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Wildcat Basketball Academy


The Wildcat Basketball Academy is held in the spring and provides elite instruction to players and coaches in the Eagan Youth Basketball Program. It includes contests, prizes, guest speakers, and an awards ceremony!

BE A PART OF THE WILDCAT BASKETBALL ACADEMY!

  • WHAT IS THE WILDCAT BASKETBALL ACADEMY?
    • ELITE INSTRUCTION: The Academy is an elite basketball camp designed by the Eagan Basketball Board with support from the Eagan Varsity Basketball Programs. It provides high level instruction to Eagan youth players and coaches.
    • COMMUNITY: The Academy is designed to bring together our Eagan youth basketball community to learn from each other and to raise the level of play and coaching for our Eagan Wildcats. It is a celebration of season and the kick-off for our off-season. 
    • GRADES 3-8: Although it is aimed at preparing youth for our traveling program, all Eagan youth players (travel and in house) are highly encouraged to attend, especially if you are interested in the Eagan Youth Traveling program.
    • COACH INSTRUCTION: Youth coaches (both in house and travel) are encouraged to attend and observe to learn new drills from our highly skilled Academy staff.
    • VARSITY COACHES: The Academy teaches advanced basketball drills and the High School coaches' offensive and defensive coaching schemes.  Eagan Varsity coaches help with instruction!
    • CONTESTS & PRIZES: The Academy provides high level instruction, contests, prizes, and speakers. 
    • FAMILY ASSEMBLY: The final session includes a Family Assembly where players' family members are invited to see our youth demonstrate drills. compete in contest finals, and win Academy awards. 
    • FREE T-SHIRT: All Academy attendees receive a Wildcat Basketball Academy T-Shirt. 
    • REGISTER IN THE SPRING: 2022 Registration was only $75. All proceeds go to the Eagan Basketball Association. Registration typically opens at the end of the traveling season (March).
  • WHO: The Wildcat Basketball Academy is for all current traveling players & coaches, as well as anyone interested in playing or coaching Eagan Traveling Basketball. 
  • WHEN: Three Sundays in the spring. The 2022 schedule was:
    • Girls currently in Grades 3-5: 4/3, 4/10, 4/24 from 3 to 4:40pm
    • Girls currently in Grades 6-8: 4/3, 4/10, 4/24 from 4:20 to 6pm
    • Boys currently in Grades 3-5: 4/3, 4/10, 4/24 from 6 to 7:40pm
    • Boys currently in Grades 6-8: 4/3, 4/10, 4/24 from 7:20 to 9pm
  • WHERE: Eagan High School
  • QUESTIONS? To volunteer or ask questions, contact Academy Commissioners Troy Tatting 612-703-2661 or Tim Klaus 612-850-9325. 
  • REGISTRATION FOR 2022 IS NOW CLOSED. Preparations for the 2nd Annual Wildcat Basketball Academy in Spring 2023 are underway!

ALL CURRENT AND INTERESTED WILDCAT YOUTH COACHES

  • All Eagan Youth Coaches (both current coaches and those interested in coaching in the future, in house and traveling) are encouraged to attend and observe the Wildcat Basketball Academy.
  • Academy Instructors will be present to provide coaching tips and instruction. Please make plans to attend to learn advanced youth drills and the High School Varsity programs' schemes!

WILDCAT BASKETBALL ACADEMY HONOR ROLL

Each year, the winners of the Wildcat Basketball Academy awards and contests will be posted here to honor our youth players' achievements. Congratulations! Go Wildcats!


WILDCAT BASKETBALL ACADEMY - SAMPLE ITINERARY

Academy Day 1 & 2:

  • Warm ups
  • Advanced Offensive Drills
  • Rebounding/Passing Drills
  • Contest #1
  • Advanced Defensive Drills
  • Eagan High School Offense/Defensive Instruction
  • Contest #2
  • Team games (3 on 3 / 5 on 5)
  • Speaker

Academy Day 3: 

  • Warm ups
  • Advanced Drills
  • Contest Semifinals
  • Team Finals
  • Family Assembly with Contest Finals & Awards Ceremony

WILDCAT BASKETBALL ACADEMY SPEAKERS

The Wildcat Basketball Academy is focused on educating our Eagan Youth players and coaches. The Academy includes an expert speakers session featuring players and coaches who speak on leadership, community, and how to elevate your basketball skills.

SPEAKERS FOR 2022:

MACALESTER COLLEGE HEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH ABE WOLDESLASSIE TO SPEAK AT THE WILDCAT BASKETBALL ACADEMY

Sign up today for the Wildcat Basketball Academy and hear from speaker Coach Abe Woldeslassie! 

Coach Woldeslassie just finished his fourth season as head coach of the Macalester Scots Men's Basketball team. He has coached in the NCAA tournament and developed players playing professionally across the globe. He is currently coaching former Eagan graduate Lucas Leiter ('18). Sign up for the Academy to hear a dynamic speech from Coach Woldelassie! 

https://athletics.macalester.edu/sports/mens-basketball/roster/coaches/abe-woldeslassie/1970 

Coach Woldeslassie is scheduled to speak to the boys grades 3-8 on April 3, 2022. Stay tuned for more announcements for additional speakers. 

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HAMLINE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH ALEX FOCKE TO SPEAK AT THE WILDCAT BASKETBALL ACADEMY

Sign up today to see Coach Focke speak to our Eagan girls basketball players and coaches at the 1st Annual Wildcat Basketball Academy. Coach Focke has led the Piper program for the past 5 years, coached numerous All-MIAC athletes, and elevated the program to a record-setting season this past year with a 19-7 record. Coach Focke is schedule to speak to our 3rd through 8th grade girls on April 3, 2022. 

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EAGAN HIGH SCHOOL HEAD BOY'S BASKETBALL COACH KEVIN MCKENZIE

The Wildcat Basketball Academy is pleased to announce Eagan Boy's Basketball Head Coach Kevin McKenzie will speak to boys youth campers and coaches. Coach McKenzie has extensive experience coaching across the United States in college and for local high schools. Coach McKenzie will also provide players and coaches in attendance instruction on the High School offensive and defensive schemes during the Academy. Thank you Coach McKenzie for leading our youth.  

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EAGAN HIGH SCHOOL HEAD GIRL'S BASKETBALL COACH JESSE MADSEN

The Wildcat Basketball Academy is pleased to announce Eagan Girl's Basketball Head Coach Jesse Madsen will speak to girls youth campers and coaches. Coach Madsen is coming off one of his most successful seasons for the Wildcats. Coach Madsen will also provide players and coaches in attendance instruction on the High School offensive and defensive schemes during the Academy. Thank you Coach Madsen for leading our youth.