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RICO GRIER
PROFESSIONAL COACH / TRAINER / President of Boys Division
Co-Founder

Rico Grier graduated from Pfeiffer University, where he played from 2000-2005.  There he was a two-time All-American, as well as player of the year of the CVAC 2004.  Grier helped lead Pfeiffer to the 2004 Elite Eight Division II NCAA Tournament.  After graduating, he played professionally in Europe for five years.  He spent his first two seasons in Germany, his third in the Czech Republic, where he played alongside of Damien Argrett. The last two seasons he played for Ukraine and Slovakia.  With the experience of playing at such a high level, Grier is now focused on providing his knowledge and expertise to the younger generation, to help them develop into the best basketball player they can be. Lastly, and more importantly, turning them into the best student and human being.

DAMIEN ARGRETT
PROFESSIONAL COACH / TRAINER / Vice President of Boys Division
Co-Founder

Damien Argrett was a professional basketball player in Europe, along with playing at the collegiate level at Pfeiffer University.  He is passionate about teaching the fundamentals of the game, not just the position you have been told you have to play. Damien played with Rico Grier throughout his professional career. Damien helped lead Pfeiffer University to the Elite 8 in 2004, finishing with a 31-3 record.  Damien Argrett was named NCAA Division II All-Americans as a senior, while averaging 20 minutes per game and 19 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds respectively. Since earning his degree from Pfeiffer University, Damien Argrett continued to play basketball overseas on the professional level.  While playing in countries such as Germany, Romania, Czech Republic and Poland, his success continued being named MVP in the Czech Republic in 2007, as well as being a 2x All-Star in Romania and the Czech Republic. In 2017, Damien was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Pfeiffer University.

CHUCK DINOLFO
ADVISOR / OPERATIONS / CEO of LKN1
Co-Founder

Chuck earned his Master of Science degree from the ATLANTIC 10, St. Bonaventure University.  His business experience is Division Management, Market Development and Program Implementation within today's Fortune 500 companies. Chuck currently specializes in medical innovations and weight-loss solutions.  In 2016, he ranked number one within his international organization.


ALEXIS HORNBUCKLE
PROFESSIONAL COACH / TRAINER/ President of Girls Division

Coach Lex is a current Overseas Professional Player.  Her credentials are: Pat Summit's Top 10 Players of all time, #4 Overall draft pick WNBA 2008, WNBA Champion 2008 2011,  NCAA Champion Tennessee Volunteers 2007, 2008, 1 of 3 Lady Vols to amass 900+ pts, 500+ reb, 350+ asst, 250+ steals, 50+ blocks,  All-SEC First Team 2007, 2008,  All-SEC Defense First Team 2008,  SEC All tourney team 2007,  All-SEC Freshman Team 2005,  Pan American Games Gold Medalist 2007,  McDonald's All-American MVP 2004,  WBCA All-American MVP 2004,  3x Gatorade WV Player of the Year.


SANDRA GARCIA
PROFESSIONAL COACH / TRAINER / Vice President of Girls Division

Sandra is a Wake Forest graduate.  2009 she was named to the ACC All-Freshmen Team.  Her senior year she became just one of six players in school history to record 1,000 career points and 700 career rebounds. Sandra represented her Island from 2009-2016 as the standout post  player for the Puerto Rican National Team.  During her 8 year playing experience, she played in the Pan American games, Centrobasket, and other national tournaments.  Sandra played professionally for 8 years overseas for  Puerto Rico, Finland, Dubai, and Jordan.  Her hard work and dedication to the game of basketball allowed her to play in various countries such as: China, Cuba, Turkey, Amsterdam, Mexico, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Czech Republic, Serbia, and Canada. 
 

