Blazers/Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Celebration
Upon our affiliation with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Jr. NBA last year, we have been continuously working to build our coaching staff and help them improve year over year for our young athletes. Coach Jaz has been instrumental in coordinating for our staff to have Jr. NBA practice curriculum, and coach training opportunities from the REC level parent volunteers to the Warrior Prep level. Coach Jaz has also utlized her position with the Blazers to tie our program with Rip City Academy to give many experiences for the kids as well as the staff.
This season, a few of Cleveland’s own youth coaches participated in trainings led by the Portland Trail Blazers youth development staff. 6th grade Coach, Will Bradley, was nominated by Coach Jaz for the Coach of the Year program with the Blazers for his commitment and effort to keep learning from other coaches and styles, and to be a positive role model and strong leader for his team. Coach Will led the 6th grade Warrior Prep group to 3rd place at the Middle School State Championships in Bend, OR, on top of taking on an additional coaching role & leading the 6th grade PIL team to an undefeated season!
Though he didn’t take home the win for Coach of the Year, Coach Will’s nomination allowed him to meet with Head Coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, Terry Stotts, Announcer Lamar Hurd, and take part in a youth coach appreciation night on March 20th, just before the Blazers tipped off against the Dallas Mavericks.
His impact was felt by everyone in our organization this year and we are so proud to have him on staff! Special thanks to Coach Campbell for his leadership and consultation with our Warrior Prep coaching staff, and to him & Coach Jaz for helping to assemble an amazing group of leaders for our youth.
Next year, we will be working to offer the entire Cleveland basketball community the chance to vote for their coaches, from our REC teams all the way to Warrior Prep, so be on the lookout for more things to come next Winter!
About the Coach of the Year Program:
“The Jr. NBA and Positive Coaching Alliance have partnered together to create a program designed to honor influential youth basketball coaches and the impactful work that they do for our game. The Jr. NBA Coach of the Year award is given to a youth basketball coach in an NBA and WNBA team market who is making a positive impact on children by demonstrating outstanding integrity, character and leadership.
From the grassroots level to the professional level, the positive impact that a coach can have on an athlete is undeniable. A coach’s role extends further than wins and losses; it’s about teaching life lessons and developing young people into healthy, confident and respectful adults through the medium of sport.
Each participating NBA and WNBA team nominates a local coach, who is automatically entered into the national Coach of the Year selection process. The Jr. NBA and Positive Coaching Alliance will conduct a screening process to narrow the pool of nominees to eight (8) national semifinalists.
The top three finalists will each be awarded with a financial grant to support their local youth basketball organizations and a free Positive Coaching Alliance training. The finalists will also receive a trip to Chicago where the Coach of the Year winner will be announced and honored on a national stage at the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference on May 17, 2019.”