WINTER PARK STORM NAME HEAD COACH                   

Barry Mestel

(Orlando, FL) – The Winter Park Storm has named Barry Mestel as Head Coach for their upcoming season in the Florida Basketball Association (FBA).

Mestel, who has spent time as an NBA and WNBA scout, brings a wealth of experience to the Storm. Through his Winning Ways Pro International organization, Mestel and his staff have helped hundreds of players advance their careers and secure professional playing opportunities internationally. Through the Storm and the FBA, he sees an opportunity to further build upon those numbers.

“The FBA has proven itself to be a top minor league system that does exactly what it’s supposed to do,” said Mestel. “Basketball has long needed a sustainable, consistent platform that gives players a place to play, the knowledge to improve as professionals, and the resources that teams abroad need to consider signing import players. The FBA builds teams that follow that plan, and I’m excited to build a team of players for the Storm that can believe in that.”

Mestel also co-hosts Full Court Coverage, an Orlando-based radio show featured on 96.9’s The Game, with former NBA head coach Richie Adubato.

“I’ve know Barry for a long time,” said Mark King, CEO of the FBA. “He’ll bring a huge network of resources and value to the FBA. The Storm has landed a fantastic coach to lead this team.”

Recruitment for the Storm has already begun. The team will host it’s first-ever tryout at the Winter Park Community Center on Sunday, March 3rd. For information on tryouts, email info@thestormhoops.com.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

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FBA TARGETS TAMPA FOR 2019 EXPANSION

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has added Tampa, Florida to the list of expansion for the upcoming 2019 season.

The team, known as the Tampa Gunners, will be owned by an investment group led by former Florida Flight player Daniel Rodriguez. The team will be a travel only team, and be ineligible for playoff competition.

“Our branding team plan gives new team owners a proper framework to build momentum for their team and adapt their business plans as needed to their market,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “The business part of professional basketball takes time to understand. It’s imperative for all of our teams to start off on the right foot, having an understanding of how to generate revenue through sports entertainment.”

The Gunners will play a minimum of 6 games this season, consisting mostly of road games against current FBA teams. The coaching staff and team has already been assembled. An official announcement will follow in the coming weeks.

“I’m so thankful for an opportunity to stay around the game,” Rodriguez said. “The FBA is really changing the culture of basketball, creating opportunities for players even beyond playing the game. I’m excited to build something solid for the city of Tampa.”

FBA fans can get their first look at the Gunners on February 23rd. The Space Coast Stars will host the Gunners in an exhibition game at Calvary Chapel in Melbourne, Florida. Game time is 1:15pm. Tickets are $5.00, and kids are free.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

FBA HEADING TO WINTER PARK

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) will add the Winter Park Storm out of Winter Park, Florida for the upcoming 2019 season.

The Storm will be owned by Ernest Jones, a veteran professional basketball player who finished his playing career with the Florida Flight, also a member of the FBA. The Storm will play their home games at the Winter Park Community Center located in downtown Winter Park.

“We’re excited to have another FBA team in the central Florida region,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “There’s a lot of talent in central Florida, and there’s a real need for additional opportunities for players to continue playing after college.”

As with all FBA teams, the Storm will use a mix of scouting, recruiting and open tryouts to build their roster. The team will host their first ever tryout on Saturday, March 3rd at their home venue.

“I’m excited to transition from player to owner, said Jones. “It’s been great seeing the FBA grow. I’m looking forward to building on to what’s already been established and bringing a team to the beautiful city of Winter Park.”

The Storm will begin play in April of 2019. For more information, email info@thestormhoops.com.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

FORMER FLORIDA FLIGHT PLAYER TO LEAD THE POINCIANA PRIDE AS HEAD COACH

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Gregory St. Remy calls out the play against the Heartland Prowl in 2012

(Orlando, FL) – Former Florida Flight player Gregory St. Remy has been named the new Head Coach of the 2018 FBA expansion Poinciana Pride.

