Coaches

George Holm

George Holm

George Holm

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Founder/Coach

 Over 25 years of coaching and playing experience combines with a distinctive European style and a passion for the game. George has been coaching on all levels from 5 year old boys and girls all the way to professional players. He has been the head coach of teams that have wont the Scandinavian championship for club teams and the largest club tournament in Europe. George knows exactly what to focus on in different age groups for the players to reach their maximal potential. George is the driving entrepreneurial spirit behind Dream Big Basketball Academy. The Swedish Basketball Federation awarded George with the elite coaching certification in 2003. This title is earned by only a handful of coaches in the country who have invested over 2,000 hours studying techniques, strategies, and practical applications of the game. A true student of the game, his calm demeanor, attention to detail, and depth of knowledge is ideal for Dream Big Basketball Academy. George has also coached several elite AAU teams these last few years.  

Keri Holm

George Holm

George Holm

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 Founder/Coach 

Born in Washington, D.C., Keri grew up in Northern Virginia playing basketball and soccer. Early on it was clear that Keri had an athletic passion and talent. Years of AAU set the stage for Keri to be a four-year varsity starter at her high school and receive a 4-year full scholarship to George Mason University. Keri became the all-time leading scorer at GMU, a title she still holds. With an A.B.S. in Accounting and the real world waiting ahead of her Keri chose to instead continue her playing career in Sweden. She played four seasons of elite basketball in Sweden and one summer in the WNBA with the Washington Mystics. With all of that said, Keri brings a wealth of playing experience to Dream Big Basketball Academy. During her lengthy career, Keri has been able to coach, work camps, and hold private lessons for youth of all ages. Dream Big Basketball Academy is an exciting venue for Keri to continue to influence and be influenced by the game she loves. 

Donte Watson

Donte Watson

Donte Watson

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 Coach/Trainer

Donte' Watson is from Fayetteville, NC. He graduated from Seventy First High School in Fayetteville in 2005, where he was a three year Letterman as a SF/PF. He graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in 2009 with a degree in sports management. He was a four-year starter and named 2005-2006 South Atlantic conference freshman of the year. After college graduation he moved back to Fayetteville where he coached basketball at Seventy First for four years. He volunteered with varsity from 2010-2011 and coached JV 2011-2013 and 2015-2016. He has also trained athletes individually, worked basketball camps, and volunteer coached AAU teams.

Being the son of two army vets, he moved around often and developed ample amounts of basketball knowledge along the way. Coach Watson has an immense love for the game. He wants to show each player how much basketball can impact their lives with hard work and you can make it to the top. 

Katie Dillon

Donte Watson

Donte Watson

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 Coach

 

Coach Katie, a Huntersville native who, graduated from Hopewell High school in 2015. She was a four-year letterman in basketball and soccer and was a member of the National Honors Society. She was part of 3 basketball conference championships and made the Sweet 16 junior and senior year. She was named captain and part of the all-conference team her junior and senior year. 

After graduating, Katie attend Montreat College on a basketball scholarship. As a captain, she was part of the Academic All- Conference team and accepted the Champions of Character award. She finished her career with over 750 pts, 120 3 pointer and 300 assists. She graduated in 2019 with a degree in exercise science. She is now studying Occupational Therapy. Coach Katie has a passion for the game of basketball and has been coaching since she was a freshman in high school. 

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