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Board, Staff and Project Team

The following individuals oversee the affairs of BeLikeCoach:

Board of Directors

Dr. Ronald Gallimore – West Grove, Pennsylvania

Ronald is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. His doctoral and masters degrees are from Northwestern and his bachelor’s degree is from the University of Arizona. He taught at California State University, Long Beach and University of Hawaii before joining the faculty at UCLA in 1971.

An expert on reform efforts in American education, Ronald has published five research monographs and more than 120 scholarly and scientific papers. He has won numerous education awards for contributing to the improvement of public schools, effective teaching and coaching, and changing behavior. In the early 1970’s, Ronald and his colleague, Roland Tharp (a national expert in teacher education in his own right) were playing basketball and pondering how to supplement their research with case studies. As they played and pondered, Ronald claims Roland suggested they study Coach Wooden (Roland remembers Ronald as being the originator). Ronald’s and Roland’s study of Coach Wooden in 1974-75 was updated and expanded in 2006, in the book he co-authored with Swen Nater - You Haven’t Taught Until They Have Learned, John Wooden’s Teaching Principles and Practices (2006).

Sr. Rose Ann Fleming – Cincinnati, Ohio

In addition to her role as academic advisor for athletics, Sr. Rose Ann Fleming is a part-time faculty member in both the Department of Psychology and Department of University Studies at Xavier University. She obtained her B.A. from the College of Mount St. Joseph; her M.A. in English from University of Detroit Mercy, her PhD. in Educational Administration from Miami University, Oxford Ohio; her M.B.A. from Xavier University; and her J.D. from Chase School of Law, Northern Kentucky University.  Prior to joining Xavier University, Sr. Fleming was President of Trinity College in Washington D.C., the oldest Roman Catholic college for women in the United States.  She has also served as the Superintendent of the Summit Country Day School and Mt. Notre Dame High School, both in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Fleming's longstanding experience as an educator and her role in Xavier athletics has led to widespread national recognition.  Xavier's graduation rate has consistently ranked as one of the best among Division I athletic programs and the 100% graduation rate in the 1998 NCAA Report was among the nation's best.  Former Xavier basketball coach Pete Gillen named Fleming the team's most valuable player and she is a member of Xavier's athletic hall of fame.

Sr. Fleming has published several articles and research papers on helping "at risk" athletes to learn.  Her work in education and sport has led to numerous interviews with the national media, including the major television networks (ABC, NBC and CBS) and leading newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Readers Digest and Women's Day.

Dr. Jerry Krause – Spokane, Washington

Jerry received his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in 1959. He received his master's degree in 1965 and his doctorate degree in 1967, both from Northern Colorado. He has taught and coached at the high school and college levels, most recently returning from a 5-year civilian term at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he was a professor of sports philosophy and Director of Instruction for the department of physical education. Presently, Jerry serves as Director of Men’s Basketball Operations for Gonzaga University.

Krause was a long-standing member of the NCAA Rules committee, was on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and served on the Selection Committee of the National Basketball Hall of Fame. He still serves as Research Chair of the NABC. He is also a member of the NAIA Basketball Coaches and National Association for Sports and Physical Education Halls of Fame. He has authored 24 books on coaching basketball, produced 30 instructional videos and serves as a consultant to many athletic organizations. He designed the Basketball Skills and Drills for Younger Players Package which serves as the official youth basketball educational resource of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Dr. Paul Saluan, M.D. – Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Paul Saluan is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with the Cleveland Clinic where he specializes in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine. Paul’s specialty interests include pediatric and young adults’ sports injuries; arthroscopic surgery in the knee and shoulder, and pediatric orthopedic surgery. Paul has helped develop new reconstruction techniques for skeletally immature patients with tears of the anterior cruciate ligament. He also created and now serves as the Director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopedic Arthroscopy Skills Lab Curriculum.

Paul’s focus on pediatric sports health grows out of a lifelong involvement in sports, including playing college football. Paul earned his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Earl Stalter – Akron, Ohio

After spending 22 years in business consulting with Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), Earl devotes his career to the betterment of life through sport. He is the owner of Pinnacle Sports which offers broad-based skill development to youth in a variety of sports and he is a co-owner of Coaching4Life which helps coaches at the youth, high school and college levels to integrate character development as part of the curriculum. Earl is also owner and general manager of a women’s soccer franchise in the W-League of the United Soccer Leagues, which is the highest level of developmental soccer for women in the country.

