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Randy White, DG Warriors Director of Basketball
Derick Polk, Director of Girls Basketball
Princess Freeman, Assistant Westside Director


Randy White

Randy White
DG Warriors Director of Basketball

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Derick

Derick Polk
Director of Girls Basketball


Born Cleveland, Ohio

High School: Cleveland Central Catholic, Graduated 1978
Attended and played at Arizona Western College 1978-1980
Attended and played at The Ohio State University 1980-1983
Graduated B.A.Degree in Recreation Education

Professional Career
Played in Belgium
Played in Australia
Played in Brazil
Played in C.B.A.
Played with Harlem Globetrotters

Work
Center Manager, Recreation Instructor, City of Cleveland Recreation
Sports & Leagues Coordinator, City of Bedford Heights
Sports Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County

Founder of the Derick Polk Kids Foundation

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Princess Freeman

Princess Freeman
Assistant Westside Director

“I have a great passion for the game of basketball and giving back to the youth.”

“I have been coaching a very long time, but after witnessing the love, passion, dedication and willingness to develop the total person, not just the athlete, paired with the spiritual principles this organization possesses, I knew it was something I wanted my children & myself to be a part of.”

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Charles Smith

Charles Smith

Charles J. Smith was hired by Mayfield High School as the females athletes' basketball Head Junior Varsity Coach and the Assistant Varsity Coach in 2002. Charles accepted the challenge and has done a remarkable job creating a culture of success both on and off the court. Charles has commanded immense respect in the sporting arena and regards sports as an opportunity to assist in the development of healthy bodies and young minds.

Charles is a highly-talented basketball coach with 12 years of coaching experience. Charles is credited with possessing excellent leadership, training, and mentoring skills. In all of the 12 years as Coach at Mayfield High School, Charles has always taken a personal interest in player development. Charles has paid special interest in the youth by including:

• Discussing student athletes goals and experiences
• Creating and running up-to-date relevant drills
• Helping to develop each participants physical fitness
• Fostering a culture of good sportsmanship, cooperation and responsibility

Born and raised in Ohio, Charles is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School.

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Charles Smith

Hope Mancini

Mayfield High School: accorded 2010 first team Division 1 All-Ohio honors as a senior after averaging 25.2 ppg

Named the Northeast Ohio Conference MVP and was the News-Herald Player of the Year

Four-time first team All-Northeast Ohio Conference selection; tied as the northeast Ohio area all-time leading scorer with 2,044 points, ranking 34th all-time

Edinboro University: In 2014, averaged 12.2 ppg. while averaging 21.5 minutes. Made 55 of 126 field goals (43.7 pct.), with the majority coming from beyond the 3-point arc as she made 31 of 76 3-pointers (40.8 pct).

Made 4 NCAA appearances, while making it to the elite eight in 2014.

Graduated in May 2014 with Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Administration. Graduated in 2016 with a Master’s Degree in Communication with a concentration in Marketing.

Currently is an assistant coach for the Mayfield Women's basketball team.

Gary L. Stanton

Gary L. Stanton

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Jerome Macon

JEROME MACON


Biography

Coach Macon started coaching in 1993 at Tri-C Community College and one of his players was current NBA player Ben Wallace. He joined the DG Warriors family in 2009 as a coach.

Coaching Experience

2007-2008 Shaw High School : 2008-Present, Warrensville Hts. High School Assistant Coach Varsity/J.V.

1996 Head Coach of P.A.L. sponsored team in John Carroll Summer League

1992-1993 Cuyahoga Community College Metro, Cleveland, Ohio, Assistant Coach

Education

Interests: Counseling at White Basketball Skills Clinic in Twinsburg ,cycling and traveling.

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Bryan White

Bryan White

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Brandon Milbert

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FREEMAN BLADE

Freeman is a master trainer of basketball skills and personal development. He was the last cut by the Phoenix Suns in his day & played professionally in Europe. Randy White considers him his mentor.

Freeman is developing a Sports Ethics Curriculum to be taught in school systems, recreation centers and community centers in Northeast Ohio and beyond with emphasis on coach, player and parent relationship in the training and development of youth athletes.

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Ronald Calhoun

Ronald Calhoun

As a player Ron was a three year letterman at Lutheran East. He was the winner of the Travis Air Force Base One on One Competition, and was selected as a walk-on to the Cleveland State Men’s Basketball team, and earned the Euclid Church League Christian Athlete Award.

