Coaching Staff Bios
Head Coach: Jackson Toof
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Head Coach: Michael Day
Michael Day is a long-time resident of Alexandria, Virginia. He has been coaching basketball for more than 30 years. He started coaching middle school teams while he attended Temple University in Philadelphia. Most recently, Michael has coached CYO basketball and travel basketball for Lee Mt Vernon Sports Club (LMVSC) in Alexandria, VA.
After attending Temple and playing rugby for two years, he transferred to Elon University. He played basketball for two years for the Phoenix. Before his time in college, he played for Fort Hunt High School (now West Potomac) where he was All-District and named one of the Top 100 players in the Washington DC Metro area.
Michael graduated from Elon with a BA in Mass Communications and earned his MBA in Business Administration from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. He is married with 3 boys.
Michael is excited to join the CTAB family. His coaching approach aligns well with the organization’s philosophy. He emphasizes an up-tempo style, stressing defense and teamwork.
Assistant Coach: Toney Mooney
Bio to come....
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Head Coach: Connor Joransen
Connor is a native of Alexandria, Virginia, who went on to graduate from Gonzaga College High School, where he played basketball and baseball. After Gonzaga, Connor graduated with a BA in Political Science from Marquette University.
He is a USA Basketball Certified Youth Developmental Coach who has been coaching ever since senior year of high school, the end of his playing career, when he took over as the head 8th grade coach of Blessed Sacrament Middle School. He has since been the head JV Coach at John Paul the Great High School, and is currently the Freshman Coach at Bishop Ireton High School.
Assistant Coach: Kanfory Yattara
Was born in Bronx New York raised in Alexandria, VA. He attended Edison High School where he played 3 years of varsity basketball, while also playing 3 years of AAU with CTAB Elite. Upon graduation, he started his own apparel business as well as having a day-to-day job. He has a heart for the youth and the game of basketball, so it was only a matter of time before he turned his passion into becoming a coach and trainer for CTAB. He says: "It’s been nothing but love and gratitude from playing for CTAB to now coaching!"
Head Coach: Jason Kirby
Jason Kirby is entering his second season as a coach for the CTAB Elite AAU program, coaching 16U in 2019. He is also an Assistant Coach of the Hayfield Secondary School Girls Varsity Basketball team.
Jason is a native Washington DC, with most of his childhood spent in Fort Washington, Maryland. He would begin his journey through sports at the age at 10, playing multiple sports for the Oxon Hill Boys & Girls Club. This would lead to standout high school career at Riverdale Baptist School, graduating in 1996.
Prior to joining the CTAB ELITE organization, Jason coached 17U Girls for the B.L.A.S.T. AAU program during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. As a member of the SYC Youth Organization, he coached the 2016 10U Boys county team and the 2015 14U Girls summer team. Between 2011 – 2014, Jason coached multiple teams for the Maryland Lady Heat and Team Takeover girls AAU organizations. In 2003, he founded the Fort Washington FORTRESS, a sports and learning organization focused on at-risk male youth throughout the DMV region. Jason began his coaching career as a volunteer for the Oxon Hill Boys & Girls Club from 2000 – 2008, coaching multiple boys and girls youth teams.
Assistant Coach: Pamela Kirby
Pamela Payne began her love for basketball career at the age of 10. She continued feeding her passion in high school, leading her school to state and national championships. Pamela graduated high school as a conference MVP, tournament MVP, school scoring leader, and as a Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention player. After high school, Pamela decided not to continue a career in basketball.
Pamela received a B.S. in Telecommunication from Morgan State University and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. During her college career, Pamela played for various intramural leagues and coached boys-n-girls club teams. In 2018, Pamela was inducted into Riverdale Baptist School’s Basketball Hall of Fame for her contributions to the schools’ basketball program.
Pamela joined the Hayfield Secondary School (Alexandria, VA) girls’ basketball program during the 2019-2020 as the Assistant JV Coach; where the team had a winning season.Pamela has over 17 years of experience in youth programming, mentoring, and coaching. She also has 13 years of service with the Federal Government. Pamela has a passion for mentoring and coaching youth. She has served as an AmeriCorps Member in Baltimore City Police Athletic Leagues Centers, Baltimore City Public Schools, and as a Youth Coordinator for local faith-based ministries. For the last seven years, Pamela has served as a Program Coordinator for College Bound, a program that prepares middle and high school students to enter college or vocational programs.
Pamela has a passion for coaching youth and through her previous experiences has the unique ability to tap into the players and help them develop and reach their goals. This is her second year with CTAB and she enjoys coaching with the organization because she is able to teach players more than the game of
Assistant Coach: Barbara Burgess
Coach Barbara Burgess has a combined 28 yrs of coaching on the collegiate as well as high level.
