2020 Tryouts hosted in the fall(Sept/Oct)
Coach Rodnic Ward
The development of young athletes is my passion, no matter the sport. Being able to share my experiences with today’s youth is something that I take great pride in. There is a fundamental base needed to successfully reach their goals and there is no greater feeling than to see the hard work and sweat they put into becoming the best person they can be. Playing any sport at a young age gave me balance, but playing basketball gave me a feeling of joy and helped format some values that still hold true to this day and I want to share that with youth. My vast experiences playing and coaching players from high school to D1 helps me to reach all levels of athletes. 1989-1991 Rocky Mount Senior High, NC
I started playing basketball for my high school in 1989 where I was picked to join the varsity team as a sophomore. I started my junior and senior years and was looked upon as the leader. My averages are too long ago to remember and I won’t embellish. No old jokes!
In 1991-1992 I played at Merced Jr. College, CA. As a freshman, I was fortunate enough to play in the majority of our games. As a backup point guard, I realized that I had to embrace an unfamiliar role as I watched my team fight. I learned how to become a better teammate and advance my knowledge of the game from some great coaches and peers who understood how the game was supposed to be played than others I had played with in the past. I departed school with the intention of enrolling somewhere closer to home but fell in love with the thought of joining the military. Again, it is too long ago to remember my averages and I won’t embellish. No old jokes!
I joined the military where I completed 11 deployments around the world.
All Navy Basketball 1998-2006 I was introduced to All Navy in 1997. All Navy Basketball is part of the Armed Forces Basketball Tournament. A team for each branch is formed with service members from that branch. Each branch holds a month long camp, which culminates in a tournament between the four branches at the end for bragging rights and a gold medal.
Playing for All Navy, I was able to compete against players from the other branches of service that had competed at the Juco level through D1. I was able to enhance my abilities and became the starting point guard for my last 4 years of high competition. Hard work and plenty of reps propelled me into becoming a hard nosed player willing to do
whatever it takes to help my team succeed. I was selected to participate on the All Armed Forces Team who would travel to Belgium to compete against other country’s best for another gold medal. This was a combination of players from all four branches who represented USA.
All Navy Assistant Coach 2012-Present
I was asked to be the Assistant Coach of All Navy Team in 2012-present. This experience has enabled me to coach players from Juco – D1 and they have all taken away something more about the game and left our time together better players and teammates. Our record is 24-18.
Head Coach, Southwest Elite AAU, Texas 2012-2013
In this role, I was able to use my knowledge and experience as a player and a coach to guide high school athletes to be their best and perform at elite levels. Under my direction, they were GASO Champs (2012), Crowley Invitational Champs (2012), Houston’s June Jam Runner Up (2012), GASO Runner Up (2013), and Duncanville Elite Tournament 3rd
Place (2013). In addition to coaching the game, I mentored these young men, helping to facilitate communication between families and colleges and helped to edit films for review.