We’re an AAU basketball program based in Lansing, Michigan. Our mission is simple. It’s to mentor and develop talented youth basketball players. Through a dedicated and experienced coaching staff using fundamental basketball philosophies, we are cultivating the stars of tomorrow.

It takes an incredible commitment from selfless and caring individuals to give their time and experience to the teachings of any young person.

In sport as it is in general education, the role of the teacher (coach) is to impart wisdom, leadership, encouragement and guidance so that the youth of today will go on to become productive and successful adults. Our coaches personify that balance for our kids. We are proud to have them as part of our organization. Please reach out to them and get to know them. It is a two way street to success.


4th & 5th Girls

Alden currently resides in Fowler. He has been active in both softball and basketball and is in his first year with Excel. In his off time he is a dairy farmer.


6th & 7th Grade Girls

Tom currently resides in DeWitt, MI. He has played basketball since he was old enough to walk and grew up in Cedarville, MI where he would play pick-up games every evening after school until dusk.

He continued to play club ball at Central Michigan and since has turned his love of the sport to coaching. He has coached youth ball for the past 6 years in multiple leagues across the Mid Michigan area where he coaches youth basketball and youth soccer.

He has many hobbies which are too many to list, however, he enjoys playing games of all varieties watching family favorite television shows, and home remodeling to name a few.

His motto has always been “To measure a person, look to their work”.


8th Girls

Jeff is a proud father of five daughters, two of which are part of the Excel family. Jeff has been coaching basketball since 1997 at different youth levels.

He has spent many years coaching and officiating right after graduation from Ferris State. He is a certified MHSAA Basketball official.

He recently coached the homeschool CHAPSs middle school team for 2 years and has been with Excel for two years. He is passionate about the game and teaching young players how to improve their game through hard work, dedication, and having fun.


HS Girls

Don currently resides in DeWitt with his wife Nancy. He has two grown kids, Nicholas who is married to Karly and Gabby who were both athletes while in HS. He is also the Executive Director of the Club.

He is passionate about building an innovative High School Program, which has grown over the last 10 years.

His motto: “Keep working..Never settle”.


4th & 5th Boys

Chris resides in Lansing and is a Lansing Eastern Graduate where he played both Baseball and Basketball. He has been actively coaching at the youth and adult levels of basketball for over 20 years. He began coaching in the Catholic Youth League while he was still in high school, and after played and coached in a Lansing Men’s Travel Basketball league where he helped them with 4 city titles.

Chris started coaching with Excel in 2010 and in 2013 began coaching the Freshman Girls at Lansing Catholic High School for 3 years. In 2018, he got back into coaching at the youth recreational level when his oldest son showed an interest in basketball. He and wife Elaine, have two children, both boys.

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