Our Coaches

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Coach Shaine

Head Coach & Trainer - AX2024

Fun Facts: When he's not on the court, coach is hard at work as one of the most sought-after podcast producers in the U.S.  As the head of podcast production @ Imperative Entertainment includes multiple Top 10 iTunes & Spotify hits, and top-ranked comedy, NBA, and true-crime series. Before podcasting, Shaine worked as a Grammy-nominated musician, film-TV talent manager & music supervisor, and award-winning magazine editor.

MY BASKETBALL HISTORY

I am a USA Basketball Gold certified youth development coach and pro skills trainer with 35 years of experience. I'm also a former standout point guard from Peoria, IL, where I attended Manual High, Illinois Central College, and Bradley University. After injuries cut my playing career short, I shifted my focus to earning a degree in Architectural Engineering. But, my love for the game didn't leave me, so I continued to work out with a host of pro, college, and high school players in Illinois, including: 3x NBA Champion Shaun Livingston, Timberwolves coach Brian Randle, Orlando Magic exec Anthony Parker, and so many more.

My mission as a coach is to teach student-athletes the fundamentals and elite basketball skills they will need in order to excel on the court. As a mentor, I aim to help players develop the discipline, drive, and focus to be great at whatever they aspire to become in the future.

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Coach Jones

Assistant Coach - AX2024

Vernell Jones is a USA Basketball certified youth development coach, and assistant coach of AX2024. A native of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Coach Jones has been involved in the game of basketball for over 20 years, and currently spends his winters coaching middle school and JV boys basketball teams in Kennesaw, GA.

His coaching experience spans 13 years, and includes coaching stints with Shiloh Hills Christian School, PTR Allstars and TRU Elite grassroots AAU programs, Acworth Basketball, I-9 Basketball, Upward Basketball, and North Heights Recreation. His passion for teaching the fundamentals and team work skills of the game is only outmatched by his desire to see student- athletes learn lifelong lessons, and establish the kinds of relationships that help them become successful and productive adults.