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Daryl is a former Virginia State Player of year who went on to win a state championship with Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach. Towe continued his basketball career at Allegany Community College, the top rank junior college in the nation, where his team went 65-3 in two years, and competed for the junior college national title. After graduating from Allegany, Towe was recruited by Norfolk State University to continue his education and complete his final college basketball eligibility. Once graduating with his bachelors, he was fortunate to continue his basketball career professionally overseas in Argentina and various Semi-Pro teams across the United States. Daryl has played against great players such as Jason Williams, Kirk Hinrich, Josh Smith, Jarrett Jack, and Allen Iverson, all whom entered the NBA. Towe is known for his great basketball career, as well as his passion to give back to the community. His has worked with the youth since his high school days; mentoring and teaching them basketball skills as well as life lessons. He current career has lead him to counsel many at-risk children, and focus their lives into a better direction. He has over 5 years experience in mentorship and training. His roles include the following:
Youth Residential Health Counselor
Community Support Counselor
Summer Camp Director
Young Adult Ministry Leader
Player for NSU, Professional in Argentina and Semi Pro
Daryl Towe |
Leia "Le" Towe |
Leia Towe began her basketball career at the age of 9. She received many accolades as a youngster and continued her career into high school, where she played alongside a future WNBA mogul, and went on to win a state title. Towe was recruited by a division II school in North Carolina, where she unfortunately incurred setbacks due to her ACL tear. She took a six-month break from basketball, while transferring to Old Dominion University. After gaining back her mental toughness, she eventually played for a travel team through the university and upon graduation, was picked up by a local Tidewater Semi-Pro team. Leia continued her basketball career while conducting her own adult and youth basketball leagues and camps in the Virginia Beach area. She eventually moved back to the DC area where she coached and continued to play in leagues around the city. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with a minor in Marketing, as well as completed her MBA. She has over 10 years experience in business and sports marketing. She has managed finances as well as worked heavily in administrative roles. Her career includes the following:
DII college player, Semi-Pro Tidewater Team
CORTNI GRANGE |
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Cortni Grange is an eclectic businessman with a passion for uplifting humanity along the way. A Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus, Cortni “bleeds orange & green” and advocates for Historically Black Colleges & Universities to continually have a place in America. Cortni’s fire for social good and entrepreneurship started while at FAMU when he helped to found Young Rattler Nation. A 501c3 organization which created scholarships for current students and fundraised events for young alumni. Upon graduation, Cortni went on to have a fruitful career in sales, consulting and business process outsourcing. Cortni has been afforded the opportunity to work and build in every aspect of the business life cycle process through over ten years of experience with companies like Procter & Gamble, American Express and CVS Health. Now, he uses the knowledge he has garnered to assist others in developing in a manner that prepares them to create and grow at the highest levels. Cortni learned early that his mark on this world would be by merits he helps others realize. This lead him to foundFuture Leaders & Young Entrepreneurs(FLYE). A 501c3 organization that creates an intersection between athletics, entrepreneurship and academics for student-athletes. Through Cortni’s work in FLYE he has been recognized in publications such as Black Enterprise and USA Today and has been named a 2017 Top Millennial Influencer by The Next Big Thing Movement. In 2016, Cortni launched Grange Enterprises, a "for-purpose" consulting company that helps social entrepreneurs solve problems and make greater impact. When he is not working, Cortni loves pick-up basketball, going back home to visit his family in Jamaica, co-raising his son Jameson Mosiah, and all things jerk chicken.
CORIN TURNER |
PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL TRAINER AND COACH
Corin Turner is a native of Alexandria, Va. His love for basketball began at Nannie J. Lee recreation center where he honed his skills and love for the game while compiling multiple city championships, one Virginia State championship (1990) and numerous individual awards at the youth level.
Corin then attended West Potomac High School where he was a starting point (1995-1998)and guided his team to three District championship appearances (96’ champions) three Northern Va. Region appearances (98’ champions) and one VHSL appearance in 98’ his senior but fell short to eventual state champions G.W. Danville. Corin’s individual accolades at West Potomac included All District, All District Tournament, All Northern Va. Region Tournament, All VHSL Tournament and Team MVP in 98’.
Following high school Corin continued his basketball career on the Junior College level (1998-2000)at both Potomac State College of West Virginia and Garrett Community Colleges where he was the point guard earning All Region XX Tournament selections both seasons before transferring to Virginia Union for his final two years.
Corin shared the lead guard role at VUU. As the floor general he lead the team in assist and steals both seasons while capturing the Eastern Division regular season championship his junior year 00-01’. Corin was able to further his career by playing with the Alexandria Avengers of the ABA and EBA.
After finishing his playing career, Corin began counseling youth in the DMV area where he remains passionate in his craft. Currently Corin is state certified counselor and a licensed trainee in the field. Corin earned his Bachelors' in Criminal Justice/Criminology from Virginia Union in 2003 and his Masters Degree in Counseling from Lincoln University in 2013.
Corin is married to Anja Turner. Together they have two children Corinne (Daughter) and Corin Turner Jr.
KEITH TAYLOR |
PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL TRAINER AND COACH
Keith is a former athlete from the Hampton Roads area who started his career in football at a young age. Football continued through high school, where he became a VHSL State Football Champion at Ocean Lakes High School. Not only did he have a successful football career, but he was a 3x student athlete- playing both basketball and track alongside of football. Within all the sports, he received many accolades, and has continued to play football and basketball at collegiate levels.
Coach Keith now resides in Washington DC where he coaches fitness and trains all athletes- focusing on the details of the game as well as their life skill sets off the field and out the gym.
BRAELON CANADA |
PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL TRAINER
Braelon Canada is a native of Columbus, Georgia and a CTAB Alumni. His love for basketball started at the Fort Belvoir, VA Youth Center, when he joined the “Teeny Tiny Ballers” at age 6. The lovecontinued throughout the years as he worked towards improving his game.
Braelon made his middle school basketball team as the star and then moved on attend CD Hylton High School where he played varsity football (as a freshmen), and JV basketball eventually leading him to the varsity basketball squad. Braelon was also member of various AAU Basketball Clubs, eventually landing with CTAB where he worked hard and excelled.
Following high school, Braelon continued to play basketball but was plague with being unknown and without scholarships. He came back home and attended Northern Virginia Community College where he
joined the Nighthawks and had a successful season prior to COVID.
Braelon is currently a working college student.
ERIC PILSON |
CTAB Life Skills Instructor
Coach Pilson was born in Lynchburg, VA and moved to Northern VA at the age of 10. In his younger years, he was involved in Jack & Jill, Church Youth Group and Choir. Athletically, Pilson played football, basketball and track at Lake Braddock High School and continued a football career at Towson University and Virginia State University. There he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree at Virginia State University in Information Systems and Decision Science. Eric is also a licensed Minister and Former Youth Minister. He is a Certified Christian Counselor with American Association of Christian Counselors
and is currently Employed with Fairfax County Schools as an Educator and Football Coach at Woodson High School. Coach Eric Pilson coached football for 18 years; basketball for 3 years; and Head track coach for 1 year. For him, coaching is geared towards leadership and the mental/emotional/psychological development of student-athletes.