James J., Troy, NY Basketball Coach

James J.



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Training Locations
Training Locations
  1. Colonie, NY
  2. Albany, NY
  3. Troy, NY

Coach is willing to travel up to 10 miles

  • La Salle University (PA)

  • 12 years

  • Qualified Private Coach

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Center, Forward, Guard

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


  • La Salle University (PA)

  • 12 years

  • Qualified Private Coach


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Center, Forward, Guard

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

More About Coach James

I was born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa). I came to the United States in November of 1995 after surviving 9 years of brutal civil war. Back then basketball was not on my list of "things I hope to do". Food, survival, the well being of my family, and a bright and productive future were the few dreams that I had on my list. After years of hoping and praying, the good Lord finally decided that it was time for me to receive a break through. My break through came in the form of a basketball scholarship (I HAD NO BASKETBALL SKILLS. Soccer was my go to sport). To make a long story short, I found myself in the U.S. I was very naive to the game of basketball prior to coming to the U.S. Upon arriving to the U.S., I enrolled at Redemption Christian Academy in Troy, NY. At Redemption, I developed a desire to learn how to play basketball for one reason, EARN A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP. I had the height and but no size or skills. I started hanging around my school gym watching the "cool kids/All Americans" play. After several nervous and embarrassing attempts of trying to play, I gained the courage to asked some of kids to teach me. It was not easy, but I stuck with it. I worked hard in the weight room (another story for another day) and on the court. I started pushing myself harder each day. I made the prep school team and started traveling to tournaments across the country. My hard work led to scholarship offers from La Salle University, St. Joseph's University, Drexel University, DePaul University among others . I learned never to give up. I graduated from La Salle in 2001 and immediately got involved in private coaching. My hard work and dedication have helped me immensely as a coach and trainer. Hard work pays off if you are confident in yourself.

I currently coach CYO and AAU for the Troy Tigers (Troy Boys & Girls Club Teams). I have over 15 years of coaching and teaching the fundamentals of basketball. Coaching/teaching the game of basketball has brought me into contact with many great kids of all skill levels and age groups. I have also had the privilege of working with many awesome parents over the years. I am hard working, positive, motivational, energetic, and reliable. I believe that everyone has the ability to succeed if given the chance with proper coaching. Hard work, dedication, and commitment are some of the key ingredients that I demand from my players. I try to create a real game scenario for all my workouts. I encourage my players to always envision themselves in a game situation when performing the drills. My training sessions are energetic and uplifting. I try to focus on the weakest part of a player's game, and work my way up to their strengths. I encourage my players to always strive for the best. I want them to get in the game, and take the lead on offense and defense. Come and work with a trainer who cares about your development as a human being, student, and athlete.
God Bless!

1995-1997, Played for the Redemption Christian Academy in Troy, NY along side NBA Star Lamar Odom.
•Earned athletic scholarship offers from UNC Charlotte, DePaul University, La Salle University, Saint Joseph’s University, and University of San Francisco etc.
•1997, Signed a scholarship offer from La Salle Men’s Basketball Team (Speedy Morris, Head Coach, former Head Coach).
•1997-2001, Four-year student athlete of The La Salle Explorers Men’s Basketball Team.
•2000-2001, Elected Co-captain of the La Salle Explorers Basketball Team by my teammates.
•1997-2001, Participated in the Sunny Hill Basketball League at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
•1998-2002, Participated in the John Harnet Pro-Am summer workouts at La Salle, St. Joseph’s University, UPenn and Temple, Philadelphia, PA.

Post College

•2001-2002, Played a season in the NRL (National Rookie League, dissolved) for the Philadelphia Blazers.
•2002, Played a season for the Big Apple Basketball traveling team from New York City.
•Active participant in various inner city/suburban basketball leagues in and around Philadelphia.
•2001-2009, Participant at La Salle University Men’s Summer Basketball workouts.

Coaching Career

•Currently, Boys Varsity Assistant Coach at local high school, Philadelphia
•2009-2011, Germantown Friends School Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach
•Basketball Camp Counselor at Germantown Friends School
•2009-Present, Coach and mentor at GFS boys and girls summer basketball workouts
•2007-2008, William Penn Charter Freshman Basketball Assistant Coach
•2008-2009, William Penn Charter Freshman Basketball Head Coach
•2007-08, Assistant Track & Field Coach at William Penn Charter High School
•2007-08, Assistant Coach of Freshman Boys Soccer at William Penn Charter
•2001 – present, summer workout instructor for high school and college student athletes

Day one begins with a brief warm-up and stretch period. After stretching I usually ask the student about his/her strengths and weaknesses as player. I also try to know their biggest fear during a typical basketball game. The objective of this conversation is to find out exactly how I can help the student reach their maximum potential. Once I acquire enough information about my student, I begin by implementing drills that will target their needs.

