Influence on Coach Mendo
Tim Collins (“Coach C”)
This information piece is special because it comes directly from my heart about a mentor, Coach Tim Collins, who has had a major impact in my life. I hope that all of you who have experienced Quick Handle understand that our program is far more then just basketball & skill development. It is about creating leaders & role models. Below is an example directly from me about how having true mentors in your life can make a tremendous difference in shaping and instilling leadership! Please enjoy this short testimonial and please take the time to click on the link below and check out this amazing man’s accomplishments. He will be the first to give Glory to God for the special legacy that has been created!!
I have so much to say about a man, a mentor and a friend that has made such a dramatic impact on my life. Coach C, God through you, I owe everything in regards to my basketball, both as a player and a coach!
As a player, you believed in me and allowed the talent & competitive fire inside of me to shine, and instilled in me the confidence to succeed as a basketball player both at the college and overseas pro level. Playing for you was a dream come true because I knew right away that you were a players coach, a great innovator and knew how to unleash talent.
As a coach, being under your leadership as an assistant coach for 3 years, I witnessed first hand why I believe you are simply one of the best coaches in America, whether at the small college or Division 1 level. I believe without a doubt, you are one of the best in-game tacticians I have ever witnessed. Your mind for the game, ability to communicate and charismatic personality are simply one of a kind. What I have witnessed personally (as your assistant coach) and then following you throughout the years in simply coming through in the “clutch” time and time again in tight game situatiions when it was all on the line has been simply amazing. You displayed the awesome balance of poise and confidence, as you would draw up strategies to pull off unbelievable victories.
You are truly a competitive warrior for the Lord, who simply believed that excellence for God should be the highest standard set for a Christian College coach. Your example and love for the young men under your care in the 30 plus years is a testament to your superb leadership. I, for one, owe you everything in relationship to how God used you to instill in me the proper Biblical characteristics of a Christian basketball coach. You helped lay a foundation in me that I will always be indebted to, as I witnessed first-hand your awesome philosophy and system in winning two National Christian College Championships. To this day, I never remove the “Championship Ring” from my finger, because it symbolizes the wars we went through together to win those championships and the enduring love that we carry to this day for each other.
Besides everything you did for me as a basketball coach, both at the college and overseas professional level (combined 19 years), you also are a major reason for the success God has blessed me with regarding Quick Handle. I am forever indebted to you Coach C and hold you in the highest esteem to the last breath I breathe. Thank you again for modeling the life of Christ as a coach, a husband and a father. If I could ever be half the man you are, I think God will be very pleased! I love you and look forward to many more great times together with you and your wife Linda and Teresa and myself. Enjoy the next stage of your journey because I know God will continue to use you in a mighty way.
Your Point Guard, Assistant Coach and Friend forever!
Coach Collins amazing accomplishments as a coach:
The QH Way: Maximize-Overachieve-Confidence
Fantastic ball handling development in fun yet disciplined camps
This is a well-designed camp with a lot of thought put into it. Although there were times when it seemed Staffing was a little light, kids were engaged and there was a lot of activity going on.
My kids have gone to this camp the last 3 years and have been pushed physically and mentally. Thankful for the basketball and life skills they walk way with knowing.
My kids have been to many sports camps and training sessions, but Quick Handle is the one camp that I could clearly see a difference in their skill set after completing – especially in ball handling. A great organization!!!!
kind, supportive, talent nurturing, building, growing athletes, affirming, caring as much about the inside of the athlete as the outer talent. Can’t say enough good things about Quickhandle!.
Mendo is a one of a kind. Perhaps one of the best all around trainers my girls have experienced. Ball skills, shooting, reading screens, implementation of ball skills into scoring all the way to teaching correct mentality for success.
Loved listening to your message “Dig Deep”. I tell you…you are a great motivational speaker, not only for basketball, but for everything. You would do great in the business world teaching your brand of leadership and positive energy. I’ve heard many people and I feel you are one of the best.
These words were so resonating: “No excuses, don’t accept mediocrity, dream big, push to the max, go for it…but all this is not easy”.
I also love to hear that you get parents involved. Get them pumped up. Demand excellence. Love that kind of talk! This is working together – Coach Mendo, staff, parents, teammates maximizing the kid’s potential and love of the game.
I spoke with both of my sons (going on 8th and 10th). We want to signup for the Point Guard Camp Aug 5-8th. I need to take a look at the website again – couldn’t find where you register on-line though.
