Thanks to everyone who made the 2nd Annual Wildcat Basketball Academy a smashing success!
We'll see you in April 2024 for the 3rd Annual Academy!
REGISTRATION FOR PLAYERS IS NOW CLOSED
CHECK BACK IN FEBRUARY-MARCH 2024 TO REGISTER
ALL EAGAN IN-HOUSE & TRAVELING COACHES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND the Academy FOR FREE -- learn new drills and learn from guest speakers and high school coaches!
Coaches should stop by at any time during the Academy!
THE 2023 SCHEDULE IS NOW SET!!! SAVE THE DATES
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!
CLICK HERE for past Wildcat Basketball Academy Contest & Award Winners.
The Wildcat Basketball Academy is focused on educating our Eagan Youth players and coaches. The Academy includes expert speakers sessions featuring players and coaches who speak on leadership, community, and how to elevate your basketball skills.
PAST WILDCAT BASKETBALL ACADEMY SPEAKERS:
WNBA and Former Gopher Superstar Rachel Banham: The 2nd Annual WBA hosted the great Rachel Banham! She inspired our Wildcat girls telling them to compete and battle for their dreams!
Former Gopher Great Al Nolen: Former Gopher defensive superstar and assist leader Al Nolen joined our boys at the 2nd Annual WBA. He played professionally overseas and talked about the importance of overcoming adversity in sports and life.
St. Olaf Head Men's Coach Dan Kosmoski: Coach Kos has been at St. Olaf for 29 seasons and counting. He formerly coached with Clem Haskins and others at the University of Minnesota. "IF YOU'RE NOT LOOKING -- YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!"
St. Thomas University Women's Coach Ruth Sinn: Legendary Tommies Women's Head Coach Ruth Sinn spoke to our Wildcats about her winning philosophy. Coach Sinn has shepherded the Tommies to Division I after amassing an incredible 355-88 record at the DIII level!
Hamline University Women's Coach Alex Focke: Coach Focke came to our 1st Annual WBA with his motivational words of wisdom for our girls! Coach Focke had led the Piper program for the past 5 years, coached numerous All-MIAC athletes, and elevated the program to a record-setting season the prior year with a 19-7 record.
Macalester College Men's Coach Abe Woldeslassie: Coach Woldeslassie had just finished his fourth season as head coach of the Macalester Scots Men's Basketball team when he stopped by our 1st Annual WBA. He coached in the NCAA tournament and developed players playing professionally across the globe. At the time, he was currently coaching former Eagan Wildcat graduate Lucas Leiter ('18).
Eagan Boy's Basketball Head Coach Kevin McKenzie: Coach McKenzie is a regular WBA speaker. He has extensive experience coaching across the United States in both college and for local high schools. Thank you Coach McKenzie for leading our youth.
Eagan Girl's Basketball Head Coach Jesse Madsen: Coach Madsen is a regular WBA speaker. He has lead the Eagan girls' program to its first ever appearance at State in 2023. Thank you Coach Madsen for leading our youth.
Rachel Banham - WNBA & Former Gopher Superstar
Al Nolen - Former Gopher Great & Professional Basketball Player
Dan Kosmoski - Head Men's Basketball Coach - Staff Directory - St. Olaf College Athletics (stolaf.edu)
Ruth Sinn - Head Coach - Women's Basketball Coaches - The University of St. Thomas (tommiesports.com)
Abe Woldeslassie - Head Coach Macalester College Men's Basketball
Alex Focke - Head Coach - Hamline University Women's Basketball
The WBA is the biggest fundraising event for the Eagan Basketball Association, a non-profit youth basketball program run by volunteers in Eagan, Minnesota.
In 2023, our 2nd Annual Wildcat Basketball Academy built on our past success. By the numbers:
In 2022, our 1st Annual Wildcat Basketball Academy was an amazing success. By the numbers:
Go Wildcats! E.A.G.A.N. (Effort, Attitude, Greatness Achieved Now)!
Academy Day 1 & 2:
Academy Day 3: