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Ron Harris - Santa Clarita Basketball Coach

As a coach, Ron is all about giving his love of the game to others, with no want or return of this gift he is giving.

He wants to truly help players improve, and that is why he is trying to be the hardest working person they know.

Coach Harris loves getting up in the morning and training players, whether they are the most talented players or not.

He has the ability to build in them the belief that hard work beats talent.

Ron is building this confidence in others. He understands that it is not easy for a lot of players to get to a point of true confidence because their personalities are very fragile at a young age.

All of his players can see his true love of the game. That Coach Ron really cares about them being better players and persons. That nothing makes him happier than seeing them advance in their careers.

Ron Harris loves the opportunity to teach, learn and embrace the challenges because he sees a lot of potential in the kids from Santa Clarita.

He has been very involved in Drive Basketball Academy because that basketball program is a great foundation for establishing a competitive basketball culture in the area.

At the same time, Ron is coaching Travel Basketball with Creators Basketball and in the Statham Academy league.

We talked with Ron about his passion for the game, and here is what he shared with us.

How did you get started playing basketball?

My dad played. He put the ball in my hands and from there it was history. I have been able to forge my own path and develop myself. Still working even now… after I’ve finished playing competitively.

What is your favorite thing about coaching basketball?

Seeing the little things make big differences and sharing my knowledge of the game and seeing players grasp that knowledge.

What player or coach has inspired you the most in your life and why?

My JuCo Coach - Howard Fisher. Taught me how big the basic fundamentals were in the grand scheme of things. I thought I had it all figured out but with his teachings, I was able to find out who I was at a player and person. Taught me what it means to be dedicated and disciplined.

Favorite NBA Team?

Doesn’t Exist.

What makes the city of Santa Clarita special about basketball?

A suburban city with tons of untapped and/or unguided basketball talent.

What is one tip or word of advice you would give parents looking to get their kid(s) into basketball? And what are some of the positive qualities you see kids getting from playing basketball?

Have a goal for your player and make sure they understand what accountability means and could look like. Find passionate coaches that teach more than they preach. Lastly, ask around about qualities you think your child could use.

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