PASSION AND EXPERIENCE

Our Coaches come from different backgrounds, each bring their own experiences and coaching styles to our Academy Family. One thing they all have is passion, for the game of basketball and sharing it with future generations of ballers.

COACH TRAVIS WILLIAMS: Williams is a St. Louis native, he began playing basketball at the age of 5. His love for the game goes unmatched. He attended Hazelwood West High School and continued his basketball career playing in Adrian, Michigan at Adrian College. He started coaching in 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has coached for STL Prospects and the Crusaders, as well as trained many players and feeder programs around St. Louis. Most recently he was the co-owner of Machine Elite Basketball Academy. His passion is to help kids grow, whether it be on the basketball court or in life. Nothing makes him happier than seeing a young person learn a new skill and use it. He puts his blood, sweat, and tears into any training session or practice. Teaching game and life skills is more important to him than any wins or losses.

COACH DOUG LEE:  Lee played for Bob McCormack at Ladue 20ppg and is an all-conference player and is the current three-point record holder. Lee also played for Rich McFessel and Mark Bernsen at University of Missouri St. Louis. Lee played at Missouri Western University from 1995-1998 where he led his team in three-point makes and percentage. Lee led the MIAA conference in three-point percentage at 46 percent while averaging 18ppg. He played in two NCAA division two tournaments from 1996-1998. He coached at Bob McCormack basketball camp for ten years as well as running his own basketball clinic for the Missouri Athletic Club in 2002. Lee has coached 7th grade boys at Normandy Middle School in 2003 and the freshman boys team at Ladue in 2006-2007.

COACH ROLAND GRAY: Gray played on the State Championship team for McKinley High in 1983-1984. He was a 2-time MVP at St. Louis University ('86 and '89) and was inducted into the SLU Hall of Fame in 1996. He is 3rd on the SLU All-Time Scorers list with 1,886 points. Gray was the 2nd Round Draft Pick in the CBA Draft for the Omaha Racers. He tried out for the Detroit Pistons, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. He also played professionally in Spain, Canada, and Switzerland. Gray coached the Nationally ranked AAU Team St. Louis Gameface.

COACH STACEY SORELL: Sorrell is from Cleveland Ohio and moved to St. Louis in 2007. He went to Cuyahoga Community College from 2004-2006 and while there he won freshman of the year and the NJCAA tournament in 2005. He transferred from Cuyahoga Community College to Harris Stowe State University to get his degree in sociology and to play basketball from 2007-2009. His senior year he was an honorable mention in the nation and from 2007-2009 he won first team all-conference. He has played in numerous different tournaments and camps, such as semi-pro, The Bonner League, and the Midnight Police League.

COACH DWAYNE POLK: Polk started his basketball career at Soldan International Studies High School in St. Louis. He played for Hall of Fame Coach Marvin Neals for 4 years there, raking up over 1600 points. AS well as making the St. Louis Public High School 1st Team. Polk received his Associates Degree from Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas and was a Jayhawk Conference 1st Team member and led the team in scoring, steals, and assists there. After that he had two back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances at Colorado State and led the country in defensive percentages. Finally, he received a B.A. in Exercise and Sports Science at St. Mary's University in 1983 and proceeded a National Championship in the building of that program his last year in college. Since then, he has been actively involved in Training and Coaching some of the best players St. Louis has produced and he aspires to inspire youth basketball players. He has been with WCBA since February and is truly a St. Louis legend.

COACH WILLIAM ROACH: Roach started playing basketball at the age of 5 and played basketball all the way through his senior year of high school. Roach has over 13 years of playing experience. Upon the completion of high school Roach went on to play college football at Missouri State University. When his football career was over Roach knew he wanted to get into coaching. He began by being an assistant trainer and coach in the Springfield Missouri area until he moved back to St Louis in 2015. Once he was back in St Louis Roach continued basketball consulting work for teams in Springfield. Roach consulted until this year when he agreed to be the head of the 7th grade boys basketball team for Pattonville School district. Roach looks forward to helping younger players and take their game to
the next level. He is also excited to share some of his knowledge and skills with next
generation of players.

COACH MAROWE CURRIE: Currie played High School basketball at Gateway Tech. After he graduated from Gateway, he went to Florissant Valley Community College. While at Flo Valley, Currie gained All American honors, and also player of the year honors. When his two years were up at Flo Valley, he went to the University of Southern Indiana, playing under Bruce Pearl. He played there two years and gained All American honors. He has been blessed to play in the CBA, IBA, USBL, amongst other professional organizations. He loves the game of basketball, and is very excited to be able to share his knowledge of the game with these awesome young athletes.

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