Youth Basketball Coach of the Week

Congratulations to our Coach of the Week! If you want to nominate a coach please complete the form at the bottom of this page. The Coach of the Week program honors youth basketball coaches who make substantial impacts on the sport of basketball and in the lives of their players. One coach from the Virginia, District of Columbia or Maryland area will be selected weekly beginning early December through March. The coach of the week will be featured on In order for your coach to be considered all information below must be completed by a youth basketball league administrator, coach, parent, community member and/or player.

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Coach of the Week: John Perry

1. What age is your team? Boys/Girls? Team's Record? What leagues do you play in?
Currently 7th grade boys. getting ready to start this AAU Season and will pay in the DMV Elite Winter league, Then or the spring the Potomac Valley Basketball Spring league. And I normally play up one age group.

2. When did you know you wanted to coach basketball? How long have you been coaching?
Wow! Good question. Always wanted to coach football, which I really enjoyed, but like most parents I stated just helping a basketball Coach at Hillcrest Hghts Rec Ctr when my son was 7 years old, around 1991 0r 1992..

3. What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Coaching is so amazing; and being able to help influence the young fellas in a positive way along with giving them a chance to travel and experience different areas outside of DMV region. At the end of it all I enjoy creating memories for them and myself.

4. How do you go about motivating your players?
As a Coach I love to WIN! And by recognizing that this game is about fun at this level and it’s about teaching. Which I do by teaching them the this: We will play hard, Play tough, Play smart, Play as a team that never quits and always compete…then we have won and winning will take care of itself. By doing this above this allows my parents and players to have fun and stay motivated

5. What skills/characteristics do you look for in your players?
That would be the ability of a player wellness to be taught the game the correct way. A lot of players have skills, but is it that the correct skillset or mindset to increase their desire to learn and respect the game. As for characteristics, that would be players who are very honest and the capability to listen and learn as much as possible.

6. What is the biggest challenge you've had as a coach and how did you overcome it?
Well being able to balance Coaching and my Family Life is the greatest challenge because I love both so much. It’s a continued work in progress, and communication with my wife and a lot of advance planning.

7. What advice would you give to new coaches?
Always be honest, fair with yourself and the players within your program. Need to have tough skin but not cold temperament.

8. What is your favorite Bullets/Wizards player of all time? On this year’s team?
Caron Butler!!! For this year it is Marcin Gortat. The way he competes... He seems to make everyone around him work harder.

9. What has been your most memorable Bullets/Wizards moment?
I do not have any…but if I must speak about moments…it goes back to Wes Unseld and it would be the way he rebounded and passed the basketball getting the team into their transition.

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