Parent and Client Testimonials
I started going to JLT Fieldhouse in the 7th grade, never having played basketball before, because of the help I received from JLT Fieldhouse, I ended up making the varsity team my 8th grade year, and already have my high school basketball program looking at me before the year has even started. Coach T is passionate about what he does, not coaching basketball players but coaching the youth to be the best people and teammates they can be. I truly cannot express my gratitude to Coach T and this organization, he had faith in me whenever I didn’t have faith in myself, and I have grown so much in terms of my confidence and mindset because of the things coach T has taught me. He is a positive role model in the life of any student he works with, he is way more than just a coach, and teaches way more than just a game
~Caleb Smith (8/1/19)
My children have attended JLT for lessons and camps for several years. Not only do they learn basketball skills but Antwaun is such a positive mentor in leadership and positive behavior. The respect his students have for him is wonderful to watch as he leads groups through drills.
~Kristen Barber (8/1/19)
I have been going to JLT Fieldhouse for a while now and I have learned more over a course of a few weeks then on my school team. Coach T takes the time to know who you are personally and athletically. If you don’t understand something he takes the time and makes sure you understand it. He is an amazing coach, and is worth the time coming to!
~Emma Cornelison (8/2/19)
I started going to JLT Fieldhouse last year and the minute I walked in the door Antwaun made me feel welcomed. He was able to point out the strengths and weaknesses of my game. Then help me grow in both of those areas. He taught me a lot of things just starting out with the fundamentals and then growing from there. However any coach can do the things I just talked about, the thing that makes JLT Fieldhouse stand out is that he cares about the person we are when we leave the gym and when no one is watching. He doesn’t care who you are or what kind of talent you have he cares about what kind of heart you have and the effort you put in. He even told us one day in camp that making you a better person is first and becoming a better basketball player is second. You can tell he puts his heart and soul in the game to help the youth grow up and stand out in society.
~Sarah Durham (8/2/19)
JLT is one of a kind! Whether you use them for 1:1 training or join a camp the service, support and attention to each player individually is superb!
Antwaun spends numerous hours in the gym each week assisting many youth across Rowan and surrounding counties to help them improve their personal game by getting to know, understand and build personal relationships with each and every one.
Not only is JLT supportive throughout the programs they offer but also on the courts of the kids own schools. Many times u will see Antwaun taking his personal time to come out on a Friday night to watch not one but several kids perform on the court, observing and providing positive feedback and input on what he saw – always looking for ways to help them be the best they can be!
Thanks Antwaun and JLT for making a positive impact on Gavin, improving his game and being a great role model not only for him but for all youth of Rowan county!!
~Christie Honeycutt Sprinkle (8/3/19)
My son attends JLT Fieldhouse, both for private lessons and camps and he loves it! Coach T makes them want to be better people first and foremost and better athletes second. He teaches them compassion, team work, and confidence all while making it fun and exciting. I can’t think of a better role model for my child when it comes to athletics. Coach T has taught him that he doesn’t have to be the best ball player but he does have to be the best version of himself on and off the court!
~Tara Smiley Melton (10/15/18)
We have 2 sons that have attending JLT Fieldhouse summer camps and clinics over the past 3 years. We cannot give enough high praise for this organization. All the coaches have taught my boys so much more than basketball. They have taught them how to be a teammate. We are grateful to Antwaun and JLT Fieldhouse for all they do for our community!
~Meredith Brincefield (10/14/18)
When our son came to us and said he wanted to try out for basketball we knew exactly who to call. Antwan took the time to teach the fundamentals of the sport and found a way to relate it to other sports our son has played. Antwan’s positive coaching style builds self esteem and confidence in the athletes he coaches and mentors.
~Laura Shaffer (10/14/18)
“My two daughters (ages 10 and 12) have received invaluable experience from
attending JLT Fieldhouse clinics and sessions since its inception. First,
and most important, is a positive athletic experience that they look
forward to every Saturday. It is truly part of weekly routine because they
both love attending the clinics. The summer camps are filled with
enthusiastic coaches that provided days of hands on instruction along with
life lessons that will shine through our kids’ for their entire life . My
girls always look forward to their time with Coach T. and our community is
better because he is helping our youth become inspired on the basketball
court and more importantly, off of it.
Thank your Antwaun for doing what you do!”
