Joel Barkers, Gaithersburg, MD Basketball Coach

Joel Barkers




I am a former Professional Basketball Player who has played at the highest levels. Come and experience first hand what it takes to get your game to the next level. View all coaching experience

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Training Locations
Training Locations
  • University of Hartford (CT)

  • 8 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Center, Guard, Forward

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


  • University of Hartford (CT)

  • 8 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Center, Guard, Forward

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

More About Coach Joel

As a former professional basketball player, I currently own a fast growing youth basketball organization called, You Reach I Teach Basketball Academy. Our goal is to improve social skills, teamwork, citizenship and performance, as well as skills level. As a trainer I welcome ages 5 and up, all genders, races and skill sets. I promote a positive learning and skills training environment.

I am a former Division 1 College and Professional Basketball player. I started my college career at The University of Hartford where I was named to the All Connecticut 6 Classic Team. As a sophomore I was one of only ten players in the country to average a double-double and ranked top ten in the nation in rebounding. I spent my senior season at Central Missouri State where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. In high school I was rated as a top 100 players in the nation and named as a Honorable Mention for the McDonald's All American. I graduated from the power house institution, Mt Zion Christian Academy, the same school as NBA greats, Tracy McGrady, Amare Stoudemire, Jarret Jack and Brandon Rush. I also spent two season at the historic DeMatha Catholic High School. My professional playing career has taken me overseas to Greece, Germany, London England, Cheshire England, and China. In addition, I participated in the NBA Development League and played with the NBA's Denver Nuggets in 2013.

My clients will experience an intense and rewarding training session involving ball handling, shooting, defense, rebounding passing. I will teach and share my years of high level experience in my training sessions. Clients will leave feeling satisfied and confident in their skill development.

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Coach Joel is a great instructor to work with. However, in such little time you'll see how much better of a person he is. He allows you to get better at your own pace and keeps it fun. Look no further if you want to get better with a solid foundation everyone!

Coach Joel does an incredible job with training and keeping my son motivated. He is encouraging but at the same time has high expectations and in one hour, is able to get my son to do an impressive number of drills. My son looks forward to his sessions with Coach Joel.

We really enjoyed working with Coach Joel. We felt at home and in about 15 minutes he greatly improved our son's jump shoot. Thanks Coach.

Really good coach but prices are out of my league lmao.

True professional. If you want to improve your game, this is the place to go. Joel quickly understands what you need to improve on and gets to work without wasting time. His gym has this great atmosphere that makes you want to get to work. You won’t find better, highly recommend.


Coach Joel is a great coach! We first started brining our oldest son to him who had basketball experience but need help refining skills and gaining confidence. We have now added our younger children to his training sessions, one with limited experience and our other child with no experience. He has been great, encouraging all 3 kids, building skill and confidence at each level!

Joel is a very good trainer who focus on what really develop the player.
He is quick on finding out the player areas of improvement. Most trainer don’t see that
We are happy with him and will highly recommend him to anyone willing to take the ball game at the next level

Great session

It is obvious that Coach Joel loves teaching basketball and has mastered the art of doing so. We took our 7 year-old granddaughter for a 1-hour coaching session and she absolutely loved it. She said she's never sweated that hard in her entire life but didn't care because it was so much fun. Even though we live forty-five minutes away we're going to find a way to keep her working with Coach Joel.

My son went last week for his first session and he loved it! He couldn't wait to go back for another session. My son learned new shooting techniques, and felt more confident in his game. My son is going to start going weekly to Joel, I am confident his game is going to reach new levels with Joel's help !

Great session!

Joel was very professional, friendly and knowledgeable about the sport. He worked well with my daughter, and provided positive feedback on techniques to help her improve on being a better basketball player!

Joel Barker is an amazing coach who elevates your game to the next level , he works you hard so you have to be ready for the challenge . I really love the sessions I have and i highly recommend booking him as a trainer for you or a loved one . I plan to continue to train with him to help elevate my game

We've had one session so far (and plan to book more!) and we believe Coach Joel can definitely take our son to the next level as a confident athlete.

