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All instructors are experienced basketball coaches and cumulatively have coached and/or instructed thousands of kids. The environment is fun, interactive, inspiring and instructive. If Youth Hoops sounds like something your kid may enjoy, register into basketball camp or contact us (to request demo class).

photo John Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a skill development trainer since 1993 and has instructed/coached over a 1,000 kids. Dating back, Coach Berry has coached at the recreation, travel, AAU, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels and is now the Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at Woods Charter School. Since 2007, the Woods Charter basketball program has been transformed into elite status.

The “surgical instruction” style, with an emphasis on detail has been Coach Berry’s calling card. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court. At Youth Hoops, he pledges the same!

Also, check out Coach Berry's book, entitled "Life & Basketball" (www.CoachBerry.com).

     
photo Andre Nabors

Born Aug. 17, 1970 in Beckley, WV; Woodrow Wilson HS 2nd team All-State Basketball; attended Concord University in 1988 -1992 and graduated with a BA degree in Travel & Tourism. A 4yr basketball letterman at Concord, helped the program to four 20 win seasons and an NAIA “Sweet 16” National Tournament appearance in 1993; the first Concord team to ever make the tournament.

Andre` R. Nabors has coached boys and girls basketball on the middle and high school level (South Charleston, WV) since 2001. Andre` has been coaching the WV Tornadoes Girls Basketball Club during NCAA sanctioned and scouting tournaments in Memphis, TN, Chicago, IL, Hampton, VA, Indianapolis, IN, Washington, DC.

Moved to Mebane, NC in 2008 and began coaching with the Garner Flames Travel Basketball program, then started working with the Carolina Belles Blue Star girls program. In 2011, Andre began coaching at The Elon School girls and boys basketball teams as an assistant, and head boys’ basketball coach the following season.

     
photo Alexis Hornbuckle

Born October 16, 1985, Alexis Hornbuckle was destined from the beginning of her young life to be successful. As the youngest of Jerome and Quandora Hornbuckle’s two children, Alexis grew up under her older brother Cedric, doing everything she could to keep up with him, which caused her to fall in love with the game of basketball at an early age. Growing up in a small neighborhood in Dunbar, West Virginia, she knew it would require a lot of dedication, hard work, focus, and faith to achieve her dreams. She was willing to do whatever it took to pursue her dreams.

Alexis’ official journey as a basketball player began at the young age of just four years old. By the time she was about eight or nine years old, she knew she wanted to play for a top NCAA program and in the NBA (WNBA was not yet formed). Age 12, Alexis watched a documentary on Coach Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols, soon after she made up in her mind she would play for the University of Tennessee. She was relentless in putting in the work necessary to succeed, and the end result was beautiful. Alexis has 2 NCAA Championships, 3 SEC Championships, and currently holds the all-time steals record at the University of Tennessee. In 2008 after completing her basketball career at the University of Tennessee she went on to become the 4th overall WNBA draft pick, and become two-time WNBA Champion (Detroit Shock 08’ & Minnesota Lynx 11’). She is the only player in the WNBA to win both an NCAA and WNBA championship in the same calendar year.  While in college, Alexis also represented her country in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil under head coach Dawn Staley, becoming a gold-medalist for the USA Pan-American team (2007).  She is recognized as one of Pat Summitt's 10 greatest Tennessee Lady Volunteers of all time.

Alexis has retired after her 11th season playing basketball overseas. Basketball has given her more than she could have asked for, such as being able to play in or visit the following countries: Brazil, Turkey, Spain, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Finland, UAE (Dubai), Puerto Rico, Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon. Here’s what Alexis has to say, “ It truly has been a wonderful experience and opportunity to travel places I probably would have never seen if it weren’t for the game of basketball. God gave me this gift to play exceptionally well, and I feel honored every time I put on my uniform to be able to do what I love almost every day.”

When Alexis is not playing abroad she can be found teaching, coaching, training, and mentoring young athletes. Her main focus is on getting kids to receive an athletic scholarship to college. Having played at the University of Tennessee under the leadership of Coach Pat Summitt and 11 years of playing on professional teams(6 years WNBA), she has developed into an exceptional leader, teacher, and motivator. Leveraging the Definite Dozen principles has allowed her to educate young women on how to be successful at every level and has prepared them for life beyond basketball. She firmly believes in motivating athletes to perform exceptionally both on and off the court, and require excellence from every person she works with. She knows that for many young athletes going to college would be next to impossible without a full or partial scholarship. There are also times when it is not about the money necessarily, the real problem is not being visible for coaches to see your talent despite not being a top prospect. The programs Alexis developed to help many families send their child to college is one that has been quietly operating for over 6 years and counting. She is very proud to be apart of changing lives.

     
photo Gene Nabors

Gene Nabors Jr. is the third of four children born to Gene Sr. and Katrina Nabors of Beckley, West Virginia. Gene has one son, Donte’ Nabors.   Gene was an outstanding athlete throughout his childhood excelling in baseball, basketball and football until he turned his focus strictly to basketball during his high school years.  He was a member of the Woodrow Wilson Basketball 1993 state championship team and also part of the runner up state championship team in 1995.

Gene was named first team all-state team in both 1994 and 1995.  Gene was heavily recruited and began his collegiate career at LSU where he played for two years before transferring to complete his college career at Robert Morris University, to be closer to his family.  He was named to the 2000 All-NEC Tournament team. 

After leaving Robert Morris in 2000, Gene headed overseas to play professionally with stints in Finland, Portugal, Sweden and Israel.  He was named the MVP for the Sweden league in 2001, where he led the league in scoring with an average of 25 points.  Gene was inducted into the Robert Morris Hall of Fame in 2005. 

Gene moved to Atlanta after completing his professional basketball career for a brief period but soon returned to his home town of Beckley in 2006.  Since returning to Beckley Gene has coached elementary basketball and been an assistant coach at his alma mater Woodrow Wilson for the past 9 seasons. 

Gene has a passion to work with children and spends much of his spare time training and teaching the fundamentals of basketball to the local youth in Beckley.  Gene now teaches, owns his own business and continues to reside in Beckley.  In his spare time, Gene enjoys riding 4-wheelers and spending time with his family.

     
photo Brian Nabors

 

  • Brian Nabors started teaching the game of basketball at an early age helping legendary Beckley coach, Dave Barksdale at his camps in the late1980s.

  • 1992 graduate from Woodrow Wilson High School; All-State selection in 1992; Won 2 State Championships in 1990 and 1992 (runner-up 1991).

  • Accepted a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Charleston (1992-1996); Team captain 1993-1996; Conference championship (1993); Graduated in 1996 with a BA in Psychology

  • Brian started coaching as an assistant (Jr. High/Middle School). Won 4 consecutive county championships; Boys Head Coach (Jr. High/Middle School) 2000-2006; Won 2 county championships and 4 runner-ups; Boys Assistant coach at Woodrow Wilson HS 2006-2015; Won 1 State Championship (1 runner-up); 7 State tournament appearances; Girls Head 2015-current.

  • Coach Nabors has been involved with the AAU circuit as will as skill development training since 1998.  His AAU program WV Team Purpose has helped several student-athletes receive scholarships to play college basketball.  The basketball training organization Team Purpose (H.I.B.T.) High Intense Basketball Training instructs Elementary, Middle/Jr. High, High School, College, and professional players.

  • Brian Nabors is a Behavior Specialist and Special Education teacher with the Raleigh County Board of Education.  He has a passion to help others develop fundamental basketball skills and grow as a player.  Brian also takes pride in helping kids learn life lessons and becoming productive citizens in society that demonstrate good character.