Here's what Hall of Fame Coach Bob Hurley of St. Anthony of Jersey City has to say about Hoops 101 - "Hoops 101 has developed a simple way to teach the most advanced skills to basketball players of all ages and ability. Mike's passion for teaching and his constant positive encouragement create a very productive learning environment. Hoops 101 is going to touch the lives of players in cities all over the world."
Here's what Charles Jenkins (former NBA draft pick, current professional basketball player, and Hofstra University's all-time leading scorer), has to say about Coach Mike Kelly of Hoops 101: I grew up as a basketball player during the long hours and several years that I spent training with Coach Kelly. He has a unique ability when it comes to breaking down the fundamentals of the game. The techniques that he used in our training sessions prepared me for what I needed to know and do in order to compete at the highest level. He spends time teaching the skills that players need to learn in order for them to get better as quickly as possible. In addition to helping me improve my efficiency as a basketball player on the court, Coach Kelly also helped me to develop the relentless attitude that a player must have in order to compete at the professional level.
Here's what Kevin Cantwell, Former Head Coach Appalachian State and Former Associate Head Coach Georgia Tech, has to say about Hoops 101: "Mike Kelly's Hoops 101 puts players of all ages on the correct path to achievement by building the foundation needed to succeed. This program is truly unique, using cutting edge techniques. Hoops 101 is the new modern era of teaching the traditional fundamentals of shooting, ball handling, passing, defense & moving without the ball. It provides players exactly what they need to get to the next level." #hoops101 #hoops101net #basketball
Here's what Aja Parham, professional basketball player and founder of SportsMindset, has to say about Hoops 101: "SportsMindset has had the opportunity to work with Hoops 101 on several occasions now. The professional manner in which Mike conducts his sessions, as well as his ability to breakdown the skills and techniques to suit each of the groups he works with is brilliant. We look forward to continuing this partnership and highly recommend Hoops 101 to any individual or group looking to improve their athletes and coaches basketball skills and knowledge."
Here's what ESPN's Northeast Recruiting Coordinator and Choate Rosemary Hall Boys HC Adam Finkelstein has to say about Hoops 101: "There are so many guys out there offering individual instruction these days, but Mike is truly unique because he's working on innovative stuff that is often times far different from anything the kids have ever seen before and is going to impact there on-the-court performance in very tangible ways."
Here's what Rob Nelson, owner and inventor of Big League Chew, has to say about Hoops 101 - "Mike Kelly's HOOPS 101 program teaches players of all ages how to get focused, work hard, play smart, and have fun. The drills are easy to learn, yet challenging - and useful to each player RIGHT AWAY. Each session is fast, focused, and effective. Most of all HOOPS 101 is FUN!" #hoops101 #hoops101net #basketball
Here's what Tom Livatino, Head Boys Basketball Coach at Loyola Academy in Chicago, Illinois has to say about Hoops 101 - "Hoops 101 develops the skills that all basketball players need in order to improve their ability level. Basketball is about skill development and Hoops 101 is an elite program that will improve your game. Mike Kelly is a tremendous teacher and has the unique ability to connect with his players immediately. I was amazed to see the improvement our players made after one training session. Hoops 101 is a cutting edge program that will transform how we teach basketball."
Here's what Coach Brian Laux of Saint Leo the Great in Lincroft, NJ has to say about Hoops 101 - "Hoops 101 is an absolutely essential program for player development. We all spend time with our players on shooting, ball-handling, speed and agility. Far less time is spent teaching footwork and proper mechanics. Hoops 101 provides a detailed, step-by-step breakdown of movement on the basketball court. Mike Kelly has created a unique and innovative program for players (from 4th grade to the professional level) to practice and improve this critical part of the game." #hoops101 #hoops101net #basketball
"WOW! Mike Kelly, of Hoops 101, is literally the best I’ve seen on teaching technique and fundamentals. I have been coaching basketball for 40 years, 20 years boys’ varsity basketball large school. I am co-director of the Hage-Hogan Basketball Camp, which we have run for 31 years with over 100 boys and girls in attendance each year. Mike Kelly taught our players skills, footwork, angle shooting, and drills with an easy breakdown that I have never seen before. He demonstrated in a way that all understood and then had the players try it. His clarity of the drills was outstanding. The high energy he expressed was contagious to the players. On a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being the highest, I would rate Coach Kelly an 11. I highly recommend Hoops 101 to any grammar school, high school or college program to work with your players on fundamentals. He worked with our players and then had them practice what he taught. All our campers were excited to go home and practice what they had learned. As a coach and director we always want the best for our players. I feel great that we brought in Mike Kelly’s Hoops 101 and am confident that our kids had the best of the best in training. If you want the best in fundamentals bring in Hoops 101." Charles Hage Former Head Coach Boys Varsity Basketball Former Coach Section V Empire State Basketball Games Former Physical Education Teacher
Here's what Thalia Jackson, former college basketball player at CW Post and current teacher / youth basketball coach, has to say about Hoops 101 - "This was my first opportunity to work the Hoops101 camp, and I was blown away by the amount of effort and emphasis on fundamentals. Mike Kelly used engaging instruction, drills and games to provide opportunities for players to truly practice and develop the skills taught. Players walked away from the camp having learned fundamentals surrounding ball handling, defense, footwork, and finishing moves. These are essential skills that truly elevate an individuals game. I highly recommend Hoops101 for all players regardless of skill level." #hoops101 #hoops101net #basketball
Here's what Holy Trinity HS Boys Head Coach Joe Conefry has to say about Hoops 101: "I have been a college and high school coach for over 15 years and I've seen a lot of basketball skill development programs. Mike Kelly's Hoops 101 program was easily among the best I've ever witnessed. Mike does a tremendous job of breaking down REAL and RELEVANT skills to players that will translate into success on gameday. This is definitely a unique program that will benefit players of all ages and ability levels."
