Excel Hoops Prep Coaching Staff
At Excel Hoops Prep, our professional coaches bring global coaching experience and pedigree. Our coaching methodology ensures a well rounded basketball player, that is ready for the next level of basketball in their career.
Men’s Head Coach
Edson Jones is a true basketball addict. Edson has played basketball all his life, he eats, breathes, sleeps, & wakes up to basketball. When he first started out, shooting, dribbling, passing, they were all foreign concepts. But after thousands of hours in the park, in the gym, Edson developed a passion for controlling and dribbling a basketball. His love for dribbling quickly became his identity. Friends and family started calling Edson "Handles", as his skills grew to an elite level.
Edson continued to develop his skills, which quickly opened the door to playing post-secondary basketball at Niagara College. After a college playing career littered with awards, Edson caught the eye of a well-known coach for a professional team in Germany. One thing led to another, and before he knew it Edson found himself spending 9 years playing professionally in Germany, and even coaching at the youth level.
Despite a successful pro career, Edson never stops working and trying to improve his game. Edson continues to spend countless hours in the gym working on his shooting, ball handling, and fundamentals. The only difference now, is he has a new passion to match his love of the game, and that is teaching it to others and helping them achieve their basketball dreams. Edson has quickly become an accomplished trainer. With a unique and challenging approach, he helps players develop a balanced skill set that is ready for the next level.
2000-2004 Niagara College Men's Varsity Basketball Team
2006-2014 Germany Professional Basketball, for the following teams:
Bayer Uerdingen Krefeld
2011 Eurobasket Summer League All-Star
2005 Dusseldorf Capone Champions
2004 All-Star Representitive (T.B.L)
2003-02 Niagara College MVP
2003 1st Team League All-Star (Niagara College)
2003 Athlete of Distinction (Niagara College)
2003 Award of Excellence (Niagara College)
2002 Niagara College MVP
2002 2nd Team League All-Star (Niagara College)
2000 Rookie of the Year (Niagara College)
Women’s Head Coach
Hali Burns began playing basketball in grade 3 and has not been able to put a ball down since. Hali had extensive success in high school. Through hard work and determination, Hali earned a basketball scholarship to NCAA Division 2 Ashland University in Ohio. She played out her freshman year at Ashland where her team was the GLIAC South division champions. After completion of her freshman year, Hali returned to Canada to play for the Sheridan College Bruins in the OCAA. At Sheridan, Hali was a pivotal part of the Bruins winning 3 Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) Championships and earning a National silver medal at the Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships. During Hali’s time at Sheridan she earned 2 CCAA All-Canadian awards, 2 OCAA Player of the Year awards, 3 OCAA 1st Team All-stars, 3 OCAA Championship 1st Team All-stars, 2 OCAA Championship MVP awards, Academic All-Canadian, CCAA National Tournament 1st Team-All-star, OCAA League Scoring Champion and has been inducted in the Sheridan College Basketball Hall of Fame. Hali is a Canadian. Collegiate. Basketball. LEGEND.
After completing her decorated collegiate basketball career, Hali continued her playing career with Toronto’s Women’s semi-professional basketball team with the Phase One Lady Elite. However, Hali quickly found a new love for the game, in the form of coaching. Hali began coaching in 2010 and was named Ontario Basketball rookie coach of the year. She has gained experience in coaching at all different levels including the Provincial, Collegiate, OSBA, JUEL and AAU levels. Hali now hopes that with her experience and knowledge, she can help the next generation of basketball players succeed and attain their goals with Excel Hoops.
Men’s Assistant Coach
Joram is a basketball junkie. As a player in Brampton he attended both Heart Lake and Notre Dame. The latter of which was one of the most dominant Peel high school teams of the 90’s being deemed Brampton’s “Phi Slama Jama”, winning both the Dufferin Peel Championship and the Catholic All Ontario Championship. Joram was named a Dufferin Peel All Star and a Hoop Stars Top 40 player, while also winning the Broward County Slam Dunk Contest in 1995.
Joram’s success in high school earned him a full ride to NCAA DII Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, where he attended from 1996-2000, and had the opportunity to be coached by Art Luptowski (Detroit Pistons, Housto Rockets Advanced Scout). Joram was a starter his entire career, earning Rookie of the Year Honorable Mention in the NEC (1996), Student Athlete of the Year (2000) and New England Conferences Student Athlete All-American (2000). During his collegiate career, Joram made the NCAA DII Tournament (1997), and helped lead his team to regular season championships in 1997 and 1998.
Academically, Joram earned his Bachelors in Mathematics and Secondary Education. He then continued on to earn his Master’s of Education in Special Education (Learning Disabilities). Joram now has over 20 years of teaching experience. Shortly after college, Joram’s professional playing career came to a screeching halt following a horrific neck injury that left him paralyzed on the left side of his body. However Joram’s love for basketball did not waiver, and his newfound love for teaching drove him to coaching. Coaching quickly became Joram’s passion, and he now has over 18 years of coaching experience. Joram has coached and passed on his knowledge to all levels of athletes and students including; middle school, high school, elite rep and aau teams, and most importantly at the NCAA level. Joram became an assistant coach at his alma mater, Franklin Pierce University, where he learned what it takes to coaching basketball at the highest amateur level. In his time as a coach he has had to opportunity to coach elite players including; Brandon Knight (Kentucky, Houston Rockets) and Darius Butler (UConn, Indianapolis Colts). Joram has even had success within ROPSSAA, leading Lorne Park Secondary School to a ROPSSAA championship in 2015.
Today, Joram exercises his passion to develop individuals as students and athletes as the Head Coach at Mayfield Secondary School, where he also teaches and mentors. Joram uses his life experiences with success, injury, and perseverance to instill in his players and students a NO QUIT attitude, ensuring they are always up to the challenge of creating something from nothing and always striving for excellence.