
Weslee Wilson is one of our Lead Instructors and full-time Customer Support Specialist
Wilson is the former Associate Head Women’s Basketball coach at the NAIA Division I, Indiana University Northwest located in Gary, Indiana (Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference)
Wilson was Associate Head Coach for the team with the most wins in school history, while being the only individual to compete at the NAIA National Tournament as both a player and a coach
Prior to coaching 3 years at IUN, Wilson finished her 4 year career for the Redhawks in 2018 graduating with her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology
Scored over 1,000 points, 2x Captain, 3x starter, Newcomer of the Year Recipient, Academic All-Conference Player, Redhawk Award Recipient
Fifteenth overall in individual stat leaders in Indiana and 46th in the country for free throw percentage (79.5%) in 2018
Four sport high school athlete, still holding 4 school records in track and soccer at South Knox High School in Vincennes, IN (2014)
Over 11 years as a College Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Named the NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year 4x
Regional Championship Team 6x (Coached)
3rd Place National Tournament Finish-2022 (Coached)
Multiple NCCAA All-Scholar Athletes, Players of the Week, All-Region Players, All-American Players (Coached)
Former Head Coach at Carolina University, Nebraska Christian College, and Grace University.
4-Year Starter & 2x Captain (Player)
National Champion, Regional Champion, Conference Champion, All-Conference Selection, All-Region Selection, All-Scholar Selection (NCCAA-Player)
Leading camps at Breakthrough Basketball since 2018
Currently serving as the Dean of Students at Carolina University
Zack was Captain of his Olathe South High School basketball team where he received 2nd team All-Sunflower & Kansas City All-Star selections.
He went on to play at Clarke University where he received the Heart of America Freshman of the Year award. He then played 3 years of Divison II basketball at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO.
He has been an assistant coach for Breakthrough Basketball for the last 5 years including travelling alongside Jim Huber and Troy Slavin to assist at many of their camps. He also attended Breakthrough Basketball camps as a high school player.