Player Development Reviews


“My son is a three year varsity starter and team captain going into his senior year of high school. He would like to play basketball in college at the Division III level and has interest from a number of schools.

He has set big goals for his senior season. Although he has had success at the high school level, he doesn’t feel he has reached his full potential. In addition to self- improvement, he wants to help turn around his struggling high school basketball program and start a winning tradition.

Darren’s experience and his achievements at all levels of the game gives him instant credibility and respect. After the evaluation session, my son who said ‘he is the real deal’. It was apparent to my son that Darren has the knowledge and ability to make him a better player.

Working one-on-one, he first identified areas for improvements. Then Darren put together a routine that includes specific basketball techniques, moves and skills combined with a focused mental attitude. Darren’s customized coaching and training program is making a real difference
with my son’s approach to the game and his on court performance.

I highly recommend Darren to any parent who has a self-motivated son or daughter with a passion for the game and desire to improve. No matter what the level of competition, I believe you will be very pleased with the results of his coaching and training.”

Barry Freilicher


“Coach Darren’s training with me the past two summers has helped my game improve tremendously. I started training with him after my senior year of high school where I didn’t play as well as I wanted to. After one summer of training with Coach Darren I went off to my freshman year in college and started every game and was one of the top freshman in the conference. It’s great for me as a college player to train with someone who has played at the college level and beyond in the pro leagues overseas. I look forward to continuing to train with Coach Darren and to keep learning from him and developing my game.”

Pat MacDonald- Sophomore Player at SUNY Maritime and son of Daemen Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike MacDonald


“Darren has made a huge impact on the play/confidence of my daughter. Darren blends drills based on need with constant reinforcement of the fundamentals. Darren is preparing our daughter to take her play to the next level. We drive over an hour and twenty minutes for her sessions, and would not consider another coach! Take advantage of Darren’s abilities while you can!”

Jeff Angeletti- Varsity girls coach


“My son began working with Darren with two goals in mind – to work on his inside skills (he plays the forward position in high school) and to become more aggressive.
We certainly are achieving those goals – and WAY more.
Darren is the complete package when it comes to sports development.
– High level skills and drills
– Superb conditioning routines
– Vast knowledge of sports science
– Knowing when to push and back off
He identifies areas to work on and builds a custom program for improvement.
He even went to a few of my son’s offseason games to assess game play and provide insights to work into his training.
I see a huge improvement in my son’s confidence and abilities – shooting, rebounding, inside footwork and even free throws.
As a busy parent with several kids I really appreciate that Darren is always on time and ready to work. Sounds simple but not easy to find in a trainer these days.
Darren is a professional in every sense of the word.
I highly recommend Darren to anyone who wants to amp up their child’s skills.”

Dave Harris- Orchard Park NY


“While working with Coach Darren I started to realize that I am a much better player than I had previously given myself credit for.  Not only have I become a better player physically, but I feel that mentally I have improved as well.  My favorite thing Coach Darren has said so far is ‘If you have done it once, then your body can do it again and if your body has done it twice then you can do it three times.’  That made so much sense to me.  I have become a better all around player during my time with Coach Darren.  I have a much improved post repertoire and my jumper has gotten much better as well.  Working with Coach D has not let me down yet, and I am excited to see where my game goes from here.”

Sean Buckley- Junior Player at Buff State


“We went camping and the place had a court. Will’s friends were impressed with his “skills”. He played against kids he didn’t know and won! Not only have you improved his game but also his self confidence which as Will’s mom means more to me than you could know. For whatever reason he lacks self-esteem and we try to work on that. Thank you for being a great coach, see you this week.”

Denise and Bill Kukoleca


“Coach Darren was able to make an immediate impact on my sons game and 
Confidence. I can not thank him enough for his unique approach and how well my 
Son related to him.”

Larry Carpenter