For example, if a student’s main focus is shooting, we will start with warm-up shooting drills to get an over view of their form and technique. If the form and technique are good, we will move unto dynamic shootings drills such as one dribble jump shot, two dribble jump shot, perimeter shooting and more. If the shooting form or technique needs some adjustments, we will work on it. This method applies to all aspects of the player’s game. My main goal is to make sure that the student is a complete basketball player at the end of the session.
My sessions are very challenging. I try to push you as hard as I can to get the best out of you. Each drill is geared towards strengthening your game. I also try to strengthen your mental toughness by adding pressure situations to each drill. For example, can you make ten jump shots in a minute and a half? Your first reaction will be, “a minute an a half?” Instead of having such a reaction, I want you to challenge yourself, and try to make ten jump shots in a minute and a half. The key is to CHALLENGE YOURSELF! Basketball is like a piggy bank. You get out of it what you put into it.

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Client Reviews

Coach James could not be nicer. He coaches with patience and positive reinforcement. My son is excited to learn more and is looking forward to many more sessions. I am thrilled that I found this website and such a nice and talented coach.

Coach James gave my son a lot of new ideas on drills he could practice at home. He was very positive, making suggestions that were very simple and attainable.

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Coach James is very energetic, and he pushes you past what you think you’re capable of. He also is patient with his students and understanding their weaknesses

Coach James is simply the best. Energetic, kind, and professional.Love the way he is training my son. My son is truly enjoying each session.

Coach James provides work on the fundamentals necessary to be successful at any level of basketball. He provides continuous motivation and an intense workout. Good coaching tips are provided for all of the skills being developed. Our son has improved in just one session .

Coach James is the man. My son had no idea what he was going to walk into. He met us at the door happy we were there an excited to work with us. James is very comforting, he lets you know you are welcome in his gym. Workouts were great. He took it a bit easy on my boy as it was his first lesson. We are excited to be rebooking with coach James and taking this basketball game to another level.

Great coach, helps with your game fundamentally and physically. Pushes you but never over pushes and you can always hear words of encouragement from him as your trying to catch your breathe. I've just started coach up but I can already tell all my sessions will continue to be with coach James

Coach James is a great teacher of the fundamentals of basketball. Coach is structured and has a positive attitude. My son had a great time and his confidence is growing. We will definitely be booking more sessions.

Coach James was a great coach! He taught our son some skills he did not know and pushed him to work hard on those he did. Coach James is personal, funny, and down to earth. He made our son feel comfortable right away. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for one-on-one basketball training.

Awesome coach. Knows what he was going. And 100% Focused on how to get me better.

A great coach. Really listens to his players and gives adequate feedback. Focuses on the player's needs.

Coach James has a terrific way with kids. His positive attitude and inspiring words really encouraged Amani to challenge herself and give her best. She had nothing but great things to say about her session with Coach James. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone.

My son had a great session with Coach James. Coach James not only has superior knowledge of the sport, he knows exactly how it feels to be a young player. His technique is awesome. My son got more out of one hour with Coach James then he got out of his last 5 group practices! Thank You Coach James!

Coach James was great! He worked my son hard right off the bat and that is exactly what I was looking for. I can’t wait for our next session.

I was unable to make the session , but my son really enjoyed the workout! we look forward to working with you again soon. Thank you

Coach James session was very positive and full of energy . He’s sessions are very motivational and he pushes to get the best out of you , i look forward to seeing him again

What a great experience. Very positive. Full of energy. Loved the fact that my son had has much fun as Coach James did. My son learned some great new drills and definitely learned a lot. He was so excited after that when we got home he went right to the courts for a couple hours. Highly recommend him.

In speaking with my son after his initial workout with Coach James he was pleasantly surprised...my son has worked out with players of all levels including professional and we are not not easily impressed. He gladly exclaimed "he ran me " ...if anyone knows basketball, that's one of the highest compliments for a workout.

My son loved his session with coach james. He really worked my son hard. My son left the workout with a drenched shirt. He pushed him hard and did some drills with him that I think are really going to help him.