Here's what East Bay High School Assistant Coach Scott Allen has to say about Hoops 101: "I have coached at many levels of basketball since 1975, from modified junior high to Division 3 men's college teams. It was extremely rewarding to see the "forgotten importance of footwork" drilled at such a simple but effective level that any level basketball player could benefit from. With the athleticism of today's basketball players, footwork has been the essential forgotten or under taught skill. I have attended many clinics over the years, and Mike's concepts are easy to understand and fun to practice. The players caught on very quickly and our team is incorporating many of the Hoops 101 drills in our 15 minutes of individual work during our practices. Mike is a very effective teacher and clinician. We thank him for his assistance!!!"
Here's what Bishop Gorman HS Girls Varsity HC Sheryl Krmpotich has to say about Hoops 101: "I have been in the coaching profession for over 20 years, the college level for 7 (Austin Peay State University, UNLV) and the high school level (Bishop Gorman High School) for 16 years. I was very IMPRESSED with Mike Kelly and his ability to teach the game with passion and precision!! His Hoops 101 workouts were intense and focused on the fundamental aspects of the game. This is a lost art in the basketball world and Mike brought it home from the start! He started off with footwork and agility which is so important in the game. He then got into learning to use both right and left pivots to master the art of shooting! He followed that with how to come off screens and reading the defense! Mike taught my team several professional and college level moves, which they have recently incorporated in practice. I wish we had him longer than 2 days as my team learned so much in the short time we had Hoops 101 in our gym. I was very impressed with Mike and his ability to focus the girls on the task at hand. His energy, enthusiasm, love for the game and passion was very impressive!! I hope to have MIKE back at our gym working with my team in the near future. Thanks again Mike for an AMAZING 2 days of Hoops 101!!!"
Here’s what Coach Guy Molloy (current Head Coach of the WNBL Melbourne Boomers) has to say about Hoops 101 - “I got to see Mike in action during a clinic in Melbourne (Australia) recently. Aside from the superb technical content, what impressed me was Mike’s passion, focus, and complete humility. After all, it’s rare we get a US coach with Div 1 coaching experience prepared to come so far and work with players as young as 11 or 12. The night in question was in a cold gym with lots of distracting noise, and only a small crowd of parents & coaches in attendance. Yet, if you didn’t have this perspective, you could swear Mike was doing a clinic at the Final Four such was the quality and energy of his presentation. I would highly recommend Mike to you, your coaching staff, your Club, or School. You won’t be disappointed.”
Here’s what Bruce Palmer – Basketball Technical Director of CBA Dongguan Basketball School – An NBA Training Center in Guangzhou, China has to say about Hoops 101: “The Dongguan Basketball School – An NBA Training Center held our first Coaching Clinic of 2014. We welcomed thirty coaches from the Guandong Province, China to our facility for the week-long clinic. We were fortunate to have Mike Kelly from Hoops 101 give a tremendous clinic. Coach Kelly’s clinic content, instruction and corrections to players are exceptional. Our twelve players who participated in the Hoops 101 demonstration gained immediate improvement with their footwork. It was impressive to see how the Hoops 101 program improved our players' efficiency, ability to change direction, ability to stop, and their overall balance. The feedback we received from the attending coaches was unanimous that Coach Kelly’s Hoops 101 clinic will be put to use in the player development of their teams. We will definitely be adding what Coach Kelly provided us to our Player Development Curriculum. I highly recommend Mike Kelly and the Hoops 101 program and look forward to his next visit to China.”
