I am so excited to announce our 2020 Future Falcon Off-Season training program.  Due to Covid-19 we are going to be running our summer training session virtually vs. having in-person training and open gyms.  If the opportunity arises to safely hold in person training sessions, we will make adjustments, but until then our plan is to move forward with our goal of building a championship foundation of skills for Woodinville High School.  One of the great things about sports is that it teaches players to overcome unexpected challenges to achieve their goals.  For our Future Falcon players and program, we are being presented with the challenge of not being able to come together and train as a group this off season.  We are going to model the mindset of seeing this challenge as an opportunity.  An opportunity to not get stuck in the unknown, an opportunity to work harder than other programs, an opportunity to truly focus on our individual skills, and an opportunity to build the intrinsic discipline that it takes to be truly special.  Below are the details of our Summer Future Falcon Program.

Program Details:

Dates:  June 1 – September 12 (15 Weeks)

Who can take part?  Future Falcon’s going into grades 3rd – 8th.  Must be living in the Woodinville High School Feeder pattern

Grade Pairing:  Rising 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th

Cost:  see note:  MAX $200 ($50 off for 2019-2020 Woodinville Select & 3/4 Future Falcon Winter program participants) – NOTE:  In light of the current financial situation once the costs of the program are covered with each additional signup, we will be reducing everyone’s fees.  The goal is to offer the most affordable program possible to the most kids possible, with the Max price of $200 or $150 for 2019-2020 Woodinville Select & 3/4 Future Falcon players.

Registration Link:  https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/229335

Program Includes:  

  • Weekly workout program (including 2 or 3 designed workouts approximately 30-45 minutes in length, this is put together by the 4 coaches assigned to your son’s age group.  These workouts will be focused on ball handling, shooting, and physical fitness
  • Minimum of 1 Zoom Meeting each week run by a coach to connect with the kids, discuss goals, and put them through a workout to illustrate training and get a sweat going
  • Coaches available to talk with player as needed to provide motivation and teaching
  • Competitions amongst teammates and across age groups to keep the program fun while challenging the player

Player Responsibilities:  Engage with their teammates, communicate with them and their coaches, embrace the challenge of self-motivation.

Parent Responsibilities:  The sessions are going to be designed, for the most part, to be completed by your son on his own, but we will ask you to help make this program a success.  This help may include videoing your son, clearing out a spot in the garage, or helping him log into a Zoom meeting.  We are going to try and keep your involvement to a minimum, but we may ask for you to swap out the time you would have spent driving your son to and from the gym or waiting for him to come out for direct engagement.  

Times:  The times of the Zoom sessions will vary by coach, but the training sessions will be done on your own time, whatever works for your son.    

Coach Assignments by grade:  

  • 7/8:  Taylor Banks, Mitch Penner, Demetri Ilias, Jay Wyrick
  • 5/6:  Charlie McElrath, Ken Krell, Zack Oates, Cameron Dick
  • 3/4:  Matt Flinn, Brian Allenspach, AJ Schramm, Ankit Tomar

Go Falcons!

Matt, Vice President Basketball Club of Woodinville

matthewflinn@outlook.com

Coach Bios

A.J. Schramm:  A.J. is entering his first season coaching for the Basketball Club of Woodinville after graduating from the University of Washington in May 2020.  His Falcon basketball career started in the 5th grade with Woodinville Select and finished at Woodinville High School with a trip to the State Tournament, earning the Coaches Award that year by showing his passion and commitment to winning the Falcon way.  We look forward to seeing A.J. transfer what he has learned over the last 4 years as a select baseball coach onto the hardwood and helping our Future Falcons.  

Ankit Tomar:  Ankit is entering his 2nd season coaching with the Woodinville Select program.  He too is a Falcon product, playing both basketball and golf for Woodinville High School.  Ankit started his basketball development with the Woodinville Select program in 6th grade.  In addition to playing basketball for Woodinville he also has experience playing for two different AAU programs as well as coaching at Home Court.

