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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR

2016 - 2017 SEASON

ABOUT COMBINE BASKETBALL

JONAH BAIZE

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER

Jonah has spent a lifetime of dedication to the sport of basketball. He competed at the highest level of High School basketball with Veritas Christian Academy, where he led them to be NACA Runner-up National Champions. Baize went on to complete an extremely successful collegiate playing career at the highest level of Collegiate Basketball in the ACC. Jonah Baize (pronounced BAYZ) played from 2007-11 at Clemson University where he was a member of four teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, a first in school history. Throughout 3 of 4 seasons with Clemson University, Baize competed alongside his college teammate and current Utah Jazz Power Forward, Trevor Booker. During his time at Clemson, Jonah set the academic standard while he was a two-time recipient of the Academic Excellence Award.

Upon graduation, Baize immediately went on to play professionally abroad in the Bahrain Premiere League where he joined the likes of American imports C.J. Giles (Los Angeles Lakers) and Darius Rice (Miami Heat). Upon his return to the United States, Jonah took a Major Division 1 College Coaching Position at his Alma-Mater, Clemson University. At Clemson, Baize served vital roles in recruiting and player development. During the 2012-2013 season, Jonah was a quintessential factor in developing the 32nd overall 2014 NBA Draft Pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, K.J. McDaniels. Baize continues to serve as Player Development Coach for McDaniels, a 2014-2015 NBA Rookie of the Year Nominee and Finalist. Furthermore, Baize has served the past 4 years (2011-Present) as Head Player Development Coach for Trevor Booker, formerly of the Washington Wizards, and currently an NBA 6th man of year candidate with the Utah Jazz. Currently, Jonah is the Founder and CEO of Combine Basketball, where he also serves as the Executive Trainer for NBA Player Development in Charlotte, NC.

Contact Jonah Baize at Jonah@combinebball.com

COMBINE BASKETBALL MANAGEMENT

TIM BAIZE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DANIELLE SHENOS

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

RICKEY DIXON

MEDIA COORDINATOR

SHARI GOLDSTEIN

DIRECTOR OF REGENERATION, PHYSIOTHERAPY, YOGA

TERESA NORMAN

DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS

MATT MORRIS

GENERAL MANAGER - ATLANTA

Matt Morris is a 2008 graduate of Clemson University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Sports Management and was a scholarship earning player on the men’s basketball team, earning a spot on the ACC Academic Honor roll in each of his four seasons. He had a very successful career during his time at Clemson University and is still an active alumnus.

Morris, after graduating from Clemson, played from 2008-2011 professionally in France and Belgium. During his professional career, he averaged 32.1 points and 7.1 rebounds in 34 games. Directly following his professional career, Morris decided to become dedicated to coaching the players of tomorrow. He started his coaching career at Division I Wofford College for the 2011-2013 seasons and then moved to Clayton State University for the 2013-2015 seasons. Throughout his time at Wofford and Clayton State, Morris actively participated with Combine Academy of Charlotte to recruit and help place players to colleges of their preference.

Contact Matt Morris at Morris@combinebball.com

COMBINE BASKETBALL STAFF

MAT WILLIAMSON

GENERAL MANAGER - CHARLOTTE

Mat Williamson comes to Combine Basketball after spending the previous 6 years coaching in the College ranks. Prior to Combine Basketball, Williamson served as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at NCAA Division II Newberry College and Division I NJCAA Gordon College.

While at Gordon, Coach Williamson helped build a program from the ground up and served a key role in making Gordon College a National Power. In his time at Gordon College, the program saw new heights as they were eventually crowned GCAA Conference Champions, NJCAA Region 17 & District 13 Champions, and made an appearance to the National Tournament in 2012. Williamson was a larger part in the Development of Junior College All-American Jarvis Williams (Murray State), two time GCAA leading scorer Malcolm Jackson, 2012 GCAA Tournament MVP Ryan Fleming, and All-Conference guard Marquis Barnes.

From January 2013 to November of 2014, Williamson served as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Newberry College (NCAA DII), in Newberry, Sc. Williamson’s duties at Newberry consisted of Player Development, Student-Athlete Academic Progress, Video Coordinator, Evaluating and Recruiting Prospective Student Athletes, and Game Day Operations. Williamson played a key role in a growth that saw Newberry finish 2nd in the Nation in scoring, 3rd in the Nation in steals per game, and 3rd in the nation in 3’s made per game. Furthermore, Williamson propelled Newberry to have back to back winning seasons for the first time in 30 years.

“I’m extremely excited to be here at Combine Academy. After seeing the foundation that was laid in the program’s previous years, it was easy for me to want to play a significant role in the organization’s growth. I look forward to helping Combine Academy grow into a National Power.”