JEROME HORNBUCKLE
PROFESSIONAL COACH / TRAINER

2017-2018 Head JV Girls Basketball Coach. Cox Mills High School, 2016-2017 Head JV Girls Basketball Coach. JM Robinson High School Nike Grass Root Girls Basketball Coach 6 years (1 of only 24 coaches in the country).  One of the original coaches of the development of Nike Skills Academy,  Coached four players that went to the WNBA,  2013- Asst. Head Coach Our Lady Queen of Peace Girls Basketball Team Lake Jackson, Texas,  2012- Trainer for Brazosport High School Girls Basketball Team Freeport, Texas,  2010-  Trainer for Fort Benn AAU Shooting Stars,  2009 2010 Trainer for West Columbia High School Girls Basketball Team, Texas (AAU Coaches are not allowed to be head coaches in WV) , South Charleston High School- Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach (2003-2006) AAA State Champions in 2003 and 2004, and runner up in 2005. Capital High School- Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach (2001-2002),  AAA State Champions in 2001 and 2002 Dunbar Middle School- Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach (2000),  County Championship in 2000,  WV Tornadoes Head Coach (1997 – 2003), 53 Division 1 Scholarships in Girls Basketball Schools: Tennessee, UConn, Ohio State, Georgia, Va. Tech, Radford, Elon, Cleveland State, WVU, Akron, Ohio University, Marshall, Dayton, University Cincinnati, Corneal, Radford, 12 Division II basketball scholarships Huntington YMCA Biddy Basketball (1976-1993), 2002 4th Rank  Nike National Travel Team, 2002 2nd Place USJN 16 team, 2001 3rd Rank Nike National Travel Team, 2001 1st Place USJN 15 team, 2000-2005 Coached in 5 Nike American Camps, 2000-2004 Coached in University of North Carolina Summer Camp, 2005 Coached in University of Tennessee Summer Camp, 1999 2nd Rank  AAU, Four AAU State Championships, Coached – All -Americans Allison Bailes (Duke University), Candice Parker (University of Tennessee), Alexis Hornbuckle (University of Tennessee), Marcella Parkard (Ohio State), Tashia Humphreys (University of Georgia), Renee Montgomery (University of Connecticut), Jill Stephens (University of Cincinnati), Brittiny Cook (Virginia  Tech), Sarah  Takoite  (University of Akron) .


DeMARIO GRIER
PROFESSIONAL COACH / TRAINER

DeMario Grier was a professional basketball player in Europe, he played alongside Rico Grier and Damien Argrett on the 2003 Hall Of Fame team at Pfeiffer university.  He is excited about developing kids fundamentals of the game.  He was 3rd in nation in scoring in 2007, also 2 time NABC ALL-AMERICAN and averaged more points than minutes played 2006 and 2007.  He was also 1st team ALL CVAC 2006 and 2007, also the leading scorer in the CVAC 2006-2007. He played in the first Division 2 all star game in the hall of fame arena in Boston MA in 2007. He finished 2nd in scoring in pro B Germany league and he also set the record for most points in one game with 51 points. Before he went on to play pro basketball overseas he graduated from Pfeiffer university with a BA in communications TV and Radio.


JOSH SHEHAN
PROFESSIONAL COACH / TRAINER

Josh Shehan graduated from Appalachian State University where he played from 1999-2003.  He helped lead his team to the NCAA Tournament as a freshman for only the second time in school history.  As a sophomore he was an All-Conference selection for the Southern Conference, and was also voted team MVP by his teammates and coaches.  Josh was a three year starter during his career, and helped lead his team to two conference regular season championships as a freshman and again as a senior.  After college, Josh had a brief pro career in France.  For the past 13 years, Josh has utilized his past playing experience to coach young boys and girls.  Josh has coached boys and girls from the ages of 4 all the way to high school age.  Josh wants to make sure each player that he coaches is able to get the most out of his potential, and he believes that this starts and ends with hard work and no excuses.  Josh is currently coaches at Lakeshore Middle School.

CHRIS BRUCE
PROFESSIONAL COACH / TRAINER 

Chris Bruce has 40 years of experience playing and coaching the game of basketball. In high school, Chris finished his high school career holding 14 school records and as a senior was the 4th leading scorer in the state of California. Chris matriculated at Claremont McKenna College (NCAA D-III), where he was named Captain and Team MVP and finished 5th in career assists. Four years later, Chris pursued his love of basketball and went to play semi-professional ball in Denmark. In addition to playing, Chris began his coaching career in Denmark, where he coached 4 different teams. Over the past 8 years, Chris has coached 20+ youth basketball teams. Chris’s passion is teaching the fundamentals of basketball, with an emphasis placed on passing on the life lessons the game has to offer. The value of developing a strong work ethic, of dedication to the team first and accountability to one’s teammates, and the building of self-confidence, all of which are attributes that will benefit the young men long after their playing careers are over. 