“My son has benefited greatly from your clinics. He has gained
skills, confidence and learning how to work with others. This is amazing
because he is very shy. He has learned to be a team player and loves the
game of basketball. The skills he has learned will last a lifetime. These
clinics have made a lasting impact for him.
“Yes Coach T is awesome! He works very well with my son
and pushes him to the limits that he knows he can accomplish!! I have seen a
major change in my son skills in basketball and I respect coach T because of his
continued support throughout the year and his dedication to not only my
son but to any kids involved with him. I look forward to many years with
him and hope he does expand and blow up and be worldwide…he so deserves
“I can’t say enough good things about Coach T and JLT Fieldhouse as an
organization. What Coach T does for the kids and the community is truly a
labor of love. My 13 year old son has never really played basketball but
decided he wanted to learn. We started with Coach T in January with one
private lesson per week and clinics on Sundays. It’s now March and you
would NEVER know my son only has a few months of experience under his belt.
His skills have grown exponentially. But more than, that his confidence and
his self-esteem have skyrocketed. Coach T is an amazing influence and
mentor on top of being a great coach. He really loves the kids. You can
tell by how he relates to them, interacts with them and communicates truth
with them! You will not be disappointed.”
“I have witnessed a big improvement in my son’s basketball game since attending the Sunday afternoon clinics and open gyms held by JLT Fieldhouse. Jake now makes smart passes during games creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. Jake has become a better scorer by developing confidence to shoot the ball more often and even led his team in scoring this season. My son’s team had an excellent defense this year and I would again credit JLT Fieldhouse for a part of that as several players form the team attend clinics and open gym regularly. I have been very pleased with Jake’s development as a player under Coach T and from what I see JLT Fieldhouse develops players to have a “team first” mentality which makes for a much more successful basketball team. I recommend JLT Fieldhouse to the parents of all basketball players!”
“Great Coach with my daughter! He is amazing. Knowing exactly what he is doing would recommend him to anyone.”
~Brooks Tolar- CoachUP.com Client
“Antwaun Thompson, one of the best AAU coaches in world! You made the game exciting and fun to play! Your positivity and encouragement match no others. You believe in greatness and know how to relate to your players on all levels. Honored to have played for you! You made me believe!”
Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
Monacan High School
2016 VSHL State Basketball Champions
“We started seeing Coach T a month ago and could not be happier with him, and the results I’m seeing. Not only is he a great instructed, but also a great person and mentor!! He goes over and above to accommodate all ages and skill levels. I see it in his camps and with his one on one training. If you are looking for some extra help. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else!!!
Thanks coach T”
“Our son, age 9, first attended summer camp with JLT Fieldhouse this summer and absolutely loved it. We have seen improvement with his skills and he continues to love attending weekly clinics. Coach T’s enthusiasm is equally matched with the children’s energy level! Thank you Coach T and the JLT Fieldhouse staff for working with the children and providing such a positive influence for them!”
“Both our 9 year old & 6 year old sons have been attending JLT Fieldhouse basketball clinics on Sunday afternoons for the past few months and have also attending the summer camps. They absolutely love Coach T! They can’t wait to go every week and have learned so much. Not only have their basketball skills improved but they are also learning so much about team work. We love everything you guys are doing! We can’t thank you enough! By far the best program around!”
“My 8 year old son loves basketball. He has been working with Antwaun for about 2 years. We have had private lessons, attended summer camps and are now participating in weekly clinics. Antwaun is great with him. And I can tell that he has learned so much. I can’t wait for basketball season to start because I feel like he is so confident and will have a great season. Antwaun truly loves these kids and he truly loves the sport of basketball. He is a great role model for these children to look up to. We are lucky to have him working with our son.”
~Penny & Chris Moss
“My son has participated In several camps and clinics here Antwaun is amazing with the kids and the best coach and does wonderful teaching these kids.”
“Our son Connor has always loved everything basketball. He has played since the age of 5, through recreational leagues and middle school program. Since starting lessons with Coach T, the improvement in his skills, both physically and mentally, is amazing! Whether in a private session, a clinic, or in basketball camp, Coach T and his staff show players how to make improvements while increasing their confidence at the same time. The summer basketball camp was awesome! At the end of the week, Connor said it was the best camp he’s ever been to. Each day, the players built on what they learned the day before, so it was never boring. Coach T’s knowledge of the game and his ability to draw players in and make them really WANT to learn and improve makes us feel very fortunate to have him as one of Connor’s mentors. Above all, the players have a great time. Thanks for all you do, Coach T!”
