Larry Umaña Head Trainer
Over 15 years experience in training athletes of all levels.
Nathan Lopez Head Trainer
Elite Guard Skill Development Specialist with collegiate level experience.
Ironically, I will not showcase a list of basketball achievements and/or accomplishments because I was recruited to swim for a Division 1 program at Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, NJ. However, as a D1 swimmer, I definitely understood what hard work, dedication, and determination meant. My experience as a skill development trainer goes back to my first teaching position over 15 years ago. As a physical science teacher, I've developed the gift of making difficult scientific concepts simple to understand. So, when I volunteered to coach middle school basketball in 2000 in Paterson, NJ, I applied the same strategies to simplify the game to increase understanding and ability to my players.
Throughout the years I focused more on individual development by breaking bad habits and strengthening weaknesses. As a student of the game, I gained an extensive knowledge on footwork mechanics, which has been the key to my success as a skill development trainer. I have trained players of all ages (boys and girls) from grade school up to the collegiate level. Having the ability to train all positions on the court, most of my clients come to me to strengthen their ball handling, shooting mechanics, motor skills, balance, agility and most importantly, footwork. My philosophy as a trainer is to teach basketball efficiency through fundamentals, footwork and muscle memory repetition through innovative drills. I am a certified USA Youth Basketball Coach/Trainer and currently preparing to take my career to the next level as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). This will allow me to incorporate speed, agility and explosiveness training through proper resistance training and repetitions. My goal is to provide the best training possible to develop confident and successful athletes.
I started developing my skill set the summer of my sophomore year of high school in 2008. As a varsity member for Ridgefield Park High School, there were many things I needed to work on in order to receive more playing time. Since that year, training was something that became part of my life. From high school to the collegiate level, I knew there were things in my game that needed to be polished, and every off-season, I worked on different aspects of my game to improve for the upcoming season.
Training was so much a part of my own life that other athletes, young and old, would ask me for advice and drills that they could use for themselves. I would often have players join my personal workouts just to show them different things they can do on their own. As time went by, little did I know that I had already started walking in my calling. My philosophy as a trainer is to create every drill into game like situations. This helps simplify the game once you are in a five on five setting. It's important that athletes know where they are on the court and how to be successful in their position no matter where they are. Most clients come to me for elite ball handling, shooting mechanics, and for stronger one on one skills. I am a certified USA Youth Basketball Coach/Trainer with four years of collegiate basketball experience, and three years of coaching.