BROOKLYN BALLERS BASKETBALL
To provide, through the vehicle of organized basketball, discipline, structure, self-esteem, and wholesome physical activity to the young men and women of the communities we serve.
Mr. Gill is a native Brooklynite. He has coached and taught basketball and life fundamentals to our youth since 1989. He was an All-NYC high school player in the 1970’s and lettered for 4 years at Hunter College in New York City. He coached teams to back-to-back championship game appearances in the esteemed Jackie Robinson Program for Physical Culture in 1989 and 1990 and has volunteered as a youth AAU Basketball coach for the past 10 years. This past summer, Coach Gill’s 8th Grade team finished 12th out of 158 teams in the Division II AAU National Tourney in Orlando Florida. His mentors are Ray Haskins (Head Coach, L.I. University) and legendary AAU coaches George Murden and the late Gil Reynolds. Messrs. Haskins and Murden are consultants to the program.
Gary Sheares, also a native Brooklynite, caught the coaching bug at a very young age. After graduating from Tilden H.S., where he was a varsity star for three years, Coach G., as he is known throughout Brooklyn, saw a need in his Bedford-Stuyvesant community to help children at risk. He was an assistant coach for the late, great, Gil Reynolds for the Vanguard Oilers basketball program and is a master at teaching the fundamentals of basketball and applying them to life situations in a manner that children can relate to. He is commonly thought of as the finest developer of young talent in the borough of Brooklyn. In 2003, his 8th graders won the AAU Division II National Basketball Championship with a team comprised of players exclusively from Brooklyn, and this past AAU season his Senior team was the 5th ranked team in the tri-state area by many online publications.
Coach Kenneth Sealey much like all of the Brooklyn Ballers Coaches grew up in Brooklyn. He played AAU Basketball with Vanguard Oilers Basketball organization coached by Gil Reynolds. Later he played scholastically at Brooklyn powerhouse Bishop Loughlin in the early 1980’s. After graduating with honors from Bishop Loughlin, Coach Sealey enrolled in the U.S. Army where he was honorably discharged three years later. Coach Sealey relishes his role in helping the youth of his community and understands what it takes to become good citizens and good players. Coach Sealey’s patience and keen basketball knowledge have made him a favorite of student-athletes wherever he has coached.
Coach Sheares is the elder statesman of Brooklyn Ballers, Inc. and a fixture in the Brooklyn basketball community since the 1970’s. He is a licensed referee and master technician of the game of basketball and the game of life. His passion for the game is unparalleled. His passion for life is inspirational to children and adults alike.