~John & Diane Cox
“Coach Antwaun is awesome! Has great drills for all age levels and Samuel can’t wait to get back on the court again and learn from one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with by far. Thanks Coach!”
~Brad Simmerson- CoachUP.com Client
After one session with Coach Antwaun Jacob said “I have found my coach.” He takes a very personal approach with each athlete. He assesses the athlete and then works on what he needs. He also listens to Jacob about what he wants to improve on. He notices little things that make a huge difference to the player. Jacob learned new skills and techniques as well as polishing some skills he already had. These sessions have prepared Jacob to be more competitive and confident in games. We will continue to work with Antwaun to improve Jacob’s game.
~Sandy Hendrix- CoachUP.com Client
“McAllister is is really lucky to have you as his role model and teacher as he pursues his passions. Your leadership in the sport is great, but your enthusiasm and leadership in life sets you apart. thank you! He is looking forward to coming to see you for years to come.”
“It has been about a year now since I started having sessions with Coach Thompson. I didn’t know how productive these sessions would be in the beginning but they quickly and frequently challenged me to improve my skill set. Coach Thompson utilizes a variety of drills to make these sessions fun, productive, and challenging (ex: dribbling, shooting mechanics and defensive drills etc.). Coach Thompson keeps track of your progress and videos certain drills so he can show you your progress as well as the things you need to improve upon. The sessions can be personalized to each person’s individual skill set and goals to ensure that each person gains something from the experience. My primary focus with these sessions has been on improving my shooting and dribbling mechanics through repetition and new drills to keep me on my toes. I believe that I have improved significantly over the course of my sessions; my shooting form and percentage has improved as well as the speed at which I can perform specific combo dribbles. In addition to this I now know more about the mechanics of the game that will help me as I progress with the sport. Coach is consistently nice and patient during these sessions as he is willing to work at your pace and talk you through something if you are confused. I highly recommend these sessions with Coach Thompson, to anyone looking for a fun, challenging and ultimately rewarding experience that will improve your skills and basketball knowledge.”
“Wow, I’m impressed. Great job. Can’t wait to see what he can do in a couple months. Nothing more gratifying then having wonderful teachers. Most people can coach if they have played the game, not everyone can teach though. Teaching is a gift which comes from the heart. Not only does a good teacher want to teach how to play the game, that teacher wants to bring out the best in that player. Self confidence, Trust, Loyalty, honesty, Being the Best you can be, win or lose. Be humble, and not only true to others but especially true to themselves. They will learn to not only live and respect the game, but others and themselves. Have lots of fun. Remember this, you do have a wonderful teacher. Most people go a life time and don’t even know there is a difference. If you are a part of this post, you have the best of both worlds. Grab hold, and run with it. It’s a once in a life time chance.”
“After only a few weeks of basketball lessons with Coach Thompson, we have seen our son’s skills considerably improve. During these lessons, Coach Thompson focused on the fundamentals of shooting and ball handling techniques, as well as many other aspects of the sport. Our son benefited tremendously from this experience and the lessons have had a positive impact on his overall game. Coach Thompson has also instilled a sense of confidence in our son that he will be able to use both on and off the court. We really appreciate Coach Thompson’s professionalism, his passion for the game and his dedication to his students. We would strongly recommend Coach Thompson to any player hoping to take his or her game to the next level.”
~Brandon & Teen Aron
“Our son Trey loves everything about the game of basketball. He’s had great coaches beginning early on with Upward Basketball through city league, elementary and middle school programs. As he continues to grow physically and mentally into a more mature player, his desire to become his personal best has become quite obvious. Antwaun’s passion for the game and commitment to developing young players seemed like the perfect fit for our son. We are very impressed with Antwaun’s knowledge of all the aspects of the sport and with his ability to communicate this effectively during energetic one on one sessions with our 13 year old, ever pushing him to excel.”
~Graham and Susan Carlton
“We are fortunate to have the JLT Fieldhouse organization to offer coaching, leadership, and mentoring to children in this community. Coach Thompson and his staff devote as much energy and time to developing character and integrity in young people as they do to developing the skills needed for athletic growth. He gets to know each participant as an individual and provides a caring environment for students to grow in their confidence and abilities.”
Head of School