Adrian Thomas

Founder

Adrian is well-known in the Austin basketball community for his passion for Player Development. A home-grown local talent, he was a standout player at Del Valle High School. In college, he was honored as the #1 point guard in the NJCAA in 2010 and is the All-Time Assist Leader at Kishwaukee College in Illinois. Adrian finished his college career at Missouri Western State University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management.

After college, Adrian played professional basketball in Sweden, Turkey, and Spain, where he later discovered his passion for training youth basketball players. He has worked with youth basketball programs in many states and international, in Turkey, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany, and the list continues. Adrian’s high energy, ability to inspire others, and commitment to making a difference makes him a vital asset to the Austin basketball community.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.

– Lou Holtz

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Frances Carvajal

Coach & Trainer

Frances Carvajal, a Covington, VA native, used Basketball to take her many places in the world, and it still continues to be her passion today. A graduate in the class of 2001, she received several district, regional, and state honors as a student/athlete. She also is a part of 1,000 point club and first member of the 1,000 rebound club. Carvajal went on to play at West Virginia Wesleyan College on a full athletic scholarship.  At Wesleyan, she received All-Conference honors all four years and regional honors her junior and senior year.  Coach Carvajal has also been inducted in both her high school and college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 and 2016.

After college, she went on to play professionally for seven years in Europe and Australia. While playing in Australia, Frances started coaching the youth in the community and found that to be her true passion.  Once she stopped playing professional basketball, Coach Carvajal has truly devoted herself to coaching. She completed 7 seasons coaching AAU in the Dallas area, an extremely competitive metroplex for girls basketball. Coach Frances is a firm believer in the fundamentals, dedication, and doing the little things.  As a coach, she takes pride in offering any knowledge that makes a basketball player’s journey easier than her own.

Richard Barbee Jr

Coach & Trainer

Richard has a strong background in sports as he has traveled the world playing and training players in basketball. A Virginia Beach native, Richard attended Salem High School where he blossomed into an All-State basketball performer.


He played college ball at Belmont Abbey College, where he
earned his degree in Business Management. A ferocious scorer, Richard finished his college career as the
programs #4 all-time leading scorer with 2,000 plus points.

He followed a successful career with a trip to
England to play professionally. A very passionate guy, he believes in hard work and determination as being the cornerstone to achieving your goals. Richard’s fun personality makes him an ideal coach for the TWE family.

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Gabriell Mattox

Coach & Trainer

Coach Mattox is from Southeast Texas. Her high energy, competitive mentality instantly becomes contagious. Coach Mattox has made a tremendous impact in the basketball community back home, and now in Austin. The TWE family is glad to have her.

High School
District MVP (all 4 years)
regional honors
All-American Nominee
Received a scholarship to The University of Texas in Austin

Played college basketball at The University of Texas , Texas State and finished at Oklahoma Baptist University ( Bachelor's degree : Kinesiology & minor in Sociology)

Texas state
Newcomer of the year
Third Team all - conference

Oklahoma Baptist University
First team All -conference
First Team All-American

Overseas
Bero 07 Stara Zagora (European Women’s Basketball League)

Coaching Experience
Neosho Junior college and St. Gregory University)
Middle School and High Girls Select for four years

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Hard work brings great reward”

– Unknown

Jeremy Clark

Coach & Trainer

Born and raised in Northwest Arkansas, Coach Jeremy grew up with a front row seat to the great Arkansas Coach Nolan Richardson’s “40 Mins Of Hell”, attacking style of Basketball. His love for the game began there and that style is evident in his team’s play today. He attended the University of Arkansas and played his high school ball nearby at Fayetteville High School.

After moving to the Austin area in 2007, he has developed many connections and gained great experience coaching youth athletes in the SW Austin area over the last 3 years. His love, detail coaching,  and passion for the game are unmatched. Coach Jeremy embraces the process and development aspect of coaching. His philosophy is all about hustle, hard work, and players trusting their teammates to achieve the common goal of winning games.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“The dream is free, hustle sold separately. Go to work!”

– Unknown

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Bre Taylor

Coach & Trainer

Bre Taylor, a native of Houston, was a four-year letter winner and 3-year starter at the University of Texas from 2013 – 2017. She earned Academic All-Big 12 honors each year while at UT. As a senior, Taylor shot 46% from the field. She was awarded Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Defense, and most importantly, a 2017 University of Texas graduate. Coach Bre helped lead Texas to four NCAA Tournament Appearances, three Sweet 16 showings, and an Elite 8 run in 2015-2016.

