First of all, I want to thank you for visiting my website. I have a passion for basketball, teaching, and reaching young people, and I am truly blessed to be able to do what I do everyday!
The game of basketball has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I had always felt most comfortable when I had a basketball in my hands. However, just before my 11th grade season at Halifax West High School, I tore the ACL in my left knee. After the injury my grades plummeted. My bad choices began to drastically outnumber my good, and I was eventually expelled from high school. At that time in my life my future seemed anything but bright. Thankfully, all of that changed when one of my former coaches, Jim Gannon, called and asked if I'd be interested in coaching a mini basketball team in my neighbourhood. Coaching basketball reminded me that I did have something to offer. It quickly filled the void that my injury had left me with. By the end of my first season as a coach, I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in elementary education.
In 1999, I graduated from Halifax West, and entered Saint Mary's University. During the Summer of 2000, I started my bantam elite basketball camp, which I've been running ever since. For more information on my camp, please visit www.joescamp.com. Over the years many former campers have went on to play college basketball in Canada and in the United States. It is a huge thrill for me to be able to see so many young players grow up to accomplish great things, both on and off the court.
After earning a BA from Saint Mary's in 2003, I went on to earn a B. Ed. from Acadia University in 2006. I have been employed by the Halifax Regional School Board as an elementary teacher since September, 2006.
Over the last few years, I have shifted my focus away from coaching teams, and toward skill development. I believe that coaches must constantly strive to improve their abilities in order to best serve their players. This being said, I study countless DVDs, read many coaching/leadership books, attend coaching clinics, work different basketball camps, and learn from other experienced local and international coaches. I am always looking for innovative ways to help my players improve.
Since 2006, I have had opportunities to spend time with, and learn from two of the best coaches and trainers in the world; world renowned NBA Skills Trainer, Ganon Baker, and NBA Skills Clinician, Ryan Goodson. Both Ganon and Ryan have played roles in inspiring me to take my training and my business to the next level!
Over the last two seasons, I have had the opportunity to work with Joey Haywood, of the Halifax Rainmen. In fact, during Joey's two years with the Rainmen, I worked him out well over 100 times! Joey now plays for the Aalborg Vikings in Denmark. Working with Joey as often as I did, has really helped me when I train players of all levels. I have seen first-hand what it means to truly dedicate one's self to the game of basketball. Joey showed me how basketball players should conduct themselves, both on and off the court. He is a true professional, and I use much of the knowledge I've gained from him when I work with younger players.
I currently live in Halifax, with my amazing wife, Melissa, and my two awesome sons: Jonah, 11, and Isaiah, 2. They say behind every great coach is a great woman. I'm not sure that I'm a great coach yet, but Melissa is definitely a great woman. She is very supportive of my basketball endeavors and I am blessed to have her in my life.
As I said, I am truly blessed to have the opportunities I have had through basketball. I love our basketball community in Nova Scotia, and I am thankful to be a part of it! Please don't hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can do to help you along your basketball journey.
Thanks for reading!