Jason L., Philadelphia, PA Basketball Coach

Jason L.



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Former Professional Basketball Player with the NBA. Specializes in working with young players boys and girls. High school,collegiate and professional players. View all coaching experience

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Training Locations
  • Villanova University (PA)

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Center, Forward, Guard

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


  • Villanova University (PA)

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Center, Forward, Guard

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

More About Coach Jason

I am a former Professional Basketball Player with the NBA. I was drafted out of Villanova University to the Orlando Magic in the second round. I have played for NBA teams including the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Clippers. I spent the remainder of my professional career playing overseas for teams in countries such as France, Spain, and Greece. My former experience as a professional player, paired with my recent experience as a coach has made me an expert in all aspects of the sport of basketball.

When I was drafted, I started a youth summer league in Philadelphia called “The Jason Lawson Summer League” and served as coach for five years. This was a great opportunity for local kids to develop their skills in a team setting. After retiring as a professional player I accepted a position as Assistant Coach for Harcum College’s Men’s Basketball team. Through my assistance with this team, we succeeded in reaching the Regional Semi-Finals. I have served as assistant coach for Germantown Friends’ Track and Field team, but my most fulfilling coaching position to date, has been my role as Assistant Coach for Martin Luther King High School’s Boys Basketball Team. The Cougars were able to win a Public Championship in 2014.The next season we were runners up in the Pennsylvania State Championship to Roman Catholic.

As a coach, I am motivated, dedicated, and reliable. Some of the qualities I instill during my sessions include, hard work, dedication, and commitment, to ultimately improve my players skill set. I participate during sessions to mimic a real game scenario, and I encourage my players to take the lead on offense and defense. My specific goal as a coach, is that after each individualized session, my athletes gain confidence in themselves, through their game and skills.

• Villanova University Hall of Fame Inductee, 2013
• Big Five Hall of Fame Inductee, 2004
• Second Round Draft Pick, Orlando Magic, NBA, 1997
• Big East Defensive Player of the Year, 1997
• Villanova All-time Leading Shot Blocker, 1997
• US World University Games Gold Medalist, 1995
• Member of the Big East Men’s Basketball Championship Team, 1995
• NCAA Tournament Chevrolet Scholarship Award (MVP)

When I start a program with an individual, I initially assess their skill set and develop a specific program tailored to their individual goals. This assessment identifies the individual athletes specific strengths and weaknesses, in order to create a specific plan to help the athlete reach their maximum potential

A typical program will include an initial warm-up including dynamic stretching, followed by half-court/full-court ball handling, perimeter shooting, mid-range shooting, and ending with defensive drills. The remainder of the session will be focused on the individuals specific needs and desired goals. My specific goals as a coach are that after each individualized session, my athletes gain confidence in their game and skills.

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Client Reviews

Coach Jason is outstanding!! My son really enjoys working out with him. I have noticed a significant difference in his ball handling ability after only 2 sessions. Jason is very attentive during the session and never stops instructing. He has a great demeanor and explains things well. He also provides lots of positive encouragement during the session. Overall, couldn't be happier.

Great 1st session. Coach Jason focused right on the areas we had discussed and ran my son through many new drills that challenged him. This was a great experience and I am really happy we found Coach Jason. We are already signing up for more sessions.

Excellent , great with the kids , fantastic personality , patient , knowledgeable , my son Ioves him

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My daughter said he training is very good!

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No one can train you as good as he does.

Coach Jason is wonderful. He listens to your goals and tailors your training to help you reach them.

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Coach Jason is awesome with my son!
He is very informative, and patient. We have just started our sessions and my son has improved as a team member for his basketball games, and drills at practice. He is more confident on the court altogether. I highly recommend him as a trainer.

He was very good and attentive. Will book again

I am glad we connected with Jason! He knows what he's doing and my son wants to come back!!

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Jason has been a great coach for my son. He has worked on fundamentals, including ball handling, shooting and dribbling. It’s a tough workout but my son loves it and always looks forward to his sessions with Jason.

Great coach!

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Coach Jason was great with my son. The drills were geared to what I thought my son struggled with in his position. He was encouraging when my son was getting frustrated and wanted to give up. I like his coaching style. Very patient and easy to talk to.

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Today was the first session that Coach Lawson worked with my son; it will not be the last! The great balance of challenge, skills and support. My son and I are looking forward to the next seasion(s).

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Great attitude
Great teaching my 16 year old
Very glad we selected Jason

Coach Jason did an awesome job with my son Nathan. Came home smiling from ear-to-ear. Highly recommended!

Great workout!

Back in the gym for another workout with coach and my son reports "he's great!" when asked how he would describe coach Jason.

Working on skills to take his game to the next level. New skills and drills, tailored to develop the full range of his game. Easy to work with and a very positive role model too.

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I decided to surprise my 16th yr old with a personal training session for his birthday and used Coach Up to find a resource. Luckily, Coach Jason was in our area and this turned out to be one of thee best decisions. He was able to thoroughly do an assessment with my son and suggest recommendations to improve his practice and performance. My son left feeling more confident than before and wanting to train with Coach Jason again. So we will be back for more conditioning and working on playing with his back to the rim! Thanks Coach Jason

Very good coach - very friendly. I got a good exercise in - coach keeps pushing you to do better. He's very nice!

