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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" (

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 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.


photo Alex Miller

Alex Miller has been coaching at Hillside High School in Durham for the last six (6) years as the head coach of JV women’s basketball and the assistant for varsity.  In those six (6) years Alex Miller won the conference 5 times and has been undefeated for two (2) of those years.  Before coaching, Alex Miller played at the University of North Carolina (UNC) from 2004-2009.  In those years, UNC won four (4) ACC Tournament Championships and went to two (2) Final Fours.  During the 2007-2008 year, Alex Miller suffered a career ending knee injury (rupture patella tendon).  During that time Alex was a student coach helping with the team during 2008-2009, sitting beside a hall of fame coach and learning the game from a coach’s standpoint. 

Alex Miller has been working with the youth since 2009 after graduating from college.  Alex has done individual workouts with multiple talented kids from around this area.  Miller wants to help get girls basketball back to a high point in this area.   Coaching life lessons through basketball is what Alex Miller brings to the table. It is not all about basketball, it’s about building character, integrity, and teamwork etc. through the sport of basketball.

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 Bryan Matthews

Bryan Matthews (a.k.a. Coach Matthews) has been mentoring basketball players since 1994. During that span, he has coached at the youth, middle school, high school, and AAU levels.

The Head Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach at Woods Charter School since 2008, Coach Matthews takes pride in getting the most out of each of his players. He uses encouragement, progressive skill development, and his expertise as a physical educator to help each player improve daily.