She coached for Boo Williams B team for several years and has helped young ladies continue their dream to basketball on Division I,II, and III.
Barbara truly enjoy watching the players she coach's grow into productive citizens within their communities.
Head Coach: Daryl Towe
Associate Head Coach: Donnie Bullock
Coach Bullock is a native of Portsmouth,VA and has been coaching basketball for over 20years. He has experience at high school as well as AAU levels with 2 National Championship Teams. He is an active coach with USA basketball and volunteers regularly with USA basketball Youth clinics. He has worked with CTAB for the last 3 years and is extremely supportive of the organizations philosophy. Coach Bullock has an MBA from the University of Texas and has a degree in Chemistry from University of Maryland. He is married with 2 boys.
Assistant Coach: Linn Kanon
Coach Kanon is now assistant coach of CTAB Elite's 13u program. Coach Kanon has coached with CTAB since the start of the program alongside coach Donnie Bullock. Under his leadership, the 17u elite team entered the most successful period in CTAB Elite history, reaching five live period finals and winning four championships in 2020-2021. The 2020-2021 team won an unprecedented record of 23-8 games. Coach Kanon is also an assistant Boys Varsity Coach at Winston Churchill in Potomac, MD (20-22 MD 4A South Division Champions, 20-22 MD Regional Division Champions, and '22 4A MD State Runner up finalists with a record of 22-2,) Wheaton high school 2009-2011, middle-high school travel AAU KOA Sports from 2013-2020, and DMV Rebelz 17u 201-2022), and experience coaching adult men’s team, individual skills training,softball, and soccer all with an overall career win percentage of .800. Some of his players have continued to play Division I-III basketball and some at the professional level including the NBA. Coach Kanon is also a special education teacher and an advocate for the No Place for Hate program in a middle school in Maryland. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of MD Baltimore County (where he also played club level in his junior and senior year,) and a master’s degree in Transition into Secondary Education/Teaching students with Emotional Disabilities.
Assistant Coach: Bouba Cisse
Coach Cisse has been coaching with CTAB for over 3 years. His current role is handling the administrative duties for the team (i.e, emails, itineraries, etc...) and of course helping out with the game plan. He is very energetic and passionate about helping people reach their goals and full potential, which is why he loves CTAB and admire their beliefs. His goal is to see these kids grow to become positive contributing members of our society while impacting their lives positively.
Assistant Coach: Jamaal Smith
Coach Smith is a native of Bronx, NY in which he cut his teeth as a young youth playing basketball for some of NY’s elite basketball programs like the NY Gauchos and Riverside Hawks. Coach Smith began his coaching career back in 2002 in which he took his 8 and under NY Gauchos team to an elite 8 in the AAU national championship. He has coached at all levels from 8 and under to 17 and under in which many of his players have gone on to play collegiate and professional basketball. Coach Smith is a youth advocate and sits on a board of a non-profit in Maryland called Man 2 Man in which they target at risk youth to help them build life skills to succeed in society. He is a student of the game and uses basketball to teach young men how to use the skills they learn on the court to translate into life lessons that they can take with them when the game ends.
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Head Coach: Thomas Watson
Thomas Watson started his basketball career at John R Lewis (formerly known as Robert E. Lee); graduated and moved onto Northern VA Community College where he graduated in 2013 finishing with an associate degree. Shortly after, he became a practice player for Norfolk State and ODU between 2013-2015. He returned back to the Northern VA area, where he played semi pro basketball and began his career as a HS coach.
Coach Watson has a strong desire for basketball and giving back to the youth/community. Coach T has been coaching High School girls basketball for 4 years starting at John R. Lewis, and now at W.T. Woodson. His passion and mission is to develop student-athletes on and off the court, focusing a lot of the game on skills development.
Assistant Coach: Kayla Ramsey
Coach Kay was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in the spring of 1999. Growing up she was very active and wanted to play any sport that was introduced to her. It wasn’t until middle school that she realized her love for basketball. During her middle school days, her school unfortunately didn’t have an organized team but they did offer after school activities which included basketball. When she first showed up, she was the only girl out of a whole gym of boys. After a while, the boys not only accepted her but they would constantly ask if she would come to afterschool. This is where the love of the game started to grow.
Moving onto high school, Kay , as a freshmen made the Varsity Team at John R Lewis high school (formerly known as Robert E. Lee high school). Towards the end of her freshman season she began to start games and then from sophomore year until her senior year she was the captain. From the 4 years spent at John R Lewis her team made it to the final four 2 years in a row. During this time Kay kept up with her grades, earning herself A-B honor, student athlete awards and an athletic and academic scholarship to play basketball in college.