Mark has attended Coach Mendezona’s camps since he was in his first years of recreational basketball to playing for premier select teams.
It speaks volumes to watch Coach Mendezona’s kids at the clinics and camps. They are not only incredible basketball players (ranging from college teams to grade school), but are positive role models off the court as well.
Pure and simple: QUICK HANDLE HAS ALL THE INGREDIENTS TO MAKE PLAYERS SUCCESSFUL ON AND OFF THE COURT.
Coach Mendezona teaches the mental and physical components of the game.
- Integrity – coach shares life experiences with the kids that help them realize that integrity is a key ingredient to life
- Mental toughness – everyone gets knocked down – but those that get back up and continue the battle win
- Compete with yourself – the measuring stick is your own personal improvement
- Incredible ball handling skills
- Quick Trigger shooting
- Offensive and Defensive techniques
Bottom line – Quick Handle wastes no time in getting it done. Kid’s notice their results quickly, and want to keep coming back for more.
Try it out – you won’t be sorry.
My daughter came home from school one day in the seventh grade and told me she wanted to play basketball in college. She is only 5 feet 4 inches tall but with a competitive and big heart. One of the first things I investigated was to find basketball training for my daughter knowing that fundamentals and skill development were very important to succeed. I did my research and found a camp in Kirkland, Wash called Quick Handle ran by Coach Mendezona. I was so impressed how he taught the kids dribbling skills that I signed up for other camps as well. My daughter loved to go to Coach Mendo’s camps because she was challenged and got better each time. His training, skill development and the mental approach to the game has influenced her success more than anymore. I am proud to say that my daughter will be playing basketball at a Division 2 school next year. I want to thank Coach Mendo and Quick Handle for dramatically improving her as a basketball player.
Coach Mendo has created an exceptional skill development program for basketball players who really want to succeed. The objectives are so clearly defined that the students know exactly what is being taught and how it is evaluated. This is not a ‘fluff, just keep the kids busy’ program. Many basketball players return year after year to learn the more complex skills. I highly recommend the program.
I am a friend of Tommy Lizotte, who is the father of Nikhill Lizotte, who is your point guard on your 8th grade Quick Handle team. I was Nikhill Lizotte’s football coach this year, what a great kid he is to coach.
I just want to take a moment to tell you I watched your 8th grade Quick Handle Gold Team play 3 different times this weekend in the Best of The West Tournament in Yakima this last weekend. I saw your game against Friends Of Hoop, the quarterfinal game against the Seattle Rotary and your championship game against Team Washington.
I must tell you your team is the best middle school aged team I have ever seen come through Yakima and I have officiated the Best of The West tournament for many years. The reason I make that statement is because your team plays such great team ball & is so unselfish.
We all know that these elite tournaments consist of teams made up of all superstars, but to me what was so impressive about your team was the way they played as a team, sharing the ball, setting each other up and playing unbelievable team defense and the most intense totally dialed in group of kids I have seen. It is a real testament to you as a coach, because I have seen a lot of elite teams in AAU and I have just never seen a team with all those attributes I just listed.
My son and I sat a few rows behind your bench in the championship game and we constantly heard you reminding your team that it is not about one individual it’s about togetherness. I loved the way you challenged your big tall center (I believe his name is Cal) when he was on the bench in the first half when you told him to start being a leader etc etc. All in all it was just an absolute treat to watch your team play and to see youth basketball played with such a premium on a complete team concept.
Looking forward to watching your team play in the future.
Our kids have been coming to your camp for the past three years and they love it! They have built up their skill level and confidence each time they attend the camp. We always make sure we mention Quick Handle™ whenever we hear someone talking about basketball camps. You’re the best!
My son, KJ, has always played the post. KJ went to the Quick Handle Ball Handling Camp and it was the best camp my son has ever gone to. I like the fact that the camp focused on one aspect of the game. The camp was very affordable and was the best money I’ve ever spent on a camp. There was a very noticeable change not only in his ball handling but more importantly in his confidence and his work ethic. The” can do” attitude that Coach Mendo teaches is what I teach my son, but coming from an outside influence really validated what I am teaching my son. Coach Mendo is not only a great ball handling coach but more importantly he is a great role model and influence on the kids attending his camp. This year I will put both my 14-yr old and 8-yr old sons in the camp. If your child is serious about playing the game of basketball, I guarantee you this camp will be the best thing you can do for your student athlete.