17u Head Coach
Larry Garland is a Northern Virginia native, who graduated from Lane College, Jackson TN with Criminal Justice/ Computer Science Degree. Larry now works as a contractor for the Dept of Justice. Larry graduated from Chantilly High School in 1999 where he where he played varsity basketball for 3 years.
This will be Larry’s 6th year coaching basketball , he has been playing basketball all his life and has a genuine love for the game. He has served as the head coach for the BRYC Division I 8th grade team (2013). He also plays in several men’s leagues in the area. He stresses the belief of solid fundamentals, hustle, teamwork, defense and sportsmanship.
Off the court Larry enjoys raising his 10-year-old daughter, spending time with family and friends and is very active in community service in the DC Metro area. Larry’s biggest attribute is being a student of the game. Larry is always watching and discussing different strategies and game situations with friends and colleges.
Lyle Wright grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a self-motivated and determined individual. He developed a love for sports, and spent countless hours in the gym as a varsity basketball player at Highland High School. After graduation, he served in the US Army for 8 years. During this time he played and simultaneously coached for multiple units while in the military. While stationed overseas he had an opportunity to play competitive basketball in Europe with his Military unit and the Bedford Bulls. In 2008 he was selected as a member of the All Tournament Team for the US Air Force Small Units Tournament. He left the military in 2008 when he was presented with the opportunity to be a Solution Engineer for a world-class private software company in Washington, D.C. Lyle now has over 13 years of experience in Geospatial Information Systems, and Informational Technology with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science.
Lyle started coaching competitively in the DC metro area in 2008. He began coaching the boys 9U team for the Fairfax Stars and progressed with his team each year through the Fairfax Stars Elite Basketball Program. His teams were very competitive while playing in tournaments across the east coast, and in 2013 his 14U (8th Grade) team won a USBA Division II National Championship. For 5 years, Lyle served as the Commissioner of the Fairfax Stars Boy’s Basketball program, with multiple teams finishing nationally ranked during his tenure. Additionally, Lyle has served on the nationally-ranked Paul VI High School coaching staff for three years, and is currently the Assistant Coach for the Junior Varsity Boy’s team. In his most recent adventure, Lyle has created and is the Director of Team Flight Basketball, and serves as the 16U Showcase Coach.
Coach Wright consistently strives for improvement and success in his own life, always taking advantage of opportunities to increase his knowledge of the game. He enjoys helping people achieve their personal goals by putting an emphasis on fundamentals, persistence and perfect practice. He has helped multiple players attain success as a Coach and a Skill Development Trainer using these areas of focus as the core elements of his training. Lyle frequently partakes in both regional and national personal-development opportunities, both for Coaching and Skill Development Training. Coach Wright credits everything he is able to accomplish to God’s grace and the support of his wonderful family-wife Amy, his 2 year-old daughter Ava, and 3 year-old son Parker.
Team Flight recognizes that youth basketball is one of the most memorable parts of a young players journey. We are committed to the development of the student athlete by stressing the development of the players basketball IQ while emphasizing commitment, dedication, competition, teamwork, and athletic excellence.
Mike Sweeney resides with his wife and two boys in Potomac Falls, VA, where he has lived since 1994. Mike is a financial professional with over 20 years of experience in management and sales. He is currently employed with Toyota/Lexus Financial Services in Herndon, VA and previously worked at JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo Bank.
Mike has been playing basketball since 7th grade and has had a passion for the game ever since. He played 3 years of HS basketball at the varsity level and a year at the collegiate level. Mike grew up in a basketball family as his father, who is from Silver Spring, Maryland, played at St. John’s HS in Washington, DC. He then attended George Washington University on full basketball and baseball scholarship where he played for 4 years.
Mike’s coaching experience has been with youth boys in Loudoun County, and AAU basketball. He has over 10 years experince in coaching. He has won two Loudoun County Championships and a a USBA Division II National Championship. He has also served as the travel coordinator in Loudoun County for the 2012/2013 season.
My coaching philosophy is based on teaching the fundamentals of basketball and building on that foundation. Basketball is a team sport and the boys must learn teamwork to be successful on the court. My expectations are to maintain good sportsmanship at all times, while always giving your best effort. Great basketball players are not made showing up for practice 2 to 3 times a week as it takes individuals working on the fundamentals on their own time. I hope to give the boys the foundation of what it takes to be good all around basketball players and prepare them to play at the High School and Collegiate level. “BE A CHAMPION IN PRACTICE BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE CHAMPIONS ARE MADE”.