Earl has served in a leadership capacity to several non-profit groups including the governing body of his church, the Boy Scouts of America and the Cleveland Orchestra. Earl earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Earl is married to his high school sweetheart Peg and they have three grown children, Doug, Allison and Jenna.

Jason Sultzer, JD – Purchase, New York

Jason is founder of  the New York law firm of The Sultzer Law Group where he represents clients in trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. Jason's focus is on complex litigation, including class actions, product liability defense, mass tort, real estate and business disputes. Earlier in his career, Jason was a partner in two national law firms and in house counsel for Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company.

Jason devotes substantial time to non-profit organizations, including serving as board member for Chabad of Oceanside, one of the largest educational and social outreach programs in New York.  He also is passionate about creating more opportunity for youth to grow through sport. Jason earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from Ohio Northern University.

David Westphal – Cleveland, Ohio

Dave is a senior sales professional for the ANH Refractory group and he has over 30 years of high level experience in corporate sales.  During his business career, Dave has lived throughout the Midwest and his responsibilities have included handling the company's largest customers.  Dave played both basketball and baseball at the collegiate level and he has extensive experience in youth sports.  He has served as program director (youth baseball), coach (AAU boys and girls basketball), and parent (youth soccer).

Dave has a B.A. in Business and Economics from Washington & Jefferson College near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Kathy, his wife of 29 years, and Dave are the proud parents of three children:  Chase, Cristen and Claire.

 Staff and Project Team

Beginning in 2008, an interdisciplinary team of experts from across the United States formed to explore what could be done to help youth sport evolve as an educational institution.  In 2010, two members of the team, Dr. Gallimore and Dr. Krause, became board members (see above) and Mark Siwik was named Executive Director.  The team has been supported, encouraged and inspired by many volunteers, including UCLA Coach Emeritus John R. Wooden and Larry and Eva Dolan, owners of the Cleveland Indians.  Without the encouragement and support of these volunteers, BeLikeCoach would not have been possible.

Executive Director Mark Siwik – Cleveland, Ohio

Mark has had a distinguished career in law and business.  His legal career includes a federal clerkship, partnership in a leading Ohio law firm and recognition for outstanding leadership at the national, state and local levels.  His business career includes working with senior management (typically CEOs, CFOs and General Counsel) on a variety of risk management issues and complex litigation matters.  He also has been an integral member of the Vorkell Group, a consulting firm that works with the legal and medical professions on management issues including strategic planning, leadership, practice group management, emotional intelligence, partner compensation, associate development, mentoring and occupational stress.

Mark is known for his contributions to the teaching of business ethics, professionalism and stress management in the legal profession.  He is a contributor to the book, Stress Management for Lawyers (3rd ed., 2007) and co-editor of the book entitled Success Briefs for Lawyers:  Inspirational Insights on How to Succeed at Law and Life (2001).  In 2007, Mark was honored by the Medtronic Global Heroes Program for overcoming open heart surgery and returning to long distance running.  Mark has played a leadership role in youth sports and in various non-profit agencies including serving as chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Wayside, a well-respected and enduring agency serving the needs of the developmentally disabled.

Leesa Dinwiddie - Warrenton, Virginia

Leesa has over 20 years of strategic business consulting experience providing long term program development to a broad range of customers.  Leesa started her professional career at Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) and went on to run her own consulting business before moving into the non-profit arena at AARP and now The American Psychological Association.  She has extensive experience in client relationship development, client engagement and business process modeling.  Throughout her career, her passion has been in business process mapping, gap analysis, the identification of process improvement opportunities and the creation/justification of projects designed to achieve identified opportunities.  Leesa is a seasoned Program Manager providing business case development, project portfolio planning, and project management.   She continually demonstrates leadership abilities and provides coaching and staff development opportunities for all of her staff and associates.

Leesa received her undergraduate degree from William Woods University and Master of Business Administration from George Washington University.  She participates in continued education opportunities in the area of Business Process Improvement.  Leesa resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two teenage children.

