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Daniel Holbrook, Lexington, MA Basketball Coach

Daniel Holbrook

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All-American, USA basketball coach, college coach, mentored by legendary coach Rollie Massimino. UMass Dartmouth Hall of Fame. Contact: Dansholbrook@gmail.com View all coaching experience

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Training Locations
Training Locations
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  1. Concord, MA
  2. Wellesley, MA
  3. Lexington, MA

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  • University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth (MA)

  • 11 years

  • 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 Massachusetts--Dartmouth (MA)

  • 11 years

  • 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 Daniel

Coach Dan Holbrook - Lexington, Massachusetts - I do not post videos or pictures of athletes online.
Feel free to contact me at dansholbrook@gmail.com.

Ask about my basketball clinics for boys and girls.

I have nine years of coaching experience at the college level, and three years of experience at the high school level. 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 and teacher 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 10 years of experience training athletes of all ages and skill levels.

I have been a basketball coach on CoachUp for over two years and have worked with approximately 70 athletes. In total, I have trained hundreds of athletes.

Although training with me may appear to be expensive, athletes and families receive much more in return. My sessions are usually held inside state-of-the-art facilities with shooting machines and other high-end training equipment. In addition, I typically hire assistants to work with me in order to make the sessions more efficient. All of my assistants were excellent players at the high school and college levels, and some have played professionally. One of my assistants is a fitness coach who is excellent. Not many other people 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 cutting edge 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 good instruction. However, many of them are unable to schedule indoor facilities consistently, and hardly anyone hires assistants to help coach during sessions (There is only so much you can do with one coach and one athlete). I am very technical and efficient. One of my goals is to teach athletes how to effectively train on their own. Another point of emphasis is to teach athletes drills and fundamentals 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 the AP Economics teacher at the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts.

As a student-athlete at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, I was voted captain by my teammates and was one of the top players in New England. During my senior year our team went on to win our first 20 games and were ranked as high as number two in the nation. We advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. I was named an All-American by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches and D3hoops.com.

Here are some of my accolades as a player:
UMass Dartmouth Hall of Fame
All-American Basketball Player - NABC and D3hoops.com, 2008
Little East Conference Player of the Year, 2008
First Team All-New England, 2008
UMass Dartmouth Most Outstanding Male Athlete, 2008

Ask about our basketball clinics.

Sessions are tailored to the athlete depending on their position, age, skill set, or goals. I do not use gimmicks, and I do not waste time. Sessions are designed to address weaknesses, learn proper mechanics, and develop muscle memory through game-like repetitions. All drills are competitive and game-like. The drills are proven to carry over into 5 vs. 5 games. Many trainers will impress athletes with "cool gimmicks", but basketball is a 5 vs. 5 game. If drills do not carry over into the games, then the athlete is not getting better at playing the game of basketball. I also teach athletes how to properly train on their own in order to get the necessary repetitions. Building muscle memory is a process and it must be done using proper fundamentals.

A typical workout session includes:
-Warm up with various dribbling drills: one/two ball dribbling
-Form/set shooting: Focus on proper mechanics
-Stepping into shot: 1-2 step with inside foot, Jump Stop
-Shooting off the dribble: Pump fake 1 dribble pull-ups, shooting off of ball screens, dribble pull-up shots, etc.
-Getting open: Freeing yourself three different ways - V-cut, reverse pivot, stepping over defender's path
-Offensive moves: Rip moves, jab steps, pump fakes, triple threat, euro step, step hop, spin moves, etc.
-Post moves: jump hooks, up and under, spin move, double up and under, face up moves, etc.
-Free throw mechanics throughout the workout
-Play 1-on-1, king of the court, etc.
-Defensive fundamentals: Closing out, boxing out/rebounding, pick and roll defense, guarding on and off the ball, etc.

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Coach Dan is fantastic! My son enjoys working with him each week. He’s fun, smart and positive. A great coach!!!!

