Testimonials

TESTIMONIALS FROM PLAYERS

“Ernie has helped me improve my game tremendously. Every workout he always pushes me to get better, pays attention to detail, and is encouraging. Ernie gets to know you as a player and what your goals are and also as a person. It is also great training with Ernie because I am learning from a former college player and he is able to help me prepare to get ready to play at that level. I am able to ask Ernie questions about being a college athlete and get advice from him. I would not be the player I am today without him!”

Carley Hill – Freshman guard with the Le Moyne Dolphins

“In the years I’ve known Ernie, it would be really hard for me to name someone who works harder than him, or cares more about getting better than he does. His workouts are not easy, he demands a lot, but it’s easy to work hard for him because he’s working just as hard as you. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a lot of different people in my career and I can say that Ernie’s energy, enthusiasm, and attention to detail are not the norm. Every time I come back to Vermont to train, I get better with him.

Trae Bell-Haynes – Team Canada and current pro basketball player in Europe

“Ernie Duncan is an amazing trainer who puts a great deal of time and effort into bettering his athletes. With his elite mindset, Ernie helps his athletes master the fundamentals which pushes them to be their best. He creates such a great learning environment that allows for individuals to grow and chase their dreams.”

Justin Mazzulla – Senior guard with the Vermont Catamounts

TESTIMONIALS FROM PARENTS

“Ernie is the trifecta in a coach – skills, motivation and love of the game (while bringing a ton of fun for the players). He’s a master at exceptional skills development which I’ve seen firsthand from grade 4 players all the way through high school. My son has been training with Ernie for well over a year – he came to Ernie with ok ball handling and shooting skills and not a ton of thought about game play strategy. In the time he’s spent training with Ernie, I’ve watched his fundamentals transform to the next level and his love of the game intensifies. Ernie truly has a gift and lights up the kids skill and passion, we’ll be working with him for years to come!” – Kathleen.

“Ernie has been coaching and training my daughter for about 6 months. Her game has dramatically improved, but what is more important to me as a Dad is that she is learning the importance of a work ethic and focus. She has become grittier having him as role model. Ernie sets a tone that makes clear that there is only one way to get better: to put the work in. Ernie has credibility because he is still a world class athlete and player. When he demonstrates a move he is the embodiment of the results of hard work. I say to my daughter, “Do you want to learn to shoot? You probably want to listen the best shooter ever to wear a Vermont uniform.” – Chris.

“When it comes to improving your skills on the court, Ernie is a great and patient coach and trainer. Ernie works to understand his players’ goals and motivates the kids to work towards achieving them. This results in my son working hard when he practices on his own to show Ernie that he’s mastered the skill they learned at the last session. Beyond the skills that Ernie can teach on the court, he is such a positive influence and role model for my son. Ernie has taken the time to get to know each of the kids who train with him and offers perspectives that kids can’t get from their immediate peers or parents.” – Nicole.

TESTIMONIALS FROM COACHES

“Ernie is one of the all-time great players at UVM. A very skilled and smart player. He was also was one of the best people to come through our program. He has a lot to offer aspiring basketball players. I highly recommend Ernie to help your child to become the best player and person they can be.”

John Becker – Head Coach at the University of Vermont

“I had the privilege to coach Ernie for four years and watch his growth as a basketball player and a person. Now he’s giving back to the same community that embraced him for four years up there in Burlington. He will be one of the best trainers in the business.

Hamlet Tibbs– Associate Head Coach at UAlbany

“Ernie Duncan is one of the best high school basketball players in Evansville history. Not only did he demonstrate that he was going to lead us on the court from the moment he arrived at Harrison but he has been a tremendous ambassador for our program and school off the court as well. His determination and work ethics were unparalleled which afforded him the accolades he has achieved. It was an honor and a privilege to coach him.”

Bryan Speer – Former Head Basketball Coach for Evansville Harrison High School

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