Top Flight BasketBall Academy

top flight coaches

    • Ike - Head Coach, President, CEO

    • Nationality : USA
      Hometown : Houston, Texas
      Universities and degree : University of California Los Angeles B.A. Communications 2001
      Pro years : 15
      Coaching years : 7
      Favorite player : Hakeem Olajuwon
      Favorite coach : Pep Claros
      Favorite TV Show : Game of Thrones
      Awards : Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award UCLA 1995. Turkish League All-Star 1999. PBL All-Star 1998. 1992 McDonalds All-American Candidate.
      Certifications : FIBA Licensed Coach. Jr. NBA Certified Core Coach. USA Basketball Certified Youth Coach.

    • Onur Altinanahtar - Director Of Basketball Operations

    • Nationality : Turkish
      Hometown : Izmir
      Universities and degree : Ege University B.A. Physical Education and Sports Teaching 2016
      Pro years : N/A
      Coaching years : 5
      Favorite player : LeBron James
      Favorite coach : Zeljko Obradovic
      Favorite TV Show : The Office

    • David Grice - Senior Coach/ Player Development

    • Nationality : British
      Hometown : Birmingham, England
      Universities and degree : Warren Wilson College: Psychology
      Coaching years : 4 years
      Favorite player : Gary Payton
      Favorite coach : Phil Jackson
      Favorite TV Show : Game of Thrones
      Awards : 2015 USCAA Academic All American.
      Bio:David Grice is a senior member of the Top Flight Basketball Coaching Staff and one of the brightest young minds in the Top Flight organization. Coach David has an immense passion for the game which is very s is evident in all of his training sessions and games. Coach David played college basketball in the United States at Warren Wilson College, before that time he was a member of the Serbian National Team Youth Academy. Coach David has a Level 2 coaching license from The United Kingdom Basketball Association. David is also NASM certified personal trainer. David has tremendous success at the team level and with individual player development.

    • Ekaterina Sharova - Senior Coach/ Girls Elite Team Director

    • Nationality : Russian
      Hometown : Moscow, Russia
      Universities and degree : BA in Engineering, RUDN University, Russia. BA in Business administration and Sport management, Montreat, NC, USA. Minor Physical Education and coaching
      Coaching years : 10
      Favorite player : Diana Taurasi
      Favorite coach : Muffet McGraw, Pat Summit, Geno Auriemma
      Favorite TV Show : Grey's anatomy
      Awards : 2 years Academic all conference team, Academic President award, 100% basketball scholarship recipient at American University
      Certifications : USA coaching golden license, youth development, Russian basketball coaching certificate.
      Bio : Coach Ekaterina Sharova is originally from Russia, where she was a very highly decorated player and coach . Coach Kat started her coaching career at The Russian Professional League affiliate Sparta &K youth academy, Sparta &k is one of the most prestigious women's professional basketball clubs in Europe, Sparta &k boasts 4 Euro league championships. Coach Kat coached the U10-u14 girls and boys teams for Sparta &k youth academy, she won several championships as her tenure as coach. Coach Kat followed her coaching in Europe by accepting an assistant coach position with NCAA Division 1 UNC Asheville as an assistant she was part of a staff that went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Coach Kat also coached professionally in China before joining the TF Coaching Team.

    • Andrew Kelly - Coach U14 Boys Elite Team

    • Nationality : American
      Hometown : Oakland, California
      Universities and degree : University Alaska Fairbanks B.A. Psychology
      Pro years : 3
      Coaching years : 9
      Favorite player : Paul George
      Favorite TV Show : Game of Thrones
      Bio : Andrew Kelly is a native of Oakland California, where he developed his passion for the game at a young age. He moved to Phoenix at the age of 11. Andrew graduated in High School in 2010. Although he was offered a full academic scholarship from he chose to attend on a full athletic scholarship to chase his dream of being a profession basketball player. It was in this year 2010 that Andrew accepted experienced a life changing event he grew seven inches in one year shortly after Andrew accepted a full scholarship to Alaska Fairbanks University where he was a 2 year starter. After college Andrew played professionally in over 4 countries including, Iceland, Mexico, and Canada and the Middle East. Andrew has been coaching for over 9 years working with some of the top youth academies and AAU teams in the United States.

    • Alexandra Cole - Senior Coach Girls Elite Team Coach

    • Nationality : Canadian
      Hometown : Calgary, Canada
      Universities and degree : BA International Relations, MSc Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and MA Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security
      Playing experience : 5 years with the University of Calgary Dinos
      Coaching years : 7
      Favorite player : Candace Parker
      Favorite coach : Pat Summitt
      Favorite TV Show : Shameless
      Bio :Alex received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Calgary where she started for five years and participated in the National Championships in 2012 and 2013. Prior to her collegiate career she was team captain and MVP of her Provincial Basketball Team and was selected to train with the Canada Basketball Centre for Performance programme. Alex has over 7 years of coaching experience with community basketball teams, private skills development and basketball camps. Coach Alex is currently the Top Flight Girls Elite Team Head Coach, she believes the best part of coaching is showing players that basketball is more than just a game and can create great opportunities for their future.

