WHO WE ARE
Our staff is comprised of passionate Coaches and Trainers that have achieved success at the highest level of sport. Our commitment and dedication are driven by the opportunity to interact and impact young people in an integrity filled environment where you have the opportunity to see your dreams realized.
We applaud the efforts and achievements of every individual that have put forth the investment to improve, develop and mature as young adults! Our staff and coaches have committed to the Core Values which Hoops City U was founded so many years ago.
Every action must be conducted with sincerity and integrity. Honesty, transparency and loyalty are integral in our ability to mentor others. Doing the right thing and "switching roles" to see it from the customer's view is paramount.
Our game is ever evolving. The style, philosophy and skill components are very different today than even 5 years ago. We embrace every change which creates it own challenge
Go beyond the level of the norm, be efficient but always over deliver
Honor Every Relationship
We are entrusted with mentoring the most treasured gift…..children. Earn and value their trust
Visionary to Change
Set the level for others to aspire toward. Implement new, innovative measures to enhance the brand and impact the results of our clientele
Value strong relationships with co-workers, clients and families in all aspects and opportunities that manifest itself
Melissa Irvin, President
Melissa Irvin's Kentucky Basketball background includes being a premier athlete, a tremendous Collegiate Coaching Resume and a passion for helping young people achieve their dreams of playing at the collegiate level. Her unique experiences makes her a natural as a leader within the Hoops City U/Team Carolina Program. Melissa played collegiately at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY where she was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 after a career where she remains 1st in career assists, 1st in three point percentage and a member of the 1,000 point club (11th in career scoring). Irvin went on to coach at the University of Rio Grande as an assistant from 1994-1997 and became the Head Women's Basketball Coach at the University of the Cumberlands in 1997 until 2018.
She has personally been responsible for awarding an excess of 260 Basketball Scholarships to Student Athletes. Irvin finished her stellar career as the Patriots all-time winning coach with 421 career wins and a career win percentage of .646. Since her debut in 1997 at Cumberlands, Irvin guided the Patriots to eleven 20-win seasons and 12 NAIA National Tournament appearances. In addition to her success at the conference level, Irvin saw tremendous success at the national level as well with 26 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, nine NAIA All-Americans, 11 NAIA Honorable Mention All-Americans, one NAIA All-Tournament Team member, one WBCA All-American and eight WBCA Honorable Mention All-American.
Gary Workman, Vice President/General Manager Hoops City U
Gary Workman brings a wealth of sports management experience to Hoops City U having worked as a Field Manager/Network Engineer for 16 years coupled with coaching high school basketball for 5 years. At Hoops City, he will oversee all administrative functions including marketing, client services and the management of all programs. Gary's experiences include numerous international endeavors, including leading mission teams to China, Kenya and Greece. He earned his BS Degree in Business Administration (1986) and BS Degree in Economics (1993) from North Carolina State University. He currently resides in Raleigh with his wife Lisa and has 3 children Sarah (26), Steven (23) and Becca (21).
NBA Skills Trainer
Michko is entering his 4th year training with the Team Carolina Program. Coach Mich is widely regarded as one of the premier trainers in the southeast, and currently conducts training sessions for multiple NBA and EuroLeague Professional Athletes including being the preferred trainer for NBA 1st round pick TJ Warren.
Michko is sought after on a national & international basis from professional players because of his unique approach to skills training. He is known for combining intense basketball training with a comprehensive cardio workout.
A former professional player overseas, Michko brings his own unique training methods to impact each player.