It has taken me a moment to write this review about Coach TJ because it has been difficult to put into words all of what I think and feel in regards to my experience with him. Growing up in a small town in Louisiana in the 80s (born '77), sports were more than something we just happened upon or engaged in as a past time. It was our way of life. When we had nothing else, we had our love for the game and our coaches invested in us. The sport itself taught me soooo many life lessons. Outside of my father, I attribute much of my success today to my coaches bc they instilled in me self discipline, work ethic, being a team player, and having that hunger for the things in life that I desire. They were more than just coaches. They were mentors, educators, the preacher, disciplinarian, doctor, lawyer, and my biggest critic/supporter. They saw value in me as a person and an athlete and not a means to collect a check. It was my coach that enrolled us in college and community basketball camps, then made sure we got there; not our parents. They couldn't afford it. Our coaches, most volunteers, had us up on Saturday mornings in local Rec centers at 7am doing shooting drills and working us out, FULL COURT, and we knew better than to miss a morning practice or be late. I've found it hard to find that same passion in coaches/trainers nowadays. No, I'm not saying it doesn't still exist, but in my experience thus far, it hasn't been that. Instead, most want your child to show up WNBA/NBA ready bc they don't want to invest, have the patience for, or choose to make time for athletes that's not already at a certain level. Nevertheless, in the case of my daughter, she transitioned from private school (Christian) to that of the public system upon entering high school. I began to notice a drastic change in her self-confidence, self- eastern, skill and mindset, as well as her motivation to play the game. I later found out that she was being bullied (by some teammates), but by this time it had taken its toll. She had buried her love for the game. After handling that situation, I decided to look for a personal trainer/coach in hopes of providing her with an avenue to regain her confidence. I was quickly saddened at the thought bc I knew that she would probably never have what I had growing up.. that investment into my mental and emotional well-being and strength, not just my skills, so that I could go out on any day and dominate the court. I began talking and praying to God about it while I searched. I reminded Him that my daughter was His child and that He knew what she needed and if I had to drive for hours each day to make it happen, then I would. He led me to Coach TJ. I've been praising Him ever since. I drive a little over 2 hours twice a week so that she can train with Coach TJ for 1hr each session, then we're back on the road. I'd do it daily if Coach had the space to take her.. even if it meant taking on another job bc what he's doing for her, money can't buy. I had never met Coach TJ prior to CoachUp, and even though I had trainers showing within .05 miles of where I lived, I listened to and trusted God and here we are. Honestly, I was literally in tears (internally) after her first practice. God had listened. I heard TJ pour into my child in a way I could not (bc I'm momma and parents don't know anything), and on our long drive home, she talked to me about basketball as she had previously. For the first time since 8th grade, I saw the love in her eyes as she talked about her session with Coach TJ. "Momma did you hear what he said (so forth and so on)? Or "Hey mommie, did you see that move today? Coach said I executed it perfectly and that he was proud of me". Still makes me emotional. From day one, Coach TJ showed up.. and not just skill-wise, but mentally and emotionally by encouraging her, getting on her butt and calling her out when she's subpar, by pushing her, and helping her to realize and find that love again. And the funny thing about this entire story is that to this day, Coach TJ has no idea of our story, our path to him, or the impact he's had on our lives. God is amazing; He never disappoints; and He's always on time! Thank you Coach for continuously nurturing my daughter in ways you could have never imagined. I've sat silently with my thoughts for a while and now it's time that you know just how special you are!
What I would like for everyone reading this review to know is that, you never know someone's story so we should always keep that in mind. Be nice, be gentle, and take time out for our next generation of student-athletes if coaching/training is your REAL true passion. Your love, attention, time and effort may be the one thing that changes their lives. They're already dealing with a lot. Trust me, personally and professionally, I know❤