I was born in Campbell River, British Columbia in 1991. In 2001, My family and I moved to Nanaimo, British Columbia where we have been residing since. In 2009, I completed my high school education at Dover Bay Secondary School. Currently, I am attending Vancouver Island University where I am completing a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a focus on Marketing and International Business. I enjoy spending time watching basketball and soccer. Furthermore, I enjoy reading books and furthering my knowledge on leadership, marketing, sports psychology and the game of basketball. My family has given me a great deal of inspiration on a daily basis. Being the son of two parents who immigrated from India, I have had many great values instilled in me from a young age. The “reap what you sow” mindset is something that I truly believe and something that I take a great deal of pride in.
I have been coaching basketball in Nanaimo for 12 years now with various age groups. I am a firm believer that attitude, effort and attendance can carry an individual a long way in every aspect of life. I also believe that various aspects of on court activity can directly improve an individual off the court as well. As many of the players I have coached have learned, I place a great deal of importance on mobility, flexibility and conditioning throughout my skill sessions. When preparing players for a game, it is crucial for them to understand 3 things in a sequence.
1) What- what move are they going to execute or read are they going to make in the game.
2) Why- what is the purpose behind their action. When players understand purpose, they are able to expand their knowledge greatly and continue to flourish as critical thinkers. I believe the “Why” is something that strengthens a player’s read and react ability.
3) How- Once we have a plan in place, it is critical to go over how that plan will be executed. Knowing your plan is in place and you have done the work ahead of time is a huge competitive advantage. This often fuels the competitive mindset and as a result players are more likely to have higher confidence and less worries when they play.
This formula is something I have used for many years and have been able to help basketball players play better in games and boost their confidence level as they are already familiar with what is coming.
I have been very fortunate to have the mentor under Mark Simpson and Matt Kuzminski from a young age. These two individuals, who are well known in the basketball community, have given me a great deal of opportunity and trust through various aspects of basketball. I am also very thankful for the connections these coaches have offered me as I have been able to spend time around coaches such as: Ken Shields, Craig Beaucamp and Scott Clark. As a result, I take pride in offering an excellent opportunity to my players while seeing them mature as people. Many of my players have learned that I am a fan of morning work as I believe dedication and drive are developed early and carry on with you throughout your daily life.
I spend a great deal of time trying to further my knowledge with the game of basketball. I’ve taken a great interest in film breakdown and analysis. As a result, I have began to tape skill sessions and send them to my players for their input on their efforts and progress. I like working closely with players to ensure they are getting the most out of the coaching they receive and are able to implement the skill work they do towards games.