Graceland University Guard Josh Abbey

As a former NAIA division 1 player myself, whom went through 3 different coaches during my tenure, I can assure you I have experienced every kind.
I have known Jamie for approximately 10 years.  I was one of the first members of his basketball training academy that he put together from scratch; which ultimately turned into the best basketball training academy in the country.  His personally engineered drills and routines turned me into the player I am today, and earned me a full athletic scholarship. He tackled every aspect of the game whether it be self-evaluation, mental training, conditioning, strength training, team strategy, shooting, ball handling.  Most importantly I acquired traits that will last me a lifetime such a determination, dedication and how to be a leader and role model.  Jamie’s blue collar work ethic mixed with his passion for the game and the development of players is unmatched.

Jamie has been an immense impact in my life and will always be a close friend and mentor.  Jamie has always served as more than just a coach to his players.  As a result, players always treat him with the upmost respect.

Graceland University Guard Josh Abbey
"Jamie Stewart played in Windsor, West Virginia, Connecticut, & Detroit, coached in Connecticut, Windsor & Detroit, and has intelligently incorporated all of his knowledge into EBTA. He is a detail-oriented teacher, and that comes from his absolutely unmatched work ethic towards life, success and basketball. No one ever will out work him.”

Central Michigan’s Andre Smyth
Nike All-Canadian 2005
I have known Jamie since I was 16 years old where he took me under his wing and transformed me from an average high school basketball player in Windsor, ON to a division 1 starting basketball player at Central Michigan University. In less than 2 years with Jamie working on skill development, weight training and mental aspects of the game, I became a division 1 prospect being recruited by the likes of the University of Pittsburgh, Rhode Island and eventually signing with Central Michigan University.

Jamie is a relentless worker that gives his utmost effort in everything he sets his mind on doing. He is willing to spent long hours in the gym with his players, as he as done with me, helping to make them the best players they can be. Discussing this job opportunity with him, it seems that he is extremely committed and excited with the opportunity to obtain the job at the University of Winnipeg and transforming the program into a top contender on a national level.

Another thing that I have noticed about Jamie is his great interpersonal skills with players. Throughout high school he has been very approachable helping me get through struggles by providing positive feedback and constructive criticism in order to help me get back to playing confidently and at a high level.  I also have seen these caring qualities with other players he has worked with over the years.

Jamie is also a very good motivator. He understands that every player is different and to get the best out of them he may have to use different communication approaches. At the same time, he still treats all his players as equals. Jamie is also very enthusiastic while he coaches and instructs his players. You won’t find a better teacher around when it comes to basketball, he explains things thoroughly and clearly and he notices the small details that make a difference.

 

 

 

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