My grandson, Acton Shirley, was in need of a patient and gracious instructor of basketball to help him learn the game and prepare for try outs at his school in Pike County, Georgia. He has not played enough to know the game or how to move on the court appropriately. He has played and shot some hoops like all teenage boys but needed a lot of instructions on the game of basketball.
Acton started tenth grade this year and has participated in track, wrestling and band. He is 6’ 9” tall and is sixteen years old. He is doing well at school academically and socially. He has a very special gift in his height and is quite agile for such a tall person. He wants to use his gift in basketball. As his grandparents we want him to have the best opportunity to excel in his academics and sports. We were looking for someone to help him reach his potential that we could trust.
Coach Duck has filled that position with excitement and a positive willing attitude that only a professional could. He knows the game professionally and is blessed with the ability to evaluate talent and effort. He is very active as he coaches and seems to never be frustrated or discouraged with his students. He uses every minute of a session but does not exhaust the enthusiasm of his student. He is a great motivator and mentor for a student’s expectations and encourages him to plan for the future and to use basketball as a means to succeed in life along with their education. He is kind and respectful of the parents and his student and very easy to work with.
Coach Duck is very likable and has become a friend to us from the first session. We trust his ability and judgment as we have watched our grandson develop well and he has made the try-outs be a success for him. Thanks to Coach Duck, Acton has the confidence to aggressively move forward knowing he can and will develop into a very talented high school basketball player. We appreciate Coach Duck and the interest he takes in Acton as well as other young people. We have noticed he is an inspiration to so many. He is “Tops” in our book. I highly recommend Coach Duck as an excellent coach.
Leonard and Margaret Shirley
There are many coaches who coach because they love coaching. Coach Duck coaches because he loves people and the people he coaches love him. It only takes a moment in his presence to recognize his exemplary approach to coaching and a day in his presence you will acknowledge his extraordinary pedagogical acumen to life.
Coach Duck is a brilliant basketball mind and the epitome of a true professional. I am honored to call Mr. Richards the General Manager and Head Coach of my beloved Atlanta Aliens professional basketball team. Duck revitalized the organization and transformed it from being just a strong brand to being a championship caliber franchise. I vouch for Coach Duck as a teacher, leader, and a man of integrity.