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Rise as One  coaches have an unparalleled advantage of years of knowledge and experience working with aspiring basketball players. We prepare each player to compete on a higher level through strong competition, consistent feedback from our coaches, increased awareness, dedicated training regimens and commitment to our skill development program

 

Our coaching philosophy is built on four key concepts: loyalty, persistence, teamwork, and greatness. These are the core components needed to develop a strong team. Rise as One coaches have unparalleled coaching experience and qualifications. All of our coaches have years of knowledge and experience working with aspiring basketball players. We provide young athletes with the basketball IQ they need to maximize their potential. We prepare each player to compete on a higher level through strong competition, consistent feedback from our coaches, increased exposure, dedicated training regimens, and commitment to the team.

 

 

CERTIFICATES

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) offers a national course for coaches at the interscholastic level. This certification demonstrates the coach’s completion of a series of these courses, which enhances their ability as a basketball coach to better serve the player and the organization.

The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is an online program developed by experts, for experts. The PCA certification improves a coach’s ability to coordinate and lead a guiding youth sports program like TBF. Designed to help coaches teach life lessons through sport, the alliance focuses on the development of not only the athlete, but the person as a whole.

At TBF, we are Verified Volunteers. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requires all coaches who participate in NCAA-certified events to complete their Basketball Certification System. All of our TBF coaches have passed through strict NCAA requirements, which include a background check and an educational coaching course.

All of our sports trainers are required to have a gold license from the USA Youth Development Certificate Program. This USA Basketball Licensing and E-Learning Program focuses on educating coaches to the fullest while ensuring the safety of the players. 

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

CERTIFICATION

All of our coaches complete a stringent certification process before joining the Rise as One staff. This includes a USA Basketball license, NCAA BBCS certification, NFHS Coaching level 1 certification, and Positive Coaching Alliance certificate. Well-trained coaches ensure that your child will be coached with the latest techniques, strategies and safety guidelines.

FORMER PLAYERS

Our Staff is comprised of former college and professional basketball players. They have real-world, on court experience from a player’s perspective. This gives our players a real competitive edge. There is a fine line between good and great, and it is often experience.

COMMITMENT

We pride ourselves on providing the very best parent and player experience. We don’t make generic claims, we put our words into action by ensuring our coaches are qualified to help develop players the right way. Our coaches provide film sessions, progress reports, and extra practices as needed to ensure teams are prepared to give their best on game day.

MOTIVATION​

Our staff doesn’t just coach, they motivate. Being part of a basketball team is exciting, but there are also many challenges as players go through the process of becoming a cohesive team. All players want to be inspired. Inspiration allows them to push themselves and improve. You can have a great coach, but if he fails to motivate and inspire his players, they will not live up to their potential. Rise as One coaches have the perfect balance of technical teaching and motivation that will equip and inspire players to play at their full potential.

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TAYLOR LANGAN

Accomplished as a player in the northern New Jersey are Taylor is a passionate coach who joined RA1 coaching staff in 2021. Instantly she has had a great impact!



COACHING EXPERIENCES

  • Female Athlete of the Year 
  • 2 x 1st Team All Conference 
  • Mid Atlantic Region Second Team 
  • 2x All Tournament team 
  • 2x Tournament MVP 
  • 1000pts in 2yrs DeSales University
  • Top scorer in Freedom Conference
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Peacemaker Bakinahe

Passionate about helping younger players of the game with basic fundamentals. Peace incorporates past experiences to improve all age groups.



COACHING EXPERIENCES

  • Hoop Group Camp Counselor 
  • Team Captain Senior Season 
  • 3x HWS Champion PJ HS 
  • 2nd Team All Defensive 
  • 3rd Team All County 
  • Honorable Mention All Conference 
  • All Academic Team 
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BEN MELIVILLE

A passionate and highly skilled coach. Ben relates well to this generation. Being a smaller player himself he teaches players the IQ of the game. Ben is a hard worker and a great add to the staff.

COACHING EXPERIENCES

  • 2yr player Sparta HS 
  • NJ Sectional State Title 
  • 2x County Champions 
  • 2yr starter at SCCC
  • Led team 3pt made at SCCC
  • Trains and develop players
  • Assistance recruiting coordinator
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Casey Legora

Casey Legora over 10 years of coaching experience working with youth players an outstanding communicator that breaks down the game so that players can understand.

COACHING EXPERIENCES

  • Assistant Coach Pope John HS 
  • Coaches RA1 Elite 17U Girls team 
  • Jefferson Travel Head Coach 
  • Recruiting Coordinator for RA1 
  • USA Basketball Coaches Clinic 
  • 2x Starter for Jefferson HS 
  • 1000pt Score Jefferson HS 
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LEE VAN HORN

Lee's passion to be a student of the game allows him to develop the skills in his players to excel through their collegiate or professional careers.

COACHING EXPERIENCES

  • HC for Pope John HS
  • Coach NBA Pre-Draft Camp HH –
  • 2017 NJ U17 State AAU Champions
  • Coach Seton Hall Basketball Camp 
  • Coach Kyrie Irving Camp HH –
  • Coach Rutgers Basketball Camp 
  • Coach St.John Basketball Camp 
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Kyle Kielty

Kyle Kielty Kyle stresses the importance of building confidence & mental toughness. Known for getting the best out of players and improving their abilities.

COACHING EXPERIENCES

  • Former HC for Pope John HS 
  • Coached at Lebron James Camp 
  • 1st team All Region XIX SC 
  • 1st Team GSAC All-Conference 
  • SCCC school’s record 3pt made 
  • 1st team All-Conference Sparta HS 
  • 2nd Team NJAC All Area Sparta HS 
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KEVIN HOUSTON

10yr professional player with vast experience at every level. Developing talent and maximizing player's ability will be the primary focus. Has lead numerous teams in his program to great feats

COACHING EXPERIENCES

  • Austrian Player of the Year 
  • FIBA EuroCup All-Imports Team 
  • Belgian Player of the Year 
  • Denver Nuggets NBA 
  • A-10 Conference 2nd Team 
  • NJCAA First Team All-American 
  • NY Daily News 2nd Team 
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MOUSTAPHA DIANGE

Moustapha list of accomplishments in basketball spans in the USA and his homeland of Senegal. He is a player coach and well repected in the coaching circle.

COACHING EXPERIENCES

  • 2yr Pope John captain  
  • Senegal 14U national team member
  • 3x 1st team All-Confererence
  • Top rated player by NJ.COM
  • A-10 Conference 2nd Team 
  • Finalist for Mcdonald All-Star game
  •  Played in The Jordan Classic