Lee Falber – East  Brunswick, New Jersey

Lee is a recent graduate of the College of New Jersey where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing with a minor in psychology.  In high school, Lee excelled both in the classroom and on the football field as an offensive and defensive lineman.

Since college, Lee has worked in the for profit sector, gaining experience in business, marketing, sales and project management.  With BeLikeCoach, Lee works closely with the senior staff and board on a variety of tasks, including communications, project management and relationship building.

Lee has served as a student tutor, mentor, peer counselor, teacher's assistant, young athlete and sports coach.  All of these experiences fuel Lee's passion to help young athletes experience the joy of teaching and learning that comes from being part of an educationally effective youth sports program.

Dr. Wade Gilbert – Fresno, California

Wade is an award-winning professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Gilbert holds degrees in Physical Education, Human Kinetics, and Education from the University of Ottawa in Canada.  Upon completion of his Ph.D., he was selected for a post-doctoral fellowship in the International Center for Talent Development at the University of California at Los Angeles.  Dr. Gilbert's areas of expertise include coaching science, talent development, sport and exercise psychology, physical education, and youth sport.

Wade has co-authored nearly 100 coaching and sport science publications and is regularly invited to serve as a featured speaker at national and international events.  Dr. Gilbert co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching and has served on numerous editorial boards for leading sport science journals.  He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the International Sports Coaching Journal, is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action and serves as the chief sports science advisor to BeLikeCoach, an interdisciplinary national non-profit dedicated to optimizing development and performance across sports settings in the United States.  As a result of his many contributions, Dr. Gilbert has served as a scientific consultant to dozens of organizations ranging from school districts, the Coaching Association of Canada, collegiate teams, world leading sport performance companies, the United States Olympic Committee, and the United Nations.  The focus of his current work is on helping these type of partners learn how to apply principles of talent development and performance excellence to their sport programming and coach education.

Dr. Alan Goldberg – Amherst, Massachusetts

Dr. Alan Goldberg is an internationally known expert in the field of applied sports psychology.  He is the former sport psychology consultant to the University of Connecticut athletic department where he worked with all their teams including the NCAA National Champion men's and women's basketball and men's soccer programs.  Alan has presented at the Olympic Training Center, national and regional coaching conferences across all sports and hundreds of colleges and high schools.  In addition to specializing in helping individual athletes bust out of slumps, overcome performance fears and blocks and reach their athletic potential, Alan trains coaches and parents on how to build and maintain healthy and successful relationships with their athletes/children.

Dr. Goldberg is committed to changing the landscape of youth sports so that young athletes get what they most need from adults to feel and perform like winners.  His workshops focus on the qualities of "good coaching" which include teaching with integrity, developing mutual respect, modeling appropriate behavior, creating a safe environment for learning and excelling, maintaining an adult perspective as to what's really important and understanding that good coaching far transcends the win-loss outcome of an athletic contest.  He has authored 25 books, 10 CD training programs and he has written for numerous national sports magazines including Collegiate Baseball, Swimming World, The Diver, International Gymnast, USA Swimming's Splash, NSCAA Soccer Journal, Soccer Junior and Women’s Fast Pitch World.  

Paul Grudnitski – Santa Monica, California

Paul is an athlete (baseball and golf), youth coach, and a leading expert on information technology and its application to education. His experience includes software technology, software development, building online communities and video-based collaborative technology. Paul founded InfoCal LLC, grew it into a leading knowledge management consultancy and, while there, he invented the so-called "Digital Dashboard" technology. He later engineered the adoption of this technology by Microsoft, and the use of InfoCal's services to help develop Microsoft's Digital Dashboard product and marketing campaigns.

Paul has a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Texas. Paul supports and helps nurture a number of philanthropic endeavors devoted to making the world a better place.

Dr. Tom Hanson – Tampa, Florida

After playing rugby (including 3 Big Ten Championships) and baseball (including 3 Iowa Conference Championships), Tom received his masters degree from the University of Illinois (1987) and his doctorate in sports psychology, from the University of Virginia (1991). Since 1983, Tom has coached athletes from Little Leaguers to World Champions across a number of sports including baseball, his first love, golf, softball, tennis, basketball, swimming, skiing, riding, volleyball, rugby, and many others. Tom also has extensive experience coaching in the business world, particularly CEOs and high performance work teams.

