MEET THE TEAM
Our trainers are a group of Accomplished Athletes/Coaches that are dedicated to helping young athletes. They aim to increase their confidence, show them how to train smarter, mentor them in all ways of life. TRAIN YOUR GAME at MAKIN today and take your talents to the next level!
John Smith Jr, Elite Basketball Trainer
Coach John, often described as an elite scorer, hails from Lacey, Washington and currently plays at SAIT Polytechnic. Where, in his first year, he led the team to an ACAC Championship. Averaging a record 35 points in the playoffs and a record 41 point game in the final. He has been recognized as the CCAA player of the week four times throughout his career at SAIT and holds the title as top ten scorers for 2 years in a row. He grew up with a love for the game and has competed against Jamal Crawford(Minnesota Timberwolves) and Isaiah Thomas(Los Angeles Lakers) even sneaking out a win against both in the ZEKE end Tournament.
John has been training and coaching kids for 10+ years. He has built his coaching style around shooting fundamentals, ball handling drills, and smart playmaking. John teaches the importance of a strong mental game, which has been a contributing factor in his own success. He pushes his players to recognize their best game, both on and off the court.
Phil Jaman, Elite Basketball Trainer and Strength and Conditioning
Coach Phil is one of the most positive and passionate people you will meet. His love for the game of basketball started at a young age and throughout his childhood Phil attended every basketball camp he could and played every sport his school offered, however basketball always held a special place in his heart. Phil has been a part of a few high caliber teams over the years and has learned what is needed in order to get to the next level. Phil helped lead his high school team to a Provincial silver medal, and then in College was an ACAC Provincial Champion and CCAA National Bronze Medalist with the Lethbridge Kodiaks.
Phil spent two years working as a strength and conditioning coach at The Athlete Factory where he worked with athletes in various sports all the way from grassroots to professionals. He is now combing his knowledge and passion of basketball with athletic performance training in order to deliver an amazing individualized experience to young basketball athletes with big dreams. Phil prides himself on his precision and attention to detail and says the most rewarding thing for him is helping athletes and personal training clients reach goals they never thought were possible for them. An important factor for anyone to reach the next level is not just the physical aspect but also the mental toughness required and Phil does a great job at helping athletes develop and progress both physically and mentally.
“I can’t imagine how much farther I could have gone with basketball in my own career if I had a facility with coaches and programs like this when I was growing up.”
Emily Shaw, ELITE Basketball Trainer
Coach Emily played her collegiate years at University of Tornoto and Mount Royal University. There she was a 3x Captain, 2x All Conference player, and 2x MVP. Coach Emily played at a competitive level and this is when her passion for coaching/skill development emerged.
Emily has worked with children age 6 to college level athletes. She has a unique approach to teaching and making sure the game is always enjoyable. Many young athletes are passionate about basketball and she wants to help not only ignite that fire, but allow it to grow so that it never burns out!
2008-2010 University of Toronto
2010-2013 Mount Royal University
2x All Conference
Academic All Canadian
5+ years experience skill development training
Former club coach at Vision Basketball (U13-U17) from 2013-2018
2017-2018 MRU womens assistant coach