"Thanks Coach" is a docu-series podcast that takes you through the life lessons of players I have coached, people I have played with who are now coaches, and people who have coached me. You will hear stories of defeat, injury, overcoming the odds and more!
Each interviewee has been instrumental in developing an elite brand of basketball that has strengthened the Canadian talent pool and proven it to be the best kept secret in all of basketball.
In this episode of "Thanks Coach" I caught up with Coach Nicky who gave me my first dose of reality, and I finally got the chance to thank him. We discussed:
-How his coaching style has changed over the past 30 years
-Cutting players then and now
-His coaching influences
-The name game
In this episode of "Thanks Coach", I got to clear the air with my former high school basketball coach Danny Hamilton.
-Basketball burn out
-Empirical data over emotions
-Cutting good players
In this week’s episode, I sit down with Coach Alvin Noel. He is my former house league coach in 1996 and we also coached rep. basketball together at Kingdom Athletics. He is the founder NBA collective and today we discuss:
-The influence of Malton in his development
-"I don't F*** around"
-Parenting children to be hard workers
-How to achieve low turnover in your basketball program
On this episode, I sit down with the infamous coach Phil Johnson. Remember back in episode 06 when Anthony and Oneil couldn't walk for a week after practice? Well, we can thank this man! He taught me many things. He helped me build my confidence, resolve, and the "dog" mentality I have now. This week's episode will discuss:
-When coach Phil made me cry
-Coach Phil's confrontation with Elvis
-Pain is love
Darnell sits down with Sean Douglas and Maurice Smith, Sheridan Bruins basketball stars and the current coaches for the Sheridan Bruins women's basketball team.
-Maurice tells his side of the story on why he stop playing for Coach Josh
-Coaching Women in the "Me Too" era
-Darnell swore at his mom
-Darrell Barnswell "The Street Ball Legend"
Darnell sits down with former teammates Coaches Oneil Hibbert and Anthony Alexis from his 1999 Brampton Blue Devil team. We talked about the life lessons learned getting in to trouble on the road.
-Orange peel incident
-Montreal house party
-Who put lotion in Josh's shoes?
-Lost in Connecticut
Darnell sits down with childhood friend Sefton Barrett who played professional basketball overseas for 12 years and is now the GM, Head Coach and skill development coach for Northwest Hoops.
-Fight for a free ride
-Life over seas
-Growing up watching mom and dad hoop
-The "it" factor
Darnell catches up with his former player from his 2004 house league team Manny Dosanjh. The last time Darnell saw man he was 8 years old, now Manny is the associate Head Coach at Orangeville Prep, the most successful after prep school in the country.
-Manny learning from Coach Darnell
-Is your kid a dog?
-A coaches connections
-Coaches coaching coaches
Darnell chops it up with former player from his Kingdom Athletics program in 2006. Coach Justin Alliman is now an on court skills development coach with the Raptors 905 team. We discussed...
-Justins book " Before My Glory"
-Forgiving coaches that do you greezy
-Trip to India and the pursuit of happiness
-Prepare for blessings before you get them
Darnell catches up with former player and his current boxing coach Shavar Henery. Who played for Darnells 2001 Brampton Blaze 16 and under rep team. The guys discussed...
-Shavar under control
-Post Fight Interview
Darnell gets it in with Coach Freddy Appiah one of his players from his 2001 Brampton Blaze 16 and under rep team to discuss
-Ball Is Life TO O.G.
-Coaching and Daddy issues