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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/Director and 15U/17U Head Coach


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 2016 Alumni Collin Parker, William and Mary)


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.



Rodney Carmichael,  Coach 17 and Under 

Rodney Carmichael (Norfolk State University) enters his third season with Virginia Elite High School Elite program coach. Under Coach Carmichael guidance, Grant Golden (University of Richmond), Ronald Alston (NJIT), James Butler (1st Team All Met/US Naval Academy), and others who are playing Division 2 and 3 collegiate basketball.

The former Marymount, assistant coach with the menís basketball program for the 2014-15 season. He brings extensive coaching experience to the Saints bench including a stint as head coach of TG Sandhausen Ė a German basketball team overseas.

As a player, Carmichael played professionally on the international stage, spending time with the Winnepeg Cyclones and Germany Oberelshingen where he holds a club record for three pointers n a single season with 68.

Before his professional tenure, Carmichael helped Norfolk State to an 82-13 record from 1994-97. During his time with the Spartans, Carmichael was named to the Black Conference All-American team, All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and completed his collegiate career scoring over 1,000 points and recording 500 rebounds.

Coach Carmichael in recognized for with accomplishments as his mural is represented in the in the Joseph Echols Hall.

Rashad Gadson,  Assistant Coach 17 and Under 

Virginia Elite alumni has been part of the program since 2008. While with Virginia Elite Coach Gadson led the team to several championships during his tenure in the program. Additionally, he played at Westfield High School where he played under Coach Doug Ewell.


Continued playing at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, Delafield, Wisconsin where he played under Coach Brian Richert and current Georgia Tech Assistant Coach, Tyler Benson.


Alan Starks,  Head Coach 16 and Under   

Coach Starks has been involved with AAU and youth basketball for many years within the Northern Virginia community. 



Herb Williams-Baffoe, Assistant Coach 16 and Under 

Coach Herb Williams-Baffoe has an extensive coaching and youth development background within Northern Virginia.  Supporting the mission of youth development,  area within the Northern Virginia community coach Baffoe has become a mentor to many young men and women with the community.




Herb Williams-Baffoe, Sports Director at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, recently was the recipient of the Vade Bolton Ė Ann Rodriguez Legacy Award for his counseling and mentoring of youth.







Jesse Hudson, Middle and High School Elite Division Coach and Program Academic advisor

Coach Jesse Hudson, is a graduate of Morehouse College where he received his undergraduate degree and a graduate of University of Virginia where he received his Masterís Degree, enters his first year with Virginia Elite Basketball. 

Coach Hudson is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Coach Hudson serves the community as an educator and assistant principal with Fairfax County Public Schools. Because of his dedication to public service Coach Hudson is a mentor to many students through his support of higher education. He has coached and mentored players at every level of athletics and continues to provide mentorship for student athletes.

Maso Hamilton,  Middle and High School Elite Division Coach

Coach Maso Hamilton joins Virginia Eliteís mission to train, develop, and coach elite-level talent in Northern Virginia. A native of Reston, VA, Coach Hamilton attended Herndon High School under legendary coach Gary Hall and played alongside Northern Virginia standouts Ricky Lucas and Scottie Reynolds. During his time at Herndon, Hamilton won a district championship and was selected to the Concorde District All-Tournament Team, 1s t Team All-District, All-Concorde District Defensive Team and garnered All-Northern Region honors.

Hamilton went on to earn a full scholarship to play combo-guard at Angelo State University (TX) in the Lone Star Conference. At ASU, Hamilton helped lead the program to its first appearance in the Division II NCAA Tournament in nearly a decade. After his senior season, Hamilton was award with the Hollandís Award, which is given to the Universityís top menís varsity basketball student-athlete. Hamilton also excelled academically at ASU establishing himself as an honor-student. Hamilton made numerous appearances on the Deanís List Honor-Roll and was inducted into the prestigious Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society. Hamilton graduated from Angelo State University in 2009 with a bachelorís degree in Journalism.

Coach Hamilton continued his education at the Howard University School of Law where he earned his doctorate. As a law student, Hamilton was a member of the Moot Court Trial Advocacy Team. During Hamilton, last year of law school, he was awarded with the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for receiving the highest grade in his Comparative Constitutional Law course after drafting an extensive scholarly article comparing the United States 14th Amendment Equal Protection law with South Africaís 9(2) Equal Protection law. The paper is currently under review and is being considered for publication in the American Comparative Law Journal. Hamilton graduated from Howard Law in 2015 with a Juris Doctor.

