HoopStrength Basketball Academy offers training to boys and girls with elite basketball coaches.
HoopStrength bring countless years of basketball playing and coaching experience. Our basketball coaches have played at an elite level and been recognized with numerous awards both as athletes and coaches.
Our basketball coaches provide customized programs to individuals and teams that are guaranteed to assist them in becoming elite basketball athletes.
Neil Nystrom is the Founder and Technical Director of HoopStrength Basketball Academy. Neil has extensive basketball training both as an athlete and as a coach. He is currently the Head Coach for the Ambrose University Men’s Basketball Team. He was able to lead Ambrose to their first ACAL championship in 2014 where he was also awarded the coach of the year for the league. Neil was also given the coach of the year award for the 2015 season. Neil was awarded the ACAC coach of the year award twice as well, in 2018 and 2019. In 2020 Neil coached the Ambrose team to a silver medal in the ACAC championships.
Neil has also coached for different clubs within Calgary, including NSD (National Sports Development), Calgary Selects, and CBA (Calgary Basketball Association). Neil has coached at many camps and clinics including Crossover Sports Camps, Athletes In Action, and NBC Camps. Neil was a master teacher for NBC, coaching in Alaska, Oregon, Washington state and Alberta, and he has taken a Canadian tour team to the British Isles with NBC. Neil has also coached high school basketball for 6 years in Calgary.
Neil is also coaching for Basketball Alberta. He was the Jr. Academy Boys coach since 2018 and was able to lead the U16 boys team to a gold medal at the Western Canada Games. He has been named the U15 head coach and will help represent Team Alberta at the 2020 National Championships.
Neil is in the process of completing his Competitive Development certification through NCCP. He has also completed many ASAA coaching courses and Athletic Director courses.
Neil played basketball in College at Briercrest in the ACAC. He was captain of his team in his second year where he also received an academic all conference award. Neil played high school at E.P. Scarlett and was an all-star and team MVP in his senior year.