Tom was the full-time director of Performance Enhancement with the New York Yankees in 2001, and he has consulted with the Texas Rangers, Anaheim Angels and Minnesota Twins in professional baseball. Formerly a tenured professor and head baseball coach at Skidmore College (NY), Tom has written several books, including co-authoring Baseball: Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time (1998).

Frank Jessie – Cincinnati, Ohio

Frank has more than 35 years of experience in the field of education, both at the secondary and collegiate level. Although he has been a head high school coach in three sports (baseball, basketball, and golf), his specialties are in the areas of basketball coaching (21 years) and athletic administration (15 years). Frank earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Akron, where he played basketball, and where he has served as radio and television commentator for men’s basketball. As a high school teacher, Frank taught social studies, health, and psychology and he was named a Martha Holden Jennings scholar.

As a head coach at the high school level, Frank was named his area’s "Coach of the Year" three times before becoming a men’s assistant basketball coach at the University of Akron and the University of Cincinnati. At the University of Cincinnati, Frank served as an assistant basketball coach and as an assistant to the athletic director – during a period when the men’s basketball team was nationally ranked and competed regularly in the NCAA Tournament. Since Frank’s retirement from Ohio’s public school system in 2001, he has served as the athletic administrator at Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Lebron James’ junior year) and two Cincinnati high schools (Purcell Marian and Norwood). Frank has also assisted with the evaluation of college basketball players for Sports Plus International (SPI).

Alan Lambert  – Phoenix, Arizona

Alan has a unique combination of knowledge and skills in coaching science, coaching at the college and professional level, coaching education and leadership, and website development.  Alan's passion and commitment to effective teaching through sport began by playing basketball for Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, California and Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.  Alan went on to obtain a master's degree in Physical Education from Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) and he did extensive work PhD work in Motor Behavior and Control at Penn State University where he also taught undergraduate sports skills courses and graduate courses in Motor Skills Acquisition, Motor Learning, and Neurophysiology of Learning.  After more than 35 years of coaching at the junior college, college and professional levels, Alan made Arizona his permanent home where he became the Basketball Commissioner for the Grand Canyon State Games and the 2009 Commissioner of the Year.  He served on the Arizona Sports Council Board of Directors and was a member of the Champions Circle for the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission from 2009-2013.

Alan is well respected for his work in coaching education.  He is a long time member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches where is he entering his 11th year serving as International Committee Chair.  Alan has conducted coaching clinics at the NCAA Final Four, European Final Four, and he has participated in more than 15 senior level FIBA coaches courses in Europe and the Middle East.  He is a pioneer in using the Internet to build coaching communities and he is well known for his work to create the Basketball Highway - a coaching education site that started with one page and eight links and grew to a peak monthly usage of 500,000 unique visitors from over 200 countries and more than 3,000 pages of teaching materials.

Laura Murray - Burlington, Vermont

Laura has over 20 years of experience working with businesses and non-profits in the areas of process excellence, organizational behavior, leadership coaching, and team building.  Primarily, she works as a process excellence coach at IBM, at Top 20 Fortune 500 company, helping IBM's leaders and employees implement process excellence tools and behaviors.   Secondarily, Laura works as a consultant and a volunteer with national and local non-profits on how to effectively use strategic plans, define best practices and train staff members using the Training Within Industry (TWI) program development skills.

During her 20 plus years of employment at IBM, Laura has earned her SME Bronze Lean certification, Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt and she is now working to complete her Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt.  Additionally, Laura has spoken at many national business conferences on the topics of process excellence, standard work, and leadership.  Laura serves as the board president for a local youth coalition (Milton Community Youth Coalition) and has twice received the President's Volunteer Service Award.

Co-Founder Swen Nater – Seattle, Washington

Swen is a former player on two UCLA national championship teams coached by John Wooden. He went on to a long career in the ABA and the NBA. After his playing days, Swen taught algebra, sports psychology, and exercise psychology at Christian Heritage College while also serving as the school’s athletic director and men’s basketball coach from 1985 to 1995. In 1990, Swen and co-coach Ray Slagle led Christian Heritage to its first NCCAA national championship. In addition to writing and speaking frequently, Swen is a business professional with Costco Wholesale. Swen and Coach Wooden are co-authors of John Wooden’s UCLA Offense (2005). Swen is also the co-author of You Haven’t Taught Until They Have Learned, John Wooden’s Teaching Principles and Practices (2006), Pete Newell’s Playing Big (2007), and The Complete Handbook of Rebounding (1996). He also has produced three instructional basketball videos.

