Coach Dan Holbrook - Lexington, Massachusetts
Boys, girls, men, women, all ages, positions, and skill levels.
I have thirteen years of coaching experience - ten years at the college level and three years at the high school level. For the last three years I have worked as a coach at Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts. During our first year at Emmanuel, our team won 19 games and advanced to the conference semifinals. It was the best turn around in the entire NCAA. The following year our team won 19 games and were one of the top teams in the GNAC conference. From 2011 to 2017, I worked as a full-time coach at Keiser University under legendary coach Rollie Massimino. Coach Mass is a Hall of Fame coach who was an incredible mentor to me. He is best known for coaching Villanova University to the 1985 NCAA D1 National Championship over highly favored Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown University Hoyas. Before joining his staff, I spent two years as an assistant at Brandeis University. Before Brandeis I worked as an assistant to legendary high school coach Bob Farias at Lexington High School (MA). I am a passionate teacher and coach with over 15 years of experience training athletes of all ages and skill levels.
I have been a basketball coach on Coach Up for over six years and have worked with approximately 120 athletes on this platform. Through my business, Pump It Up Basketball, I have mentored hundreds of athletes in clinics, camps, and personal training sessions.
Training with Me
Training with me is an investment. There are other coaches out there who advertise a cheaper price. However, if you are looking for the cheapest price, you will get what you pay for. It is difficult to find someone who is reliable with experience, and a great teacher. I have had conversations with tons of parents who were frustrated due to hiring unreliable coaches. Athletes who work with me receive much more in return. In addition to years of experience, I also have an extensive basketball network in Massachusetts and in other parts of the country. Being a resource for athletes and parents is included.
During sessions I typically hire assistants to work with me in order to make the workouts more efficient. All of my assistants were excellent players at the high school and college levels, and some have played professionally. They have coached at all levels of basketball and are great with the kids! I like to work with people who are excellent teachers who are passionate about working with athletes of all ages. Not many other coaches provide training sessions like we do. I am a career coach and teacher with years of experience mentoring athletes. Building confidence and inspiring players to be the best they can be is my specialty.
In addition to learning fundamental basketball techniques, training with me provides athletes with access to my vast basketball network. I am a resource for parents and athletes. Having coached under some of the best coaches in college basketball, I have built strong relationships with AAU, high school, and college coaches all over the country. I am fortunate to be in a position where I can help athletes and families. Over the years I have assisted in providing countless opportunities to athletes in terms of making the team, getting recruited by colleges, and being offered employment opportunities and internships.
There are a lot of coaches out there who provide solid instruction. However, I don’t know anyone who has a private court with the ability to schedule indoor facilities consistently, and hardly anyone hires assistants to help coach during sessions.
I am technical and efficient. One of my goals is to teach athletes how to train effectively on their own. It is like learning how to play a musical instrument where muscle memory is involved. We work on particular body movements and concepts during the workout session, and then athletes leave with things to work on. A big point of emphasis is to teach athletes drills and concepts that they can expect to see during the first week of tryouts. I want athletes to make mistakes with me so that they don't make the same mistakes in front of their coach. You only get one first impression during tryouts and I stress this to athletes.
My training methods are proven. Choosing me as your coach is not a gamble. The reason I train athletes is because I love to teach. I have worked as a college professor of finance and economics for over six years, and am currently a full-time faculty member at Emmanuel College in Boston, and an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music.