I am Extremely Impressed with Coach James! My daughter is Excelling with his coaching. Coach James is Kind, Positive, and Effective. We have tried a few other good coaches but Coach James is the Best By Far!

Coach James is a a phenomenal coach. His approach is challenging and supportive. I witnessed my son improving right before my eyes during his initial session. I am more than impressed with the level of quality instruction my son received.

I was incredibly impressed with Coach James. Both my boys (ages 5 and 8) loved working with him and in one session I already noticed an improvement in their ball handling as well as a renewed motivation to practice their skills. Coach James inspires and motivates his students, engendering within them a sense of self-discipline and confidence. We are excited to work with him for years to come.

Coach James was an excellent coach. His style is challenging, yet compassionate. He pushed my son hard, but was warm and understanding the whole time. I strongly recommend working with James. We plan on working with him again in the future.

Coach James was amazing, our son was really getting interested into basketball. My husband plays but there is pros and cons about your dad coaching you. Coach James was tough but caring at the same time which fits our sons personality. I would recommend him to everyone! keep up the good work- we will continue to book our sessions with James!

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Coach James is fantastic! I watched my son improve before my eyes! Not only is he extremely knowledgeable with basketball and fitness but knows and teaches the mental game as well, which you can implement in any aspect of your life! We will be going back for more, amazing experience. Thank you coach!

Coach James is amazing. My son showed up really nervous to start, and was immediately put at ease. Coach James was patient, and humorous, but also extremely thorough. He ran my son thru a vigorous workout that had him doing exercises he had never done before, and made it clear from the start mistakes were ok, which was great. My son can't wait for me to book his next session, and said he never felt so tired and excited to do more all at the same time. As a parent I can't wait to see how far coach James will take my son as a player.

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My son had his first workout with Coach James Jordan today and it was great! A high intensity session with great tips and pearls provided throughout. Our son learned a lot - not only about the game but what he is capable of. We have booked another ten sessions and look forward to seeing our son continue to improve his skills and game play!

Our family is ecstatic that we found Coach James! He exudes the magnitude and discipline of the sport. Not only does he understand the fundamentals of the sport but he has the ability to connect with the student wherever they are in the sport. Our son needed someone like Coach James to not only teach and train him in the rudiments of the game but to also develop his mental strength and focus it will take to become a star player. Coach James was tough but patient, effective and enjoyable. Our son loved every bit of it and can't wait for his next session.

We somehow knew that Coach James would have been the coach we needed to take our son to the next level of greatness so booked 3 sessions from the start! Thanks Coach James, see you again this week!

My son had a great practice with coach James. He's very knowledgeable and he does some great drills with the kids. He's also very encouraging with them and very personable. We've only had 1 lesson, but I definitely feel my son's basketball skills will improve alot with coach James.

Coach James is awesome! He is very positive and encouraging and has a great sense of humor. After my daughter's first session I was happy to hear her say that it was much harder than she thought it would be. Coach James makes sure every minute of each session counts. Even during water breaks he talks about fundamentals. His love for the game of basketball is quite evident. Read all of his reviews, they are spot on!! I would definitely recommend Coach James.

Coach James crushed it. Highly motivational, game speed workout. Fantastic drills that hammer home physical fundamentals along with great instruction on the mental side of the game, with a focus on staying positive. Highly recommended!

My son Michael will never forget his time with Coach James. He's already talking about our next session (me too).
I have no doubt Michael's basketball skills and overall confidence will evolve at light speed.
But this is not just about basketball or love of sports. There are many other "life lessons" Michael will walk away with under James's influence. Thanks Coach, see you next week!

Coach James greeted us and made us feel comfortable right away with his motivating words and wisdom even beyond the fundamentals of basketball. My son responded to his challenging workout with confidence and yearning for more knowledge through Coach James' training session. We believe his training is what will make the difference bettering my son to be the all around player this coming season. Thank you Coach ! We are back for several more sessions !

My son and I are so very much impressed with Coach James professionally and personally. Coach James has worked with my 15 year, 6'4, son on the skills that HE needs. Motivating and challenging! Learning in the most positive of ways. Not easy, not cuddling, a special talent indeed! We walk away from each session impressed and signing up for more. Highly recommend from a total basketball circuit mom and player!

