Top Flight BasketBall Academy

top flight coaches

    • Ike Nwankwo

    • Nationality : USA
      Hometown : Houston, Texas
      Universities and degree : University of California Los Angeles B.A. Communications 2001
      Pro years : 15
      Coaching years : 7
      Favorite player : Hakeem Olajuwon
      Favorite coach : Pep Claros
      Favorite TV Show : Game of Thrones
      Awards : Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award UCLA 1995. Turkish League All-Star 1999. PBL All-Star 1998. 1992 McDonalds All-American Candidate. Certifications : FIBA Licensed Coach. Jr. NBA Certified Core Coach. USA Basketball Certified Youth Coach.

    • Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (Palm)

    • Nationality : Thai
      Hometown : Sukhothai
      Universities and degree : Thammasat University: Bachelors Business administration, Dhurajidbuntid University: Masters Economic Development
      Pro years : 10 years
      Coaching years : 7 years
      Favorite player : Michael Jordan
      Favorite coach : Steve Kerr
      Favorite TV Show : The Voice
      Awards : Finals MVP Thailand Super League 2015
      Bio: Coach Palm is one of the original coaches at Top Flight Basketball and has been on the staff since the very beginning. Coach Palm has an infectious energy and passion for the game that he shares with his students. As professional basketball player Palm is one of the most decorated players in the history of Thailand Basketball member. He is a national team player and 8-time champion who has won titles at the university, local, and international levels. Palm is a graduate of Thammasat University with a degree in Business Administration.

    • Hitoshi Benson

    • Nationality : Japanese/Australian
      Hometown : Melbourne, Australia
      University and degree : RMIT 2013 - 2014, Bangkok University 2014 - 2017 (Entrepreneurship)
      Coaching years : 3
      Favorite player : Steve Nash
      Favorite coach : Phil Jackson
      Favorite TV Show : The Walking Dead
      Awards : 80% Athletics Scholarship from The American school of Bangkok, 100% Athletics Scholarship from Bangkok University.
      Bio: Hitoshi Benson "Toshi" is one of the most popular coaches on our entire staff. Toshi began as a student with Top Flight in 2010 it was clear then that he was a special talent he would go on to be recognized as one of the best students in the history of Top Flight Basketball. Toshi was a standout player at the American School of Bangkok where he won 3 BISAC championships as a player he also earned BISAC and SESAC MVP honors. Toshi accepted a full scholarship to Bangkok University (BU) where is currently the starting point guard.

    • Matthew Van Pelt

    • Nationality : United States
      Hometown : Grand Rapids, Michigan
      University and degree : Spring Arbor University Bachelor Degree English/Communications
      Pro years : 6
      Coaching years : 10
      Favorite player : J.J. Barea
      Favorite coach : Tom Izzo
      Favorite TV Show : Law & Order
      Awards : -Pete Maravich National Award Winner Runner-Up League MVP in Australia 1st Division Defensive Player of the Year Award Spring Arbor University Two time First-Team All-Defense Team
      Certifications : AAU Certified Coach, Certified Overseas Basketball Consultant
      Bio :Matthew Van Pelt is a highly decorated professional basketball player originally from Detroit Michigan. Since his graduation from Spring Harbor University where he was a standout basketball player winning many individual awards Coach Matt has played in some of the top leagues around the world with teams in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. As a coach, Matt has had success on the professional, university and youth levels. As a player development coach is a ball handling expert who works primarily with our guards.

    • David John Grice

    • Nationality : British
      Hometown : Birmingham, England
      Universities and degree : Warren Wilson College: Psychology
      Coaching years : 4 years
      Favorite player : Gary Payton
      Favorite coach : Phil Jackson
      Favorite TV Show : Game of Thrones
      Awards : 2015 USCAA Academic All American.
      Bio:David Grice is a senior member of the Top Flight Basketball Coaching Staff and one of the brightest young minds in the Top Flight organization. Coach David has an immense passion for the game which is very s is evident in all of his training sessions and games. Coach David played college basketball in the United States at Warren Wilson College, before that time he was a member of the Serbian National Team Youth Academy. Coach David has a Level 2 coaching license from The United Kingdom Basketball Association. David is also NASM certified personal trainer. David has tremendous success at the team level and with individual player development.

    • Rashad Ali

    • Nationality : USA
      Hometown : Chicago
      Universities and degree : Warren Wilson College: Sustainable Business
      Awards :First Team All-American NCAA Division II, Warren Wilson College All-Time Scoring Leader,
      Coaching years : 3 years
      Favorite player : Kevin Durant
      Favorite coach : Greg Popovich
      Favorite TV Show : Power
      Bio: Rashad Ali is originally from Chicago Illinois where he was a standout high school basketball player at Crossroads High School. Rashad accepted a scholarship to Warren Wilson College. At Warren Wilson, Rashad was the team captain for 2 years. During his college career Rashad lead the team in scoring for three years he also led the conference in field goal percentage on two occasions, Rashad led Warren Wilson college to the Division II National Champion title in 2013, All-Tournament Team, and was the first player to break the record of most scored points recorded in his school history. Rashad followed is now playing professionally in Thailand as well as coaching for Top Flight where he is a favorite of the kids.

