Ethan Meltz has been playing competitive basketball since 2002. He has won MVP on all his school teams and went on to represent Canada in the Maccabi games. With the Maccabi team he went to Rome where he led all scorers and brought home a silver medal for Canada. His second trip was to Argentina where his team brought home the silver medal.
His dream was to get a scholarship and play for a US college. This dream came true as he received a scholarship and played for Keuka College in New York.
Derailed by a knee injury he then turned his focus to coaching.
A combination of a background in financial services and management, along with the ownership of previous child related businesses, and the love of basketball has led me to this point of co-owner of Top Notch Stars Basketball. A mother of three boys in competitive basketball , with a dual degree in child psychology and business management all contributed to this natural progression.
What drives me is not only being able to observe and contribute to young players learning and achieving their goals but also being part of a great extended family.
Played High School Basketball in the Toronto Area (Neil McNeil HS) before pursuing an athletic Scholarship South of the border. Coach Jack was ranked one of top 75 seniors in Ontario coming out of High School. Collegiate wise he ended up playing in New Hampshire and Vermont for Both Johnson State College and Plymouth State University both in the NCAA II and III, he ended his post grad career playing for Algoma University in the CIS. Coach Jack was known for his great shooting abilities and being a leader on and off the court. What drives Coach Jack to coach is the passion he shares to see kids achieve their goals through the sport of basketball and becoming sound responsible individuals overall in life.
Innate passion for basketball began at a very young age shooting the ball with her father. She started to play basketball in elementary school and continued throughout high school as well. Coach Bojo’s determination, dedication and knowledge stems from her past competitive playing experience with York Region Avengers and GirlBaller playing against the top tier teams in Ontario.
Coach Bojo’s love for the game of basketball and enthusiasm to further motivate and challenge the youths to reach their goals has allowed her to become apart of the Top Notch family as assistant coach to Coach Jack.
Love of the game began at 4 yrs old and started playing competitively in grade 6 at Mary fix Catholic School. My journey to the court wasn’t easy, I always had a chip on my shoulder wanting to be better than anyone else on the court. I spent my time late night shooting on my street and watching my idols Vince Carter and Lebron James every night studying their game to add to mine. I played high school basketball at St Martins Secondary School for all four years also with doing a victory lap for my fifth year. I played for the Mississauga Monarchs division 5 OBA and the Mississauga Ballers Division 1 OBA. My coaching career started in grade 12 returning to the my first team but now as a coach. Some other teams I have coached are Carmen Corbasson Kings and Cawthra Park Secondary School.
The one thing I live by and I teach to all my players is “Actions Speak Louder than words” you say whatever you want but it’s what you actually do that matters in life.
“Want it before the deadline, after the deadline, at all times, you got to want it like your life is on the line” – Coach Kay Pilgrim
When I was younger I played a variety of sports including baseball, hockey, soccer and obviously basketball. Basketball was the one I was most passionate about. Although I am a huge Toronto Raptors fan., I would say that Kobe Bryant has to be my favourite player of all time and definitely his play inspired me as well as a lot of fans to love the sport of basketball. I am currently a student at Humber College pursuing an advance diploma in Sport Management. I would say that my goal in life right now is to teach the fundamental basketball skills, supporting character development and encouraging confidence on and off the court to the next generation of youth basketball players.
My name is Paul O’Brien and I am a coach from Galway in Ireland.
I have been playing basketball for almost my entire life and have been coaching for the last 11 years.
As a player, I was under 20 National Player of the Year as well as a member of the Under 20 Irish National Team that competed in the European Championships. I have won multiple honors with my club, Moycullen including two National Championships.
As a coach I have won two club All Irelands with Moycullen and also won the Double as Head Coach of the NUI Galway Varsity College Team for the first time in the colleges history. I was also named Coach of the Year by NUI Galway.
My basketball philosophy is high tempo ball movement basketball. I put an emphasis on defense and like my players to express themselves offensively.
My favourite quote is “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”
Josh was introduced to basketball during a growth spurt while attending Thornlea S.S.. Originally a hockey player, Josh grew up being a natural athlete. Even though he was committed to hockey, basketball was the most popular sport at his school and he would often play when he wasn’t in class. Without any real basketball skills, he found that he was still able to run faster and jump higher than any of his peers. These are the traits Josh relied on when he tried out for his high school varsity team. Two hundred students tried out for the team each year and after being the final cut the year prior, he eventually made the team in his senior year. From there, his love for basketball grew even stronger than his love for hockey. Over the years, basketball created many opportunities for Josh to travel and develop his game. He competed in the Macabbi Games with Team Canada in Australia and became the Director of Basketball for Camp Hatikvah in Kelowna, BC. Josh has also instructed students from various schools through Hoops For Heart and Maccabi Canada. To this day, Josh continues to play competitive basketball and has never stopped trying to improve his game as well as teach the game to others.
“The key to sports is confidence. Success comes to those who want it the most. Before every shot you take, tell yourself that it will go in.”
Huu Tran has a passion for the game of basketball and has played throughout his high school years. His passion for the game lead to coaching when his son started playing basketball. Huu’s main goal is help the team achieve at the highest level & to help develop the players to be leaders on and off the court.
Howard has been coaching OBA/AAU boys basketball since 2012, and has been with our Top Notch 2001 team since 2016. His many years in competitive sports ranging from golf, taekwondo and basketball brings a winning edge that helps boost our athletes’ performance.
I was introduced to the game of basketball at the age of seven and fell in love with it ever since. My commitment and love for the game has allowed me to build connections and life long friendships that I would have never been able to obtain from anywhere else. I was fortunate enough to be apart of some really good teams all throughout middle school and high school. Though I did not continue to pursue basketball after High School. I stay close to the sport by giving back the joy that I received from it as a kid. As a coach it is my goal to make sure every team I’m fortunate enough to coach plays the game with respect, togetherness and ultimately they have fun while playing.
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team” – Phil Jackson