Virginia Elite coaching staff has
the necessary qualifications, years of actual division 1 and professional experience.
Understanding of players
physical, mental and game skill development are keys to any
players development. Experienced practice planning and execution, game preparation
and game execution to foster positive results in elite
coaches are involved with the development of our high school
players to transition those experience to our younger players.
Our team of coaches
have spent many hours and continuously support sports
education, grassroots competition at the Elite level that has
resulted in many players moving on to play college basketball,
with all these experiences it enables our staff to expect nothing more than the best effort
from our players.
Gadson, Founder/Director and 17U Head Coach
Operations Coach Gadson established
Virginia Elite in 2008 with the organizations
mission to be the premier
grassroots basketball program based in Northern Virginia and recognized
as one of the top programs within the Washington,D.C. area,
Maryland and Virginia (DMV).
native of Savannah, Georgia,
Thomas Gadson has been
involved with basketball for
more than 30 years, from his
youth days playing basketball
and football in the YMCA and
Police Athletic Leagues (PAL)
youth leagues in Savannah
through high school and
college. After high school he
attended Livingstone College
in Salisbury, North Carolina
which competes in the Central
After his freshmen year transferred and graduated from
Morris College in Sumter,
South Carolina. Mr. Gadson
holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Computer Science and
a Masters in Computer
Information Systems as well as
several technical and
certifications As the director of Virginia Elite He is
responsible for all aspects for program development.
Donaldson was raised in Langhorne, Pennsylvania where he
graduated from Neshaminy High School. Coach Donaldson played
basketball for his high school for three consecutive years. Upon
graduation from high school Coach Donaldson joined the United
States Army. While in the Army Coach Donaldson played basketball
for his company basketball team and then became the head coach
of the White Sands Army post travel basketball team, who
traveled to various military installations to compete against
the best military basketball teams in the region.
his tour of military duty, Coach Donaldson relocated to Arizona
and instantly pursued coaching basketball at the City of Phoenix
parks and recreation. Later, Coach Donaldson decided to coached
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) for the Phoenix West Valley
Warriors in conjunction with the Richard Dumas and friends
foundations. Coach Donaldson went on to build a 4th grade
competitive basketball team, who went to the All Valley
Championship rounds two years in a row and was successful in
capturing the championship the first year, both games were held
in the Phoenix Suns Arena. Upon relocating to Northern Virginia,
Coach Donaldson decided to join Virginia Elite Basketball Club.
Donaldson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety
Administration Management from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix
Arizona. He currently serves as an employee of the Federal
Coach Dave Mason is a retired
Colonel from the United States Air Force, having served 24 years
in nuclear-related duties to include command of nuclear-capable
combat units. He was born and raised in Clinton North Carolina
where he graduated from Clinton High School.
While there Coach Mason lettered in varsity basketball
for four consecutive years and was only one of two school
freshmen to make the varsity team.
Upon graduation Coach Mason attended N.C. A&T State
University on academic scholarship where he earned a
Bachelorís of Arts and Sciences Degree in Biology and earned
his commission as an Air Force officer.
While in the Air Force, Coach
Mason played basketball at the base level for Peterson Air Force
Base in Colorado. During
12 military assignments, from North Carolina, to San Antonio
Texas, to Great Falls Montana, to Lompoc California, and several
assignments in between, Coach Mason recruited, trained and
coached middle school and high school AAU basketball talent
during each assignment. Over
the years, several of his players went on to perform well at the
Upon completing his final
military assignment at the Pentagon, Coach Mason remained in
Woodbridge VA and decided to call the area Ė home.
He continued his coaching career in the DMV and in 2011,
led an elite team of Fairfax Stars 8th grade talent
to a National Championship.
Afterwards Coach Mason continued his coaching career and took an
elite team of 9th grade talent and earned an
invitation to play in the AAU Super Showcase event at Disneyís
Wide World of Sports in Orlando Florida.
Of the 64 ninth grade teams invited, Coach Masonís NOVA
Heat Elite team finished 8.
Coach Mason stood-up and built a very successful NOVA
Heat Elite program and since inception in 2009, the organization
has sent 8 aspiring young elite athletes to compete at the
Coach Mason joined the Virginia
Elite Grassroots Program in 2016 to continue training,
developing and coaching elite-level talent.
In addition to a Bachelorís Degree,
Coach Mason also holds a Masterís Degree in Management from
Lesley University Ö a Masterís Degree in Strategic Studies
from Air War College Ö and an executive-level fellowship
certificate in International Security from The George Washington
Mason currently works at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
in Washington D.C.
Golanski, Junior Elite Director
Golanski, support Virginia Elite as the Middle School Director.
The Youth and Middle School Elite programs will align with the
High School Elite programs with the vision to transitions those
players into the High School Elite program
Marshall, Phenom Strength and Conditioning Coach
Marshall, Former Washington Redskin and Owner of Phenom Strength
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