I have a Confession

I’m a personal development coach, who uses basketball as an instrument to reach the youth!

Back in September 1981, I was a high school freshman. I desperately wanted to be on the high school basketball and football teams. Unfortunately, it never happened. I was told I was too small (4 feet 10 inches, 60 pounds). In my sophomore year, I joined the wrestling team. It was the only sport I could participate, where my competitors were close to my size. My first 2 years were dismal, as I didn’t win a single match!

My breakthrough came when my mother reached out and connected me to a “legendary” wrestling coach, named Coach Ingram. During the summer of 1984, Coach Ingram gave me private lessons, 3 times per week. Needless to say, my skill level, conditioning and confidence went thru the roof. It also had a positive residual effect on my academics and home life. Long story short, in my senior year, my record was 17-3, I earned 3rd team all public honors, was the team captain, secured most valuable wrestler honors and was voted scholar athlete of the year!

I don’t tell you this to impress you, but to oppress upon you what Coach Ingram did for me! He wasn’t merely a wrestling coach. Coach Ingram was a personal development coach, who used wrestling as an instrument to reach me. Fast forward to 2016. I’m attempting to do the same thing with the youth, as Coach Ingram did for me.

So yes, I definitely confess: through Youth Hoops Basketball Camps, I’m attempting to do for the youth as Coach Ingram has done for me!

About the author 

Coach Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a basketball coach and skill development trainer since 1993 and has coached hundreds of games and instructed 1,000’s of kids. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.