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Damion B., Henderson, NV Basketball Coach

Damion B.

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My combined experience as a player, coach, & trainer has prepared me to work with anyone no matter what their current skill level; I'm a prepared, passionate teacher of the game. View all coaching experience

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Packages

Trial Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

1 session package with Coach Damion. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$40 1 session + one-time fee

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Elite Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

10 session package with Coach Damion. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$340 10 sessions ($34/ea) + one-time fee

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Standard Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

5 session package with Coach Damion. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$180 5 sessions ($36/ea) + one-time fee

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Light Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

3 session package with Coach Damion. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$114 3 sessions ($38/ea) + one-time fee

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  • University of Toledo (OH)

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Guard, Forward, Center

  • Shooting, Rebounding, Reading the Floor, Post Moves, Pick and Roll, Passing, Moving Without the Ball, Footwork, Defense, Ball Handling, Attacking the Rim, Agility

Credentials

  • University of Toledo (OH)

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

Services

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Guard, Forward, Center

  • Shooting, Rebounding, Reading the Floor, Post Moves, Pick and Roll, Passing, Moving Without the Ball, Footwork, Defense, Ball Handling, Attacking the Rim, Agility

More About Coach Damion

I am a Breakthrough Basketball Camp Instructor. In addition, I have been a certified personal trainer which helps me understand the physical attributes needed to play basketball.

16 of my 20 years of coaching has occurred while I was in the Air Force. I have coached and trained players since 1998. I started my coaching career in Okinawa, Japan with 5-6 year old youth players eventually moving up to 13-18 girls and a men's over 30 team all before I was 26 years old. I began coaching base-level, adult men in 2003 until 2013.

The highlight of that period came when I was selected to coach the All Air Force Men's Basketball team (the best players in the Air Force) for the All Armed Forces tournament and an international tournament in Belgium against allied services. I've also coached and trained club teams from 9-18 years old since 2011. In addition, I was hired to be a summer camp coach for Mercer University in 2013.

Currently, I coach with Nevada Hard 2 Guard, the longest tenured club in Southern Nevada and one of the most respected independent, grassroots programs in America.

Lastly I coached HS Girls Varsity and JV since I retired from the Air Force in 2014. The level of player I have coached/trained ranges from 5 year old beginner to D(G)-League Pros. The most formal certification I've held is the USA Basketball Youth Certification.

Below is a YouTube link of me training my son Damion Byrd II who is widely regarded as one of the top 5 players in the class of 2022 in the state of Nevada. He was recently invited to the 2019 Pangos Top 80 Elite Camp in July 2019. The camp features some of the top players on the west coast.

"Damion Byrd II 2019 Spring/Summer Training Clips" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/Xkr3mAFVIDM

I played base-level basketball in the Air Force for 7 years and High School and Junior High School in my youth. I joined the Air Force rather than pursue a college career.

As a coach I've won several military tournaments and events--I was even approached a couple of times by small college coaches to join their staff while I was still on Active Duty although I declined opting to finish my military service.

My best training achievement is my son Damion Byrd II. He has received roughly 95% of his basketball training from me and will likely start at point guard on Varsity as a Freshman for the 2018-2019 season.

Below are some of his 8th grade season highlights.

"#14 Damion Byrd II, 8th Grade Year In Review" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/4TqG0P8JaRA

The first thing I do is ask players and their parents what their goals are in advance for me to assess what they want from working with me as well as where they believe they are from a skill development standpoint.

After that I formulate our sessions around a combination of where they believe they are, where I believe they are, and where we want to get to. I focus on ball handling (especially under duress), shooting, passing, footwork, balance, and posture.

A 60 minute session might look like this: 7 minute dynamic warm-up and footwork, 5 min stationary ball handling, 5 minute mobile ball handling, 8 min of shooting mechanics/shot builder drills, stationary catch and shoot mechanics, and catch and shooting on the move, 3 minutes of free throws, 2 minute water break. 7 minutes defensive posture and balance movements, 8 minutes of combination movements i.e. dribble move into a pull up jump shot or pass off the dribble or on ball defense into gap help off the ball into a shot from me as the coach or aid into an outlet pass received by the trainee into a transition scenario, 5 min of focused ball handling with the understanding of when and why, not just how, 5 minutes moving without the ball, 5 minutes of game specific shooting, 2 minutes of free throws, 5 minute cool down stretch, recap, and goal setting for the next session.

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Client Reviews

One of the best coaches. Helped improve my basketball skills!

Coach Damion did a wonderful job recognizing the fundamentals that my kiddo needed to improve her dribbling skills and getting her working towards her future goals. It was a great, hard working session and my kiddo immediately wanted to review the videos so she could key in on what she needs to work on to get better. After the session she said, "That was one of the best workouts I've ever had and I'm already focusing on what I need to do to be a better point guard". We can't wait to book our next 2-3 sessions with Coach Damion and we highly recommend him!

Great coach, super understanding, and only wants to make you a better player. I enjoyed the whole hour. He is very supportive and has a lot of game knowledge.