St. Remy began his professional basketball career with the Flight after college stops at St. Olaf College (NCAA III) and Webber International University (NAIA I). As a rookie, he helped lead the Flight to the Championship game, falling short on the road to the Cary Invasion in 2011.

Life circumstances caused St. Remy to down shift his playing career, choosing to devote more time to being a husband in 2014 and a father in 2015. He launched his Light Ball Basketball program in his hometown of Kissimmee to stay involved with the game. His remained a regular face of the Florida Flight, attending practices as a mentor for new players and promoting and attending various events.

“I’ve always known Greg would eventually coach,” said Flight Owner and Head Coach Mark King. “From day one, he has always been one of the most vocal players on and off the floor. He’s always been a sponge, soaking in both the business and the basketball happenings with the Flight. I’m excited to see how he does coaching professionally for the first time.”

h24-logoTaking notice of the growth of the FBA, St. Remy and another former Florida Flight teammate, Dimas Cintron, made the jump from players to owners in 2017, partnering up to launch the Pride. Following the lead of another Flight player, Corey Williams, who also owns the FBA’s Space Coast Stars in Melbourne, Florida, they become the 2nd and 3rd players from the Florida Flight to move into team ownership.

“This opportunity is exciting, but also very important to me. A coach sometimes fills the role of a parent, mentor or big brother to players,” said St. Remy. “It’s an honor to be in a position to bring this team to my community and help players pursue pro basketball as a career and hopefully achieve greatness, just as Coach King has been doing with the Florida Flight and the entire FBA. He and Commissioner (Greg) Kite have given me a tremendous opportunity, and it really says a lot about what the FBA can really do for players. Dimas and I are looking forward to a great first year.”

The team is hosting their first tryout on Sunday, January 14th, at the Mary Jane Arrington Gym and Aquatic Center. Tryouts take place from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Players can pre-register or pay at the door. The inaugural season kicks off on March 3rd when they host an FBA Kickoff tournament, in which every FBA team will compete. For more information, visit http://www.poincianapride.com.

 

About the Pride: The Poinciana Pride is an expansion FBA team of the Florida Basketball Association. The mission of the Poinciana Pride is to utilize the platform of professional basketball to invest in the lives of others. For more information on the Pride, please visit www.poincianapride.com.

 

About the FBA: The Florida Basketball Association is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball careers. For more information on the FBA, please visit www.thefba.com.

THE FLORIDA FLIGHT ADD 2-TIME NCAA CHAMPION AND NBA VETERAN CHRIS RICHARD AS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT COACH

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Flight bolstered its coaching staff this week by adding Florida Gator Chris Richard as the team’s Player Development Coach.

Richard brings a wealth of championship experience to the Flight. As a high school standout, he led Kathleen High School to a state championship in 2001, while also garnering the Mr. Basketball award and Player of the year honors in Florida. In college, he continued his championship-winning ways, playing a significant role in helping the University of Florida win back to back NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, he was also named the Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year.

Following four successful years as a Gator, the Minnesota Timberwolves Updated CPA Logoselected Richard with their 41st pick in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft. After one season with the Timberwolves and another with the Bulls, Richard signed with the Liaoning Panpan Dinosaurs of the Chinese  Basketball Association.

“The addition of Chris Richard to our staff will have an extraordinary impact on our team this season, said Flight Head Coach Mark King. “I met Chris at the Orlando Magic Coaches Clinic last year. He brings a championship pedigree that you have to respect and admire. His presence in practice and on the sidelines will have an immediate impact on our players.”

“I’m beyond excited to join the Florida Flight’s coaching staff as the Player Development Coach! I watched these guys play and saw a team that loves to compete, plays physical and most importantly, enjoys playing together. I’m looking forward to working with the Flight organization to help build on the foundation that Coach King has already laid!”

