AC Men’s Coach Manary Conducting Elite Skills Camp in July

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Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.
Having already conducted a camp geared toward younger players, Angelina College head men’s basketball coach Kyle Manary and his staff are holding a skills development clinic designed to prepare high-school aged hoopsters
for the upper levels of the sport.
Manary will hold the three-day “Angelina Elite Camp” for male and female players in grades 9-12 from July 11-13 at Angelina College.
Angelina College head men’s basketball coach Kyle Manary and his staff will conduct an Elite Skills camp for girls and boys in grades 9-12 from July 11-13 at Angelina College. (AC Press photo/Marcy Flores)
“Our goal is that every player leave understanding what high-level college and NBA/WNBA basketball is all about,” Manary said in a released statement.”
Each group will have its ‘position specific’ time, and then we will combine all of the groups to show them how their individual work fits into the team. Every single player will leave our Elite Camp with the drills
and knowledge that I have taught to over 120 NBA players and over 100 Division I College All-Americans. Each group will be divided into guards, wings and bigs. We will teach members of the groups to master their position individually and then within team concepts.”
The cost of the camp is $75 for all three days; group discounts are available. Campers are responsible for their own lunches.
Skills addressed include ball handling, passing, floaters, weak-hand development, NBA ball screen reads, positional game shooting, one-on-one NBA/WNBA moves, three-on-three spacing and playing off penetration, among others.
Players are encouraged to bring their own basketballs, shoes, a reversible jersey, shorts and whatever else he or she would bring for a gym workout.
Manary, whose basketball background includes working with and developing more than 120 NBA players such as Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, LeBron James and others. Manary also worked with the Dallas Mavericks and spent time as a Division I assistant coach.
Manary recently capped his first season as the Roadrunner head coach, establishing a record for most wins in a first season with 22 while leading Angelina College to the semifinals of the Region XIV tournament. Five of his recent former players have signed letters of intent to play at the next level.
For registration information, contact Angelina College’s Community Services at 936-633-5206 or visit
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is
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