Adaeze T. Merah, West Hartford, CT Strength & Conditioning Coach

Adaeze T. Merah

Transcend Sports Academy

Strength & Conditioning


Former fitness instructor for high school 9-12 students focused on core muscle training sports & overall health. Ranked #1 in CT, View all coaching experience

This coach is unavailable to take clients at this time.

Training Locations
Training Locations
  1. Hartford, CT
  2. Bloomfield, CT
  3. Berlin, CT

Coach is willing to travel up to 25 miles

  • University of New Haven (CT)

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Teenagers

  • CrossFit, Cross Training, Bodybuilding, Nutrition, Conditioning, Boot Camp, Aerobic

  • Deadlift, Speed/ Agility, Medicine Ball Workouts, Balance, Upper Body Strength, Lower body strength, Front Squat, Flexibility, Core Conditioning, Bench Press, Back Squat


  • University of New Haven (CT)

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Teenagers

  • CrossFit, Cross Training, Bodybuilding, Nutrition, Conditioning, Boot Camp, Aerobic

  • Deadlift, Speed/ Agility, Medicine Ball Workouts, Balance, Upper Body Strength, Lower body strength, Front Squat, Flexibility, Core Conditioning, Bench Press, Back Squat

More About Coach Adaeze T.

My background carries a solid thirty plus years of all-around basketball experience from 1st through 8th grade, 9-12th grade and post high school training. I average 20+ skills development and techniques training sessions with Coach up on a consistent monthly basis. I am now RANKED #1 FOR BASKETBALL AND STRENGTH CONDITIONING. WHY? Because I have consistently gotten players to believe in themselves as I guide them too tangible results.
My background is extensive and I respond quickly to client’s needs. I am constantly working on Continuing Education and currently am affiliated with most Elite Coaches Basketball Training programs and PGC and IMPACT ELITE TRAINING.
I am an active AAU basketball skills developer and training coach for the 5th-10th. in the Hartford Boy's And Girls Club. I was the 5th &6th grade West Hartford MagicTime AAU Coach.
I am actively involved in the Central Connecticut area recently completed the yearly weekend fall league (1st- 10th graders) August – November,
I am a one-on-one plus coach for basketball trainer/coach for the Jr. Lady Canes in New Britain's 2016-2017 http://www.nbjrladycanes.com/meet-your-coaches.html
I am a former Division II full scholarship recipient from the University of New Haven, I started as a freshman player and was the second women in school history to score a 1000+ points as guard/forward averaging 16 points a game, 8 steals and 7 assists and 6 rebounds per game. I transitioned into an alumni coach/player in scrimmaging to help prepare and develop the 1987 National Division II Basketball Championship team at University of New Haven. I still work with the University of New Haven during the summer for camps.
I played 4 years as a varsity starter and scored a 1000 points. I played in a National AAU Junior's tournament in New Orleans. I competed in the 17's Junior Olympic team and placed 20th out of 350 girls.
I have 30+ solid years of coaching “A level basketball” which includes AAU consecutive Championships, Kolbe Cathedral HS State Basketball Championship, they won three consecutive years coaching post high school players for College Basketball, Junior College, Prep-School and Adult Leagues which include overseas basketball.
Help twenty plus students into college to play sports. I coached with the Cardinal Sheehan Center AAU program from 1993-1996, 2002 and won the 4th grader Championship where we went undefeated 8-0.
Bassick Girls High School Interim Head Basketball Coach 2011-2012
Paul Dunbar School Boys Head Basketball coach 2011-2012 undefeated 10-0 two season 12-14 trolled boys)
Bridgeport Officer Friend l Basketball Camp 2011-2015
Harding High School Girls Basketball 1992-1995, 2005-2009
Blake Street Park Basketball AAU player/coach 1993-2000
Cardinal Sheehan Center Head Boys and Girls basketball middle school coach 1994, 1998, 2000-2002 champions
University of New Haven National Basketball Championship 1987 alumni player/coach

In past I was a long-term sports fitness, strength conditioning, and muscle and speed endurance development skills for High School athletes. The population is 800+ students’ boys and girls age 13-18 years old. I am implementing a development plan to
serve as an Independent Contractor that works in partnership with an AAU programs and Club Volleyball. I served as a coach with the Lady Canes (New Britain Hurricanes) Skills development coach for girls.
2011–Present Transcend Sports Training Academy Personal Trainer; Strength Conditioning for Athletes (Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Soccer and others)
As a coach I have consistently trained and developed athletes on core training and development. As an athlete I never suffered an injury beyond one day. My recovery was quick and my commitment to developing my body has stayed with me since childhood. This player ethic continued throughout my 30 plus years as a coach. I work with high school athletes in New Britain, West Hartford and Hartford Connecticut on Basketball (boys and girls), Volleyball, Football, Soccer and Track and Field.

