Our trainers and coaches have heart. They care deeply about your kids’ development in the game of basketball. And it shows in how our players improve week after week.

BRIAN SACKS | FOUNDER AND CHIEF JUMPER

Jump Athletic founder and Chief Jumper Brian Sacks is no stranger to youth sports. He started playing competitive youth sports at the age of 7 in Long Island, NY traveling across the country to different cities playing competitive soccer. The team of kids played together for four years and won an incredible 80% of its games over that span of time. Sacks also played youth basketball in competitive club leagues and tournaments in NY  and attended some of the top basketball camps in the east coast. He continued to develop in many different sports as he entered his high school years playing varsity basketball, soccer and tennis.

Given his enthusiasm for sports on the court and field, it’s no surprise that the love of the game translated off the playing field too. Sacks dabbled in sports radio on the former local ESPN Affiliate 860 AM with a radio show called Sports Junkies. As well, his passion for basketball in particular,  led Sacks to coach competitive youth basketball and start what is now the premier youth basketball training academy and club in Arizona. A proven entrepreneur with a knack for launching companies, he started bizAZ magazine in 1997. After growing it into the most respected business magazine in Arizona he sold it to Gannett Co. in 2005. Sacks went on to start bizSanDiego, a magazine and online brand for the greater San Diego area in 2006. He is married to Kathy Sacks who leads marketing for Jump. They have two little Jumpers, Juliana and Margot.

RICKY PEREZ | GIRL’S PROGRAM SENIOR COACH

Coach Ricky Perez has led several teams to numerous tournament championships both in Texas and New Mexico & Arizona to include competitive youth basketball tournaments such as Battle at the Border, Southwest Shootout, and several city championships. Perez coached club basketball in El Paso, Texas from 2002-2012 before moving his family to Arizona. Ricky’s teams have competed in AAU Superregionals, BCI Nationals and NCAA certified events around the country. On a team that Perez coached in El Paso, The Wolverine’s 7 of his 8 players signed college scholarships to play basketball.

Perez has five daughters who he coaches and trains. His two oldest girls received college scholarships to play at Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio and Eastern Wyoming in Torrington, Wyoming. Two of his other daughters are considered top players in their age group. In addition to coaching several girl’s teams for Jump Athletic Perez is the JV girls coach for Casa Grande high school.

 

ERICA SPURLOCK | COACH

Coach Erica Spurlock began her foray into club basketball at 8 years old. Her AAU team won the state championships seven years in a row and finished in the top 10 nationally twice.  Erica played varsity basketball for Thunderbird High School, winning the 2008 4A State Championship her freshman year.  She was named Varsity co-caption her sophomore year, and made the regional all-academic team every year.  Erica went to undergrad at Tufts University in Boston, where she put down her basketball briefly to race on the alpine ski team.

Erica reverted to basketball in law school, playing on Boston University Law’s co-ed basketball team (and beating rival Boston College two out of her three years!).  After returning to Arizona, she returned to youth sports in 2016, assistant coaching high school club teams and in 2017 took on a head coaching role for a girls 6th-8th grade recreational team. Erica is an attorney practicing civil litigation at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C. In her free time she enjoys cooking, skiing, playing with her bulldog, Meatball, and playing and coaching basketball.

Erica hopes not only to make these athletes better basketball players, but to help provide them a solid foundation in discipline and teamwork that will translate into all aspects of their lives. 

DAVID DEHOYOS |  COACH

An encouraging and high-energy coach, David DeHoyos brings his passion and expertise the game supporting kids to bring out their best and tap their hidden potential. He not only believes in training and preparing players physically, but also mentally. Coach David loves to help young athletes build their skills, knowledge, love and respect for the game of basketball, all while having fun. Coaching for almost a decade, Coach David has been around the game of basketball since the age of three He played four years of high school basketball and then moved on to Scottsdale Community College, where he played for 1 year before being injured. Because, of his extensive experience playing basketball he is really able to understand and coach in a way that builds a family like relationship with his players. His experience also helps him relate to his players as he has experienced most of what they have and will go through while on their journey.

Coach David firmly believes and coaches/trains to not only prepare players and athletes for the court but, many skills they learn will prepare them for life beyond basketball.

LOGAN DUBEK |  COACH

Logan Dubek brings over a decade of playing and coaching experience to Jump Athletic. He played at Corona del Sol High School, where he won two state championships and played for the #5 nationally ranked Aztecs his senior year. After high school, he played at the collegiate level at Sarah Lawrence College, a NCAA D3 School in New York. At SLC, he started 15 games as a freshman, and led the team in free throw %. After playing collegiately for a year, Logan decided to move back to Arizona and pursue his business degree at Arizona State University. He also started his coaching career short after, having experience coaching high school and AAU for 4 years. Logan is also passionate about personal training. He helps players of all ages work on their jump shot, among other skills.

BEN KING |  COACH

Ben King played for the Jump Athletic program from the time he was in 7th grade until he graduated high school from Veritas Prep. While at Veritas, Ben was a four year varsity starter, three year captain, and four-time MVP. Ben received all-state honors his sophomore, junior and senior years. Over the course of the 2013 season, Ben led AZ Division 4 basketball in both points (23.6) and assists (6.4) per game and was awarded Division 4 Basketball Player of the Year.

JUSTIN ALLEN |  SPECIAL GUEST TRAINER

A 3-time Pac-10 All Academic award winner and cancer survivor, Justin Allen knows what it takes to fight hard in life and win. He brings decades of experience in basketball, from high school to collegiate to Pro playing across the world to coaching high school and club ball the last decade, Justin has a passion for the sport that runs deep. He spent five years playing professional basketball internationally in places such as Argentina, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Venezuela, Kuwait, Israel, and South Korea. He brings a skill and an intuition to training that is unique.

BRAD CARROLL |  SPECIAL GUEST TRAINER

Homegrown talent Brad Carroll is from Tempe, AZ where he attended Corona del Sol High School. Playing point guard, Brad led a 28-2 Corona team to the state title game during his junior season. As a senior Brad made 1st team all city, 1st team all-region and 2nd team all state as a Senior, scoring more than 30 points on multiple occasions. Brad chose to continue his playing career at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and eventually finished his career closer to home at Grand Canyon University. While at GCU, Brad earned 2nd Team All PacWest Conference honors. And at the time held the record for highest free throw percentage for a season, shooting 90.2% from the line. In 2011 he led his team in scoring nine times.