Focus and Philosophy:
At the core of each athlete lies their personal reason for participating in a sport and that reason is either going to guide them towards success or hold them back. I try to find out what that reason is and help them to reinforce it while working toward complete mental stability during competition. I feel by teaching the mental and fundamental skills of basketball each and every individual that truly wants to learn and grow will reach their full potential on and off the court. I believe that sports are more mentally driven than physical; I use an easy and effective workbook called "The Mental Making of Champions" to support this belief.
My teachings are centered on 2 main viewpoints:
1) The fundamentals of the game.
2) Mental aspect.
My focus in not on winning the game. I believe emphasizing these 2 main viewpoints will take care of winning.
Build Trust- I believe once young athletes trust and believe in what I’m teaching they will start to improve. Once that happens they will also start to trust and believe in themselves. I will never give up on an athlete and I will make sure that the athlete doesn’t give up on themselves.
Be Respectful- I believe that as a coach/teacher of the game I must be willing to listen and be respectful of each and every athlete. I understand everyone learns at a different pace and I adjust my style and methods to suit that pace
Give 100%- I will bring 100% of my focus and dedication to each practice and training session and I expect the same of your young athletes.
Evaluate Myself- I give myself 6 weeks to see some kind of improvement and if I feel like they haven’t progressed to a certain level in that time frame I will reassess and revise my methods.
Keep it Fun- Basketball is a sport and I take it extremely serious out of respect for the game. But it is after all a game.
“Basketball is a game and their primary reason for participating in the sport is simply for the pleasure they experience while playing. Don’t be afraid to lose. Have fun while you’re busy playing hard and playing smart.” –Morgan Wootten
For more information please contact:
Vernell Willingham at
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