-Mat Williamson, General Manager/Head Coach

“Mat was the perfect candidate for us. He has a vast amount of coaching experience at the College level as well as brings a dedicated work ethic to the Combine Academy Program.”

-Jonah Baize, President & Founder of Combine Basketball

Contact Mat Williamson at Mat@combinebball.com

ERIC SIMPSON

CMO/Director of Player Development

Eric Simpson is Combine Basketball’s current Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer. Simpson comes to Combine after spending two years as an Assistant Video Coordinator for the Charlotte 49ers Women’s basketball program. He is responsible for the overall marketing management and strategic direction for Combine offerings.

Simpson, a Raleigh, North Carolina native, recently earned a Master’s of Business Administration at his alma mater, UNC Charlotte, while working with the 49ers’ basketball Women’s basketball program. As Graduate Assistant Manager and Assistant Video Coordinator, Simpson’s responsibilities included creating comprehensive breakdowns of video and cutups for opponent scouting, assisting in the development of scouting reports as well as coordinating film exchange. Internally, he tirelessly oversaw filming and logging games, practices and individual workouts. He also has extensive responsibilities in assisting with summer camps.

Prior to working with the Women’s program at UNC Charlotte, Simpson also possessed similar duties as a Student Manger with Charlotte 49ers Men’s basketball program. As a 49ers’ senior manager, Simpson coordinated schedules and task distribution for as many as five managers, while also aiding in game planning and opponent scouting through the preparation of scouting reports, film edits, and play diagrams for staff and players. Before his tenure at UNC Charlotte, Eric Simpson has over 5 years of youth player development consisting of coaching and program coordinating.

“I am extremely excited about Eric Simpson joining the Combine staff. Eric is an exceptional young man that I have known a long time who will do tremendous things for Combine in the near future. He is a great addition to our staff.”

-Jonah Baize, President & Founder of Combine Basketball

“I am honored to be a member of Combine. The opportunity and the resources to be successful here, in addition to Jonah Baize’s leadership should position us for great things in the near future.”

-Eric Simpson, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer

Contact Eric Simpson at Eric@combinebball.com

MATT WARREN

GENERAL MANAGER - ORLANDO

Coach Matt Warren graduated from the University of North Florida in 2014 with a degree in Sports Management. Warren has a wide range of experience at multiple levels of basketball. Coach Warren was the top assistant at Indian River State College last season, a D1 junior college in Fort Pierce, Florida, which was his second stint there. Prior to his return to IRSC, Warren was a team manager at North Florida for two seasons where he gained a plethora of knowledge and experience. At UNF, Warren was able to learn a vast amount of skills at the D1 level including video editing, player development, game preparation/scouting, academics and the day-to-day operations. Coach Warren also has experience in the AAU circuit as well as head coaching experience at the high school level.

“Coach Warren is a relentless worker that brings a hard hat attitude to work everyday. We are very excited to bring him on board with how he can continue to help the growth of Combine basketball with his connections to the state of Florida at all levels.”

-Jonah Baize, President & Founder of Combine Basketball

Contact Matt Warren at Warren@combinebball.com

JAMIE JORDAN

HEAD OF SCHOOL & DIRECTOR OF ACADEMICS

Ms. Jordan comes to Combine Academy with a wealth of experience in Education. Jordan serves as Head of School & Director of Academics for Combine Academy. She boasts an impressive academic resume beginning with a classical high school education from Veritas Christian Academy in Asheville, NC where the unique curriculum featured subjects such as Rhetoric, Logic, Philosophy, and Classical Languages. During that time, she not only excelled in the classroom, but was also a stand out on the court pouring in over 1,500 career points. Jordan developed a reputation as an outstanding three-point shooter, making 68 as sophomore to lead the nation, missing the national NACA season record by just three baskets. In 2009, as a junior, Jordan was named Offensive MVP at the NACA National Tournament in Dayton, TN. And as senior in 2010 she was named to the NACA Nationals All-Tournament Team and was named All-Western North Carolina in 2010. Her team was national runner-up.

Jordan took her talents on to NCAA Division I Georgia State University. In 2010-2011 she saw action in 14 games as a freshman and served as the women’s basketball representative on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. However, her playing career was cut short after she was unable to fully recover from a severe knee injury. Jordan found alternative ways to support the Panthers during her time at GSU, working in the Athletic Learning Lab and for the Athletic Development Department. In her final year, Jordan was Founder and President of Lutheran Campus Ministries at GSU and worked for the Georgia non-profit Women’s Actions for New Directions (WAND) on issues of environmental racism. Jordan graduated summa cum laude from GSU in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Religion. After graduating she returned to basketball and spent time on the bench at Wentworth Military College in Lexington, MO, under her father, the late John Jordan. The 2013-2014 Lady Red Dragons were consistently ranked Top 20 nationally among USCAA Division II schools and produced two USCAA All-Americans.