Coach Daniel was amazing! Immediately while working with my son he was able to see where he needs work and gave him several different improvement skills that he can work on daily. He really took the time to teach my son and was extremely positive. My son is eager to learn more from him and really enjoyed the lesson.

My son had a great first session. No time wasted. Straight into drills with Coach Dan identifying helpful adjustments to shooting form. Very excited for the next session!

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Dan Holbrook is a great coach, and my son is enjoying his sessions with him. Very knowledgeable and excellent teacher.

Daniel was great, my son loved him and in one lesson improved his shooting

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Daniel was excellent with my son Jett. Very informative and high-energy. My son loved it. I would definitely recommend.

Coach Dan was excellent. He provided valuable feedback to my son regarding technique, etc. after just one session. We look forward to the next one!

Had a great first session with Daniel. He went right to work on addressing weaknesses and really focused on hammering home the fundamentals. Looking forward to future sessions!

We had two lessons with Daniel. There was no wasted time during the sessions consisting of one full hour of instruction. Each session drilled home the basics and concepts and my 12yo son loved each session and wanted more. Great coach, especially for younger kids who need to have the basics reinforced. Great confidence builder, and would recommend this coach without reservation.

Thank you Coach for a great first session!
My son is getting ready for his high school basketball season and the skills and drills he learned will improve his game immensely.. Coach has a positive and encouraging teaching style and focuses on the mechanics of the player and the game. My son is looking forward for his next session.

Coach Daniel is really transforming my son's basketball game. He knows how to pinpoint the areas for improvement and puts together mini games during their sessions so that he can have some experience practicing these

My friends and I tried a 1 hour session, the drill is far below expectation. it's even far below what the session plan said. We learned little in the session and no improvement at all. I tried other coach sessions before, and the other coach is much responsible and dedicate than coach Daniel.

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No nonsense, intense training session. Filled with actionable moves and good insights. Somehow Coach Dan was also able to give my son and I a hell of a workout at the same time. I like that Dan had some assistants to help keep things moving quickly. Now the hard part will be to remember what he taught us and put it into action so that it becomes part of our muscle memory. We’ll definitely continue our sessions with him!

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My son is more excited to learn than I have see him in months. Coach Dan really helped my son build confidence in just one session. Coach Dan covered so much in one session. I don't think my son realized how much he learned because he enjoyed every minute of it. I highly recommend Coach Dan and we are all excited for the next session.

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Thank you so much for an amazing lesson, I learned so much - can't wait for the next !!

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He is very efficient and my son Loves his training skills 😇

My son had an excellent first session. Coach Holbrook is very thorough, methodical and highly dedicated. Looking forward to continuation of these sessions with coach Holbrook.

Coach Dan is amazing!!! He has worked with my 13 yr old son for a couple sessions now and we already see a huge improvement in his confidence and skills. He cant wait to work with Dan again!

Dan does a great job, especially with post players. The facility at Brandeis is well equipped with a shooting machine.

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Very engaged and determined coach. Has a strong desire to help me get to the level I want to play at.

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My 11 year old son had his first session with Coach Dan today. Coach Dan was on time, professional, personable and built a great rapport. His drills were a great step up from what he's been doing and exactly what he needs to bring his game to the next level. Can't wait for next session!

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Coach Daniel is great working with my 8th grade son. He is upbeat, enthusiastic and knows what he is doing. He usually has two assistants working with him so they can really focus on form and technique. After the second session they suggested adjustments to improve my son's balance on his jump shot and to better protect the ball on his drives to the basket- observations missed by his travel and middle school coaches. My son was initially dubious as to working with a private coach but now he finds it to be very helpful.

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Daniel and Brandon are awesome. Super positive and personable coaches. I have no organized play experience and Daniel knew exactly where to begin with my training. I must say I have noticed a very positive change in my game and will definitely be signing up for future sessions! Thanks again!

My son just finished his 1st session with Daniel and had good workout. Daniel has an array of drills and is very enthusiastic. Looking forward continuing to train with him.