Brian Allenspach:  This will be Brian’s third year helping with the Future Falcon program in some capacity and brings an amazing amount of experience and passion for the game of basketball.  He is currently the Woodinville High School C-team head coach, and before that was the Varsity Men’s Basketball coach at Oceanside Collegiate Academy in South Carolina.  Brian’s playing career also spanned multiple levels including earning an honorable mention Macdonald’s all-American selection.  He went on to play 4 years of Division I basketball at Davidson and Western Kentucky where he earned Academic All-conference awards at both schools.  After college he went on to play in the EuroLeague and USBL.  (Due to being a coach at Woodinville High School he will only be actively coaching the 3rd-5th grades.)

Cameron Dick:  Cameron is another one of our former Falcon High School players who is committing to help build the skills of our Future Falcons.  Cameron was a 2-year varsity player and voted team captain by his teammates and coaches his Senior season.  He has coached at multiple basketball camps for both the Woodinville and Bothell programs, and also has experience playing with the Global Basketball Club.  We are glad to have him be a part.

Charlie McElrath:  This will be Charlie’s 3rd season coaching for the Woodinville Basketball program and 18th overall coaching youth basketball.  Charlie grew up in Redmond, but we don’t hold that against him, as his loyalties are to the Falcon green as all 5 of his children have gone to Woodinville High school. with His youngest will be entering her Junior year at Woodinville.

Demetri Ilias:  Demetri is a Falcon at heart and understands what it takes to be part of a championship team.  His senior season at Woodinville High School he was a Captain on their KingCo Championship team, while earning All-KingCo league honors.  We are excited to have Demetri back for his second Future Falcon off-season.  Last year he was the driving force behind the “Coach Demetri Summer Challenge” and enjoys creating a challenging yet supportive environment for our Future Falcon summer off-season.

Jay Wyrick:  Jay continues the list of former Falcon players who are giving back to build the program foundation for the future.  This will be his 3rd year being involved coaching in the program.  Jay not only played for Woodinville High School, earning team captain honors as a senior, but he built his falcon skills by playing with Woodinville Select from 5th through 8th grade.  In addition to this experience he also was a part of Emerald City Basketball, so he understands the commitment it takes in the off season.  

Ken Krell:  This will be Ken’s first year helping the Future Falcon Program and we are very excited to have him as he brings some great coaching depth.  His 20+ years of coaching spans across multiple High school and AAU programs where his teams earned 5 national Final Four appearances and participated in 25 national level tournaments.  He built the foundation by having a great basketball career that started at Tonasket High School and finished as a member of the University of Washington Men’s basketball team.  

Matt Flinn:  In addition to entering his 3rd year as program director this will be Matt’s 5th year as a coach with Woodinville Select.  Hailing from the great basketball state of Indiana Matt was a 3-year varsity player in high school, where he was All-League and All-State selections.  He then played 4-years of college basketball where he was team captain both his Junior and Senior seasons.  

Mitch Penner:  This will be Mitch’s first year working with our Future Falcon players, but he brings a lot of excellent experience.  Mitch played professionally in Germany after a stellar 4-year career at Seattle Pacific University where he earned 1st Team All-conference honors, 2nd Team All West Coast honors, and finished his career in the top 10 in school scoring.  He has also trained and coached for Emerald City Basketball Academy where he spent a lot of time focusing on ball handling, creating your own shot, footwork/body control, and post development for all players.  

Taylor Banks:  Taylor is a Falcon at heart, playing for Woodinville as a 3-year varsity player and earning Defensive Player of the Year and Team captain his senior season.  This will be Taylor’s 4th year coaching for Woodinville Select.  He also coached at Liberty High School in a variety of roles including C-team head coach, JV Team head coach, and head Varsity assistant.  

Zack Oates:  This will be Zack’s 2nd season coaching for the Basketball Club of Woodinville.  Zack is truly home-grown.  He grew up in Woodinville, developed his skills through the Woodinville Select program, was a 3-year varsity player for Woodinville High School, 2-time honorable mention all KingCo selection, and as a senior he was a major contributor to the Falcons first run to the State Tournament.  Even though this is only Zack’s 2nd season coaching with us this is his 8th season coaching youth basketball, as he coached for Home Court for 6 years prior.  

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