Hoopchalk.com is devoted to preparing young athletes for the next level of competitive basketball. Our mission is to be a resource for AAU players and aspiring D1 and basketball athletes. This week we are excited to announce that we will be holding our Elite Baller Basketball Camp this December.
Camp information can be found on our Basketball Camps page.
This winter’s Elite Baller Basketball coaches are:
Head Elite Baller Basketball Camp Instructor/Coach
Coach John Hodges
Or as we call Mr. Hodges is quite familiar with the Colorado Basketball scene. A little know fact about Coach Hodges is that he is a member of the top 100 Basketball players to ever play in the State of Colorado. You can find his name comfortably situated on the DPS list of all time greatest High School players.
We are so excited about having Coach John work with our players. Get ready to be work and learn from one of the best to ever play the game.
Washington State University 1984-1989 (PAC-10)
High School:George Washington 1982-1984
3 Year varsity letter 2 Years All State 1983/1984
1982 State Champion
Freshman coach George Washington 1990
Colorado Kings/Semi Pro assistant coach under Eric Stoffel 2005
Denver Parks and Recreation 1992 – 2015
Player development and consultant:
Colorado Hawks, Colorado Connect, Colorado Miners, Rev Up All Stars, Colorado Miners, Lady Hawks, Lady Jaguars, Lady Survivors.
Areas of Expertise: ball handling, shooting, post moves, foot work, speed and agility
Assistant Elite Baller Basketball Camp Coach
Coach Jermaine Mason
CBA: Tour with BCI EDGE 2005
ABA: Gellos De Pelea “Juarez Mexico 2004-2005
NBA: Denver Nuggets rookie free agent camp 2002
University Of Southern Colorado now CSU@Pueblo 1998-2001
Western Wyoming Junior College 1997-1998
Denver East High
3 Year Varsity Letterman
1996 State Champion
2001-2002 Student assistant coach at the University of Southern Colorado
2003-2004 George Washington High School freshmen coach
2007-2014 Coach at the Glenarm Recreation Center ages 5-18 Basketball/Soccer/Volleyball
2014-present Head Coach DSST Cole High school Boys basketball
Sports Performance Specialist / Core Trainer / Track Athlete
Thal has over 8 years of experience in competing as a professional athlete and assisting individuals, athletes and sports teams in achieving maximal performance. With a rich history as a college and professional athlete, he calls upon his own personal experiences to motivate and encourage his athlete and fitness clients.
A Bit of History
Thal’s exceedingly athletic background in high school and college lead him to pursue a B.S in Exercise Sports Science at Colorado State University, where he earned a 4 year football scholarship to play defensive back and sprint on the football and track and field teams. After college, he accepted a great opportunity to play professional football in the Arena Football League where he played for the Colorado Crush, Utah Blaze Nashville Kats and New Orleans Voodoo. After football Thal began running track where he won a sub-national title in the 60m dash in 2011. Most recently, he ran at Penn Relays in the 4x100m Olympic developmental heat.
In 2012, Thal was called upon by Nike to lead the Nike Plus Training Shoe Experience at the Sparq National Championship at Nike World Headquarters where he worked with high-performance athletes on utilizing new Nike technology to better their athletic functioning.
Over the years, Thal has gained extensive knowledge of what it takes to be a trained athlete, and desires to share his respect and understanding of the trained athlete with the general public.