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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).
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).
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.
Darryl Clark (a.k.a. Coach Clark), a shooting specialist, has put in 1,000’s of hours to become a master skill development instructor. Coach Clark is very hands’ on, and detailed oriented with a specialization in shooting and footwork.
Dating back, Coach Clark played semi-professional basketball out of Fayetteville, NC, was an assistant coach and skills development trainer with the “Coaches in Christ” AAU basketball team, and coached within the YMCA youth basketball league.
Coach Clark played four years at Ralph L. Fike High School in Wilson, NC under the late, legendary Harvey Reid. Coach Reid was the winningest high school basketball coach prior to his passing.
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.