Former 1st Lieutenant Tyrone Ferguson dedicated more than 12-years of service to the United States Military. That’s three years shy of his 15 plus years as a basketball coach and mentor. A long-time basketball enthusiast, Ferguson, 34, now works for an investment company in Jacksonville, Florida and occasionally fills in as a substitute teacher.
When he’s not in the boardroom or classroom, Coach Tyrone is on the court with the BlackTop Basketball Program– an outreach ministry designed to bring street-ball back to the community in a safe atmosphere. Our Coach of the Week heads up the BlackTop Seniors, the most advanced of the four age brackets (U10 – U17).
The BlackTops are 5-5 in their winter league, with playoffs starting on February 22nd. Many of the players are also competing for a spot on the 2010 spring travel team. One way Coach Tyrone motivates his players is to encourage them to develop team plays and drills.
"I wan them to help with the decision making for the team,” he wrote. “I always tell them ‘when in charge – take charge.”
Coach Tyrone also challenges his players to consider the consequences of their actions both on the court and off. Symbolizing their commitment to positive living, the BlackTop Seniors each wear a black wristband throughout the season.
Black Band of Brothers – BBB. When I look at my arm the black band helps to remind me that my life is all about the choices I make.
Outside of his coaching and work responsibilities, Coach Tyrone and his wife Lafaye are enjoying life and their wonderful 3-year-old daughter Olivia.
Coach Tyrone’s Keys to success:
My philosophy for my team is – Remember the 5 Ps: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance - we are only as good as we prepare ourselves to be - both on the court and off the court.
1. Have Fun. Whether win or lose, have fun in the process. This is a game.
2. Don't get hurt. Play smart - you may never see Derek Fisher try to take a charge from Shaq.
3. Play better today than you did yesterday. Practice makes you better - so you better practice.
4. Win. A win is not the most important thing. Your effort towards that win is.