It wasnâ€™t long until I found that I was practically living in the gym for the rest of the summer, Willis
had me working out two or even
three times a dayâ€"I loved it, I found my passion again! Everyday I had encouragement from Willis
, everyday he
showed that he
confident in me, everyday he
didnâ€™t let me slack off because he
knew the disappointment I would face if I did. And little by little
everyday I started to believe it: â€˜I have what it takesâ€™. I learned more about basketball in a month in a half than I had ever learned in
my whole life. Sometimes Willis would get more frustrated with himself because he
wanted to make certain that he
was teaching me
everything I needed to know and that no time was wasted. I can witness to the fact that no time was wasted, I even had to go
through a week of physical therapy on my feet because I had never worked myself so hard in my life. Willis
knew my optimum level
Holliday. Only God, Willis and I know the hardships that I have gone through in order to make this dream a reality. And I
thank God for bringing Willis
into my life to help make this happen for me, not only has he
given himself to be my trainer, but he
The first (Willis) practice I attended, I knew he
understood what it takes to develop a good player. It was clear his
practices were not
a place to 'drop your child off to play' but rather a place to learn how to excel at the sport of basketball.
has a special knack of providing personalized instruction even though he
may have dozens of players on the court. He
demonstrates a good balance between toughness and understanding for the youngster at their particular stage of development. My
daughter is very interested in what Willis thinks of her
basketball skills, and frankly, I find that is a good reflection on the program.
There is a seriousness about the practice sessions which result in players learning from other players as well as from the coaches.
It is an environment I cannot duplicate even though I think I understand basketball fairly well. There is a synergy that has evolved
from the program over time, younger players watching and learning from older players, as well as from the coaches.
If my daughter never played a single game during AAU season, I'd still say the most valuable aspect of Willis'
program would be
daughter to reach their potential, it is Coach Holliday and his program. Thank
has helped her
so much. Kristin told us that "The good thing about Willis
is that he
pushes you to do the best you can do in every
drill, whether it's a lay-up or a between the legs full court drill." The whole experience has taught her
that hard work pays off. He
gives 100% and he
expects the girls to do the same. It has been a great experience for us and for Kristin - we just wish we would
have known about Willis earlier!
My son, Harrison, has been working out with Willis Holliday
for the past two and a half years. His
level of skill has improved
tremendously, as well as his
knowledge of the game of basketball. More importantly, Willisâ€™s influence has helped Harrison grow in
ways off of the basketball court as well. Willis
builds great character and self esteem. I feel Willis
is the most knowledgeable
basketball coach Harrison has ever had, and I would strongly recommend him to any aspiring player. Not only is Willis Holliday
coach, a leader, a mentor, a motivator, and a teacher â€" but most of all he
is a friend!
has trained both of our daughters, Amy and Rebecca Clanton, in basketball.
Amy was able to work with Willis
for only one
summer while she
was playing in college; upon her
return for the next season, her
college coach recognized her
as the most
improved player on the team.
Our younger daughter, Rebecca Clanton, has had the privilege of learning basketball skills from Willis
for five years and of playing
Willis is an wonderful teacher who motivates Rebecca to put in extra work.
We greatly appreciate the caring and time that Willis
has put in to help our daughter.
own time to attend
Rebecca's games and gives her
great feedback. Rebecca looks forward to workouts with Willis
and has a great relationship with
him. As parents we highly recommend supporting Willis's program.
betterment of the kids. Willis
does an outstanding job of taking a drill one step at a time and adding to the drill â€" the process that
the kids go through is akin to a builder â€" building a solid foundation and building one brick upon another. The learning that takes
place is astounding. Many times we have witnessed parents who come to view the workouts and they are amazed at the skill level,
the speed, and the intensity of the workouts. We have witnessed families who have stopped attending for a time and when they
return, the recognition of how far the participants have evolved as a result of the steady diet of repetition, drills, and practices is
does more than just build up basketball players; he
works to build the inner individual. He
builds mental toughness into each
teaches them the game â€" the team concept of working together and the 100% effort that is required of his
players. While this is true on the court, he
is also teaching them it is true in all facets of life â€" not just basketball. However, these
young athletes are learning, through basketball, to give 100% involves a mental and physical commitment to all facets of life.
Our youngest daughter has been working out with Holliday Hoops
for approximately 3-4 months. She
watched, with careful eye, of
some of the workouts of her
older sister. While being nervous about the commitment level it takes with Willis
has signed on and
recognizes that for her
to be her
needs to be pushed physically, mentally, and emotionally. She
continuing to be not only better basketball players as a result, but better young ladies.
gives sacrificially for many of the kids â€" unbeknownst to many of us. As a result of his
financial gifting to these kids, many
have gone on to play basketball at the college level. There are undoubtedly many variables which led to these young ladies on to
college, but their training from Willis
teaching of the skills of basketball and life are imprinted for all to see.
We have witnessed the results and are firm believers in not just Holliday Hoops, but Willis Holliday