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A WORD FROM OUR FOUNDER

I launched the inaugural Hoop Mountain Camp in the United States with only 32 summer campers in 1985 and since then, based on its success, we have expanded into Kuwait and now Dubai. We chose Dubai because of its growing interest in basketball along with a desire from parents to provide their children with the opportunity to receive training from skilled coaches. I believe Hoop Mountain has all the right elements–from the right partnerships, coaches with international basketball and teaching backgrounds and the love and passion for the game–to provide an experience their players can take on with them beyond the court.


STEVE GIBBS
Hoop Mountain Owner/President

MEET OUR COACHES

Our All-star coaches hail from the United States and are passionate experts with deep experience in helping athletes reach their fullest potential. Our coaches are the core of our vision, and the fundamental strength of our brand.

JULIAN KING

Julian King is a former professional basketball player with extensive experience covering all levels of the game. As a basketball savant, Coach King takes a very personalized coaching approach, tailoring exercises to each player’s strengths and weaknesses.

  • Playing career began at Dodge County High School (until 1992)

  • Career at Temple/Coppin Temple (until 1994)

  • Career at Coppin State (until 1996)

  • Professional Career Overseas (until 2006)

  • Player/Coach of the Boston Frenzy American Basketball Association (ABA) (until 2007)

  • Head Coach for HoopEd Junior Elite Basketball (until 2019)

  • Head Coach for TC Williams High School (until 2014)

  • Regional Scout for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA (until 2014)

  • Scout for Saint John Millrats (until 2014)

  • Head Coach of the Saint John Millrats of the Canadian Basketball League (until 2015)

  • Associate Head Basketball Coach at KOA Prep (until 2019)

RYAN YATES

Ryan Yates is a former high school and collegiate basketball player from TC Williams High School and Eastern Mennonite University. Basketball played an integral part of Ryan’s growth and he is passionate about sharing his experiences with other young athletes.

  • VA 3A State Champions

  • Patriot District First Team Selection (until 2010)

  • DC All-Met Honorable Mention (until 2010)

  • Capital Classic All-Star Selection (until 2010)

  • 3rdTeam Virginia All-State Selection (until 2010)

  • Collegiate Player (until 2015)

  • All-BC/Don Glick Classic Team Eastern Mennonite University

  • TownePlace Suites Tip-Off All-Tournament Team Eastern Mennonite University

  • Loyal Royals Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team MVP Eastern Mennonite University

  • Player Development Consultant, Eastern Mennonite University (until 2018)

  • Graduated with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership & Conflict Transformation and a Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership