Trainers

Certified JW Basketball trainers have all played or coached at the college or professional level. They are passionate about the game of basketball, but more importantly they are passionate about helping shape positive people, leaders, and contributors to society.

Our trainers have trained numerous NBA, International, National Teams, and college players from the PAC 12, ACC, Big East and Big 12 conferences. In addition, our trainers have trained athletes in 25 different countries.

Jason Wright - Director and Founder of JW Basketball

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Jason Wright is recognized as one of the finest basketball trainers in the United States. He brings discipline, creativity, and dedication to student athletes. His students are some of the most fundamentally sound AAU, high school, collegiate, and professional basketball players in the world.

As a former Division 1 student athlete at the University of New Orleans, Jason earned the respect of his peers through his intense work ethic and hard-nosed approach to the game. He has competed against such NBA greats as Derek Fisher, Allen Iverson, and Jason Kidd, played professionally overseas in Europe, and was a successful walk-on at the Seattle Supersonics training camp before seriously injuring his achilles tendon. In 2001, he formed JW Basketball and has become Southern California’s premier basketball trainer.

Bob Willet

bob willettBob Willett has been around basketball his whole life. He played high school ball in Edmonton, Canada with Archbishop O’Leary Spartans, taking MVP honors his senior year. After playing a summer with the Provincial Team, he went on to play College Basketball with N.A.I.T. College where he was instrumental in helping the Ooks win their first National Championship in 1988-89.

Bob has been Training and Coaching basketball for 16 years now. Before moving from Canada to the US, Bob spent 5 years Coaching and Training with the top basketball program in Canada called CYDC (Calgary Youth Development Center), where they developed a number of players that have gone on to play College Basketball in Canada and the United States. Three years ago, Bob and his family moved to Southern California to partnered up with his long-time friend Jason Wright from JW Basketball, to work with passionate and driven players. Bob is currently working with elementary school, middle school, high school and college players to help them meet and exceed their basketball goals.

With a focus on athleticism (strength, power, explosion), ball handling, offensive & defensive footwork and scoring, Bob’s training is for players that want to be top scorers and defenders in the game that he loves so dearly.

Brian Brennan

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In high school, Coach Brennan was a standout basketball player at Loara High School (Anaheim, CA) and a solid college basketball player at Regis University.

Coach Brennan has been coaching for the past 12 years and the last 6 years as a vital member of this organization.

Coach Brennan is the lead trainer for the youth skills academy at the Next Level Sports Complex and director for JW Basketball camps. He specialize in movement, game preparation, skill process in ball handling and shooting for youth-professional players.

Coach Brennan is a high school teacher by day and has a masters degree in education with a credential in special education.

Jose Maldonado

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Coach Maldonado attended and played high school basketball at Ocean View High School at Huntington Beach, California.

Coach Maldonado has been involved in training basketball players for over ten years and with JW Basketball for the last six. He is great concept coach and ball-handling specialist with his primary focus on player skill development for youth-college players. His knowledge of the game, and easy-going attitude makes him a favorite for many of our student athletes. He is the lead trainer and coach at all JW Basketball camps and large clinics and the director of our child-development basketball training for 3-5 year old.

Coach Maldonado is extremely active in community outreach programs and is also a High School Counselor at Ocean View.

Robert Lark

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Coach Lark attended and played high school basketball at Foothill High School in Tustin, Ca. He has been coaching basketball for ten years and with JW Basketball for the past three.

Coach Lark specializes in break down moves, dribbling and defensive techniques. He is involved in training our youth-professional athletes, skills development training, and handles a variety of private session training groups at various locations. He brings an intense and enthusiastic approach to his training and his blend of unique skill development techniques, combined with his thought process on movement, is poetry in motion.

Coach Lark is a vital asset to JW Basketball. He is not just a trainer, but a great mentor, speaker, and positive representative for the goals and values of JW Basketball.

Mario Soto - sports psychology

mario-sotoMario Soto is a sports psychology consultant with a extensive background in basketball. He has coached and/or player at the youth, high school and collegiate level (locally as well as internationally) and studied sports and performance psychology under the well-respected Dr. Ken Ravizza at California State University, Fullerton.

Mario has worked with several teams, athletes, and coaches assisting them in dealing with self-doubt, low esteem, stage fright, improving performance routines (pre/present/post game), goal setting, mental toughness, focus, imagery and visualization, and motivation.

Tony Falce - Personal training

Coach Falce has been turning high school athletes into Pros for over 20 years. His passion and respect to the sport is second to none. His programs are designed to help athletes develop speed, agility, balance, velocity and acceleration. His training style is unique and makes every client’s goal very achievable. Over the past six years, he has worked extensively with pro basketball and baseball players during Pre-Draft and Off-Season. Within the last few years, some of his programs have been featured in HBO Sports, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, Denver Post and Draft Express.Falce earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1994 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During his time at IUP, he was a two-year starter and one of the last players in college football history to play both offensively and defensively. In 1993, he led the NCAA in quarterback sacks per plays, averaging a sack every 22 plays. Also in that year, his team played in the National Championship Game. Falce holds 3 Certification from Personal Trainers Association (PROPTA) and has been a Master Director for the PROPTA since 2003. His Certification is in Professional Velocity Personal Trainer, Professional Private Training and Nutrition Specialist. In 2013, Falce became a Master Trainer for Stroops Performance Bands and has worked with the LA Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trailblazers and Charlotte Hornets.