As a member of the United States Air force Ron was the head coach from 1974-1976 for the Travis Air Force Base Hawks. Over the next several years Ron held the head coaching position at St. John South Euclid Middle School, Lutheran High School East, Cornerstone Christian Academy, and was Freshmen Coach at Lakewood High School. Under his coaching tutelage, his teams have been blessed with numerous awards: Northern California Martin Luther King Tournament Runner-up; Lutheran Middle School All-Ohio Championship; East Suburban Conference Coach of the Year; O.H.S.A.A. District Championship; and O.H.S.A.A. Regional Runner-up.

Coach Calhoun loves to share his knowledge and experience to player who dream big and work hard. His ultimate goal is to produce a high level of skills in basketball coincided with a high quality, productive member of our community.

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Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Coach Mike Jones Resides in Macedonia, OH.  His basketball background extends to NCAA level when he played for the United Sates Naval Academy in the 80’s under Head Coach Paul Evans. There he was a 4 year letterman and team captain. After graduation, he served as an assistant coach under Coach Evans, for 1 season prior to the commencement of his activity duty service in the U.S. Navy.

Coach Jones was a high school standout in the Washington D.C. area where he was selected to several local media Maryland, All County and All State and City, All-Metropolitan teams.

At the time Coach Jones completed his active duty career, he was assigned to ensure the successful air and sea deployment of troops and equipment to the Arabian Gulf theater while engaged in the Global War On Terrorism.

Since residing in Macedonia with his family, Coach Jones has spent his basketball time coaching and mentoring several youth basketball teams from Nordonia in travel, summer & AAU.

In addition to his B.S. from Annapolis, Coach Jones acquired his MBA from The Ohio State University.  His life’s mentors include Julius Jones, Joe Sestak, Jr. and Morgan Wootten.

"You are not a failure until you start to blame others"

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Kelsey Shirey

Kelsey Shirey

My name is Kelsey Shirey, I am 22 years old, from Macedonia, Ohio and a recent graduate from Grove City College. I began playing organized basketball when I was five years old through Nordonia Youth Basketball. I then played several years of travel ball and AAU. I was a four year letter-winner for Nordonia High School and currently hold several records for the program. During my time at Nordonia, I was a three-time first team all conference winner and was conference MVP my senior year.

I competed my basketball career as a four year starter at Grove City College. During my time at Grove City, I was recognized by the President’s Athletic Conference as a second team all conference member and honorable mention. I currently hold several records for the college’s program.

Along with basketball, I also played softball for high school and college. I ended up becoming the softball conference MVP during my senior year at Grove City College and hold numerous records for the softball program. I am currently coaching seventh grade basketball at Nordonia Middle School. Although I no longer play competitively, coaching has helped me keep my competitive edge and pass my knowledge and love of the game to others. Being a recent grad, I bring a lot of energy and new approaches to the game of basketball and hope to help many more aspiring athletes achieve their goals.

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Bryant Curry

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Donna Duffy

Donna Duffy

I have a true passion for the game of basketball and love to work with kids of all ages. The game has evolved over the years but the philosophy has remained the same. It is built on fundamentals and being brilliant at the basics. As a coach I stress fundamentals, commitment and sportsmanship.

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Dickens Aubourg

Dickens Aubourg


Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Migrated to Florida, lived in Melbourne, Australia, and now Beachwood, OH. Currently in an executive leadership position at EY (Ernst & Young). Married with 2 sons.

Player

Coaching/Basketball Development
Coaching philosophy: I believe in developing leadership skills on the court that will apply off the court; impacting the game with strong defense and rebounding; mastering the fundamentals of ball handling, shooting (starting with footwork), and decision making.

Education
B.S. Special Education, University of South Florida
M.Ed. Instructional Technology, University of South Florida

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Beth Hammonds

Beth Hammonds

Beth graduated from Kent State with a BA in Fashion Design then moved to California and lived on the west coast in California and Washington for 20 years. Her Basketball influences and mentors are her dad, Gary, who has coached girls basketball for over 30 years, and her sister, Gaylene, who played division 1 for Kent State. Beth began assisting with coaching her daughters' recreational teams, and has graduated as an assistant coach for DG Warriors AAU 4th grade girls and Chagrin Falls Travel Basketball 4th grade girls teams. Beth is passionate about continuing to grow a consistency in teaching girls basketball skills and relating them to life skills.

