John Berry
Basketball Coach | Blogger | Entrepreneur

Basketball Strategy | Practice Planning & Preparation | Skill Development | Program Culture Builder | Scouting | Video Analysis | Troubleshooter | Mentor | Lifetime Learner

Inspire our youth to become their best selves.

Build leaders for life in the community, the classroom and on the court through trust, love and commitment.

Youth Hoops Basketball Camps | Chapel Hill, NC | 9/2008 - Present

Founder & Executive Director

  • Founded basketball training academy, coached 10,000+ campers, delivered 500+ camps, oversee all day-to-day activities with a growing staff
  • Manage on-boarding, training, and mentoring of other coaches, and developed basketball camp curriculum consisting of 10+ basketball camps
  • Lead, organize, instruct and supervise basketball camps, staff meetings, marketing events, train-the-trainer sessions and day-to-day operations
  • Demonstrate and communicate life lessons and principles to youth participants, including leadership, teamwork, compassion, empathy, respect, hard work, and having fun
  • Implemented licensee program, with licensees throughout NC, and launched online coach’s training academy
  • Develop all marketing strategies, which includes paid advertising, relationship, Internet, undercover and word-of-mouth
  • Manage all day-to-day operations, including tracking cash flow, staff management, purchasing supplies, customer service and marketing

Woods Charter School | Chapel Hill, NC | 9/2008 - 5/2019

Head Basketball Coach

  • Transformed struggling basketball team and program into strong contenders by emphasizing fundamentals, team play and holding each other accountable
  • Built basketball program from ground-up by establishing strong commitment from players, coaches and administrators, implementing proven offensive and defensive strategies, and rallied school community around team
  • Streamlined day-to-day operations by creating systems for developing practice plans, devising game strategies and communicating with administrators
  • Super-charged player skill development by concentrating 50% of practice time towards it
  • Proactively scouted games of upcoming opponents, which maximized our athletes’ chances of success
  • Collaborated with school administrators in alignment with overall school vision for team
  • Coordinated logistics and travel to away games throughout central North Carolina


  • Ganon Baker Certification, Ganon Baker Basketball Training & Development, Palm Beach, FL
  • John Maxwell Leadership Certification, The John Maxwell Team, Orlando, FL
  • Fundamentals of Coaching, National Federation of State High School Associations, Indianapolis, IN
  • CPR Certification, The American Red Cross, Durham, NC


  • Entrepreneur Mastermind Summit, Nashville, TN – 2021
  • Entrepreneur Mastermind Summit, Dallas, TX – 2020
  • NABC Basketball Coach Clinic, Myrtle Beach, SC - 2019
  • Business Think Tank, Myrtle Beach, SC - 2019
  • Roy Williams Coach Clinic, Chapel Hill, NC - 2018
  • NABC Basketball Coach Clinic, Myrtle Beach, SC - 2018
  • John Maxwell Leadership Certification, Orlando, FL - 2017
  • Experts Academy, Sunnyvale, CA - 2016


  • Life & Basketball: Life Lessons and Basketball Tips, Lulu Publishing, 2015


  • Temple University, Master of Science, (M.S.), Computer Science - Philadelphia, PA
  • Howard University, Bachelor of Science, (B.S.), Computer Systems Engineering - Washington, DC


Available upon request