After graduating, Bre went on to join the Women’s Basketball Staff at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Taylor’s strong leadership and high-level coaching style have made a great impact on the athletes.

Christian Spencer

Coach & Trainer

Coach Christian Spencer, Mobile, Alabama native, played 3 years of Varsity Basketball at Baker High School. From Baker HS, he received a scholarship to play at  Universidad del Sagrado Corazon in Puerto Rico. He majored in Secondary Education.

While in Puerto Rico, Christian played 6 years of professional basketball with the Carolina Pumas. In addition, he did skill development training with the Point Guard Academy. He has been coaching Select Basketball in Austin for 3 years now. His attention to detail and positive coaching style is a perfect match for the TWE program.

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Cecilee Perez

Coach

Cecilee Perez has a passion for coaching and developing youth athletes into competitive, thriving players.  A former dynamic point-guard, Cecilee received a scholarship to play at Abilene Christian University in 2009. She was named Team Captain in 2010, 2011. Cecilee went on to complete her Master's (MBA) degree at Concordia University in Austin, Texas.

For the past three seasons, Cecilee has made a great impact with TWE, assisting with various skill development trainingCecilee Perez has the passion for coaching and developing youth athletes into competitive, thriving players.  A former dynamic point-guard, Cecilee received a scholarship to play at Abilene Christian University in 2009. She was named Team Captain 2010, 2011. Cecilee went on to complete her Master's (MBA) degree at Concordia University in Austin, Texas.

For the past three seasons, Cecilee has made a great impact with TWE, assisting with various skill development trainings, camps, and coaching MS and HS Girls. She is a licensed and certified member of USA Basketball, the national governing body for youth basketball in America. She is also trained and certified through the Positive Coaching Alliance. Cecilee has a passion for coaching young athletes and takes pride in creating a fun, energetic environment to develop in., camps, and coaching MS and HS Girls. She is a licensed and certified member of USA Basketball, the national governing body for youth basketball in America. She is also trained and certified through the Positive Coaching Alliance. Cecilee has a passion for coaching young athletes and takes pride in creating a fun, energetic environment to develop in.

Aimee Longoria

Coach & Trainer

Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Coach Aimee Longoria has been impacted by the game for many years. She moved to Wimberley, Texas, where he played Varsity Basketball multiple seasons. After HS she attended Texas State University, graduating in 2017 with a B.S in Nutrition and Foods, and a Minor in Exercise Sport Science.

Coach Aimee began coaching in 2013. She coached the Middle School girls team at Hill Country Christian School in San Marcos, TX for 4 seasons.  Within those 4 years, she also became the Varsity Girls assistant coach. In 2017,  she was named the Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach at Hill Country Christian School. Her first year they finished  2nd in district and advanced to the second round in playoffs.

 After her time at Hill Country Christian, she started coaching at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, 5th Grade Boys, and MS Girls. In the last 4 years she has also assisted with the Texas State Men’s Basketball (Danny Kaspar) Team Camp.

“My mission is to stay involved with the game as much as I can. I love the game and the opportunities it has given me. I’ll forever encourage and inspire as many lives as I can through this game.”
 

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Jorge Ponce

Coach

Coach Ponce played High School Basketball at Kings Park High School. He has great experience in coaching with youth and select programs such as LI Lutheran and LI Lightning.  He has a great knowledge of different systems, both offensive and defensive, and has an absolute love for the game. His philosophy is about tenacity, hard work, and playing as one single unit that can adjust to any opponent.

"Work hard, and then keep working hard because there are other players that are working just as hard or even harder than you are right

now at this moment"

Chris Gagnon

Coach

Coach Chris grew up in New England and played basketball at Dartmouth College.  New to Austin, he comes to the Warriors after years of coaching AAU in NJ where his teams won titles including the NJ State Championship and more importantly helped many players get to the college level
His teams are known for playing aggressive running basketball- a style developed through tough practices focussed on learning “how to play” over “running plays”

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“My ego demands- for myself- the success of my TEAM”

- Bill Russell


“Be quick, but don’t hurry”

- John Wooden

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Jeremy Donalson

Coach

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Jeremy Donalson has been coaching girls basketball for 18 years. Jeremy's basketball coaching experience spans from the 5th-grade level, all the way up to High School. During his time in the Austin area, Coach Donalson has coached at Lake Travis HS, Anderson HS, Westlake HS, and is currently coaching at West Ridge Middle School. He has a passion for coaching youth girls, helping them develop both their skill and understanding of the game.

"Work hard, and then keep working hard because there are other players that are working just as hard or even harder than you are right

now at this moment"