Meet Our Coaches

Mike Reese

Mike Reese has been involved with basketball nearly his entire life. Growing up in Pittsburgh, PA he played against some of the best youth competition the area had to offer. While playing at the Division III level in college, he learned the aspects of great coaching from the great young coaches who have since moved on to coach at the Division I level. During his college career, he worked each summer at many different Division I colleges as a camp instructor and coach, enabling him to gain exposure to lots of different coaching styles. After college, he coached at the high school level in Ohio and Michigan. For the past 9 years he has been engaged in coaching youth basketball at both the recreational and competitive AAU level in the DFW area. His ability to teach the fundamentals the correct way while making it fun for players of all ages as well as manage game situations at the highest level of competition makes him unique in the coaching arena.

 


Tyler Relph - Skills Coach

Tyler Relph, nicknamed "Mr. Basketball" and recruited to play in the Big East, was ready to take on the pros when a career ending injury helped him discover his next passion... creating and coaching the best players in the world through his innovative skills training.

Since then he has trained more than 10,000 players, including Amare Stoudemire, Phil Pressey, Victor Oladipo, Marcus Smart, Phil Forte, Ridge Shipley, Julius Randle, Alexis Jones, and worked with legendary coaches such as Billy Donavan, Avery Johnson, and John Lucas.

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Chad Chacchia

Chad Chacchia has been involved with basketball from almost every angle throughout this life. His high school playing career concluded with a TAAPS 2A first team all-state selection from Lexington Academy in 1993.  In college, Chacchia was a 4-year letterman in football at Hardin-Simmons University, an experience he feels contributed vitally to his ability to build programs and structure practices at the highest level.  As a coach, he has spent over 13 years at both the Jr. High and High school levels.  As the head varsity basketball coach at North Dallas High School from 2004 to 2007, he was able to transform a struggling program into a viable contender in one of the state's most heavily contended 4A districts.  His 2007 season included the school's best record in over 20 years.  Coach Chacchia coached the District freshman of the year in both 2004 and 2005, the district sophomore of the year in 2005, as well as numerous athletes that went on to play college basketball. In 2005, he lead the North Dallas bulldogs to become the #2 team-scoring defense in the area, as ranked by the Dallas Morning news.  Coach Chacchia is also involved as a varsity level basketball official, allowing him to be a part of several UIL play-off officiating crews. This experience has helped expand his insight into basketball and has enabled him to see the game from many different perspectives.  The legacy of coaching runs deep in Chacchia's family, as both his mother and father were coaches, and he continued that legacy by marrying a coach as well.


Terrill Dukes

Terrill Dukes graduated High School in 1992 from a small Division III Christian School in Kansas City where he learned the importance of teamwork and discipline. The Heartland Mustangs were comprised of 7 players, but ranked number one in both Missouri and Kansas for three years straight, playing against surrounding 5A and 6A public high schools. As a senior, Coach Dukes and his team won the 4A National Championship in Chattanooga, TN, where he was named a High School All-American. Following High School, Dukes entertained several college offers to play basketball, but ultimately elected to attend Rockhurst College. His college career was short-lived due to injury. Coach Dukes (“Coach T”) brings a family philosophy to his coaching. His approach mirrors his personal experiences as a young high school player, in that, if you are determined to make yourself better and can commit to a bigger purpose, you can play with anyone, no matter the size of the school or the talent you play against. Give him a group of players with determination, and he will coach a team that wins…regardless of the scoreboard. It comes down to family, fundamentals, and fun! Coach T has successfully coached youth and high school basketball for over 15 years and continues to take pleasure in watching the growth and development of hundreds of young athletes as they prosper into young men through hard work and great family support.


Phillip Abii

Basketball has been apart of Phillip's life since the first grade. He played Division I ball at Northwestern State University as well as AAU Basketball in his younger years, winning three state championships and second place at nationals. He has played with the likes of former NBA stars such as Stromile Swift and Marcus Fizer, and former NFL player Arnaz Battle. During his career, Phillip averaged 23 points, ten rebounds, three steals, and four assists per game with a three-point field goal percentage of 48%. After college he mentored young athletes at the Boys and Girls Club of Shreveport, LA and has also coached summer camps for the Wesley Foundation, where he worked with kids ranging from ages six to 15 on the fundamentals, skills, and techniques of basketball. Phillip enjoys spending his free time working with his niece and nephews to improve their skills by teaching them what he knows on and off the court. He views working with children as one of the most important jobs in life as kids are very impressionable and tend to look to adults for leadership and guidance. Life quote: "You can have results, or you can have excuses... but you can't have both."


