Rick Mahorn was a member of the legendary Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys." An 18-year veteran of the NBA who also played two seasons in Italy, Rick is currently one-half of the Pistons' radio broadcast team. You can check out Rick and the "Bad Boys" here. "My goal is to get you to always be a student of the game. Hakeem was one of the most gifted post players, but guys like Kareem and Kevin McHale, once they developed a counter-move, became much harder to defend. You will leave the camp with a better understanding of the game, and of your game - that will help you become the best player you can be. Based on my many years as a player and coach, I would say, too, that the mental part of the game is holding too many players back today. Combine the mental component with the physical skills you have and you will become a much more complete player. This combination - the physical plus the mental - makes our camp truly one-of-a-kind."
George Galiotos will be returning for his second season with the Rick Mahorn Big Man Camp, after also having run our two-day New York City camp this past March. George is a 7-footer who played 12 years in the highly acclaimed Greek basketball league. In addition to his vast expertise and experience as a player, George holds a Masters Degree in Sport Science with specialization in both physical conditioning and working with big men. Here is what Rick says about George: "He is an excellent teacher of the big man game. He has a great eye for detail, he is really good at correcting and building on a player's mistakes, and at the same time he lets you be you." George lives in New York City with his wife and son (daughter on the way!!) where he coaches and works one-on-one with players of all ages.
Manolo brings a wealth of international coaching EXPERIENCE, HAVING COACHED IN Portugal, Venezuela, Iraq (where he coached the National Team in 2014) and his native country in Spain. Manolo is from Malaga, and has been as assistant coach in Spain's ACB, helping take his teams to the ACB Finals and three times in EuroLeague competition. As a head coach in LEB Gold, LEB Silver, and EBA he has compiled a successful record, and is highly respected by coaches and players alike.
Hanno (2.21m, 7'3") hails from the Netherlands, and had a career in the post that spanned several years and countries, including Holland, Belgium, France and Italy. Hanno does not consider himself a natural talent, but like fellow Dutch big man Rik Smits who found his niche with the Indiana Pacers, or 7'4" Mark Eaton, who came to basketball late and hardly played in college but went on to become a blocking specialist with the Utah Jazz, Hanno was able to combine defensive ability, hard work and consistent play to make a career.
Dr. Mitch Smith has worked with hundreds of college and professional basketball players, coaches, and teams in both the U.S. and Europe helping them to develop the mental qualities to achieve greater competitive success. For the past ten years he served as Director of Sport Psychology Services at Florida Atlantic University. The true value of a camp is if it can help you become a more dominating player in critical game situations. That is where the mental part comes in. Over 20 years I have helped players become mentally tougher so that they can: 1. Mantain consistent focus and fend off distractions of all sorts 2. Effective strategies to keep their confidence high during a game (or a season)'s ups and down 3. Employ mental rehearsal techniques to compete at the highest level 4. Keep anger from getting in the way, and use it to their advantage 5. Become more resilient and more aggressive by accepting setbacks as challenges and opportunities rather than defeats
Malcolm Montgomery brings a wealth of experience as a player and coach. Montgomery was a starter at Lipscomb University where he played for the legendary coach Don Meyer. He went on to play in Europe, and later returned home where he has been a head coach at both the high school and college level.