Hamilton passed the Maryland Bar Exam in July of 2016 and works in Maryland.

Josh Green, High School Elite Division Coach  

Coach Josh Green graduated from Flint Hill 2010...went to junior college for football as a result his football career ended sooner than anticipated. Coach Green played every level flint hill had to offers for basketball 7th grade-12th grade. Now an assistant varsity basketball coach for 5 years who also employed at lower school for basketball clinics (ages 4-12).

As the varsity assistant, Coach Green supports Coach Rico Reed with player development and manages off season workouts and next season preparation.

Garret Donaldson, Middle and High School Elite Division Coach  

Coach Garrett Donaldson was raised in Langhorne, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Neshaminy High School. Coach Donaldson played basketball for his high school for three consecutive years. Upon graduation from high school Coach Donaldson joined the United States Army. While in the Army Coach Donaldson played basketball for his company basketball team and then became the head coach of the White Sands Army post travel basketball team, who traveled to various military installations to compete against the best military basketball teams in the region.

Upon completing his tour of military duty, Coach Donaldson relocated to Arizona and instantly pursued coaching basketball at the City of Phoenix parks and recreation. Later, Coach Donaldson decided to coached Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) for the Phoenix West Valley Warriors in conjunction with the Richard Dumas and friends foundations. Coach Donaldson went on to build a 4th grade competitive basketball team, who went to the All Valley Championship rounds two years in a row and was successful in capturing the championship the first year, both games were held in the Phoenix Suns Arena. Upon relocating to Northern Virginia, Coach Donaldson decided to join Virginia Elite Basketball Club.    

Mr. Donaldson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration Management from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix Arizona. He currently serves as an employee of the Federal Government



Dave Mason,  High School Elite Division Coach  

Coach Mason joined the Virginia Elite Grassroots Program in 2016 to continue training, developing and coaching elite-level talent.

In addition to a Bachelorís Degree, Coach Mason also holds a Masterís Degree in Management from Lesley University Ö a Masterís Degree in Strategic Studies from Air War College Ö and an executive-level fellowship certificate in International Security from The George Washington University.  Coach Mason currently works at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. 

Coach Dave Mason is a retired Colonel from the United States Air Force, having served 24 years in nuclear-related duties to include command of nuclear-capable combat units. He was born and raised in Clinton North Carolina where he graduated from Clinton High School.  While there Coach Mason lettered in varsity basketball for four consecutive years and was only one of two school freshmen to make the varsity team.  Upon graduation Coach Mason attended N.C. A&T State University on academic scholarship where he earned a Bachelorís of Arts and Sciences Degree in Biology and earned his commission as an Air Force officer.

Afterwards Coach Mason continued his coaching career and took an elite team of 9th grade talent and earned an invitation to play in the AAU Super Showcase event at Disneyís Wide World of Sports in Orlando Florida.  Of the 64 ninth grade teams invited, Coach Masonís NOVA Heat Elite team finished 8.  Coach Mason stood-up and built a very successful NOVA Heat Elite program and since inception in 2009, the organization has sent 8 aspiring young elite athletes to compete at the collegiate level. 

Andre Golanski, Junior Elite Director  


Andre Golanski, support Virginia Elite as the Middle School Director.  The Youth and Middle School Elite programs will align with the High School Elite programs with the vision to transitions those players into the High School Elite program


Lemar Marshall,  Phenom Strength and Conditioning Coach


Lemar Marshall, Former Washington Redskin and Owner of Phenom Strength and Conditioning provides the program with NFL level professional services in the development for our Middle and High School players. 


TRAIN LIKE THE PROS performance training program that focus on increasing speed, agility and quickness. Improve your reaction time and leaping ability. And build the critical strength and flexibility needed to prevent common sports-related injuries. Olympians, NFL and NBA pro athletes, collegiate and high-school stand-outs alike trust Phenom Strength and Conditioning. 



Jon Heslep, Middle and High School Elite Division Coach  

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Jay Metzler, High School Elite Division Coach  

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Chris Harvey, Junior Elite Division Coach  

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