In addition to her coaching passion to teach young children, Beth is the owner of an Image and Wardrobe Consulting business, My Style Mojo. She has three daughters and is a resident of Chagrin Falls.

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Kevin Zebrowski

Kevin Zebrowski

Coach Zebrowski is a 1992 graduate of West Geauga High School. He played for eight years starting in youth basketball programs, playing AAU, attending blue chip and all star basketball camps playing on the all star team one season, and through his high school career. Married with three daughters all playing basketball, he was a driver and contributor in developing the West Geauga Girl's Travel Basketball Program while remaining active in the program and coaching for the past seven years.

Player
West Geauga High School:
Two year basketball varsity starter, Captain
Chagrin Valley Conference academic and honorable mention senior year
Two year football varsity starter
A.P. All State first team defensive end senior year
Four year track letterman, high jump

Coaching Experience
West Geauga Recreation Council boys basketball four years
West Geauga Recreation Council girls basketball four years
Catholic Youth Organization girls basketball coach three years
West Geauga Travel Basketball girls basketball coach six years

Education
B.A. Environmental Policy and Analysis, Bowling Green State University
M.B.A. Business Administration, University of Phoenix

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Christian Hunter

Playing Experience
4 year varsity letterman at Kenston High School.
1,000 point club
Received scholarship and played one year at Virginia Military Institute.
Transferred and played three years at Valdosta State University
Starter on Elite Eight team in 2010
Team Captain 2011
2nd all time in career three pointers

Coaching Experience
Solon High School Boys Varsity Assistant 2014-Present
Willoughby South High School Boys Freshman Coach 2012-2013
Cleveland Heights youth basketball Coach 2013
DG Warriors Coach 2015-Present

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Coach Jay Valadez

Jay Valadez (Coach J.)

Head Girls Varsity Coach
Andrews Osbourne Academy
Head Girls AAU Coach
Westside Sparks

Networked regarding basketball concepts with high school, college, and NBA coaches, expanding his knowledge of the game and learning different methods of teaching the game to players.

"My coaching philosophy centers around developing fundamentals on both offense and defense, then applying those fundamentals to the broader concepts of the team game. It is important to teach the impacts that an individual player can have to a team game, then show that player the big picture and how their skills should translate to contributing to a successful team. In individual skill development, I focus on building skills through fundamental drills at game speed and repetition. I encourage mistakes because that means the player is being pushed to his/her limits and getting out of his/her comfort zone."


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Coach Franklin Myles

Franklin Myles

"My Goal is to physically and mentally teach boys the fundamentals of basketball, identify and improve on strengths while also providing knowledge and training to overcome their weaknesses.

My team goal is that players learn to care for each other on and off the court and develop a cohesive team chemistry where the whole is better than the individual parts while at the same time improving their individual skill set."

 

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Coach Ed Smith

ED SMITH

"As a licensed USA Basketball Youth Development coach, I take seriously the opportunity I have to influence children through basketball. Helping players grow and develop while contributing to their overall happiness is why I coach."

Married to his best friend, DeOndra, they have two amazing children, Shayla (12) and Justin (10) who keep them busy with their school studies, string instruments, swimming, volleyball and, of course, basketball.

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Lee Reed

Lee Reed was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and was a two-year letter winner at Bedford High School in Football and Basketball and a one-year letter winner at Twinsburg High School. Lee graduated from Twinsburg High School in 2007.

"I have been around sports my entire life. I have volunteered at local YMCAs and other leagues coaching youth sports. More than helping kids understand the fundamentals of basketball, I want to help them become young people with great character. DG Warriors gives me an opportunity to have a positive effect on our local youth."

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Coach Shaquita Russell

Shaquita Russell

"As a former basketball player I am very passionate about the game and am skilled at teaching defense. I believe that defense creates offense. I love to see children grow individually and as a team. As a coach I will teach the importance of defense, fundamentals, and team work. "

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Coach Mark Curtis

Mark Curtis

For the last nine years, Mark Curtis has coached basketball, baseball, and football with children of all ages. Mark stresses the fundamentals of the sport.

"All children possess the ability to be good teammates. I require only that players stay committed to being their best. The lessons learned in athletics transcends any individual sport and can serve as valuable life lessons for all involved. I believe in keeping parents engaged throughout the season and be partners in improving overall skill level and character building. This partnership allows me to know your child better and get the very best out of them."

 

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