Q. What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
A. After a brief ball-handling warmup, I put the shooter about 8 or 9 feet from the hoop to shoot. I can determine the flaws in shooting form within 5 to 10 shots taken.
Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. I have a B.A. and an M.A. in Physical Education. I have coached basketball teams in middle school, high school, community college and semi-pro. I teach elementary Physical Education, so my experience spans a wide age range.
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. I have always been fascinated by the basketball shot and have tried to learn its intricacies. In 1992, I began working basketball shooting camps for Buzz Braman, an NBA shooting coach. In 1997, I was hired by Shot Doctor Basketball Camps, Inc. to be a shooting coach. I have grown, studied and developed ever since.
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. Parents contact me when they know their kids need help becoming a better and more consistent shooter. My instruction addresses those specific goals.
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. In 2006, I was the women's assistant coach at a local community college. Our team was sixth in the nation in free throw shooting percentage. As only one of numerous success stories from players I have trained, one girl, in 2013, made varsity as a ninth grader at a large private school with a strong basketball program.
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Ask if the shooting coach knows how to recognize and correct shooting flaws. Beware of promises of super quick fixes to shooting flaws. Flaws are easy to point out, but they take time to overcome.
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to
professionals about their project?
A. Shooting form can be improved, but not just through repetition of bad form. Flaws can and should be corrected, otherwise players just get good at being bad.