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COACHING STAFF

Virginia Elite coaching staff has the necessary qualifications, years of actual division 1 and professional experience. Understanding of players physical, mental and game skill development are keys to any players development. Experienced practice planning and execution, game preparation and game execution to foster positive results in elite competition. 

Our coaching staff includes men that have achieved recognition for their work in the community, who are providing academic and social support through mentoring and providing guidance for success.

Middle School and Junior Elite coaches are involved with the development of our high school players to transition those experience to our younger players. 

Our team of coaches have spent many hours and continuously support sports education, grassroots competition at the Elite level that has resulted in many players moving on to play college basketball, with all these experiences it enables our staff to expect nothing more than the best effort from our players.

Thomas Gadson

Founder and Director of Basketball Operations

17 and Under Head Coach

USA Basketball Gold Certified

  

Thomas Gadson (Morris College) Owner/Director of Basketball Operations Coach Gadson established Virginia Elite in 2008 with the organizations mission to be the premier grassroots basketball program based in Northern Virginia and recognized as one of the top programs within the Washington,D.C. area, Maryland and Virginia (DMV).

 

Coach Gadson is a member of the Dulles-Leesburg (VA) Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Pictured with 2014 Alumni AJ Carr, Shepard University)

 

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Thomas Gadson has been involved with basketball for more than 30 years, from his youth days playing basketball and football in the YMCA and Police Athletic Leagues (PAL) youth leagues in Savannah through high school and college. After high school he attended Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina which competes in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). 

 

After his freshmen year transferred and graduated from Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina. Mr. Gadson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Computer Information Systems as well as several technical and professional management certifications As the director of Virginia Elite He is responsible for all aspects for program development.

 

Daren A. Rowe 

Elite High School Coach, Talent Evaluator and Player Development Coach

17 and Under Asst. Head Coach

USA Basketball Gold Certified

 

Coach Rowe is an integral part of the High School Elite coaching staff which will leverage his years of collegiate coaching experience and years as a professional basketball player.  

 

Former Head Coach at Montclair State University (MSU) and former star player at St. Peter’s College under Coach Ted Fiore, Rowe played from 1983 through 1987 with the Peacocks. An All-MAAC First-Team selection and All-Metro Region second-team member during his senior year, Rowe was also selected to the All-MAAC Tournament Team and was voted as the New Jersey College Player of the Year in 1987. 

 

A durable player in his four years, Coach Rowe played every game in his first three seasons at St. Peter’s and finished his career with 957 points, 600 rebounds, 120 steals and 97 career blocks. A free agent selection of the NBA’s Utah Jazz, Rowe also played extensively as a professional player in Europe. Inducted into the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. 

 

 

Walter Hamilton, Jr.

Elite High School Coach, Talent Evaluator and Player Development Coach

16 and Under Head Coach

USA Basketball Gold Certified

Coach Hamilton is an integral part of the High School Elite coaching staff which will leverage his years of collegiate coaching experience and years of player development. Coach Hamilton comes from a basketball family which his younger Brother Austin Hamilton, played at Elon University from 2011-2014.

Coach Hamilton started his undergrad studies at Grambling State and completed his undergraduate studies at North Carolina A&T State University.

Prior to joining Virginia Elite, Coach Walter Hamilton was a member of the Greensboro College, Greensboro, North Carolina staff from 2012-13. A native of Herndon, VA, Hamilton previously served as an Associate Head Coach at Ben L. Smith High School. During his four years at Ben L. Smith, Hamilton’s duties included skill development – particularly with the guards, scouting and game planning, and player development.  He helped lead his teams to three consecutive state play-off appearances as well as the “Little 4” Pizza Hut Invitational championship in 2010.  

Alan Starks  

High School Elite Division Coach

Asst. Coach 15 and Under Head Coach

USA Basketball Gold Certified

 

Coach Starks is an integral part of the High School Elite coaching staff which will leverage his years of coaching experience and years of developing players. Coach Starks join the staff in 2016 and continues to provide quality coaching and mentorship to all player associated with Virginia Elite.

 

Jackie Smith

Girls Youth Grassroots Coach

St. John's University 

 

Coach Smith (Hollis, N.Y.) has extensive basketball experience from her days at St. John's University (Big East) where she was inducted into the St. Johns University Hall of Fame. Coach Smith starred at St. John's and ranks as the sixth leading scorer of all-time with 1,298 points. During her time at St. John's she led the team to Back-to-Back BIG EAST Championship while making two trips to the NCAA Tournament. 

 

Overall in her career, Smith averaged the 15th-best points in a career with an 11.3 mark, ranks as the 12th-highest rebounder in St. John’s history with 537 boards in her four seasons, holds the fourth-highest mark in field goals made in a season (546) and is sixth-best in field goals attempted (1,165). Smith ended up in second place on the all-time career free throw percentage list with a .751 (206-for-274) and is 11th on the all-time career steals list (152) and 20th on the all-time career assists list (162). Smith was a major contributor to, arguably, the best teams to play for St. John’s. In 1982–83 and 1983–84, Smith helped St. John’s to two consecutive BIG EAST Tournament Championships and two straight bids to the NCAA Tournament.

Professionally, Coach Smith played in France, then returned to New York to head coach York College (Queens, NY). She is the Co-Founder of Network for Educating Women in Sports (N.E.W.S), 2x Big East All-Conference Team Selection, Coach of the Year, York College; Cheryl Miller Woman of Distinction Award; Selected as member of 1993 USA Basketball Team staff.

 

Ron Wiley  

Youth Grassroots Coach

USA Basketball Gold Certified

 

Coach Wiley is an integral part of the Virginia Elite coaching staff which will leverage his years of coaching experience and years of developing players. Coach Starks join the staff in 2008 and continues to provide quality coaching and mentorship to all player associated with Virginia Elite.  

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