    • Tahsinul Haque - Coach

    • Nationality : Bangladeshi
      Hometown : Bangkok
      Universities and degree : Thammasat University Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering
      Awards : Silver League MVP 2015
      Coaching years : 7
      Favorite player : Paul George
      Favorite coach : Brad Stevens
      Favorite TV Show : Game of Thrones
      Bio : Tahsinul Haque has been on the Top Flight Coaching staff since 2012. As a player at NIST International School Tahs was a 3-year vasity starter for legendary Coach Randy Wallis. Tahs was an instrumental memeber of the NIST Team that won BISAC in 2010. As a Top Flight Coach Tahs is a child and parent favorite, he is a great teacher of the game who empashizes fundamentals,

    • Uros Zivkovic - Senior Coach

    • Nationality : Serbian
      Hometown : Belgrade
      Universities and degree : College of Vocational Studies Subitica
      Coaching years : 10
      Favorite player : Milos Teodosic
      Favorite coach : Zeljko Obradovic
      Favorite TV Show : Game of thrones
      Awards : Coach Of The Year 2012/13 Regional League West Serbia
      Bio :Coach Uros is originally from Serbia Coach Uros began his coaching career at the young age of 18. He worked as coach and coordinator for two of the biggest clubs in Serbia, KK Zicer and KK Student. He also worked with the Serbian youth national team. Coach Uros also served as director of Maxima Basketball Clubs, one of the most prestigious youth basketball camps in Europe for 6 years during his time with Maxima his teams won 3 international tournaments in Greece and The Czech Republic. For the past two before joining Top Flight Coach Uros worked for the past 2 years in China with Show1 basketball academy.

    • Hitoshi Benson - Senior Coach

    • Nationality : Japanese/Australian
      Hometown : Melbourne, Australia
      University and degree : RMIT 2013 - 2014, Bangkok University 2014 - 2017 (Entrepreneurship)
      Coaching years : 3
      Favorite player : Steve Nash
      Favorite coach : Phil Jackson
      Favorite TV Show : The Walking Dead
      Awards : 80% Athletics Scholarship from The American school of Bangkok, 100% Athletics Scholarship from Bangkok University.
      Bio: Hitoshi Benson "Toshi" is one of the most popular coaches on our entire staff. Toshi began as a student with Top Flight in 2010 it was clear then that he was a special talent he would go on to be recognized as one of the best students in the history of Top Flight Basketball. Toshi was a standout player at the American School of Bangkok where he won 3 BISAC championships as a player he also earned BISAC and SESAC MVP honors. Toshi accepted a full scholarship to Bangkok University (BU) where is currently the starting point guard.

    • Rashad Ali - Senior Coach

    • Nationality : USA
      Hometown : Chicago
      Universities and degree : Warren Wilson College: Sustainable Business
      Awards :First Team All-American NCAA Division II, Warren Wilson College All-Time Scoring Leader,
      Coaching years : 3 years
      Favorite player : Kevin Durant
      Favorite coach : Greg Popovich
      Favorite TV Show : Power
      Bio: Rashad Ali is originally from Chicago Illinois where he was a standout high school basketball player at Crossroads High School. Rashad accepted a scholarship to Warren Wilson College. At Warren Wilson, Rashad was the team captain for 2 years. During his college career Rashad lead the team in scoring for three years he also led the conference in field goal percentage on two occasions, Rashad led Warren Wilson college to the Division II National Champion title in 2013, All-Tournament Team, and was the first player to break the record of most scored points recorded in his school history. Rashad followed is now playing professionally in Thailand as well as coaching for Top Flight where he is a favorite of the kids.

    • Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (Palm) - Coach

    • Nationality : Thai
      Hometown : Sukhothai
      Universities and degree : Thammasat University: Bachelors Business administration, Dhurajidbuntid University: Masters Economic Development
      Pro years : 10 years
      Coaching years : 7 years
      Favorite player : Michael Jordan
      Favorite coach : Steve Kerr
      Favorite TV Show : The Voice
      Awards : Finals MVP Thailand Super League 2015
      Bio: Coach Palm is one of the original coaches at Top Flight Basketball and has been on the staff since the very beginning. Coach Palm has an infectious energy and passion for the game that he shares with his students. As professional basketball player Palm is one of the most decorated players in the history of Thailand Basketball member. He is a national team player and 8-time champion who has won titles at the university, local, and international levels. Palm is a graduate of Thammasat University with a degree in Business Administration.

    • Matthew Van Pelt - Senior Coach

    • Nationality : United States
      Hometown : Grand Rapids, Michigan
      University and degree : Spring Arbor University Bachelor Degree English/Communications
      Pro years : 6
      Coaching years : 10
      Favorite player : J.J. Barea
      Favorite coach : Tom Izzo
      Favorite TV Show : Law & Order
      Awards : -Pete Maravich National Award Winner Runner-Up League MVP in Australia 1st Division Defensive Player of the Year Award Spring Arbor University Two time First-Team All-Defense Team
      Certifications : AAU Certified Coach, Certified Overseas Basketball Consultant
      Bio :Matthew Van Pelt is a highly decorated professional basketball player originally from Detroit Michigan. Since his graduation from Spring Harbor University where he was a standout basketball player winning many individual awards Coach Matt has played in some of the top leagues around the world with teams in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. As a coach, Matt has had success on the professional, university and youth levels. As a player development coach is a ball handling expert who works primarily with our guards.

    • Ronan Jebb - Coach

    • Nationality : Scottish
      Hometown : Edinburgh
      Universities and degree : Degree in Nutrition and Health from Abertay University
      Coaching years : 4
      Favorite player : Kevin Durrant
      Favorite coach : Gregg Poppovich
      Favorite TV Show : Game of Thrones
      Awards : UKCC level 1 & 2 for coaching in the UK

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