My first session with coach Damion was great. His approach to showing me things I didn’t think I needed help with, was definitely what I needed to learn to improve on. Ball handling drills, different ways to practice my shooting, and all of the other little things he pointed out to me. I felt like coach Damion is the one who will get me ready for the next level and I can’t wait for my next practice session.

My grandsons session with Coach Byrd was excellent. He seem to be getting the footwork that's being taught. I highly recommend Coach Byrd.

Today Feb 16, 2019 was our 1st session together. I was so impressed with the patience he had with my child being that she's a junior in high school and so behind in the sport. She's been playing since 7th grade and was told by her current coach to stop ball handling because she will never be ball handler. Damion saw potential that went unnoticed with her coach at her school and I saw that it lifted my daughter's self-esteem. He's teaching her to block out those past comments and can't figure out why she's not on varsity.

One of the highlights of the session was when I wanted to rescue my daughter and my daughter wanted to give up and he wanted me to let her find her way. She hung in there and I'm glad she did, I know it would teach her endurance and or stamina for the future. I truly know this would be great for my daughter and I believe it's going to change her life and mindset for the next upcoming season.

The other highlight of the session was his recommendations on what to do at home and how he encourages recording her sessions as well as suggested possible clubs for her to attend and or think about.

He actually sees potential in my daughter as well as I, but more importantly, she does too "now." I believe this is going to boost her self-esteem in a way she never knew it could.

I've already booked our next session and plan on booking sessions 5 at a time at least if possible. I love this coach and have no interest in looking any further.

He's the real deal for sure!😊

Coach Damion was very hands-on and informative with the drills he showed my 14 yr. Old son for his first session. We will definitely be continuing with more sessions, I believe coach Damion has the experience and knowledge to give my son the skills he need to excel in this sport, I will definitely recommend coach Damion.

Very good coach!

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Highly recommend if you want to take your son or daughter to the next level!

Very great coach went through a lot of stuff for our first training session to help me become better all around Including the paint

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We were looking for a structured program to help our 13-year-old son to gain not only the skill, but also the knowledge necessary to become a great basketball player. He loves basketball and wants to play in competitive leagues. Since he's only played in the charter school circuit and in recreational leagues, we knew he was going to need an exceptional coach to help him to get to a higher skill level.

I came across the CoachUp website and perused the different coaches that were available in my area. I read Coach Damion's profile, coaching experience, and watched some of his son's training/game videos, and felt he would be a good fit for our son. However, after meeting Coach Damion and with a couple of sessions completed, I now know with certainty that he's perfect for our son. Coach Damion's training program lays out different drills and exercises for each session that are purposeful, relevant, and challenging. Coach Damion asks questions to gauge our goals and expectations, as the parents, and he also exhibits great communication with our son. In these couple of sessions, our son has already begun to understand the importance of footwork and agility, and his ball handling and shooting has already improved. Our son has gone out and practiced what Coach Damion taught him everyday and is learning the importance of taking pride in his at-home and one-on-one practice time with emphasis on "perfect practice" for success.

Our son is an amazing kid, but he has a long way to go and has a great deal to learn. For that reason, we will not hesitate to book continuous sessions with Coach Damion because we're already seeing a great change in our son under his tutelage.

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Outstanding coach! He taught my some some basic fundamentals that I never even knew myself. I would highly recommend coach Bird to anyone who is interested in learning basketball.

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Excellent coach with abundance of knowledge of the game

Great session, lots of good insight and very motivating. Looking forward to more!

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Coach Damion was outstanding in the first session with my son. He pointed out both positive and negative techniques styles and demonstrated how to improve on both. There is no doubt that my son will advance his basketball skills under Coach Damion’s tutorial.

We had our first session with Coach Byrd today and it was very enjoyable. He made sure to gauge our son’s abilities before proceeding as well as keep us, the parents, involved. He took the time to explain basketball verbiage for a better mindset of the game even though it was 60 minutes long. We lookforward to the next sessions. Our son said that he liked all the drills and wants to come back! That should say it all, he’s only 8.

Damion made sure from the outset to understand what my goals were so he could cater the session to my needs & level. His attention to detail is super helpful when running through drills so you get the most out of it. Definitely recommend for athletes at any level looking not only for improving your skill set but also your mentality. Looking forward to our next session & improving!

Coach Damion is an amazing coach. He was exactly what I was hoping for

After meeting Coach Damion and with a couple of sessions completed, I now know with certainty that he's perfect for our son. Coach Damion's training program lays out different drills and exercises for each session that are purposeful, relevant, and challenging. Coach Damion asks questions to gauge our goals and expectations, as the parents, and he also exhibits great communication with our son. In these couple of sessions, our son has already begun to understand the importance of footwork and agility, and his ball handling and shooting has already improved.Our son is an amazing kid, but he has a long way to go and has a great deal to learn. For that reason, we will not hesitate to book continuous sessions with Coach Damion because we're already seeing a great change in our son under his tutelage.
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