Here's what Coach Rob Beveridge has to say about Hoops 101: "Having worked as a professional Basketball Coach for the past twenty-one years at the highest level which includes Olympic Games and World Championships, I have had the opportunity to work with and observe some of the best Basketball coaches in the world. I have observed that some of the best characteristics for being a great coach are the ability to have attention to detail, great interpersonal skills, great communication skills and be completely dedicated to working with the players. I recently had the opportunity of working at a clinic with Mike and these are skills that he demonstrated. I found Mike was outstanding in the way that he was able to communicate, demonstrate and motivate the players into learning and improving during the session." Coach Beveridge has over 20 years of professional basketball coaching experience. He was most recently head coach of the Perth Wildcats in the NBL. He was also head coach of the Australian team that won the 2003 World Junior Championship. Additionally he has won 14 coach of the year awards, and coached more than 20 players that have gone on to the NBA at the Nike Hoops Summit the past 6 years.
Here's what John Buck, Head Coach of the Long Island Lutheran Boys Varsity basketball team and Newsday's 2011 Coach of the year in Nassau County, has to say about Hoops 101 - "Every young basketball player must learn the joy of improving his or her skills. I love the approach that Mike Kelly takes toward teaching the fundamentals of the game. Completing his Hoops 101 program was an extremely valuable experience for our team. Mike has the unique ability to explain intricate skills in a way that players can understand. He creates an environment where athletes do not fear making mistakes. Our guys had a blast, as they challenged each other to learn and perfect different pivots, shots, and finishing moves. I highly recommend Hoops 101 to players of all ages." #hoops101 #hoops101net #basketball
Here's what Terry Ryan, Camp Director at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Has to say about Hoops 101 - "For a person to be truly successful in anything in life they must be extremely passionate about their intended goals. Mike Kelly from Hoops 101 takes his passion for teaching basketball to a whole new level never before seen in the field of basketball instruction. He has been able to transform the basic fundamental basketball drills and make them exciting - pure electricity!! When Mike Kelly is in the gym, basketball is no longer the most over coached and under instructed game-it is an intensely instructed sport where improvement is mastered." #hoops101 #hoops101net #basketball
Here's what Justin Zachary, Associate HC Christian Academy of Knoxville & Head Coach TN Fury AAU program, has to say about Hoops 101: "Hoops 101 has developed a unique skill development program that separates itself from all others. Many skill development programs today simply run players through drills calling it skill development. Hoops 101 actually teaches players skills through the use of specific drills. Mike Kelly not only knows the game, but more importantly how to teach the intricate details of the game. I highly recommend the Hoops 101 program to players on all levels." #hoops101 #hoops101net #basketball
Here's what Halil Kanacevic, professional basketball player, has to say about Coach Mike Kelly of Hoops 101: "Coach Kelly recruited me to play at Hofstra University. He has a genuine passion for teaching the relevant skills necessary to become a better player. His unique method of teaching perimeter players and post players, when it comes to footwork and efficiency on the court, makes him one of the best player development coaches that I have worked with. Coach Kelly played an important role in my being able to pursue a career as a professional basketball player."
Here's what Joe Chasan, Plainview PAL Basketball Coach, has to say about Hoops 101: "My youth travel team has been training with Hoops 101 for two years now. From proper footwork, to defense, to both team and one-on-one skills, each player has improved and our team has become better as a whole because of it. Come game day, I can't help but smile when I see a player pull out some new move or skill that I know he picked up from Mike and his Hoops 101 program. I have even picked his brain to pull some plays and ideas from his collegiate playing and coaching background. I recommend Mike Kelly and his Hoops 101 program to all youth basketball programs."
Here's what AKS Select Basketball Coach Stanley Chung has to say about Hoops 101: “Our program has “elite” youth teams in the U8, U10, U12 and U14 categories drawn from the best players in these age groups from various international schools and international divisions of local schools in West Shanghai, China. Mike brought a ton of energy, passion, knowledge and patience to our 2 day camp. He was able to scale and adjust his program to suit the varying age and skill levels for our teams. Our kids got a lot out of the progressive system of footwork, shooting form, dribbling, agility and timing of teamwork (i.e. Use of screens). Although simple on surface, it’s the way Mike teaches these fundamental skills by being able to break down the basic steps of each fundamental into “scientific” but simple to understand movements and language that separate Hoops 101 from other programs. On a personal level, I learned a lot about basketball, coaching and strategy being able to spend 3 days with Mike. We are applying everything we learned from hoops 101 to our program from fundamentals training and warm ups to our game day and long term player developmental strategy. We would highly advocate any team or program to use Hoops 101.”
Here's what Williamsville South High School Boys Basketball Head Coach Gabe Michael has to say about Hoops 101: "Coach Kelly has an incredible ability to teach offensive skills in a way that players at any level can fully understand. His method of breaking down moves makes it easy for athletes to execute and perfect fundamentals. In one session with my team I saw vast improvement in their footwork. Too many young players are inefficient with their movements on the basketball court. Coach Kelly's Hoops 101 program teaches players to be more efficient with their footwork, enabling them to become better offensive players. This is highly recommended by me for players at all levels!"