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MEET OUR STAFF

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR

RONNIE

GRANDISON

Coach Ronnie Grandison has been training and teaching kids basketball in the Cincinnati area for over 20 years. Ronnie is a former NBA player and has played with the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks.  He also played NCAA Division 1 Basketball for the University of New Orleans.  At New Orleans, Ronnie led the Privateers to their first Division 1 “Big Dance” tournament appearance and a NCAA Division 1 top 20 ranking.  Ronnie played professionally in the CBA where, in 1994, he was voted Most Valuable Player. He has played basketball all over the world: Spain, Venezuela, the Philippines, Israel, and Australia, and others. Ronnie has a passion for teaching basketball and the principles of life through the game. Ronnie has been married for 26 years and has his own team of 5 children.

Office: 513-605-3836    Cell: 513-325-6388    Email: ronnie@rgbasketball.com

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COACH

RONNI

GRANDISON

Coach Ronni is the second daughter of Coach Ronnie Grandison. Following in her father’s footsteps, she developed a passion for basketball at a young age, going on to play varsity for Lakota West High School, and, after graduating, playing Division 1 ball at the University of Massachusetts and New Jersey Institute of Technology. After earning her bachelor’s degree in science, technology, & society, Ronni remained connected to the game through coaching, serving as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Malone University, where she earned her MBA. She hopes to continue coaching, and to help others discover and develop their love for basketball, too. 

Office: 513-605-3836    Email: rcg@rgbasketball.com

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COACH

AUSTIN

PHILLIPS

Austin Phillips’ love for basketball was cultivated at an early age, when he’d watch Cleveland Cavaliers games with his grandfather. Playing in gym leagues increased both his appreciation for the sport and his desire to become more knowledgeable about it – even now, as a coach, Austin considers himself a true student of the game and enjoys sharing what he knows with younger generations. 

A graduate of Lakota East High School, Austin spent two years at the University of Louisville before transferring to UC, where he plans to graduate with a degree in accounting. A true believer in the importance of defense in the game of basketball, Austin’s goal is to one day create his own unique defense that is renowned for shutting down any offensive strategy.

Office: 513-605-3836    Email: austin@rgbasketball.com

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COACH

SHY

JOHNSON

Coach Shy went to Winton Woods High School, where she played varsity basketball. She went on to play college basketball at DePaul University and Marshall University. After graduating from Marshall University, Coach Shy enlisted in the navy, serving 6 years.

 

Shy is a Gulf War Era veteran, a recipient of the Navy and Marine Achievement Medal, a former member of the All-Navy women’s basketball team, 3x All Armed Forces Gold Medalist and a current member of Military Basketball Association.

 

After completing her enlistment, Shy coached girls basketball at many levels including middle school, AAU, high school and division 1.

Office: 513-605-3836    Email: shy@rgbasketball.com

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COACH

LANCE

DEZEE

Coach Lance played NCAA Division 3 basketball at Bethany College and high school basketball at Western Reserve High School in Berlin Center, OH.

He was a 3-year letterman and all time leading scorer at Mineral Ridge, holding both career and season records for free throw percentage & three point shots made. Lance was also an All District and All Conference player for two years and made the Crestview Holiday Tournament All Tournament team!

Lance is currently working towards a degree in sports management.

He loves working with all levels of players from youth to professional.

He is the founder of Bless Up Athletics and Head Skills Coach.

 

Office: 513-605-3836    Email: lance@rgbasketball.com

BGFIT COACH

BARB

GRANDISON

Barb is the mother of five children and the wife of Ronnie Grandison. She currently runs BG FIT and is the fitness/marketing director at RG Basketball Academy. Barb began her fitness career 35 years ago as an aerobics instructor. She taught aerobics at the world famous Mayo Clinic, was a professional cheerleader, and taught fitness at professional athletes conference. Barb was formerly the owner of Solid Sweat, Inc., the fitness director at Courts of Praise Christian Center, and the aerobics director at International Health Spa. 

 

AFAA certified fitness, kickboxing, indoor spin, and weight room instructor, as well as a certified personal trainer. eCornell certified in plant based nutrition.

myBGFIT.com   Email: BGFIT@ymail.com   Cell: 513-605-3836

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