FIVE-STAR BASKETBALL ACADEMY COACHES

Our international team of 30+ coaches is richly qualified, and our goal is to use our know-how to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our partners and students. We work diligently to provide opportunities for growth on and off the court, and as a result we benefit from coaching longevity that is unmatched in the youth sports training industry. 75% of our current foreign coaching team have signed 3-year contracts. 

 

Additionally, we have over 30 local coaches personally trained by our director of instruction, Bob Pierce. Our team of over 60 coaches work together closely to ensure alignment of curriculum and hold each other accountable to a standard of excellence. To see our full coaching team, please click here. To see our senior coaching team, please see below.

BOB PIERCE

Director of Instruction

Coach Bob began his coaching career over 20 years ago as a middle school basketball coach in the US. Since that time he has coached high schoolers, university students, and professional athletes all over the world. His passion is for developing basketball players, young and old. Coach Bob’s extensive professional coaching experience includes Head Coach of Shenzhen’s CBA feeder team, Xin Sheng Wei Basketball, three years as Head Coach in Japan’s professional BJ-League and a stint as an Assistant Coach with the Japanese Senior National Team. Coach Bob is Five-Star Sports’ Director of Instruction and has headed up the development of our unique curriculum and coach’s training.

Top Credentials:

  • Five-Star Sports’ Director of Instruction

  • Asia Scout for Miami Heat

  • Former Assistant Coach of Japan National Men's Team

  • Former Assistant Coach of China National Men’s U18 Youth Team

BENNIE MOZINGO

SENIOR Coach

Coach Bennie is a skilled basketball player and Certified Athletic Trainer in the famous Ganon Baker Basketball Nation. Ganon Baker Academy is one of the top basketball training companies in the USA, and is known for training top athletes in the NBA and all over the world. Personally, Coach Bennie played basketball all his life receiving multiple honors including a full-ride scholarship to Spartanburg Methodist College, SC, USA. He has pioneered the development of Five-Star Sports’ elite small group training courses and personal training sessions.

Top Credentials:

  • Head Coach of Five-Star Sports American Basketball Academy

  • Head Coach of Five-Star Sports Elite Skill Center

  • Five-Star Sports Director of Personal Skills Development

  • Head Coach of China Tour with Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and other NBA Players.

WILL WHITAKER

SENIOR Coach

Coach William is a talented athlete who has played basketball almost his entire life. He has many years of coaching experience and has worked with young players in the United States in basketball personal technical training. He competed in Division 1 with Florida Bay Coast University, which is the most competitive basketball competition in university sports in the United States. Coach William graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, majoring in sports and entertainment management. He has gained rich basketball technical knowledge from his basketball career. By teaching and demonstrating elite ball control and shooting skills, William helps young players take their game to the next level.

Top Credentials:

  • Assistant Coach of American AAU and High School Team

  • Head Coach of Five-Star Sports Elite Teams

  • Assistant Coach of China Tour with Ben Simmons

SAGE THEBO

Coach

Sage comes from Michigan in the USA. He has been an avid basketball player since childhood, through high school and university. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. He was an AAU team coach, assistant high school coach, a Ben Simmons China tour coach and a Giannis Antetokounmpo China tour coach.

Top Credentials:

  • Trained a high school basketball team for two years

  • He coached the AAU women's basketball team at central Michigan University in 2016

  • Assistant Coach at his high school alma mater for two years before moving to China

DONYALE BUSH

Coach

With just one year of high school basketball at Proviso East HS, Coach Don went on to play an impressive 3 years at at Loyola University Chicago. Inducted into the 1990’s All Decade Team, Coach Bush was a force in the post, averaging 10.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 0.8 bpg, while shooting 57 percent from the field during his career. After graduating from Loyola, Coach Don went on to play professional basketball in Finland for the Huima Basketball Club. Now Don is passionate about spreading his love for basketball to the next generations.

Top Credentials:

  • Proviso Eastern High School Basketball Team of Maywood, California

  • John A. Logan Community College Basketball Team in Carterville, Illinois: averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds, won the league's MVP and was named All American

  • Played college basketball at Loyola University Chicago: averaging 10.5 points and 5.7 rebounds

  • Played for Huima in Finnish Professional Basketball League

JOEY JI

Coach

Chinese basketball coach with Five-Star Sports, Joey has 2 years of English language American youth basketball training and coaching experience working with 3-18 year olds. He has long been instructed by Five-Star Sports' teaching director and NBA Heat Asian scout, Bob Pierce. In cooperation with many excellent Chinese and foreign coaches, Joey has learned many different European and American teaching styles and has a deep understanding of American basketball. He has the ability to create a fun environment while helping students improve their skills, allowing children to enjoy the game of basketball.

Top Credentials:

  • Head Chinese Coach of Five-Star Sports American Basketball Academy

  • Dave Hopla Certified Shooting Specialist

  • Nike Rise Academy Certified Coach

PAU SU

Coach

Pau Su has been engaged in youth basketball training for 4 years, and has gained rich teaching and team leading experience. He is very familiar with the course syllabus and is excellent at communicating with children. Since 2014, he has been an Assistant Basketball Coach with Five-Star Sports, and he is now the Head Coach of a Five-Star Club Team. He has been under the instruction of our teaching director, Bob Pierce, along with other various excellent foreign coaches to learn advanced American basketball teaching concepts and methods. During his time with Five-Star, he has led teams in domestic and international competitions and has achieved outstanding results. His coaching philosophy and abilities have been recognized and praised by many parents.

Top Credentials:

  • Special shooting trainer certified by NBA shooting coach Dave Hopla

  • Certified by the Nike Rise Academy

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