Intensive Basketball Camp Staff
*The staff page below features our 2017 staff. 2018 staff is subject to change. We will update this page as soon as we confirm 2018 staff.
The mission of The Intensive Basketball Camp is to offer a level of basketball instruction and life skills training that cannot be replicated at any other basketball skills development camp. In order to make that goal a reality, we hire an expert staff of experienced basketball camp leadership and counselors, which in 2016 included high school coaches, college coaches, college players, a former NBA player / current professional player, a sports leadership and mental training educator, and a full-time athletic training staff. We teach our staff to actively participate in the drills with the players when they can, so when there's an opportunity to get in the mix and train along with the players, they lead by example.
We will maintain a total camper to staff ratio of at least 10:1 for this camp. We also have a full-time training staff at all practices and conditioning workouts. Our lead trainer will be a certified ATC, while other trainers will consist of certified ATCs and college students in the field.
Tyler Slick began his coaching career at Janesville Waldorf Pemberton High School, spending two years there before moving to Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN, where he spent two years as an Assistant Coach. He has also helped lead camps for the University of Iowa, Creighton University, and Duke University, as well as spending 5 years working with Maya Moore and her summer camp. Slick has extensive AAU Coaching experience, including with Minnesota Rise 16U, Minnesota Fury (Southern MN Director & 15U Coach), and Minnesota Heat 15U. He is currently an Assistant Coach for Minneapolis North High School, Head Coach of the Minnesota Rise AAU Team, and a graduate student in Sports Management at the University of Minnesota.
Q: What is your coaching philosophy?
A: "I believe that any player can achieve greatness through focus, commitment and hard work. With these three skills, any player has the opportunity to make it if they are committed enough to follow them on a day-to-day basis. I strive to ingrain these skills in the players each day at camp."
Q: Why is The Intensive Basketball Camp the best choice for players?
A: “The Intensive Basketball Camp is different in many ways. First off, the extended length of time spent at this camp will have more of an impact in changing any bad habits you may have and better developing you on the court. Secondly, because we believe in this training model, we know the how hard it can be both mentally and physically. That being said, the challenges that we present will not only test you on the court but off the court as well. Thirdly, when every kid goes to a camp, they want to improve their skills, which is difficult to do at a 3-4 day camp, but here at The Intensive Basketball camp we focus on skill development for 10 days through 4 workout sessions a day. We firmly believe that every player needs growth with their skill development and we want to help with that. And lastly, with all the challenges that campers face in this 10-day period, they learn not just basketball but about life skills which is another trademark that other camps don’t have. It’s been said that it takes 10,000 hours to be a master at any one skill, and although 10 days doesn’t get us close to 10,000 hours, we're closer than any other camp out there and we firmly believe that if you want to elevate to that next level in your game, The Intensive Basketball Camp is for you.”
Assistant Camp Director
Jason McKinney is entering his 9th season as an assistant coach with Iowa Lakes Community College where he has helped lead the Lakers to a 145-78 record. He has coached and recruited 20 All Region Performers, 2 All Americans, which includes the school’s 1st two-time All-American and 2014 Conference Player of the Year, the school’s 1st regular season Conference Championship, and was part of the school’s first ever #1 National Ranking. Prior to Iowa Lakes, McKinney spent two seasons as a Student Assistant at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. McKinney was also the Head Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach at Calamus-Wheatland for two years, and served as the Director of Basketball Operations for Sports Town Quad Cities in Eldridge, Iowa, for two years. McKinney has Bachelor degrees in Physical Education and Sports Management, and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education. McKinney, a native of Calamus, Iowa, resides in Estherville, Iowa, with his wife Kayla and his stepson Braxton.
Q: What is your coaching philosophy?
A: "I believe if you train hard, have discipline, and have a strong work ethic, you will be successful not only on the floor but in life. That's the kind of mindset I try to teach at The Intensive Basketball Camp."
Mental Training Leader
From Deerwood, Minnesota, Savor played college basketball at Minnesota State - Moorhead before going on to work with Pat Summit at the University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball program as the strength coach while earning a Masters Degree in Sports Psychology. He currently owns his own business called Secrets in Sports where he works with athletes of all ages at the high school, college and professional level to help them change the way they compete through developing mental strength, leadership skills, and a positive attitude.
Sam Peters, from Owatonna, Minnesota, played college basketball at Bethany Lutheran College before beginning his coaching career at the same school. After spending 4 years at the high school level, he is now coaching at Division II Minnesota State University - Mankato. He is also the head coach and co-owner of the 17U Minnesota Rise AAU program in Southern Minnesota.
From Minneapolis, Minnesota, Burgess played high school basketball locally at Minneapolis North, helping lead his team to a state championship along with former University of Wisconsin star Kammron Taylor. Burgess went on to play college basketball at Minnesota State - Moorhead from 2007-2009. He has more than 10 years of basketball coaching experience at the high school level, and now coaches at Totino Grace High School in the Twin Cities.
From Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mieure has been coaching for more than 10 years at the high school, Division I, Division II, and Division III levels across the country. After a stint at Weber State University, he will be coaching this year at the North Dakota School of Science Junior College.
Asha Knight, from Burnsville, Minnesota, played her college basketball at Concordia St. Paul University in St. Paul Minnesota (Division 2). She is also an AAU basketball coach.
Jeremy Becker, from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, is a Junior at Bethany Lutheran College where he plays on the Men’s Basketball team. Becker has played the last two years helping the team double their wins from his Freshman year.
Head Athletic Trainer
Steven Krouse is the Head Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning coach of the University of Minnesota - Crookston. Krouse is certified by the National Athletic Trainer Association Board of Certification, and he is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is also an instuctor in the Exercise Science department teaching classes in Kinesiology and Exercise Prescription. Krouse graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica in 2014 where he earned a Master of Science in Athletic Training. During his time at St. Scholastica, Krouse worked as a trainer for the University of Minnesota Duluth women's basketball team, as well as the football and track and field teams at St. Scholastica and the football and volleyball teams at Northwestern High School in Maple, Wisconsin. In addition to his collegiate experience, Krouse also worked as an intern at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida, during the summer of 2013. During this time he provided medical care for male and female athletes competing in the sports of soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, gymnastics, track and field, football, tennis, wrestling and volleyball. He has also provided medical coverage at the Drew Brees Passing Academy, the Wounded Warriors Softball Camp and the Special Olympics. He has also volunteered at the Minnesota State High School Cross Country Championship and Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn.