About the Excelsior Basketball Skills Development
Mount has partnered with It’s Possible Basketball to offer an innovative opportunity for basketball players of all levels in grades 6-12 to supplement their individual and team-based on-the-court skills during the school day. Similar to our Sur La Glace Figure Skating program, Excelsior Basketball Skills allows for valuable supplemental training time, can cut external training and coaching costs, eliminates daily travel, and creates time for extracurricular activities so that Mount student basketball players can be more than athletes.
How does the basketball skills class work?
Students will receive training time with It’s Possible Basketball coaches as an elective opportunity during the school day. These training sessions are run by experiences trainers to provide student basketball players the time and opportunity to work in small groups and one-on-one settings that focus on their individual needs. Small group training like this takes students to new levels and lets them progress at their own pace.
In addition, eliminating travel between school and training gives players more time for music, arts, clubs, after school sports, additional academic help, and other extracurricular pursuits.
All Ages Training
This program allows for players of all ages and experience levels to receive training designed to fit their individual needs. There is a program fee tied to this opportunity that can be found on our Tuition & Fees page.
Beyond the Classroom
Opportunities to continue development outside of the classroom will be offered. Players will be invited to participate in tournaments, showcases, and camps to continue to build skills. Participants will have access to guest coaches, as well as development guidance from former college and professional players.
Founder, Basketball Teacher
, MA Coach Pedro Rios is a long-time coach with the heart of a teacher who connects with each and every player he works with. Coach Pedro teaches the game in micro details that are easy to understand and implement in every player’s workout.
Coach Pedro began his career at a young age, and blossomed under the coaching of renowned high school coach Floyd Narcisse at Central High School in Providence, Rhode Island. A four year captain, Pedro was honored with Central’s highest athletic award for the top student athlete in 2005. He was also named an All-American nominee, All-League, All Division, and an All State athlete in Rhode Island. Pedro studied Physical and Health Education while playing for the CCRI Knights until home responsibilities compelled him to leave the team to focus more there.
As a coach, he developed It’s Possible Basketball concurrently with duties as head coach at McCourt Middle School in Cumberland, RI. Today, he trains full-time at his own facilities in Seekonk, MA while working with thousands of players across Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Coach Sarah Coutu started for Cranston East High School where she was a career 1,200 point scorer, a three-time 1st team All Class selection, and was named 1st All-Division and 1st All-State as a senior. Following her high school career, Coach Sarah went on to play for Manhattanville College as a combo guard, where she was the first junior in program history to be a 1,000-pt scorer and set a points record in a single with a career high of 45 points. She also led the conference in free throw percentage and three point percentage.
Coach Sarah is passionate about basketball, and equally passionate about helping young players translate their game to live play, finding ways to help players improve their weaknesses, fine tune their strengths, and challenge them to achieve new heights.
About It’s Possible Basketball
Its Possible Basketball was founded in 2017 by Pedro Rios. Since their start, It’s Possible Basketball has worked with thousands of players of all ages and playing levels to refine their skills and grow their talents. Rios and his team have a deep understanding of what it takes to encourage young student athletes and a flexible pedagogy around basketball skills that can help all players meet their needs.
It’s Possible Basketball’s goals are to provide a great basketball training environment while at the same time building relationships between athletes and coaches.