My son enjoyed working with Coach Joel who was very positive and encouraging. He worked my son hard, gave him some helpful pointers, and taught him some new techniques in their session together.

Excellent technical feedback. We'll be back!

Coach Joel was an excellent fit for my son's temperament. He is patient, positive and encouraging. He exposed my son to a higher level of practicing techniques and preparation for game play. I highly recommend his teaching.

Coach was really nice and he foucsed in my son’s weakness. He makes him comfortable while being serious and fun in the same time. My son doesnt know the basic about basketball he tought him alot he was very patient. We are definitely continuing with him.

My son just completed his second session with Coach Joel and I’ve already seen an improvement. While my son has been playing basketball since he was 7, he has never had a coach so attentive and in tune to him. Coach is very patient and makes my son feel comfortable and confident. Not to mention I can tell he genuinely cares about teaching kids. While this is only the second session my son has had with Coach I’m looking forward to many more sessions, as Coach is exactly what my son needs to bring out the natural athleticism he has.

Coach Joel helped with my sons weaknesses witch is his jump shot, and he has great equipment for different types of skills in the game of basketball also help with my sons skills playing guard. I like how he stretched my son out before training.

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Coach Joel exceeded my expectations in regards to the level of training he provided for my son. His attention to detail, as well as his ability to keep the kids engaged at the tasks was remarkable. My son has expressed interest in wanting to take more classes from coach. I will highly recommend his services to anyone who is trying to learn the game.

Coach Joel was excellent. I can tell by watching him while training my son he is dedicated to pushing and bringing out the best in him. My son was also impressed as he really provided a one on one and was able to help him in areas where he slacked while acknowledging his potential. My son is really excited about training with coach Joel and looks forward to further session. Coach Joel is a great choice only wish I see him sooner

Coach Joel has been fantastic in working out with our son. It's rare to be able to have NBA-level talent working out directly one one one with your child, and having the patience and personality to effectively teach them both the skills and mindset it takes to be an elite athlete.

My son looks forward to his sessions with Coach Joel all week and always raves about them afterwords. I've already seen marked improvement in his game and I'm sure that will only continue. Whether you are looking to take your game to the next level or just want to understand the fundamentals of basketball, Coach Joel is the best in the area.

Thanks Coach Joel!

Awesome experience.The boys had a great time and learned a lot.

Coach Joel is so amazing!! He gave my daughter his all!! He is so patient and kind and smiled his way through a very tough workout.

He gives praise and constant reinforcement but at the same time helped my daughter to take ownership for her mistakes and encouraged her to keep going and try again. We are so thankful to have found Coach Joel and we can't wait to return for session #2:)

Coach Joel does a great job! My son has attended other basketball programs but this is by far the best that I have seen. My son is shy at first so coach Joel really tried to make him feel at ease as did the other kids in the session. we plan to continue coming back. He found a way to mix skill training with fun. Great combination.

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I would like to say I appreciate the work and effort that coach Barkers put into working with my son, patient but pushed him to reach a different level that I know he has, it was a GREAT DAY and he will be returning!

Coach Joel was terrifc! He was flexible with where/when to meet which was very helpful. More importantly though he was great with my son. Joel was able to get my son to focus and in just one session there was an improvement with Ben's shot! Thanks so much!

Whatever you are doing with Jacob to bring him out of his shell, Thank you. He enjoys the program so much because of you. He can be such a shy kid that I sometimes worry about him... Thanks again
Its Amazing to see a former Professional Athlete take the time to give back. what you do is amazing and we need more people like you.
My son's wont stop raving about you. what ever you doing keep it up. Thank you
Apparently My son Loves your camps, and wants to keep playing basketball. Do you do private sessions?
We need more passionate people in this world like you.
Coach Joel, I really appreciate you believing in me and pushing me to new limits. Thanks so much
My twins admire you. They keep on asking me "Mommy when is Coach Joels next camp" thanks so much for all you do.
My son Jaiden Loves your program. He said hes only doing your camps and training. he said if coach Joel inst there I am not going! thanks so much for helping him believe in himself
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