COACHING STAFF / COORDINATORS
GARY FRANKLIN, FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/ EYBL ELITE HEAD COACH ,Gary Franklin holds an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Los Angeles Valley Community College. Growing up in the inner-city, Gary started his athletic career in local parks and recreation centers in the Long Beach and Los Angeles areas. As a kid, Gary played football, basketball and baseball. As he got older, he fell in love with football and basketball and went on to play and letter in both sports at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, CA.After high school, Gary attended Los Angeles Valley College where he played both basketball and football. In 1989, Gary started playing in Pro Am Basketball Leagues in Los Angeles where he faced many NBA and other professional players. He became a well-known player while participating in Joe Weakly’s “The Run, Shoot & Dunk league” and Dino Smiley’s “The Drew League.” Gary toured professionally in El Salvador with a pro team where he earned top dollar while showcasing his talents. He also traveled around the country participating in national Pro Am basketball tournaments as a player and coach in most of these events. These opportunities helped him hone his coaches skills and philosophies.Since 1994, Gary has coached in various aspects including Los Angels Park and Rec. He has coached at both Baldwin Hills and Rancho Cienega Park and Recreation Centers where he enhanced the Basketball, Football and Tee Ball Programs. Gary has also worked as a private contractor to build sports programs for Middle Schools in the Los Angeles area. View Park Charter Middle School, Community Harvest Charter Middle School & New West Charter Middle School have all benefitted from his expertise.
Completing his Pro Am career in 2002, Gary has devoted his time to student-athletes in the community. His passion, hard work, and defensive principles displayed while participating in sports has made him an outstanding athlete and coach. Gary has experience in organizing teams, fundamental camps, clinics, skills development, tournaments and leagues. Gary currently serves as the Executive Director and Head Coach of the 17u elite team in CSYEB’s program. Numerous scouting services have California Supreme Elite Youth Basketball as one of the nation’s top high school programs.
OMAR BRAY, PROGRAM COORDINATOR/COACH
Omar Bray is a native of Southern California. As a youth, he moved to Los Angeles’ talent rich Crenshaw District with his family. The community had a great sports tradition. Baldwin Hills’ youth football organization, Crenshaw High’s basketball team, and Dorsey’s football program were all known for the fine athletes that they produced.
Football was Omar’s first love, but, after growing six inches in high school, it quickly changed to basketball. Omar played basketball locally at Dorsey High School and California State University, Los Angeles. After college, he played in numerous Pro-Am Basketball Leagues looking for an opportunity to play professionally. In the summer of 1993, while playing in the NBA’s Summer Pro League in Los Angeles, Bray got his first contract to play pro ball in Asia (Hong Kong Basketball Association). Omar went on to play in Mexico (CBP) and Europe (Switzerland LNA).
After being involved in the sport for over 30 years, Bray now enjoys all aspects of the game from coaching, officiating and running fundamental camps for youths to organizing sporting events, tournaments and leagues.
DEON COLEMAN, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Deon Dupree Coleman was born in Albion, Michigan. His family moved to Los Angeles, California in the late 70’s. As a child, Deon showcased his athletic ability as a participant in the Park and Recreation system. Although he played every sport offered, his love for the game of basketball was greatest. As a sophomore, he was a member of Dorsey’s High School Varsity Basketball Team. He attended Palomar College in San Marcos, California and went on to play two years of Pro Am basketball.Deon began his competitive coaching career 15 years ago in the travel ball arena. His teams were comprised of young inner city boys from single parent homes. He not only coaches his players, but Coach Coleman is a mentor who strives to instill the core values of life in his players. Deon helps develop his students both as athletes and young men. For the last nine years, he has coached at the high school level. He believes dedication, discipline and accountability are three characteristics a good player must possess.