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Coaching Staff

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 is a key to any players development. Experienced practice planning and execution, game preparation and game execution to foster positive results in elite competition. 

Our team of coaches has many hours of 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.




Thomas Gadson, Founder/Director and 17U Head Coach


As Owner/Director of Basketball 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).


A 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 Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). 


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 professional management certifications As the director of Virginia Elite He is responsible for all aspects for program development.  


Russell Wheeler, Coach  


Coach Wheeler played at the national powerhouse high school Wheeler High School in Marietta GA. There he lettered four seasons as a forward for Coach Doug Lipscomb at Wheeler High School ... Helped his team to a 57-6 record during his last two years ... Averaged 19.3 points, 12.1 boards and three blocks during his senior season. Shot 57 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line.  

Earned all-county, all-area, all-state and Street & Smith All-America honors. Was invited to Nike's ABCD Camp and was rated among the top 150 prospects in the nation by several scouting services. After graduating from Wheeler High School, Coach Wheeler earned a full athletic scholarship to Virginia Tech where he started for three years. 

Coach Wheeler, is committed to teaching the game of basketball the "right way" the youth of today, and share his experiences on what it takes to be successful and earn a college athletic scholarship. He looks forward to working with these young men to help development their skills individually and collectively as a team.  


Garret Donaldson, Coach  

Coach Garrett 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.

Upon completing 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.    

Mr. 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 Government


Andre Golanski, Middle School Director  


Andre 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


Lemar Marshall,  Phenom Strength and Conditioning Coach


Lemar Marshall, Former Washington Redskin and Owner of Phenom Strength and Conditioning provides the program with NFL level professional services in the development for our Middle and High School players. 


TRAIN LIKE THE PROS performance training program that focus on increasing speed, agility and quickness. Improve your reaction time and leaping ability. And build the critical strength and flexibility needed to prevent common sports-related injuries. Olympians, NFL and NBA pro athletes, collegiate and high-school stand-outs alike trust Phenom Strength and Conditioning. 


Alan Starks,  Coach  

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Jon Heslep, Coach  

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Jesse Hudson, Coach  

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Rod Smith, Coach  

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Ronald Wiley, Coach  

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Chauncey Beckett, Coach  

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Anthony Pringle, Coach  

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Virginia Elite National Grassroots Basketball Program