Swen is living proof of the proposition that a coach’s life can change the life of youth for the better. Born in the Netherlands, his mother and father divorced when he was three, his sister was six and his younger brother was only one. When his mother remarried, she, her husband and his little brother left for the United States to start a new life, leaving Swen and his sister in an orphanage. They were promised a reunion, but after three years, things did not look good. A television program, “It Could Be You,” forerunner to “This Is Your Life,” discovered the situation and they brought the two siblings to America to be reunited with their parents and brother on national television. Once in America, Swen became a serious student. He never even tried out for a basketball team until his junior year of high school and he was cut from tryouts.

After he started a very arduous training regimen and made many trips into the ghettos of Los Angeles, Swen became a Community College All-American and he earned a scholarship to UCLA. There he red-shirted his first year, while the team won their fifth straight national championship, and was a member of the “Walton Gang” for two years, adding two more championship banners to the rafters of Pauley Pavilion. Swen was undefeated at UCLA and helped contribute to the eighty-eight game win streak. But his contribution was the role of practice player. John Wooden’s system allowed for seven regular players and the rest were reserves. But Swen had been given an important role: to help develop All-American Bill Walton. And that’s what he did. He fulfilled his role perfectly and, in turn, Swen became nationally recognized when Walton claimed, “Swen is the best center I’ve played against all year.” That label, and the honor of becoming the Most Valuable Player in the Pizza Hut All-Star Game, after his senior year, helped him become a first round draft pick. Swen is the only player in history to never have started a senior college game and be drafted in the first round. Swen became the ABA Rookie of the Year in 1974 and went on to outstanding ABA and NBA career.

Carlette Patterson – Phoenix, Arizona

Carlette is the CEO of Patterson Sports Ventures (PSV), a Phoenix-based company utilizing the power of sports to equip and empower people to become agents of change. She has helped lead several national sports philanthropic initiatives with the intent to create significant strategic benefits for communities and organizations. Her first love is teaching - she has pioneered a unique character education program for youth sports and she is an internationally recognized Sports Life Coach with over twenty years of senior leadership in amateur, collegiate and professional sports organizations. Carlette’s sports career began as an athlete competing in volleyball, basketball, track and swimming. After swimming for Arizona State University, she entered the business of sports by becoming a nationally ranked swim coach, starting a sports business that included hosting volleyball and basketball leagues and tournaments for youth and adults, and founding a non-profit organization devoted to helping youth discover their talents. Carlette attributes her successes in life to the lessons she learned as an athlete and she is passionate about developing and implementing sports programs that are committed to positive change.

Carlette has extensive experience with private for-profit ventures, community based non-profit ventures, public-private partnerships in cause-related marketing, and strategic sports philanthropy. Past PSV clients include: Tourism & Sports Authority (TSA) – consultant to develop a strategic plan for Youth & Amateur Sports Grant Program for $75 million/30 year youth sports initiative; Arizona Interscholastic Association – exclusive marketing agency managing media rights, sponsorships sales, program development for State High School Governing Body; Arizona Wins Campaign – community mobilization for Ballot Initiative for Arizona Cardinals Stadium - successful passage for $1+ Billion included $500 million for tourism promotion, Cactus League and youth sports; NFL YET Center-Project Manager –initiated, implemented, and managed the $2,000,000 NFL/YET Center, which provides educational and recreation programs to youth populations in economically disadvantaged areas throughout the United States.

Dr. Ralph Pim – West Point, New York

Ralph is the director of competitive sports in the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy and he oversees a program that has over 3,300 cadet-athletes participating in 27 competitive club sports and 12 company athletics sports. In 2008, West Point was recognized as one of the 15 Most Influential Sport Education Teams in America by the Institute for International Sport. During Ralph’s tenure, West Point has won 27 competitive club national championships and it has implemented the Champions of Character program, established the Mike Krzyzewski Teaching Character Through Sport Award, the General Hal Moore Warrior of Excellence Award, and introduced the Character in Sports Grading Index.