* Training is different for everyone but core muscle conditioning,
* high knees, but kicks,
* forward and lunges forward and side
*squat jumps
* ladder drills
* shoulder press
* bench press
* military press
* situp
* curlup
* jump squats

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Client Reviews

Coach D. was excellent! She was attentive and encouraging, obviously an experienced coach and player. Highly recommend!

She was an amazing coach. She helped so much and made things easy for me and broke thing done so that I could understand it better.

Abby really enjoyed her 1st session with Coach Adaeze. We appreciated that Adaeze got to know Abby upfront to help tailor the workout to meet Abby's goals and ability level. You can definitely tell that Coach has lots of experience guiding young players. Abby is looking forward to her next session later this week.

Coach Adaeze is an excellent trainer. Tells it straight and really helps her clients to understand the work the needs to be put in.

I've found Coach Adaeze to be a wonderful help with my 16 year old daughter. She is patient, understanding and assesses skill level incredibly well. She has added confidence to my daughter's game.

Coach Adaeze is fantastic. She is patient, kind, and fun while still providing excellent, challenging coaching. My kids loved their coaching sessions with her. Would highly recommend.

Coach Adaeze is excellent! She is great with boys and girls, specifically with my 14 year old son and 11 year old daufhter

Coach Adaeze is someone I would highly recommend !! She is training my daughter in Volleyball. In addition to helping her technically she talks to teens in a way that boosts their self confidence and helps them think about what being part of a team is about.

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Very knowledgeable coach who went above and beyond to meet us on location and spent almost an extra hour with my son. Focuses on fundamentals, proper form, and assessment rather than trying to sell the next session. If you want someone that understands basketball and is no non-sense then this is a good choice for you. I do not know her, I am a first time client and I met her today. Highly recommended!

We had a fantastic initial session with Coach Adaeze. Her attention to detail & fundamentals will definitely have an extremely positive impact on my daughter’s game. We are looking forward to session 2!

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Coach D was great and helped my daughter with her skills but, importantly, helped her clarify her goals and encouraged her to be aggressive.

Coach Adaeze has had one session with my daughter. In that session, she quickly identified areas for Alex to work on. She have her some quick tips on her serve and other areas of strength, but then dug into hitting drills where she needed to most help. Alex felt very inspired after the session and can't wait for her next one. Thank you!!!!

Dylan really enjoyed the variety the training offered. Cardio, footwork, shooting, ball handling, etc. He definitely got a lot out of the training and will continue with more! The use of video and pictures also helpful. Thank you!

Adaeze is a very thorough trainer with good flexibility for my crazy schedule! My son loved his sessions!!

My daughter really enjoyed her training session. Coach was encouraging and informative yet pushed her. She is very knowledgeable and comes highly recommended!

Coach Adaeze takes the time to understand Sage's style of play. Coach's knowledge and skillset enables her to work with Sage's strengths as well as the areas she needs increased volleyball technique. Sage says, "Coach Adeaze is making me a better player and a better person". Sage is confident that this Fall she will excell on her JV team.

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Coach Adaeze was very good.She was informative and detailed with my son on what changes were needed for his shooting to improve.

I saw positive changes in his form by the time the 1hr session was over.signing up for more sessions.

She's a good coach and I learn a lot of new things today And I am learning so much that I made a long term commitment

Coach Merah,
Has done a great job with my son’s basketball abilities. My son was always to shy to tryout for basketball teams, but know he is eager to tryout because of the techniques that he has learned since his training with Coach Merah. I appreciate her for her patience and time she took to support Christian with learning the skills he needs in order to be successful in basketball. Thank you Coach Merah!!

Very helpful, she knows exactly how to approach each problem and effectively demonstrates a solution.

That was the best clinic we have been to, including the C's. Coach is very engaging and my daughter loved it. All of the kids get to participate, and the play full court with multiple skill levels at the same time. Most of the skilled kids try to get the newer kids involved. I thought it was great, and my daughter as asked keep her enrolled.

My daughter has had two personal training sessions with Coach Adaeze. She went from not being able to serve the ball and get it over the net to getting it over. Her confidence level is growing thanks to Coach Adaeze. I highly recommend her and look forward seeing my daughter's skills improve even more with continued sessions. Coach Adaeze's skills are amazing and the way she works with my daughter is amazing.

My son is growing into his suddenly tall body. Although he loves recreational ball, he needs help with skills, fundamentals and coordinating his growing body parts. In just one session w Coach Adaeze, I saw immediate improvement! Her analysis is laser sharp, her explanations concise and she gets results. Trying to balance the budget to make these sessions work bc I truly believe they are worth it! She is definitely good at what she does and I would highly recommend her to anyone interested in improving basketball skills.

