Director of Player Development
Chris grew up playing basketball in New York City. Playground basketball and the CYO game honed his skills and prepared him for college basketball at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Christopher was a point guard and has played against some of the best players of the last quarter century. He fell in love with the science of player development (http://www NULL.austinyouthbasketball NULL.com/basketball-mentoring-meeting/) while playing and training with many NBA and WNBA players in Manhattan Beach, CA. Now in his forties, he still plays, but with a different level of athleticism. He has won several Austin City Championships as well as Lifetime Fitness League Championship.
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Player Development Coach
Coach Geoff Harner is a local Austinite who played in high school at McCallum High School and went on to play collegiality at Concordia University. Geoff was one of a very select few to earn Academic All American Honors at Concordia.
Geoff then earned a contract to play professionally in Kosovo, Europe and still receives interest from some European clubs. Geoff currently plays with the Austin Boom which is a semi-pro ABA team you can check out here: http://www.austin-boom.com/ (http://www NULL.austin-boom NULL.com/).
Geoff graduated with a business administration degree and a kinesiology minor. He is a certified personal trainer and has expertise in basketball specific movement, rehab and prehab movements designed for a healthier young athlete. Designing and overseeing own body weight and speed, vertical, and agility programs is another of Geoff’s areas of expertise.
Geoff also serves as an occasional personal trainer for parents of our players in a private environment.
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At six foot six inches and two hundred and forty five pounds, Chris Price embodies the love of the game. Chris grew up playing basketball in Clear Lake, a suburb of Houston, TX. He learned the fundamentals of the game from youth skill camps put on by a Hall of Fame high school basketball coach in his area. As a college sophomore, Chris was recognized for his playing ability and invited to join the University of Texas Men’s Basketball team. His experience as a forward on the team is where he honed his basketball skills and IQ, as well as experienced some of the most competitive basketball of his life. Chris competed with great college players and future pros, and the experience was the highlight of his playing career.
Chris’ aim in working with young players is to build confidence, teach fundamental skills, and share his love and passion for the game of basketball. His experience working with youth ranges from being a former volunteer youth minister in the Austin area to running his own private math tutoring business for middle and high school students. Chris strongly believes that the basketball education he received as a youth learning the game, and advanced training and coaching he received at The University of Texas was a priceless gift for him as a player, and he aims to share that same gift with today’s youth. His passion for youth and basketball leads him to coach in an encouraging style that breeds confidence, basketball intelligence, and growth.
A twelve year resident of Austin, TX, Chris received his BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. By day Chris is an Account Executive for Arrive Logistics, an Austin based national freight brokerage which can be found at www.arrivelogistics.com (http://www NULL.arrivelogistics NULL.com/). He aims to take what was given to him and give back to the next generation, on and off the court.”
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