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Coaching legend to host SLV basketball camp

Posted: Thursday, Mar 3rd, 2011

SARGENT – High school basketball playoffs are in full swing, and for those teams and players whose season has already ended, they will certainly be looking into improving their shooting during the off-season. Sargent High School looks to provide the solution by hosting the Global Shot Doctor Basketball Shooting Camp this summer.

The camp will be hosted by Global Shot Doctor founder Duane Lewis. “We are very excited to have the opportunity for Coach Lewis to visit the Valley,” commented program organizer Tonya Metz of Sargent. Coach Lewis has been involved in the game of basketball for over 50 years as a player, coach and shooting director.

Duane Lewis is a Colorado native, born in Burlington, Colo. and during his high school playing career he broke records by scoring 1,567 points. He moved on to attend the University of Colorado, where he led the Buffalos to two Big Eight Basketball Championships. Some Valley residents may remember him as the head coach of the Alamosa boys’ basketball team, where he started coaching in 1968. During his time coaching the Maroons, he led them to four South Central League championships and three regional championships. Alamosa had a high flying offense during his tenure, scoring over 120 points in multiple games, and during one of these games, the team scored 48 points in a single quarter.

Coach Lewis is the right man to instruct these basketball camps, as he is not only the founder and director of the Global Shot Doctor camps, but boast a resume laden with accomplishments in the sport. He has served several terms as President of the Colorado Basketball Coaches association and is Dean of Basketball Shooting Coaches. He was also inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame in 1999. Ten years earlier, as a coach, he was presented with the Tom Sutak Award, the highest honor for a Colorado Basketball Coach. Lewis was also voted by peers as “All Time Colorado All-State Game Coach. Additionally, Lewis was named Colorado Coach of the Year and guided his teams to 10 State Tournaments. Three of his former players were selected as All-Americans while dozens more received All-State and All-Conference honors.

Over the past 25 years, Lewis has led successful basketball shooting camps across the United States and around the world. The benefit of these camps comes from the Coach’s keen eye and quick thinking, which allows him to analyze every player’s shooting motion and mechanics. According to the program’s print and web materials, participants learn to:

• Improve release time

• Shoot more accurately

• Become more consistent

• Correctly hold the ball

• Use proper practice


• Use proper

warm-up techniques

• Increase shooting range

• Use proper

free-throw techniques

• Use proper

jump shot techniques

• Develop a softer touch

• Use proper

arch and backspin

• Free up for an open shot

• Develop proper


• Properly sight

and align shots

• Avoid shooting slumps

• Increase free-throw


• Self-correct

• Recognize a

good shot opportunity

And many others, according to the materials provided.

The sessions that will be hosted will take place on June 2nd and 3rd in the Sargent High School gym. June 2nd will be the date for the girls’ sessions while boys sessions will be held on June 3rd. On both days there will be a morning and an afternoon session to chose from, with the morning session going from 9 a.m. to Noon and the afternoon session taking place from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Registrants have the choice between these two sessions. These basketball camps are open to all athletes from the San Luis Valley who will be entering grades 7-12. The registration fee for the Global Shot Doctor program is $50 and ends May 16th. For more information on the program, contact Tonya Metz at 719-850-1960 or Rod Clayton at 719-480-2234.

The San Luis Valley is brimming with excitement as one of its most successful basketball coaches returns.

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