Markcus Venible

Markcus has loved the game of basketball since he was a little boy growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Senior year of high school he helped lead his team to the state championship. In 2005, Markcus moved to Dallas after hurricane Katrina displaced his family. It was a few years later when he discovered his passion for teaching the game.

In 2012, he earned his Accredited Interscholastic Certification from the National Federation of State High School Associations. During that time, he met coach Willie Davis and began assisting him in various capacities.

Markcus finds enjoyment in connecting with youth, laying a firm foundation of skills, and teaching solid fundamentals. He truly believes early child development is key to long-term development and growth in the sport.

 


Brandon Barkley

Brandon Barkley has played basketball since the 2nd grade, holding positions from point guard to center throughout his career. Standing 6’7” tall by his junior year in high school, he managed to perfect his shooting technique. With his AAU team, Michigan BBC Select, Brandon averaged 20 points per game and shot over 40 percent from behind the arc. In his senior year at Grosse Pointe South High School, Brandon averaged 16 points per game and shot 45 percent from behind the arc. Brandon has had the opportunity to compete against and learn from some of the best talent across the nation. At the world famous St. Cecilia summer league, a league that has seen the likes of Magic Johnson, The Fab Five and many other basketball greats, he had the opportunity to compete against Trey Burke and Jordan Morgan of the University of Michigan. In high school, he competed against University of Michigan starting point guard, Derrick Walton. After high school, Brandon continued his playing career at Division III Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Brandon started 24 of his 25 games and was selected to the Northern Athletic Conference All-Freshman team. Brandon averaged just shy of 10 points and 5 rebounds per game at Dominican, scoring 20-plus points on three occasions and even achieving three double-doubles. After his freshman year, Brandon transferred to Division II Grand Valley State where he finished his playing career. His senior year he was named team captain. When reflecting on his career, some major highlights for Brandon would be playing against Michigan State University in 2013, who was ranked #1 preseason in the country and stocked heavily with NBA talent, and against The University of Cincinnati in 2012, who was coming off of an elite 8 appearance and was ranked in the top 25. At Grand Valley, Brandon worked with several kids’ skills camps where he emphasized shooting and scoring. Post graduation, he looks forward to continuing to improve shooting skills of youth in the DFW area.


Mike McKinney

Playing Experience:  

Evanston Township High School First Team All Central Suburban

  • SouthCentral Suburban South Conference Player of the year
  • Earned Special Mention All-State honors from the Chicago Tribune and Third-Team All-State accolades from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association
  • All-Area accolades were collected from the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Picked by the Tribune and Sun-Times as the Player to Watch  in the CSSLed Evanston to a spot in the IHSA Final Four
  • Averaged 13.3 points per game with 9.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists
  • Led Evanston Township in scoring on 10 occasions including a 27-point outburst in a Super-Sectional win over Chicago Hubbard at the United Center

Northern Illinois University

  • Became the first player in school history, since assists were recorded, to notch 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and  200 assists
  • Sits in eighth place in NIU history with a .517 (268-for-518) field goal percentage
  • Captured the Annual Mike Korcek Slam Dunk award three consecutive seasons Twice Honorable mention All-Mid-American Conference
  • Recorded 7 Double-Doubles
  • Scored career-high 28 points, including a career-high four three-pointers, including the game-winning lay-up in a 70-68 win over Western Michigan
  • Holiday Stores GranTree Classic All-Tournament Team,
  • Marist Pepsi Classic All-Tournament Team

4 year starter Professional Career:

  • Averaged 17 points and 7 rebs with Maccabi Haifa in Israel
  • Led Maccabi Haifa to third place finish
  • Played short stint with Craiova in Romania

Coaching Experience:

Coached 14U Basketball Paradise team

Coached 13U Chicago Meanstreets AAU team