Top Flight Elite Legends Master Class with Julia Allender ("Julz") & Denzel Copeland ("DC")
Coach Julz and Coach DC are coming back to the court for some top notch basketball instruction.
These 90-minute sessions are packed with drills and activities that actually translate to live basketball play and will noticeably improve your player's abilities. Our staff goes beyond the basics to teach the mental approach required to have a superior skill set. The program is designed for boys and girls entering grades 5th-8th Grades (10-14 years old). We will only be allowing 12 players per session to ensure quality instruction for each player/session. Note: This program is not for beginners. Only serious AAU caliber players may register. Please bring your own basketball and water bottle.
Below are the skills we will include for this program:
-Ball Handling and Breakdown Moves -Shooting (Technique and Form)
-Shooting on the Move/Off the Dribble
-Finishing in the Paint
-Elite Footwork -Position Development
-Three Level Scoring Mentality
LOCATION: Splash Lab Bay Area
Address: 2230 Will Wool Drive, San Jose, CA 95112
Gate Code: 1954#
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Julia Allender - Former D1 Player, College Coach & Current College Official
Julia Allender played Division I basketball and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a minor in Coaching from Southern Utah University. She also received her Master's degree in Human Movement from A.T. Still University. Julz was a successful women's basketball college coach for 13 years. In her tenure as a head coach, she created a culture of success both on and off the court. In just a short time she took two collegiate programs and turned them into high-powered programs where they were constantly in the discussion as one of the top women's basketball programs across the state of California. Julz had a winning percentage of over 70%, won 3 conference championships, 3 coach of the year honors, had 9 state playoff births and finished ranked in the top 10 in the state 3 years. Marking those as the best seasons in both program's history.
More importantly, it has been Julz's ability to develop high school athletes and turn them into successful collegiate basketball players and then transfer them with basketball scholarships to the next level in one or two years, the main job of every community college coach. Julz has successfully produced 12 all-state players, 5 conference MVPs, 30 all-conference players, and the 2012 Northern California Player of the Year. 70% of all players that make it through her program transfer to the next level on basketball scholarships. Julz's personal experience as a Community College athlete and NCAA Division I transfer and a collegiate coach gives her unique insights into the process of getting athletes to not only reach their full potential but to get them to reach potentials, physical, technical, and mental skill levels not yet imagined.
Denzel Copeland - Former College Player
Denzel Copeland was born & raised here in the Santa Clara County where he found his passion for sports, fitness, and coaching. At a very young age, Denzel began to explore interests in multiple sports; including soccer, basketball, volleyball, track & field, etc. Playing sports as a child equipped Denzel with many physical, emotional, and interpersonal benefits; such as proper motor skills development (coordination), social skills development, and most importantly self-confidence. Ultimately, Denzel gravitated more towards basketball where he produced the most success. Luckily, Denzel had the pleasure of playing at multiple levels for basketball ranging from YMCA youth camps to NJB (National Junior Basketball), to more competitive play in AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) to Varsity High School Athletics, to Collegiate NCAA to Semi-Professional ABA.
Denzel Copeland attended Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, California, where he played three years of varsity basketball, winning CCS championship in his Senior Year, as well as medaling in cross country and track & field. Denzel served as a Captain and Starter for his basketball team, earning multiple awards including: Scholar Athlete, Junior of the Year, Team's Most Valuable Player, etc. On the verge of leaving Santa Teresa High School, Denzel had two basketball scholarship offers, one from UC Santa Cruz and the other from Bethany University. Denzel signed with Bethany University but due to the school's investment issues, Bethany University was shut down. After hearing such terrible news, Denzel was extremely distraught but this did not stop his pursuit to becoming a collegiate athlete. Instead of choosing a four-year university and trying to "walk onto a team" Denzel chose to go to De Anza College to keep playing and hopefully obtain a scholarship, which he eventually achieved. Earning All-Conference both years, Denzel gained the attention of eight four-year colleges, including Lewis & Clark University, California State University of San Marcos and Texas A&M International. After visiting and talking with several basketball coaches, Denzel decided to sign the letter of intent with the Texas A&M Dustdevils NCAA Division 2. Playing basketball at that level, Denzel finally understood how important it is to care for your body. It was at Texas A&M International University where Denzel found his passion for health & fitness as a whole. Denzel's main focus is to pass on his excitement for fitness and to help athletes reach all of their goals. With his knowledge of being an athlete, Coach Denzel encourages you to be the best version of yourself.
"I want to help people discover what their bodies are capable of doing and to teach them safe and proper technique. That foundation alone will serve them for the rest of their lives!! In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure!"