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Professional training and good attitude. Positive experience

Coach Dan is great with my 12 year old. My son is really just starting out in basketball, and coach is very patient with him and has great techniques for teaching him skills in a way that he understands. The sessions are fun and rewarding.

Coach Dan H. Got right down to business assessing what our man does well and What needs work. He is very knowledgeable and he is effective at sharing what he knows. He ran an up-tempo session and left us with skills and drills to take home and work on areas of weakness. He's a natural coach!

Coach Daniel was a great Coach. I learned a lot today. He has great energy and enthusiasm. He is very easy to learn from and has great techniques. I am looking forward to another session with him soon.
Thanks Dan B

Coach Daniel listen to my concerns and put my son through various drills and worked with him on all aspects of his game. He gave him several things to work on in between sessions. Looking forward to more workouts with him.

We had a great first session with Coach Dan. His enthusiasm and passion for the game is evident when he coaches. Our oldest son is very excited to be working with him. We look forward to his next workout.

Outstanding. Daniel just does not have them run a drill. He will stop and correct. He teaches the kids. We will be back

Coach Daniel, is on time and focused. He recognized areas to work on and immediately assisted to improve. He uses every minute to the very end. My son has enjoyed his sessions! Look forward to working with him again.

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Great workout. It was fun and the coach was very energetic.

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Our son had a great first session with Coach Daniel. He was able to quickly assess where our son was at and what he needed to improve on and he made it fun while still focusing on the necessary skills. He gave him instruction on what to work on for the next session and we look forward to more lessons from Coach Dan.

My 12 year old son had one session with Daniel. I wasn't sure how much we could accomplish in one hour but Daniel exceeded my expectations. From dribbling, to free throws, to shooting, each drill had specific, meaningful instruction and techniques...far from the generic run-throughs I've seen at many other practices and clinics. Additionally Daniel immediately built a rapport with my son, made sure he understood everything he was showing him and did it with enthusiasm. This isn't someone who just loves basketball but loves teaching basketball. We will surely be scheduling more sessions with Daniel.

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After working a short time with my son, I felt Coach Dan understood his game and worked with him to improve his fundamentals and game skills.
My son enjoyed working with Coach Dan and can't wait to continue to improve. It is great to see a coach that can work with all skill levels and ages.

My 8 year old son really enjoyed working with Coach Daniel. They worked on dribbling, in bounding the ball, and taking shots. He worked him hard, but really explained everything so that my son understood why they were doing the drills and how it would help him. My son was very excited after the session and definitely wants to keep working with him. He was also very responsive to emails, easy to schedule sessions with, and trains in a great facility. This was a great experience for my son!

My daughter recently had a session with Coach Dan and it could not have gone any better. Coach Dan was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the game and had excellent drills prepared designed for my daughter. The facility where the session was held was top notch and had a great shooting machine. My daughter felt very comfortable working with Coach Dan and is excited to work with him again.

Daniel is a fantastic coach. He brought out skills in me that I didn't know I had and he was very encouraging. In just my very first session he appreciably improved my shooting and he has taught me some great low post moves. Looking forward to continuing to work with Daniel!

Coach Daniel was excellent! He worked with my 12 year old son - who has some experience but is looking to improve his game. He broke skills down into parts so that my son could isolate areas to focus on. He used creative exercises, had great rapport, knew when to change to a different drill, covered a lot of ground and clearly KNOWS basketball. He was patient and encouraging but also driven and focused - my son found it to be very helpful and inspiring!

Coach Dan is the best coach I've ever had, he has improved me on my shooting form, controlling my dribbiling, my fakes and my agility. He's patient and pushes you beyond your comfort zone. I had so much fun and learned a lot from him. I highly recommend coach Dan.

Coach Dan is excellent! Even from the first session he left an impact on my son. We saw immediate change in his shooting. Dan is knowledgeable, patient and personable. My son learned a lot but also had fun. I couldn't get him off the court! I highly recommend Dan.

Coach Holbrook is knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He knows how to engage kids and inspire them to get better. I highly recommend him.
Coach Dan was the best coach I ever had
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