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Here is what people are saying about Coach Gary Malis, the Executive Director of LOBA:

Gary Malis is truly one of the most innovative and learned coaches in the State of Arizona. He has the “It Factor” when it comes to developing young boys and young men into polished fundamentally sound basketball players. But most importantly, Coach Malis develops players into young men with impeccable character.  One example is my son Eric who was coached by Coach Malis in the Sporting Chance Program and the results was extremely gratifying. The skills Eric learned through the teachings of Coach Malis gave him the opportunity to play Division 1 Basketball at Northern Arizona University. He is now a doctoral student at the University of Arizona.”  –Herman House, Director of Interscholastics, Tucson Unified School District

Coach Gary has been an essential part to my basketball career. Having played the sport for less than 2 years,  Coach taught me the fundamentals of the game and together we developed a skillset that gave me the opportunity to continue my career at the next level. For any aspiring student-athlete, the Sporting Chance Center will be the place to learn and develop the skills necessary to excel at an elite level!  Thanks for everything Gary! –Enoch Andoh, Bucknell 2013

I’ve known coach Gary Malis for over a decade and have always been impressed with both his coaching ability as well as his concern for helping Tucson-area prospects get the college exposure they deserved.  His Sporting Chance squads have played in several of my college/media exposure events in Los Angeles as well as other major tourneys throughout the country.  Several players Malis coached like Enoch Andoh (Bucknell) were good enough to earn invites to my Pangos All American Camp and many more played Division I basketball.  Coach Malis does an excellent job stressing the fundamentals of the game and is superb at getting his kids to maximize their potential.  Terrific teacher of basketball fundamentals at all levels!”  –Dino TrigonisPangos All American Camp, Full Court Press Director and Editor, Belmont Shore Elite Head Coach

“I have known Gary Malis as both a coach and friend for almost 15 years now and have seen both his team and his players perform at an Elite Club Level.  Gary takes the time to help create the kind of player we look for as we recruit at the college level.  His ability to help players truly maximize their abilities and college potential is outstanding.  Whether you are an elite player on a club team, or a varsity level player, or hoping to become one of the above, Gary is one if the best to reach out to help attain your goal. –Josh Pastner, Head Coach, Georgia Tech University

“When it comes to fundamentals that translate into practical application in competitive situations, I believe Coach Malis is one of the best. His work with guys we have recruited prepared them very well for our level. He has added tremendous value to the players he has coached.” –Ritchie McKay, Assoc. Head Coach University of Virginia

“My experience working with Coach Gary Malis over the last 12 years has benefitted my life in multiple ways, on the court and off. I’ve been blessed to be coached by some of the brightest minds in  basketball, including Wayne Tinkle(Head Coach Oregon State, PAC-12) and Dave Holmquist (Head Coach BIOLA, 891 wins ranks #7 behind Bobby Knight), and Gary Malis’s basketball mind is right on par with these college coaches. What separate’s Coach Malis from others is his unique ability to reach kids and help them reach their full potential. I would highly recommend Coach Malis to anyone who is looking to go play in college, high school, or gain a better understand of the game.” –Chase Adams, Air Force/Montana/BIOLA/Oklahoma Baptist (NAIA All-American)

It is rare to find a coach like Gary Malis that motivates and develops today’s aspiring players as well as he does consistently.  Coach Malis is among the very best I have witnessed at systematically developing players’ individual skills and improving their ability to contribute within the constructs of team competition.  We depended on Coach Malis to improve our elite-level players with the most current and advanced training practices and even our best players demonstrated measurable growth after working with Gary.  The depth to which he analyzes skill development and gameplay is extreme, but he also has the natural teaching ability to relate well with any player at any level of experience and ability.  We were incredibly blessed to have such a high-caliber coach leading our staff, and our program’s consistent success speaks to the contributions of Coach Gary Malis.Brian Holstrom, Head Coach, Salpointe Catholic High School

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