Coach Adaeze was absolutely amazing. After just 1 session with my son I could already see a major improvement. She really knows how to teach and get the kids to understand what to do. She was amazing and we can’t wait to work with her in the future!

Coach Adaeze is really great. We’ve only had one online session with her. I was scared about the online sessions because it is a non traditional way of coaching but with this being our only option, we gave it a try. Coach Adaeze is very patient and thorough. She gave us a lot of helpful feedback. She made us feel comfortable through this process. We can’t wait for the next sessions with her. Thank you for being a great coach.

My daughter had a great session with Coach Adaeze! My daughter is a college player. Coach Adaeze provided her with a great evaluation of her skills and a great workout! I highly recommend her as a coach!

What a difference in Sierra's play. She is hitting and serving the ball so much better and has better confidence on the court. After 2 training sessions, as a sophomore just got called up to Varsity.

Coach Adaeze was instrumental in helping my daughter improve her volleyball skills and increasing her confidence. She covered all aspects and increased her skillset particularly in serving, hitting, and blocking. We are very appreciative of coach's efforts!!

Coach Adaeze was amazing with my daughter. Not only skills but really took the extra time to talk with her, listen and get in her head to understand her better. Cant wait for our next session.

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The sessions have been great. My son is learning a lot!

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GREAT COACH. Even though it was my first day with her , she pushed me a lot. Thank You!

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Great personalized training. Great feedback, quick corrections to prevent poor habits, extremely personable, and a variety of drills.

Coach Adaeze was a very good coach. It took a few lessons for her to evaluate my daughter, but she did her homework and provided some great feedback with solid fundamental drills. She broke down her fundamentals with emphasis on her mechanics and we saw immediate improvement. My daughter has continued to show improvement since working out with coach adaeze. I have also noticed her having a higher confidence level and having fun again!

coach Adaeze was awesome, did wonders for my daughter

Audrey had a great first session with Coach Adaeze. Coach Adaeze not only focused on what Audrey's goal but helped her start to really think about the game she's playing. Plus we had an little extra bonus and help from another great coach who was there. Thank you!

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Coach Adaeze T. most definitely was a great coach! She helped my granddaughter with her self confidence and helped her realize that she can be a starter, if she believes in herself. My granddaughter is looking forward to her next training session where she can focus on improving and tweaking her volleyball skills.

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Adaeze is a true professional. She quickly determined where my daughter needed help and got right into the customized lesson. She also focused on confidence building in a very diplomatic and effective way. She and my daughter clicked immediately. I feel like we have known Adaeze forever, even though it's only been a few lessons. She communicates well, is calm, kind, thorough - overall, an outstanding teacher. I highly recommend her and will continue using her in the future.

She did a very great job developing my son. She pushed him in such a way that brought improvement. Coach Adaeze helped raise the confidence in him through the various drills they did.

Our first session far surpassed my expectation. Coach Adaeze is obviously a professional, she is knowledgeable, able to clearly communicate her expectations, and very personable. We're looking forward to an ongoing coaching relationship!

Coach T is a very good. She's preparing me for basketball season next year and she is going to help me make varsity.

She is the best for my son. I will be booking more lessons for him - thank you so much

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Coach is great but not to keen on the environment

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First impression of a true coach that will help any athlete to reach there goals in the sports world. My son really enjoyed his time with coach Adaeze, and as a father I can see my son improving on the basketball court. Thanks again COACH!!!

Coach did a great job with my daughter today. She provided great instruction as well as constructive criticism.

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Coach Adaeze was very accommodating, and my son found her drills and workout to be very beneficial to helping him reach his goals. I would definitely recommend her to other parents.

Coach D. Got right to work and began with conditioning ring to build his endurance. I believe the more time he spends with her the better he will become all around. She is very friendly and nice, but says it how she sees it. which I like

Coach Adaeze was dedicated, detail oriented, and extremely accommodating. She is very professional and teaches her students with compassion and attention to their required skills. I would highly recommend her . Stephen DeFilio

Great 1st session. My son is looking forward to his next training session.

I am so grateful to have found Adaeze! She is an amazing coach who has taught my son self confidence, ambition and how to find his zone! I would recommend her 10 times out of 10. You will get a coach who puts her heart and souls into her trainees. Thank you for shaping my son into the great success he is becoming with sites on playing ball for BU!

My son enjoyed his lesson. The emphasis on endurance training in addition to skills was good. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Our first session with Coach Adaeze was very impressive. She is extremely knowledgeable and was supportive in the most positive way to help improve my sons' skills. He enjoyed every minute of working with her. And we look first forward to more sessions.

My daughter enjoyed the session with Adaeze. She fel

She was able to get into my daughters head and to read the floor. To understand the game and how to anticipate a play

Our first session with Coach Adaeze was encouraging. My child is new to volleyball and is trying to learn the game. Coach had a very confident approach, and a set out a plan that would take her where she needed to be. In talking with another parent, they only had praise for Coach and stated she is the best there is in CT.

Coach Adaeze T. was very welcoming when we came in. She is very knowledgeable and eager to work to improve my daughters skills. She not only works on the physical aspect of the sport but also includes the mental part and that is a big part. Very happy with first session.

Coach Adaeze T. was an Amazing coach although my daughter was only able to engage in 2 sessions. Coach Adaeze T. was able to figure out what my daughter needed work on. She made sure to cram in as much work as she could in those 2 sessions. I can say that my daughter has definitely taken with her some great Technics that she will be practicing. I hope that we will be able to work with coach Adaeze T. again.

Coach Adaeze was a great coach after 2 sessions my girls are so much more confident in thier skills than before!!

Coach Adaeze helped me reach my goal of confidence.

Coach Adaeze has been excellent! She has helped me with all aspects of the game and also with my confidence level. We have already seen improvement on the court and I have only had 2 lessons so far. Thank you Coach Adaeze for everything, you are the best.

Coach Adaeza,
My son (14) really liked his first session with you and is looking forward to the next session this Friday in Newington. He felt challenged by your drills and understood your insights about basketball. I am excited about him working with you in the future to help him achieve his goals on and off the court. See you soon...

My daughter worked with Adaeze as a beginner in volleyball. She has covered all of the rules of volleyball and reached her goals in just three sessions. My daughter feels much more confident with serving and passing the ball. I would highly recommend coach Adaeze to anyone who wants to be a better player!!!

Coach D was very helpful in giving me the confidence with my shot. She motivated me and was able to film me in a few of my games. Everything from her mouth was positive talk which I loved! She was also able to give me a few tips on baseline moves and attacking my opponent off the dribble.

Great coach very knowledgable, easy to work with. My child had an excellent first session. We will be booking throughout the spring and summer.

Today was our first session with Coach Adaeze and she was amazing! My daughter really responded to her patience and will definitely be scheduling additional lessons. Even when it started raining Coach stuck it out and made sure we got the most out of their time together. I was really impressed...after one session I already see a drastic improvement. Very accommodating and professional.

Honestly the best coach I've had in a while!! Really nice and kind and knows what she is doing. I recommend anyone out there looking for a coach for basketball to contact coach Adaeze. You will not regret it!

My son said that Coach Adaeze was very fun to work with and was able to get him out of his comfort zone. She was able to accommodate us with short notice; she was very warm, professional, and was very attentive to detail. She also was ready to go when she showed up and was right on-time, looking forward to working with her again!...Thanks coach!

Great motivator and helped me meet my goals. She challenged me and pushed me to the fullest of my abilities. I have learned a lot about volleyball from her and am grateful for her help and support

I hired Coach Adeaze to work with my daughter to prepare her for her first volleyball team tryouts. Coach was engaging, attentive, flexible, and extremely responsive to the unique needs, skills, and areas of improvement that my daughter brought to the court. I highly recommend her without hesitation. Thank you, Coach!

Today, I want to share a few of those experiences from parents who’ve sent their child to a Breakthrough Basketball Camp: There are several that met me during camp and continued to book me 1 on 1 training through Coachup A job well done to the best instructor/ trainer I have seen in my 20 years of basketball. It was my daughter's birthday during that weekend of camp, and she told me that being there was the best birthday present she had ever received. So, a BIG thank you to Breakthrough Basketball, and of course, Coach D! My daughter came away with a much better understanding of the mechanics of shooting and her confidence level has soared. Thank you!” Coach D! This is absolutely the best camp for the money around. I would love to bottle your instructor’s "Coach D!” energy and compassion and sell it. They know basketball. Absolutely the best camp my daughter has attended. This is the second camp she has attended from Breakthrough and we will be back next year. My two boys worked so hard and at the same time had so much fun!! They can’t wait until next year! My sons have become better shooters after just 3 days!! You can tell the instructors really care about the kids and want them to learn the skills. They also want them to be better kids and to be thankful for the opportunities that they have in life. Had a wonderful time watching these skills instantly change my son’s way of thinking.” Thank you
My Son Prince enjoys the workout from Coach Adaeze. I can really say that the fundamentals has him sweating. We are looking forward to the next five session. On top of this, she is friendly, understanding and very caring. He actually picked her out of all the coaches in the area and I am glad that he did.
I am so happy to work with Coach Adaeze because when we started I was mainly interested in basketball and when I told her that I wanted to work on my speed. She had me work on my 22 pushup challenge then had me shoot foul shots, at first I could not hit the rim on the first two shots but after a few sessions of training. I got stronger and had a longer endurance. My friends noticed the difference and I signed up for 10 more training session because of the results that I have been gaining with her guidance.
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