At CHB we recognize the role of a coach can be both rewarding and daunting. Effective communication, commitment, and continual learning are key attributes we look for in our leaders. Our coaches are life long learners and it's a part of our mission that we continue to expand our knowledge of the game. We have implemented a vetting process for all of our coaches and CHB requires all coaches to commit to the process of learning and mutual accountability. We have partnered with veteran college coaches to keep our programs accountable and our organizational goal is to provide mentoring, support, and all the necessary resources to properly lead our programs. Our coaches are "teachers" of the game and child advocates at heart!
At CHB we are also compliant with the Safe Sport Act requiring background screening and child abuse awareness training for all of our coaches, staff, and adult volunteers interacting with youth. Child abuse awareness training is provided by Abuse Prevention Systems and background checks are provided by Sports Engine in partnership with the National Center for Safety Initiatives.
Jason Kitts founded CHB in 2016 after moving to Central Florida from Washington state. Jason brings 7 years of head coaching experience to CHB and is a 2nd generation college basketball player. Jason coached community based programs in Washington state that integrated student athletes at the grassroots level. He is also a member of the Oviedo Rotary and currently serves as Director of Basketball Operations and boys varsity basketball coach at Circle Christian School. He is passionate about building players from the inside out, focusing on the core principles of developing youth to not only become basketball players and athletes but also developing their character while serving the community. Jason is married and is the father of 3 beautiful young ladies 2 of which are basketball players.
At CHB, Jason has begun to create a unique vision for what a robust basketball youth development program can offer Central Florida. We are thrilled to have his leadership and vision.
Coach Jermaine was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he first got his hand on a basketball at the age of three. Standing at 6 ft 4 inches, Jermaine played basketball at Winter Springs high school, helping his team get to the district championships 3 years in a row. He later suffered an injury where he fractured his leg and had to stop playing basketball competitively.
This did not stop Jermaine from pursuing his passion for basketball. While attending college at the University of Central Florida, he discovered his passion for coaching. He started helping his younger sister develop her own unique basketball skills and talents.
Jermaine caught the eye of Sara Nuxol, the head coach at Lake Howell High School. She recognized his unique skill set and proceeded to hire him as an assistant coach for the 2014-2015 season.
Jermaine has a talent for connecting with young athletes that want to further develop their skill to either enjoy the sport socially or to take it to the highest level possible. Jermaine has been coaching girls basketball for over 5 years at various levels, including Lake Howell High School (2014 -2015) and Nike Girls Elite Youth Basketball League, where he has cultivated relationships with multiple college coaches and scouts.
His passion for the game means he's always willing to go the extra mile for his players. He also takes pride in trying to make sure each student-athlete takes something away from program they are involved in.
Blair Wagner joined the CHB team as Director of Sport Performance & Fitness in the Fall of 2019. Wagner relocated to Central Florida from California to open DIA Sports Performance in Longwood, Florida. Wagner founded DIA in March of 2018.
Wagner is a native of Cheyenne, Wyoming where he attended the University of Wyoming where he received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Health Promotion in 2007. While at the University of Wyoming, Wagner worked with the football team and strength and conditioning programs.
Wagner moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 2007 to pursue his career in Strength & Conditioning. After a brief stop at The College of Charleston, Wagner transferred a few short miles across Charleston and completed his Master's Degree in Health, Exercise and Sport Science at The Citadel Graduate College. While there, he worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for The Citadel serving Men's Basketball, Wrestling, Volleyball, and Baseball while aiding as top assistant to football under the direction of Donnell Boucher.
In 2010, Wagner became the assistant coach of sports performance at Eastern Michigan University. In 2011, he was elevated to Director of Sports and Performance, at age 25. At the time, he was the youngest Division 1 Director in the Country. In December of 2013, Wagner relocated to the Pacific Northwest and spent nine months serving as a human performance specialist for the United States Army's Green Beret 1st Special Forces Group in Tacoma, Washington.
Wagner returned to collegiate athletics in 2015 and spent three seasons as the assistant coach of strength and conditioning at the University of Washington, overseeing softball, men's rowing, women's tennis, track and field (throwers), and volleyball. He also assisted with UW's women's basketball program who went to the final 4 in 2015-16 season. During his time in Seattle, Wagner had the honor of serving as Director of Strength and Conditioning for the WNBA's Seattle Storm during the 2016 season.
In February 2017, Wagner became the assistant coach of strength and conditioning for the Los Angeles Rams. During his season with the Rams, they won the NFC West.
Wagner holds certifications from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting, National Academy of Sports Medicine, Precision Nutrition, International Youth and Conditioning Association, Titleist Performance Institute, and EXOS Performance Coach Certification.
Wagner has authored chapters in the International Youth Conditioning Association's book "Principles of Athletic Strength and Conditioning" called "In Season Training Considerations," and also "Weight Room Wisdom." He has presented on a number of topics at the state and regional level, along with being a contributor to TeamBuildr's coaches blog.
Daemon was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Orlando, Florida in elementary school. Daemon started playing basketball at a young age, following in the footsteps of his older brothers. Growing up in a poverty-stricken neighborhood in New York, Daemon used basketball to keep him on the straight and narrow.
After moving to Orlando, Daemon continued to play basketball, and it had an extremely positive impact on his life. Daemon got the opportunity to play basketball in college. He played 2 years at Pasco Hernandez State College, where he was top 5 in the nation in three pointers made and three-point percentage. He finished up his college basketball career at Valdosa State University, where he earned his degree.
Daemon has been coaching basketball for 2 years, and he also works as a PE teacher at Pineloch Elementary. Basketball taught Damon how to be an effective communicator, and he carries that skill into his work today. He truly connects with his student athletes, and they know they can come to him for guidance on the court and off.
Kaylee went to University High School and played varsity basketball all 4 years. She was a McDonald’s All American Nominee. Kaylee earned a full ride scholarship to play at the D1 school East Tennessee State University. Due to multiple knee injuries, she decided to transfer to play at Daytona State College. Kaylee is now a Health Sciences student at the University of Central Florida, graduating in December in 2019. She just started with CHB in Fall 2018. She’s focused on building fundamentals, basketball IQ, and leadership!