Succeeding high school, Kay attended New England College which for 4 years she
played basketball, rugby and graduated with a major in health science with a minor in chemistry. During her 4 years she was a part of the deans list multiple times and won 2 conference championships for basketball in a row. If the COVID pandemic hadn’t happened she believes her team could have won another one.
Currently Kay works as a Vet Technician for the PGSPCA and an animal hospital in
Woodbridge Virginia. Alongside that she also plays Rugby for NOVA ( travel team, not the community college) and in her spare time goes to help young athletes improve their game so they can make it to the next level. She explains that she is able to connect with the athletes because Coach Leia Towe and Coach Daryl Towe invited her into their family.
Assistant Coach: Pat Neri
Coach Neri played four years of high school varsity basketball.
He has coached in the girls program at W.T Woodson High School for 24 years at all levels to include 12 years as varsity assistant and eight years as varsity head coach. Those included three District titles, two Regional finals appearances, and trips to the state quarterfinals as well as the state semifinals. His teams achieved 116 wins while he was head coach. He is excited to assist the CTAB organization, and help elevate student-athletes to the next level.
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Head Coach: Edward Barfield
Coach Ed Barfield is a 30-year United States Navy retiree who has dedicated
nearly 40 years plus to coaching youth basketball. He is a student of the
game that stays current and up-to-speed on the finer points of training
required for mastering his craft as a coach. Since the start of his naval career
as a player coach for his shipboard teams in intramural play to his current
coaching position as Girls Junior Varsity Coach for Hayfield Secondary
School, Coach Barfield has been a strong advocate for “giving back to the
community” by instilling in youth - young men and women - a sense of drive
and confidence to be better on and off the court. He is a longtime volunteer
coach – 14 years - for the Ft Belvoir Youth Sports and Fitness organization
where he has coached and trained elementary to high school students in all
aspects of basketball, with a heavy emphasis on player development and
fundamentals. He recently joined the CTAB organization as member of the
coaching staff for the girls, 8 th -10 th grade, developmental group that improved
immensely in their pursuit and readiness to play at the next level.
Assistant Coach: Floyd Edwards
Coach Edwards enter his 2nd season at CTAB. Coach Edwards has been in the coaching and training field for approximately 20 years (Fort Belvoir boys/girls Youth Basketball). He is a retired Army veteran who has over 25 years of military service. He is currently the Head basketball coach for Hayfield High School Girls JV team. During his years in the coaching field, he has developed his coaching philosophy which is centered around his core principles of commitment, selflessness, and team unity. His core value is focused on being honest and open with his players while holding them accountable for their efforts. Coach Edwards focus is on the process of growth, which entail the need for his players to focus on getting fundamentally better every day.
Head Coach: Le Towe
Assistant Coach: Kathy Couthino
Kathy Coutinho is a local sports chiropractor who has been coaching competitive youth basketball for 5 years. Kathy is very excited to make her move to joining CTAB and Coach Le as the assistant coach to the 7th grade girls AAU team, a team that will ROCK the planet to it's very core 2021.
Head Coach: Terry Pate
Coach Pate is a Native Washingtonian, educated in the parochial schools. She played CYO and Middle School Basketball for Nativity, and served as co-captain from 6 th -8 th grade. From there, she went on to become 4-yr. Varsity letterman at the Academy of the Holy Names in the WCAC and named co-captain Senior yr. Once graduated, she walked on to Louisiana State University (LSU) Women’sBasketball team, after being named to their practice squad. Upon graduating from LSU Medical Center/Southern University and A&M College with a B.S in Medical Technology, she returned to the DC area to participate in the Semi-Pro Women’s league under CoachPatricia Harris; and served as a trainer of the Western HS Girls’ basketball team. Coach Pate recently has been named as a coach for Camp Wootten’s, under Joe Wooten, where she coached teams(both girls and boys) and won their league championship (2017, 2018). She continued her coaching through the Charles County Recreational leagues in 2018, 2019 and 2021. As of 2022, Coach Terry Pate became involved with the CTAB organization as a developer/trainer of 9-10th grade Elite team, and also a trainer for the organization.
Assistant Coach: Denise Cunningham
Coach Cunningham is a native of Alexandria Virginia. She has grown up playing sports for Lee-Mt. Vernon athletics and Edison High School. In the 2nd grade her PE teacher encouraged her parents to involve her in sports to help her overcome her shyness. Basketball became the sport of choice with soccer as a close runner up. Coach Cunningham has dedicated her life to athletics, as a coach, physical education teacher, and certified athletic trainer. She enjoys helping student athletes meet their goals on and off the field/court. The phrase taught to her as a child embodies her whole personality “Can’t is a quitter, he never tried, he should have been buried before he died”. This mind set has followed her in all aspects of life, making her determined in the face of adversity. She wishes to help provide young athletes with essential life skills to make good character-building choices in the years to come.