Prior to his arrival at West Point, Ralph coached basketball for more than 25 years at the high school and college level, including Barberton (Ohio) High School, Northwestern State University, Central Michigan University, Alma College, the College of William and Mary, and Limestone College. Ralph has authored or coauthored nine books and he is one of 12 individuals honored by the Institute for International Sport and The Positive Coaching Alliance as a 2009 Sports Ethics Fellow. Ralph earned his undergraduate degree from Springfield College, his master's degree from Ohio State University and his doctorate from Northwestern State University.

William Powers - Avon, Ohio

Bill has a broad and extensive background in football coaching, education and business.  His coaching experience includes coaching high school football for over 15 years.   Bill led St. Peter Chanel High School to the 2001 Ohio state championship and an undefeated season (15-0).  Bill's focus is on building young athletes to achieve success on and off the field.  During his coaching career, he was honored with several awards, including the Dr. Lee & Eloise Tressel Football Coaches Award, the Paul Brown High School Coach of the Year and Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year.  He has been a featured speaker at numerous football clinics and he is the color analyst for Fox Sportstime Ohio's high school football programming.

Bill earned his degree in history and education from Cleveland State University.  He taught high school history for seven years at St. Peter Chanel High School before entering the business world.  In 2003, Bill joined his two brothers to form a hedge fund company, Cranwood Capital Management, where he held the position as Head of Overnight Trading Operations.  He also served as the Director of Research and Development where he was tasked with finding alternative revenue streams.  Bill is married to Trina Powers and they have two children, Grace and Anna.

D.  Mark Robertson - Indianapolis, Indiana

Mark is a C-level executive and subject-matter expert with extensive experience in for-profit/commercial, scholarly and nonprofit environments, including 28 years of direct, executive association management experience.  He served as CEO of an educational multimedia publisher, Coaches Choice / Healthy Learning, where he expanded corporate services and partnerships as well as enhanced licensing and representative agreements internationally (including eText initiatives); and digitized more than 6,000 DVDS and 600 books for on-demand sales, licensing, and content management learning systems.

Prior to CCHL, Mark was the assistant Executive Vice President and Group Publisher for the American College of Sports Medicine for almost 25 years, where he directed a multitude of operations and departments, and created the organization's intellectual property program - publishing more than 62,000 pages of peer-reviewed/scholarly journal pages, 110 books and hundreds of newsletters, videos and other print pieces; and grew revenue by more than 460 percent.  Before joining ACSM, Mark was the Vice President, Publishing and Corporate Secretary for the Benjamin Franklin Literary & Medical Society/Curtis Publishing Co., which included The Saturday Evening Post Society; The Children's Better Health Institute; and The Medical Education and Research Foundation.

Mark received his undergraduate degree in communications/journalism and business from Purdue University and has a life-long history of continuing education.

Associate Director Doug Saylor - New Orleans, Louisiana

Doug is a teacher and Head Basketball Coach at Pine Sr. High School in Franklinton, Louisiana. Coach Saylor also conducts individual, small group, and team fundamental skills and leadership sessions in addition to his coaching and teaching duties. Doug has a diverse background that includes a lengthy stint in corporate sales, public school teaching and training athletes from young beginners to seasoned college and NBA players.  Encouraged by those he has taught and trained, Doug wrote the book HoopLife (2008) in which he shares his early experiences as an athlete, his development as a player and his philosophy of teaching the whole person.  Doug is a former All-State and Honorable Mention All-American high school basketball player from Ambridge, Pennsylvania and a former LSU Point Guard where he played for legendary Coach Dale Brown.

Doug earned his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and his master's degree from the University of New Orleans.  His master of education degree focused on exercise physiology and he is a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist.  Doug earned K-12 certification as a health and physical education teacher and he spent nine years teaching in the St. Tammany Parish public school system in southeastern Louisiana (recognized as a Top 100 school system within U.S. metropolitan areas).  Doug has also devoted substantial time to improving the quality of coaching offered through Louisiana's municipal recreation departments and he has conducted many workshops to help Louisiana teens develop their leadership skills and character.