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Richard’s first official practice as the Flight Player Development Coach will be Tuesday, January 10th, at the team’s weekly Flight School workout. Flight School is an innovative meshing of drills, skill development and scrimmages designed to help the team evaluate non-recruited talent from players desiring to play for the Flight. The team will use Flight School to finalize their training camp roster by February 3rd. The 2018 FBA season will begin in March.

About the Flight: The Florida Flight is a member team of the Florida Basketball Association. The mission of the Florida Flight is to utilize the platform of professional basketball to invest in the lives of others. For more information on the Florida Flight, please visit www.flighthoops.com.

About the FBA: The Florida Basketball Association is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball careers. For more information on the FBA, please visit www.thefba.com.

WINDERMERE UP NEXT FOR FBA EXPANSION

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has approved plans for the Windermere Rain, the second of three expansion teams being added for the upcoming 2018 season.

The team will be led by Andrew Haas, the former General Manager of the Florida Flight. In his time with the Flight, Haas was involved with everything from sports management, corporate relationships, social media marketing, player coaching and development. He’s also assisted in generating strategic relationships with both domestic and international teams.

“Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his time with the Florida Flight,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “He’s had the benefit of seeing what works and what doesn’t in the central Florida area, and those experiences should help this team to find an accelerated path towards success.”

The Rain will play their home games at Windermere Preparatory School, a 12 college preparatory school in Lake Butler, an unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida.

“I’m super excited to transition from executive to owner. It has always been a huge dream of mine to own my own professional basketball team,” said Haas. “I know the challenges that lie ahead, but I feel confident that with my experience over the last 10 years, we’ll be able to bring something new and exciting to the Windermere community.”

The upcoming FBA season will begin in March of 2018. Tryouts for the Rain will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, email info@windermererain.com, visit their website at www.windermererain.com, follow the team on Facebook (@WindermereRainProBasketballClub), or visit the FBA website at http://www.thefba.com.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL COMING TO POINCIANA

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has approved plans for an expansion team to call the community of Poinciana their official home for the upcoming 2018 season.

The team will call themselves the Poinciana Pride, and will play at the Mary Jane Arrington Gym and Aquatic Center, a newly developed 16,000 square foot venue that boasts a gym, fitness room, an outdoor fitness trail circling a pond, and a multi-use lawn for other sports and outdoor activities.

The team’s ownership group will include local Osceola County natives Dimas Cintron and Gregory St. Remy, both former professional basketball players with FBA’s Florida Flight (Orlando), one of the longest standing active minor league basketball teams in the country. Mark King, the Chief Executive Officer of the FBA and also owner of the Florida Flight (Orlando), will also assist with the launch.

FBA Commissioner Greg Kite, a 2-time NBA Champion that spent 5 seasons with the Orlando Magic, heralded Poinciana as the ideal market for minor league basketball.

 

“Minor league basketball has always done well in communities like Poinciana,” said Kite. “There’s a lot of pride in having a pro team to call your own. Economically, bringing in other professional teams will definitely provide an additional financial boost for the small businesses. From a community standpoint, giving the kids some local professional athletes to look up to will have such a positive impact on the future of the community. We anticipate this team being well received and supported by the entire community.”

Cintron, who is a resident of the Poinciana community, is excited to bring a pro team to his hometown.

“It is a pleasure to be a part of the leadership group that is bringing a professional basketball team to my home town of Poinciana,” said Cintron. “We are going to build something that this community can be proud of. We love the game of basketball here, and we look forward to using the platform of professional basketball to make a difference in the lives of others, especially the kids.”

The team will use a mixture of scouting, recruitment and local tryouts to assemble their inaugural roster. They will begin play in the 2018 FBA season. Opportunities to tryout for the team, an official logo and  website will be unveiled and announced in the coming weeks. For more information, email info@poincianapride.com, follow the team on Facebook (@PoincianaPride), or visit the FBA website at http://www.thefba.com.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.