STEPHEN L. THOMAS
PROFESSIONAL COACH / TRAINER 

Catawba College girls’ basketball student assistant coach Steven L. Thomas is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He began playing basketball at the age of 4 in the Upward Bound Program. Later he began playing AAU basketball with several organizations during his elementary and middle school years. His 12U AAU team won the South Carolina State Championship where his name hangs in the Richland County Recreation Center until today. He played on the middle school basketball team in the 7th and 8th grade at EL Wright Middle School, Columbia, South Carolina. During his first two years of high school he attended Camden Military Academy prep school located in Camden, South Carolina while his mother served in the Afghanistan War. There he played Varsity basketball during his freshman and sophomore years. There his team won the conference championship, which he scored 17 points, 8/8 from the field, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. He also played Varsity football and soccer during his tenure at Camden Military Academy. His junior year of high school he transferred to Spring Valley High School, located in Columbia, South Carolina. There he played Junior Varsity basketball and moved to the Varsity team his senior year. The team made it to the Semi Finals of the State tournament however, ended up losing by three points.  He received an academic scholarship to attend Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina and focus on his academics. He had the opportunity to play intramural basketball at Catawba and show his basketball skills.  During his junior year of college at Catawba he was asked to join the woman’s basketball practice team. Later he was asked to join the staff as a student assistant coach along with a scholarship to do so. This past summer he coached within the Best of Both Worlds rec league as well as the 6th grade Lake Norman Hornets for half a season. He plans to coach AAU in the fall of 2018 as he continues his studies at Catawba College as well as continue to student coach the Girls’ Basketball team. He hopes to join the Catawba Girls’ basketball team as part of the full-time staff.

CHRISTOPHER CARR
PROFESSIONAL COACH / TRAINER 

Chris Carr brings over 40 plus years of playing and coaching experience to the LKN1. He started his playing career at New Albany High School in New Albany Indiana and played at the collegiate level at the University of Mt. Olive. Chris played as a walk on at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. His coaching career has taken him from “Carolina to Colorado” with head coaching Varsity employment at Elisabeth Irwin High School in New York City and Cave Spring High School in Roanoke Virginia. His summer camp circuit employment includes multiple years with Rick Pitino at the University of Kentucky, as well stints with; Bobby Knight at Indiana University, Billy Donovan at Marshall University, and Lefty Driesell at James Madison University.  Chris now brings his passion and expertise to help the youth in the Charlotte area reach their potential.

JAMES "Junior" HAIRSTON
PROFESSIONAL COACH / TRAINER

Played four years of varsity basketball ...scored his career high of 55 points in his freshman year...scored 1,870 points over his high school career and grabbed 1,000 rebounds ... the Falcons were a perfect 61-0 in his final two years, winning back-to-back North Carolina state championships...MVP of the 2002-03 AAA state championship game and of the Western Regionals...Rowan County Player of the Year that season...runner up for the North Carolina AAA Mr. Basketball award in 2002-03...a second team All-State choice too...twice named to the Sam Moir Christmas All-Tournament team. After two years at College of Charleston, Hairston transferred to Towson…in his debut game Hairston scored 26 points and 21 rebounds to earn CAA Player of the week honors…went on to lead the Tigers in points scored (360), rebounding (8.9) and blocks (50) for the season...As a senior Hairston led the Tigers averaging 13.0 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game and finished the year with 60 blocks…Hairston was named an all-conference selection in both years at Towson…Hairston was also the first Towson player to be named to the CAA all-tournament team…in just two seasons, Hairston finished his career as #6 all-time in Towson history for rebounds with 629 boards. After college, Hairston played nine years overseas…Hairston played two years each in Turkey, Iceland and Australia with just one season each in Chile, Finland, and the Netherlands…In 2013, Hairston shined for Iceland’s Stjarnan with 21.8 points per game, 12.6 rebounds per game and almost three blocks per contest.

 

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