Professional Coaching and Player References


“Darren Fenn played for me from 2006-2008. In 2007 we won the German Championship with Darren as our starting power forward. We decided to offer Darren a contract because of three things:

  • Darren is a winner, somebody who always puts the team first
  • Darren is a worker, somebody who tries to get better each and every day
  • Darren has a high basketball IQ

After having worked with Darren for two years I can honestly say that he not only met but exceeded our expectations.

One character trait that came to surface mainly in his second year with us was his leadership ability. True leaders often times do not lead with words, they lead by example. That is exactly what Darren did by playing hurt and staying longer after practice, diligently working on his craft.

Darren will be a tremendous asset to any organization in sports or business.

Being a coach myself, I would not be surprised in the least, if he becomes a highly respected and successful colleague when his playing days are over.”

Dirk Bauermann, 2014-05-07

Dear Darren,

You might wonder why I send you this email at this point and time. There is actually no explanation other than the fact that it is long overdue. I would like to thank you for everything you did for us and for me during the past two seasons. You have been an excellent player – and maybe even more important – a wonderful captain. You did a tremendous job keeping our team together. You created a caring atmosphere which resulted into fine team chemistry. I was also deeply impressed with the commitment your wife and you showed within the community helping those who really needed it. I hope that your family and you are doing fine and wish you all the best.

Mit flammenden Grüßen / Kind regards,
Stefan Koch | Head Coach

Throughout my coaching experience with Darren, he showed the utmost respect and professionalism any coach could ask for from one of his players. Everyday Darren came to the gym wanting to get better. He did not believe in punching a ticket for work. I was able to work with Darren individually and his hunger to work on small details helped him expand his game on the floor but also expand his game when it comes to thinking the game through. His character on and off the court was exceptional. Never any problems, always on time and vocal in the locker room when things needed to be said. Practices got intense at times because everyone competed at a high level, Darren was a huge part of that practice culture. Toughness and we do not back down from anyone was something Darren brought to the team. I believe Darren will continue to be an asset to anyone that he works with on the court. Pick his brain, be open with him, ask as many questions as you can and at the end of the day you will be a better basketball player and a better individual with his help.

James Duncan/ Head Coach Fukuoka Rising/ Player Development Coach

Also being a professional athlete, I had the opportunity to play against some of the best talent in the world. Playing against Darren for 3 years in the German first division was torture! Although he was usually not as athletic as his opponents, he always got the best of them using his size, talent, and intelligence. Later in my career, I had the opportunity to play with Darren in the first division in Romania. Watching his work ethic everyday in practice was confirmation on his unprecedented success he has achieved over his career. On top of being a good teammate, I was able to observe Darren’s positive leadership and character. I also witnessed Darren mentoring and training players. He would spend countless hours after practice working with young players on footwork, technique, and tricks he learned over his 13 year professional career. Even being the same age as Darren, I was compelled to take notes. His ability to relate and transfer the information is a gift in itself. His transformation into training players was only fitting. In the years to come, Darren will have a tremendous impact on many young athletes on and off the court.

Jason Conley/ Professional Basketball Player and Youth Development Coach

I want to thank you, Darren, for the amazing way you were able to work with my my son. After only four sessions, you taught him how to dribble, handle the ball, and most importantly, gain the confidence to play with other kids on the court, I have always said that my son is more or a scholar than an athlete, and you were able to help him discover the athlete within. The confidence he gained along with the desire to just keep persisting came from the time you spent on the court with him. It is unbelievable what you were able to teach him in 4 lessons. There is no question, if you were not relocating, you would absolutely be a part of his weekly training. Thank you for making the game fun, for building his confidence, and for showing him techniques that makes learning the game so much fun. Thank you for your ability to design such a great program for a beginner. Your expertise, patience, skills, experience, and respect for the game set the bar on a whole new level. Your example has set the standard for all other coaches I invite into my sons practice. Best of luck to you and your family. To only give you five stars seems inadequate. You are a shining star. Thank you for all you have done with my child.

RR Royer (CoachUp confirmed client)

Coach Darren gave my husband and 2 boys an incredible lesson. He is extremely personable, an excellent coach and motivator, a great communicator, and designed an amazing lesson that my husband was incredibly impressed with. He showed my boys ways to improve their skills including stances, ball handling, defense, etc. I would highly highly recommend him for both children and/or adult lessons!

Kerri (CoachUp confirmed client)

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 (CoachUp confirmed client)