    • Tahsinul Haque

    • Nationality : Bangladeshi
      Hometown : Bangkok
      Universities and degree : Thammasat University Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering
      Awards : Silver League MVP 2015
      Coaching years : 7
      Favorite player : Paul George
      Favorite coach : Brad Stevens
      Favorite TV Show : Game of Thrones
      Bio : Tahsinul Haque has been on the Top Flight Coaching staff since 2012. As a player at NIST International School Tahs was a 3-year vasity starter for legendary Coach Randy Wallis. Tahs was an instrumental memeber of the NIST Team that won BISAC in 2010. As a Top Flight Coach Tahs is a child and parent favorite, he is a great teacher of the game who empashizes fundamentals,

    • Onur Altinanahtar

    • Nationality : Turkish
      Hometown : Izmir
      Universities and degree : Ege University B.A. Physical Education and Sports Teaching 2016
      Pro years : N/A
      Coaching years : 5
      Favorite player : LeBron James
      Favorite coach : Zeljko Obradovic
      Favorite TV Show : The Office

    • Alex Cole

    • Nationality : Canadian
      Hometown : Calgary, Canada
      Universities and degree : BA International Relations, MSc Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and MA Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security
      Playing experience : 5 years with the University of Calgary Dinos
      Coaching years : 7
      Favorite player : Candace Parker
      Favorite coach : Pat Summitt
      Favorite TV Show : Shameless
      Bio :Alex received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Calgary where she started for five years and participated in the National Championships in 2012 and 2013. Prior to her collegiate career she was team captain and MVP of her Provincial Basketball Team and was selected to train with the Canada Basketball Centre for Performance programme. Alex has over 7 years of coaching experience with community basketball teams, private skills development and basketball camps. Coach Alex is currently the Top Flight Girls Elite Team Head Coach, she believes the best part of coaching is showing players that basketball is more than just a game and can create great opportunities for their future.

    • Micheal Earl

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    • Eric Perry

    • Nationality : USA
      Hometown : Los Angeles, CA
      Universities and degree : Business Administration w/ minor in sports management
      Pro years : N/A
      Coaching years : 7
      Favorite player : Kobe Bryant
      Favorite coach : Jerry Tarkanian
      Favorite TV Show : The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

    • Cullen Donovan

    • Nationality : USA
      Hometown : Wethersfield, Connecticut
      Universities and degree : Bachelors of Science, Business Management, minor in Marketing- Rivier University, Nashua, NH
      Pro years : 2
      Coaching years : 4
      Favorite player : Steve Nash and Jason Kidd
      Favorite coach : Coach K.
      Favorite TV Show : ESPN
      Awards : GNAC All-sportsmanship Team (2016) Jim Domracki Award (2016) Rivier Universtity Scholar Athlete (2013-2015) Captain, Rivier Men's Basketball team, Nashua, NH (2014-2016) Chris Giordano Unsung Hero Basketball Award (2015) Victory Academy Leadership program at Rivier University-Velocity Performance (2014-2015) Rivier University Cross Country Coaches Award (2013)

    • Ronan Jebb

    • Nationality : Scottish
      Hometown : Edinburgh
      Universities and degree : Degree in Nutrition and Health from Abertay University
      Coaching years : 4
      Favorite player : Kevin Durrant
      Favorite coach : Gregg Poppovich
      Favorite TV Show : Game of Thrones
      Awards : UKCC level 1 & 2 for coaching in the UK

    • Posie Samuels

    • Nationality : USA / Thai
      Hometown : Chonburi, Thailand
      Universities and degree : Community Development
      Pro years : N/A
      Coaching years : 3
      Favorite player : Dirk Nowitzki
      Favorite coach :Pat Summitt
      Favorite TV Show : Parks & recreation
      Bio:Posie Samuels is a Humanitarian aid and community development worker who has used her love of basketball to impact impoverished communities around the world. After High-School Posie turned down several college basketball scholarship offers to pursue her humanitarian work with the underpriviledged around the world, her passion. Posie has taught English, music, and basketball to kids in Africa, Asia, and North America. As a Top flight Coach her specialty is working with our youngest kids, her positive, happy, patient, and nurturing personality make her a parent favorite

    • Kevin Lane

    • Nationality : Thai
      Hometown : Hatyai
      Universities and degree : Bachelors in Hospitality & Masters degree on intergrated marketing at the University of Dhurakij Pundit
      Pro years : 3
      Coaching years : 3
      Favorite player : Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson & Marcus Smart
      Favorite coach : Greg Popovich
      Favorite TV Show : Game of Thrones & Rick and Morty