My son just had his first session with Coach Jason, and he absolutely loves Coach Jason. During his first water break, he asked me to book more sessions with Coach Jason. He said he really enjoyed training with him. Coach Jason used different drills with my son to evaluate his skills and discussed his evaluation with me. He let me know what my son needs to work on and will focus on those area during our future sessions. We look forward to work with Coach Jason.

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Coach Jason was excellent! It was the first session with my 12-year-old son, and my son absolutely loved the session and he thought Coach Jason was very cool. I have used other trainers, but my son prefers to work more with Jason. He ran my son through various drills to get a feel for his strengths and areas of improvement, and he discussed which drills he would implement in the sext session to drive effectiveness. We look forward to working with Jason more.

I found coach Lawson to be extremely responsive and he did a great job of motivating my son. His session plan was challenging and productive, while focusing on fundamentals. His years of basketball experience at the highest level have helped him become a very effective teacher. I highly recommend his services!

Had an opening session with coach Jason. My Don learned a lot in the one session. He is dedicated and patient coach.

Coach Jason does a great job focusing on my son's abilities and has ran excellent training workout sessions to develop those abilities. His sessions have definitely had an immediate impact on my son's basketball development and will definitely have a long term impact with the learned training skills that I see my son using in the future.

My son had two sessions with Coach Jason and he really enjoyed them. Coach Jason was able to determine my son's strengths and weaknesses to become a better ball player. In just two sessions, my son confidence in the game and skill set has improved tremendously. Coach Jason is very professional and encouraging and we look forward to more sessions with him.

Coach Jason done a great job with my son. Which really encouraged my son to do more. Thanks Coach Jason

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Coach Jason is an excellent coach! After just one session, my son is shooting better. He immediately accesses the improvements needed, and helps with patience and positive training. I recommend him highly!

Great coach he's my key to making my dreams come to reality

Great first session, my son learned alot.

Coach Jason was great, we did many drills and they are very effective. He will definitely push you to reach another level.

Coach Jason is a dedicated coach, who has a ton of patience. He spends as much time as needed with my son, he doesn't rush practice or looks at the time. He's very dedicated and focused on making my son become a better athlete.

I've had one training session with Jason and I am shooting better already! The real deal

My 6 year old sons first session with Coach Jason was excellent. Coach Jason was patient with my son, and really explained each drill thoroughly. My son was very receptive to Coach Jason's instruction and I am so impressed with what he learned in just one session. I have since signed him up for five sessions and my son is so excited for the next session! I would definitely recommend Coach Jason to anyone looking for a basketball instructor.

My husband and I weren't sure if we would be willing to do an hour drive to and from for a 70min practice until we met Jason and saw how engaged he was with our daughter. He has great patients for a young child and was able to communicate great with her and us. Our daughter didn't want to leave. We are making the hour drive as often as possible now :) thank you Jason!!

Great communicator, works terrific with kids. Very organized - you won't find a better instructor!

He was excellent, really pushes you and motivates you to do you best! Highly recommended!

I strongly recommend Jason L. He pushes you so you can Elevate Your Game. After our sessions, I be feeling like Lebron Lol.

Coach J. Is very knowledgeable and engaging, he clearly knows how to motivate the athlete and pushes them to their potential. This was done through positive reinforcement and my son clearly responded.

Great Job!

Jason was very open and willing to answer any questions I threw his way regarding his experience with the NBA, college, and anything basketball related, including workout advice and tips. We did drills I wanted to do as well as drills he recommended which helped a lot. Extremely friendly and great coach!

Coach Jason was great after one session I feel like I've improved alot. He really pushes you to be the best player you can be and teaches you how to work hard.!I think if you are looking to improve Coach Jason is the best way to go!

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Coach was awesome, very knowledgable. The facility was outstanding and there were no distractions there. I'm impressed and my son wants to learn and coach sensed that and began teaching. I will be a customer for a long time.

Coach Jason is a PRO. If you want the best its starts with him. His experience speaks for itself. He has been working with my 14 year old son. He is great with young adults. He is hard working and expects that in return. You will not go wrong he knows the game and he has reached its highest level. If you want to work to be the best he is your coach!

My 12 year old son had his first session with Coach Jason and I was extremely pleased with the explosive drills that he introduced to my son. He spoke with both my son and I to see what he needed to work on and he incorporated all of our requests into the session. We have already scheduled our next session with Coach Jason!

I would strongly recommend Mr. Lawson as a coach. He worked with our schedule and had a plan set for our son after the first practice. I truly believe that with more coaching from Mr. Lawson, our son will gain the confidence and skill he wants to keep playing and enjoying basketball.

Coach Jason has been very helpful in developing
my 9 yr. old son's basketball skills.
He provided a challenging but fun and productive
workout. My son gained confidence and can not wait
for his next training session with coach Jason.
Thank You!

Clients and parents can attest to my ability to bring out the best in the young people I work with. Through consistency and effort you'll get better.
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