The Coaches at Horizon Institute serve a higher purpose. It is more than just getting them on the court. Our Coaches have over a combined 40 years of experience ranging from playing in high school to the NBA.
Mr Sheppard’s resume is rich with accolades and accomplishments. Mr Sheppard hails from the Bronx, New York City. He was given the nickname “Bear” as a child because of his size and tenacity on the basketball playground in New York. When he played for De Witt Clinton High School, he led his team to the City Championship. A 6’6″ forward from the University of Maryland, Sheppard participated on the United States national basketball team which won a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Mr. Sheppard was then selected by the Chicago Bulls as the eighth pick in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft. He went on and played for the Detroit Pistons, where he ended his career. He is the Director of Camps and Clinics for the Horizon Institute and is a great teacher of the game.
Michael Adams is no stranger to the DC area, having played for the Washington Bullets in the late 1980s and early 1990s, having served as a television analyst for the Bullets on Home Team Sports in 1996-97 and having spent the 2004 season as the head coach of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. His coaching resume also include a stint as the Head Boys Varsity coach at Carroll High School and an assistant coach at Binghamton. Mr Adams brings his talents to the Institute combining team training as well as one-on-one instruction. At our camps, you can see Mr Adams showing his techniques of shooting or dribbling with the campers as he not only tells but interacts with all who come in his basketball presence. Horizon is grateful to be able to utilize this former NBA’s talents.
Ian Perkins is one of our youngest coaches at the Institute, but he is a coach with the charisma to effectively communicate to everyone at various levels. Ian played for Paul VI high school before transferring to then Notre Dame Academy where he went on to win numerous championships and was ranked #1 by the Washington Post. He went to Hampton University where he played briefly, but decided to continue his pursuit of a college degree here locally where he currently attends George Mason. His coaching style is infectious as he is credited with transferring his knowledge and energy to players like Meixandra Porter and Necole Sterling, both college recruits. He currently serves as associate head coach and trainer for the regional Boys teams and also trains the Girls National Team. The Institute is blessed to have his talents.
Anton Perkins has been coaching for over 20 years. He was recruited to play for Howard University, and is a certified Mental Game Coach in the dimension of Sports Psychology. He has coached high school varsity basketball and is the founder of the Horizon Institute. He is currently the Head Coach of the Girls National Team and trains boys and girls during the camps, clinics and open gyms. For more information on Mr Perkins accomplishments, please read “About Us”.