Coach James is excellent! He focuses on the fundamentals. Every little thing he discovered that you're not doing right, he will immediately correct it and make you do over. But he doesn't just give you the knowledge/technics. He uses questions to lead my son Edward to 'think' why. He also challenges the player to push to his limit. While intensive, he makes the player think in a positive way. My son loves the lesson and definitely likes to improve himself with Coach James!

Coach James is a phenomenal coach. He not only teaches skill for the game, but expects discipline and respect (both on the court and off). My son, Connor (13), has only had one session so far. Although it was a tough workout, he can't stop talking about how great it was to be challenged and is looking forward to the next session! Coach James gave him some good drills to work on until he sees him again. We look forward to seeing Connor improve and execute these new skills in the upcoming AAU season!

Great coach!! very motivational, Coach James works with my 13 yr old daughter and with his training she will turn into a great player Thank you!

Wow! Coach James is so positive and uplifting! Not only does my daughter learn and improve her basketball skills she leaves his sessions so confident and excited about herself. She loves Coach James sessions and has begun to implement his teachings into her game and has become a much better player with more confidence. His sessions are challenging and informative, not only with game skills but with confidence building and understanding of the game. I highly recommend Coach James to anyone who is looking to improve their overall game!
Susan Walsh

Doesn't matter what age you are, coach James will bring out the best in you. I guarantee if you have high goals, he is the man to help you reach. He was very patient yet there to help you push through. I enjoyed my first session and am thankful to have a trainer who cares about your success and is a great guy who cares!!!

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Coach James made a huge difference in my sons confidence. He worked my son hard at their session and gave him valuable tools that he will use throughout his basketball career. Coach James is an excellent coach and motivator.

Coach James is a great coach, my son really enjoyed each session. He helped him with his left hand, layups, and foul shots. It was a good experience and he's highly recommended...

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Coach James is a great coach. He finds your weaknesses and provides great drills to improve on them. I leave the gym feeling better and more confident every time. I look forward to my sessions with Coach James and recommend him to anyone.

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Coach James is a very good coach. I get a lot of help from him

Coach James not only is a great basketball coach for my 12 year old son, but also a role model who motivates, inspires and unleashes his potential to achieve new heights. We are very fortunate that we have found James!!!

Coach James was excellent with my 11 yr old. Ran him through drills, worked him hard, assessed his strengths and weaknesses quickly, remained positive and had fun the whole time. My son loved it.

Coach James was great. The session was for my 2 sons. One is a complete beginner (14 years old) & the other has been playing for several years (12 years old). He worked them. He had great drills for them. He was very patient. Great coach! Great experience. Thank you

Coach J was totally awesome, for this to be his first time my 13 year old learned so much, Coach J was very encouraging, and even when he corrected him it was done without malice, and still encouraging Coach was Great, My son loved it, he's sore lol, but he will continue on with his lessons

My son had his first session with Coach James and I can say it was the best time spent learning, drilling, and conditioning that he has seen to date. I was very impressed with James's interaction and immediate assessment of my son's game and the plan of action which was implemented. It is clear that James knows the intricacies and fundamentals of the game from a very high level but more important is that he is able to translate it to have meaning for a 12 year old as every thing worked on was explained as why "we're working on this". If you're looking to improve your game with a true professional teacher, look no further than Coach James- you will not be disappointed! My son's words immediately after the workout were, "I can't wait for the next session" even though he was exhausted.
Bill Scribner

James has been very helpful in developing my son's basketball skills. His coaching style incorporates a variety of very positive approaches, which have ultimately helped my son to become more confident in his game. I would strongly recommend James' training sessions to anyone interested in learning the game of basketball or looking to improve and take their game to the next level.

I am very pleased with the progress my son has made as a result of having James as his one on one coach. He works him hard, has excellent knowledge of the fundamentals of the game. Patrick enjoys and looks forward to his sessions with Coach James!

James worked with Tommy on Saturday for his first coaching session and he was very satisfied with what he acheived during the session. Very important was that Tommy felt like he connected with James and that James was truly interested in him. He worked hard and responded very well to James pushing him and challenging him to work harder. Tommy's initial reaction is that he would like to continue to work with James, longterm.. He has set a goal to make the High School Freshman Basketball Team in October of 2013.. and he will work with James toward this goal.. The knowledge that Tommy got out of the first session was beyond what he has been taught previously and he is very excited to continue to work with James. Best decision we made for Tommy.. this is such a great experience for Tommy, both athletically and personally. Thanks James!

Coach James is a great trainer! I would definitely recommend him.

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