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 for the 2017/18 season. 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 as the Jr. Academy Boys coach and will be the U16 boys coach for the 2019 season and will represent Alberta at the Western Canada Games.
Neil is in the process of completing his Competitive Development certification through NCCP. He also has 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.
Grant is currently the assistant coach for the Ambrose University Lions. Grant has coached for 13 years at the high school level in Calgary both in the community, school, and club system. Grant played high school basketball in Toronto and was a Metro-Toronto Allstar. Grant played 4 years at the CCAA level and was twice awarded the All Canadian Award. Grant also has experience running and coaching summer basketball camps. Grant specializes in post-development and team coaching for HoopStrength.
Howie’s love for basketball started in early grade school and has never left. Howie played at an elite level and eventually ended his playing career with the University of Calgary Dinos. His transition from a player to coach started over 25 years ago by first coaching summer basketball camps, weekend clinics, community basketball, school basketball to then primarily coaching club basketball for the last 5 years. Howie loves working with kids and is motivated by how a team sport like basketball can have such a far reaching positive influence on these kids. He is interested in transformed lives and feels like basketball can be an incredible tool to that end.
Chad Romanuk played post-secondary basketball at Rocky Mountain College in the ACAL where he received honours as the team MVP, while leading his team to a silver medal. From there Chad attended Briercrest College and during his three seasons playing for the Briercrest Clippers, he twice received an ACAC Academic Athlete and CCAA Academic All-Canadian award. After graduating with his B.A. in Sports Ministry, Romanuk got involved with coaching various basketball camps, including Briercrest camps, NBC camps in B.C, Alberta and Saskatchewan, along with the Mano Watsa camp in Ontario, and even overseas in Haiti and Ireland. In 2008, Romanuk went back to Briercrest and took on an assistant coaching role with both the men’s and women’s basketball programs. He was an assistant there for 7 seasons before taking the head coaching job for the Women’s program for 3 years. Chad is currently the assistant coach for the Men’s basketball team at Ambrose University.