Coach Damian Carl Gillespie Sr. background include serving in the Military (ARMY) for 25 years, (Honorable retirement) coached two military basketball teams to post/base championships, coached 5th and 6th grade elementary school basketball teams both to undefeated seasons, coached youth sports basketball for the past 29 years ages 8 thru 14, started a basketball Technique, Skills, and Drills summer camp while stationed in South Korea, coached at Excel Sports Academy 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th grade teams.
Coach Damian currently has coaching certifications and accreditation from California in basketball, and is a certified USA Gold Coach. He is the Founder, Basketball Coach and Trainer for One Team Basketball. His coaching philosophy emphasizes hard work, basketball discipline, unlimited conditioning, skill development, advance players ability to work together cooperatively through Camaraderie, Teamwork, and Focus, while still having fun playing the game.
Coach Damian is poised to bring his winning ways, experience and the knowledge necessary to develop his players into exceptional students and reputable athletes, hence preparing them for the next level of basketball, life and academics.
"Coaching is a profession of love. You can’t coach people unless you genuinely care for them. Because no one cares what you know until they know that you care! Without love for your players, it will be difficult to build a relationship with them. Without the relationship, it’s going to be tough to get them to work as a team, and to follow you and your instructions. A leader can get by with just respect or fear, but a coach is much more than just a leader of the players. To encourage and to mentor, these things take more than simple authority. My job is not to be easy on my players. My job is to take these great young people and to push them and make them even better!!! Be great today... Lead someone!!!"