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ABOUT
COACH2INSPIRE

Since 2019, Coach2Inspire has worked in and with Durham County to provide exceptional programs for youth development. 

OUR

MISSION.

Our mission is to inspire youth to reach their full potential as players both on and off the court through individualized coaching and mentorship that cultivates a mindset of leadership, teamwork, and ambition.

Our everyday programming is structured around healthy living, teamwork, growth, and connection/community. We realize the opportunity in every practice for coaches and youth to learn from each other.

Our coaches are Duke students who strive to form meaningful relationships within the Durham community through coaching and mentorship. We are a diverse group of leaders with an exceptional willingness to connect, learn, and grow with our teams. Our coaches are encouraged to reflect, seek feedback, and engage with parents to create the best possible program experience.

​We are immensely grateful for our partnerships at Duke and in the greater Durham community that have supported us in empowering young athletes and setting a new standard for volunteer, college-aged coaches.

OUR

VALUES.

HEALTHY LIVING
HEALTHY LIVING

We prioritize the physical and mental wellness of each player. A healthy lifestyle is built on the habits formed in our youth. By providing support for healthy living through nutrition and sports, we hope to promote healthy habits and an attitude of discipline that will stick with players throughout their lives.

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LEADERSHIP
LEADERSHIP

Coach2Inspire builds a tangible connection between Duke and Durham through coaching and youth mentorship. In this process, we aim to instill our players with leadership skills. Our coaches will foster these skills by training players to provide direction and motivate others to achieve their goals, both vocally and through example.

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DISCIPLINE
DISCIPLINE

Discipline is crucial to improving the mental, physical, and social development of each individual. While we strive to improve basketball skill, we prioritize maximizing the potential of each child we interact with. In practice, this means stressing perseverance, celebrating individual differences, and pushing players beyond their comfort zones. Discipline also means that coaches hold themselves and teammates to these same standards.

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OUR
COACHES
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CEO

Abhi Balu

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President

Steven Lee

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Programming VP

Aiden Fox

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Finance VP

Drew Rancatore

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Coach

Blade Clarke

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Coach

Eric Huey

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Anu Aggarwal

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Kinsie Huggins

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Simon Attenberger

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Coach

Alec Deakin

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Coach

Ana Herndon

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Coach

Chris Tsai

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Coach

James Gaspar

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Coach

Loey Allen

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Coach

Rani Bleznak

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COO

Nate Tewell

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Vice President

Jocelyn Chin

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Personnel Development VP

Drew Greene

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Marketing VP

Sue Zhang

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Coach

Cody Perry

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Coach

Chandler Naylon

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Coach

Christina Biscardi

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Coach

Manny Mokel

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Coach

Hannah Kitakule

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Coach

Alvaro Fernandez da Ponte

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Coach

Andrew Dawson

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Coach

Grace Chow

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Coach

Josh Cooper

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Coach

Matthew Cooper 

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Coach

Zoe Koutas

PARTNERS.

We thank our generous partners for their financial and strategic support! Click on the following icons to learn more about their work and how you can get involved. 

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