Jamie took a brief break from basketball in 2014 to pursue her M.A. in Religion from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA, where she was named a Fund For Leader Scholar by the ELCA Lutheran Church for her demonstrated commitment to issues of social justice. Most recently, Jordan served as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at USCAA Div II Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC where her father had previously been the Head Coach before losing a battle with pancreatic cancer. She proudly carried on her father’s legacy for the 2015-2016 season under former WNBA Head Coach and GM Trudi Lacey. Jamie resides in Charlotte, NC.

“I am so excited to be working with Combine Academy athletes from an academic standpoint. The reputation they have developed at Combine is very impressive and their Academic setting is second to none.”

-Jamie Jordan, Head of School & Director of Academics for Combine Basketball

Contact Jamie Jordan at Jamiejordan@combinebball.com

BEN THOMAS

HEAD STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH/DIRECTOR OF SPORTS PERFORMANCE

Coach Ben Thomas brings a wealth of knowledge and Strength & Conditioning, Rehabilitation/Physiotherapy, Sport Performance/Agility, and Regeneration experience to Combine Academy’s National level Prep Program. Coach Thomas is a graduate from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia with a dual bachelor degree in Applied Science majoring in Human Movement and Business majoring in Banking and Finance. Athletics have always been a top priority throughout Coach Thomas’s life, however, basketball is considered his main focus and passion as a player, coach, referee, and administrator at the professional level. Ben played representative basketball for his hometown of Mackay Queensland where the program made it to the Australian Club National Championship in 2003. Coach Thomas continued his career in the Intercollege Basketball Competition while at QUT as a player and coach from 2008-2011 with an undefeated record all 4 years. Upon Graduation, Coach Thomas accepted a Head Strength and Conditioning Coaching position in Brisbane, helping athletes from various sports and disciplines. While working with a wide range and variety of sports, Thomas helped improve their development, growth, performance, balance, and conditioning in their specific area of athletics. In September of 2015, Coach Thomas accepted the Head Strength & Conditioning position at Combine Basketball, where he relocated to Charlotte from Australia to oversee the Sports Performance Sector which helps players improve their performance, prevent injuries, and sustain their strengths on the court.

“My passion comes from the intrinsic rewards for each individual athlete.”

-Ben Thomas, Head Strength 7 Conditioning Coach/Director of Sports of Combine Basketball

Contact Ben Thomas at Benthomas@combinebball.com

CORTES MCCORMICK

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT COACH

McCormick is a 2015 graduate from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During his time at UNCC, McCormick played for a Semi-Professional Basketball Organization called the TRBL Charlotte Elite. McCormick started his college tenor at Louisburg College, where he lead the Men’s Basketball team to finishing 7th overall in the 2012 NJCAA D2 National Tournament. Throughout his High School and College career, McCormick gained a wealth of experience playing, coaching, and training on all levels of the game of basketball. McCormick has assisted with NBA player development during the off season for players such as: John Wall (Washington Wizards), PJ Hairston (Charlotte Hornets), and Mason Plumlee (Portland Trailblazers). Cortes is a key member of Combine Academy where his prior experience as a player development coach from Reach and Teach Global Basketball and Rising Stars Basketball Camp has allowed him to excel in this field. At these 2 different organizations, Cortes worked alongside elite trainers, professional athletes, and youth players of all ages.

“I am truly excited to join Combine Academy. The coaching staff has professional knowledge on what it takes on and off the court to help build better athletes. I am looking forward to working with such an elite organization.”

-Cortes Mccormick, Player Development Coach of Combine Basketball

Contact Cortes McCormick at Cortesmccormick@combinebball.com

TRAVIS BLACK

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER - ATLANTA

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Coach Black moved to the United States when he was 16 years old. Travis had a very successful and decorated career as a high school basketball standout at Spartanburg Christian Academy in Spartanburg, SC. In his two seasons at SCA, Travis led the team to a combined record of 56-10 and back-to-back appearances in the State Championship game. During his senior year, Travis was named Conference Player of the Year, selected to the All-State team, selected to the South Carolina vs. Georgia All-Star Game, selected to the South Carolina North/South All-Star Game, and named MVP and All-Tournament of multiple holiday tournaments. After high school, Travis signed with Spartanburg Methodist College and was a standout player there for two years. Travis started at point guard and led the Pioneers to a 65-8 record in his two seasons at SMC, including back-to-back conference championships, back-to-back trips to the NJCAA National Tournament, and a 3rdPlace finish in the Nation during his Senior season. Travis was also selected to the All-Conference Team and won the Sportsmanship Award at the NJCAA National Tournament during his final season.

