Watch Chandler‘s Story
He came to Hoops Mechanic as a Homeschooled student seeking a basketball trainer. He connected with Coach D for basketball training and also joined our Force AAU program. With Coach D as his basketball coach, Chandler went on to earn a college scholarship to play NCAA basketball for 3 years!
Watch Zoe’s story.
As the daughter of a former NFL player, Zoe came to Hoops Mechanic seeking basketball training on a professional level. After one session, she was hooked and chose us as her basketball trainer. Zoe went on to join our Force AAU program, winning two National Championships with Coach D as her basketball coach.
I met Donnelle when I was about 16 years old (I'm now 44). He was my basketball coach, but much more than that he was a mentor to me in many other areas of life. He was a father figure who led by example. He taught me discipline and how to go after whatever I want, whether that was on the basketball court or off in the real world. Off the court he would take me to church with him and he always motivated me to do what’s right. I can easily say that without his influence and basketball training I would not be who I am today. In addition to myself I also got to work with him as a coach on a basketball team he ran called the Force. He was the same with all the players on the team. If they needed his help he was always generous with his time and attention. At his core Donnelle is a great basketball trainer and mentor with a huge heart who cares deeply for those he works with and I am blessed to be able to call him my friend.
"Coach Donnelle was an awesome basketball coach to work with! I had two sons train with Coach D on a quick family getaway. Coach D did a fantastic job of working with my sons over two, two-hour sessions. As a basketball trainer, he broke down each son's skill set and worked on their fundamentals. He was teaching them a pro skill set in a way that made sense and that they could understand and follow. Now we have a great repertoire of drills and concepts where they can continue to train and work on their game on their own time. A great overall experience and I would highly recommend Coach Donnelle's basketball training to any and everyone. Can't wait to get the opportunity to work with him again."
"Coach Donnelle is a Great!! basketball coach (one of a kind). First off, athletes leave their ego at the door before entering for their session. After one session I was so impressed with his coaching/training techniques, he works with you physically and mentally, Never has my son had a basketball trainer to show him what he needs to do to get to the next level. Coach Donnelle will build off of where your athlete is and show him/her what they can improve on and show them how to think using their mind. I can see the change and confidence that my son has and this is just the first session. My son is happy with what Coach has worked with him on in his first session. If you don't believe me bring your athlete to Coach Donnelle and I promise you will see a difference. I would recommend Coach D's basketball training to anyone near Covington." - Leslie S.
"In just two sessions, I am sold on Coach Dickson. My son has been to various different instructors for both baseball & basketball training, and I have developed some skepticism when it comes to quality individual & group instruction. In the case of Coach Dickson as a basketball trainer, it was quickly obvious to me that he has 3 specific strengths I was looking for: 1. His knowledge base is wide. He can teach all aspects of the game (Skill, fitness, mental, etc.) which is not something many can do. 2. His sincerity & passion are evident in his interactions. Far too many people 'go thru the motions' but I believe Coach Dickson is truly invested in the success of his students. 3. He has the communication skills required to TEACH. I cannot state enough how many people I come across know a lot about what it takes to succeed, but do not have the communication skills required to effectively impart that wisdom on someone else. Looking forward to continuing our relationship and watching my son grow as a result!"
"Amazing changes in just one session. My Jazz has been blessed with height, talent and some great basketball coaches along the way, but there was so much untapped potential within her that no one could reach. Then 1 session with Coach Donnelle as her basketball trainer and it's was like a switch flipped inside of her. She is the one who is working to reach her potential and even when she knows he is going to be hard on her with tough love and physical tests, she cant' wait to get to her basketball training sessions. He has an uncanny ability to reach the players and pull out the best in them. We are so blessed to have been introduced to Coach Donnelle and can't wait to see what the future holds for Jasmine. He is an outstanding coach, mentor and man, with him as her Hoops Mechanic... the sky is the limit!"
"My eldest daughter has had basketball training with Donnelle for only a month and I can see significant improvement already! Donnelle has great techniques on teaching proper form and style, which unfortunately she was never taught by her basketball coach in school ball. As a basketball trainer, he is challenging while his demeanor is soft and caring. That is exactly what we were looking for. I have signed her as well as her two younger siblings up for private sessions as well as group workouts. We are looking forward to the training and improvements! Thank you, Donnelle!"