Former Lady Longhorn basketball coach Grant Cooley, who led the team to one of its finest seasons in 2007 winning the 3A East region championship, has laced up his high tops and is set to host a youth girls hoop camp.
It will be held 9 a.m. to noon June 25 to 27 in the old gymnasium at Payson High School.
The fee for all three days is $25 or $10 for one day.
Those who attend all three sessions will receive camp T-shirts. Prizes will also be awarded and the camp will wrap up with a pizza party.
Former Payson High athletic director Gary Fishel and high school players from PHS and Sandra Day O’Connor will assist as camp coaches, Cooley said. The camp is open to girls entering fifth- through ninth-grades.
To participate, fledgling players should simply show up in old Payson High School gym on the first day of camp and be “dressed out” and ready to practice.
Cooley says “the whole gamut” of skills will be taught, including shooting mechanics, rebounding, dribbling, passing and defense.
In teaching those individual and team skills, Cooley and fellow coaches will use a series of time-tested drills that are simple, fun and effective.
Cooley says he enjoys coaching at the camp because “he wants to keep his hand in” the sport, but the real reason for the sessions is to help prepare the girls for play whether it be in parks and recreation leagues, at Rim Country Middle School or Payson High School.
Call Cooley at (928) 978-4116 for more information.