Black then signed with Clayton State University after his prominent career at SMC. Black put together an outstanding career at Clayton State, and spent his final year as a Student Assistant Coach with the Lakers. His duties as Student Assistant Coach included player development, video editing, planning travel, and assisting in scouting. The experience and knowledge Travis gained as an Assistant College Coach Clayton State was an invaluable tool that allowed him to discover his passion of coaching student-athletes. Throughout Black’s prevalent career as a standout at SCA, SMC, and CSU, Travis developed a tremendous network with his current and former Head and Assistant College Coaches. This network has since then been converted to the Combine Franchise, where coach Black uses his connections at the college level to directly and positively assist Combine student-athletes with their College placement and recruiting. Travis’ brings a wealth of value and experience to the Combine Staff that also consists of working at several National Level summer camps for youth players in his native country of Ireland, where he assisted National Team coaches in developing youth players.

“I am extremely eager to bring my recent college playing and college coaching experience to the staff of Combine Atlanta. I am also excited for the opportunity to assist student-athletes with pursuing their dreams of playing the game of basketball at the college level.”

-Travis Black, Assistant General Manager - Atlanta of Combine Basketball

Contact Travis Black at Travisblack@combinebball.com

KYLE OSBORNE

DIRECTOR/HEAD COACH - ATLANTA

Kyle Osborne has been on staff at the Division 1 level of College Basketball for the past six years. His first three years of experience came from working as a Student Manager for the Southern Illinois University Men’s Basketball program. During his senior year he was promoted to Video Coordinator where he gained the major responsibility of handling all of the video operations for SIU during the 2012-2013 season. Kyle graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Journalism along with a minor in Coaching in 2013.

Osborne recently finished the Sport Management Graduate Program at Northern Illinois University in May 2015, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Sport Management. While attending NIU, Kyle was on the Men’s Basketball staff as a Video Assistant - helping the team with scouting reports, filming games and practices, and creating highlight tapes. The experience that Kyle gained at the college level, specifically from a video coordinating standpoint, was an extremely valuable attribute and skill that has allowed him to make a positive impact at several different programs.

In addition to his experience working in college basketball, Kyle has also coached for the Illinois Magic AAU basketball program. During his time with the Magic, Kyle was responsible for organizing camps and clinics, logistical operations, and coaching multiple 12U – 16U teams. Prior to coaching with the Magic, Kyle worked for Impact Basketball in Sarasota, Florida. His responsibilities primarily focused on player development workouts, strength and conditioning training, and operations coordination.

“Finding a home here at Combine Academy of Atlanta has a been true blessing. I have always had a passion for helping young people achieve their goals and dreams in life. At Combine Atlanta there is endless opportunity for young people which is an enticing factor for me.”

-Kyle Osborne, Director/Head Coach - Atlanta of Combine Basketball

Contact Kyle Osborne at Kyleosborne@combinebball.com

DYLAN AUMAN

DIRECTOR OF WOMANS BASKETBALL

Dylan Auman joins Combine Academy for the summer prior to entering into his second season as the top assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC where he has helped start the varsity program.

Prior to joining the staff at Johnson & Wales, Coach Auman spent two years as an assistant coach for the men’s program at NCAA Division III Elms College in Chicopee, MA, during which, the Blazers earned two back-to-back NECC Conference regular season titles and one conference tournament title with appearances in the NCAA Division III national and ECAC regional postseason tournaments.

Before his time at Elms College, Coach Auman worked for four years as a student team manager at the University of North Carolina at Asheville assisting in practice participation, team organization, and film exchange. In the fall of 2008, he also started coaching at Veritas Christian Academy where he was the head coach of the middle school team and an assistant on the high school varsity staff. The following year he worked additionally at ABI Basketball institute, an area prep school, for a season before the organization relocated to Charlotte, NC. Both high school and prep teams saw players continue their careers at the college level.

A native of Asheville, N.C., Coach Auman graduated from UNC Asheville in 2012 with a degree in mass communication.

“I've known Dylan for almost five years now and to have him available to help us during his off season has been an incredible boost for us here at Combine. His work ethic and way he leads his team by example has been invaluable to the program as we prepare these young men for their next step.”

-Jonah Baize, President & Founder of Combine Basketball

Contact Dylan Auman at Dylanauman@combinebball.com

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HAJJA RIFFERT

GENERAL MANAGER - INDIANA

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Heading into this offseason, I decided to make COMBINE BASKETBALL my home base for on court skills and strength training and could not be happier with my decision. I plan on continuing my work with Jonah Baize and the rest of the staff at Combine Basketball for years to come.

I’m looking forward to a huge off-season with Combine Basketball. Working with Jonah throughout my career at Clemson University was extremely valuable in my journey to the NBA. Jonah is a guy that is able to push me to limits I had never seen before in workouts.

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