Del Harris, Chairman and Co-Manager
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2022
Del Harris has dedicated his lifetime to basketball, serving as a coach, mentor and tireless advocate for the game. In his more than 50-year coaching career, he has coached every level of the sport, ranging from junior high hoops to the National Basketball Association. Following a successful high school coaching stint in his native Indiana, Harris spent nine seasons at Earlham College where he led the Quakers to a total of 15 conference and tournament titles.
In his early career, he coached internationally in Puerto Rico and the European Professional Basketball League. In 1998, Harris served as an assistant with USA Basketball, earning a bronze medal at the FIBA World Championships in Greece. In 2004, Harris was the first foreigner to coach the Chinese National Team, where he coached Hall of Famer Yao Ming.
In the ABA, Harris served as an assistant with the Utah Stars before joining the NBA coaching ranks. For over 35 years, he served as both a treasured assistant coach and head coach of several franchises including the Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets. Harris led the Houston Rockets to the NBA Finals in 1981 and was recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year in 1995 while at the helm of the Los Angeles Lakers. Harris currently serves as Vice President of the Mavericks G League affiliate, the Texas Legends, while providing game analysis for the Mavericks on Fox Sports Southwest.
Harris is a member of the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He is deeply respected by players, coaches and executives alike, having earned The Jerry Colangelo Award for Leadership and Character in 2010, The Coach John Wooden “Keys to Life” Award in 2014, The NABC International Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, The Global Sports Summit Naismith Legacy Award in 2019, The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 and the National Basketball Coaches Association Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.
Gary Boren, President and Managing Partner
Basketball Shooting, LLC
6310 Lemmon Ave., Ste. 222, Dallas, Texas 75209
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Boren began his securities career in 1963 with Merrill Lynch, serving retail clients. From 1973 to 1978 he was Vice President of First Main Capital Corporation, dealing exclusively in mergers & acquisitions. He served as Vice President Corporate Finance with Stonegate Securities, Inc. from 1978-1985 and Vice President Corporate Finance with William K. Woodruff & Company from 1985 to 1988. From 1989 until the present Boren has been an independent financial consultant.While remaining active as a business consultant, Boren began serving as Free Throw Shooting Coach for Coach Don Nelson and the Golden State Warriors in 1994. After two years with the Warriors and one with the New York Knicks, he followed Nelson to the Dallas Mavericks, and the 2016-17 season was his 20th and final year with the 2011 NBA Champions. He was Free Throw Coach for USA “Dream Team II”, Gold Medal winners at the World Championship of Basketball in 1994, and shooting coach for the U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair team, Bronze Medal winners at the Atlanta Paralympic Games in 1996.
While continuing to serve the Mavericks, he also served as Shooting Coach for Coach Mike Dunleavy and the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. He has given shooting clinics for the coaching staffs at over 50 Division 1 Colleges, as well as for the coaching staffs of the National Teams of Australia, China, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia and Tunisia.
Since 2014, Coach Boren has been honored to serve as National Marketing Director for Wooden’s Wisdom, a weekly personal development email program that details the basketball and timeless life lesson teachings of the late Hall of Fame Coach John Wooden.
Siddharth John, Chief Technical Officer
Siddharth is a technology specialist who helps people and businesses strategize for the future by leveraging technology in all its ways, shapes and forms. He has a vast technological background ranging from data analytics to software development.
He has most recently been involved in the non profit sector helping build solutions to enable globalization, digitalization and innovation.
He has worked with Tata Consultancy Services in India, Variety the children’s charity in New Zealand and Athletes in Action in the USA among others.
Advisory Board of Directors
Bob Fisher, Basketball Shooting Consultant, Author, Global Speed -Shooting Demonstrations, Holds 25 Guinness World Records
As a life-long practitioner in the study of basketball shooting, Bob Fisher was heavily influenced by the book, The Physics of Basketball by John Fontanella.
Fontanella’s footprint resulted in Fisher producing a shooting instructional video titled, The Secrets of Shooting (2008). Fisher continued his research, and in 2018 introduced a science-based methodology introducing the centerline concept in his book, Straight Shooter: A game-changing new approach to basketball shooting.
In 2010, at the age of 52, Bob used his knowledge to set his first Guinness World Record, making 50 free throws in one minute. He then proceeded to set an additional 24 Guinness World Records in free throw shooting (e.g., the most made free throws in 30 seconds with 33, standing on one foot in a minute with 49, while alternating hands in two minutes with 100, in one minute while blindfolded with 22, etc.) The record barrage resulted in a front-page story in The New York Times, an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Inside Edition, and the Zheng Da Zong Yi Show (in China.)
Bob Fisher is the CEO of Fisher Sharp Shooters LLC and is widely regarded as one of the top pure shooting coaches in the world. (More information is available at www.secretsofshooting.com.)
Mark Price Made 40.2% three-point shots and 90.4% free throws over 13 year NBA career, NBA All-Star four times, twice won three-point shooting competition at All-Star break, NBA Playoff free throw record 94.4%, member exclusive 50-40-90 club… NBA players who for an entire season had shooting percentages of 50% from the field, 40% from the three-point line and 90% on free throws. The other players are Larry Bird, Malcolm Brogdon, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Reggie Miller, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki.Bio
Michael Dunleavy, Sr., NBA player 11 years, Three-Point Shooting Champion one year …
Michael Dunleavy, Jr., Player for 2001 NCAA Champion Duke University
Craig Impelman, President and Author “Wooden’s Wisdom”, personal development emails based on teachings and philosophies of Hall of Fame Coach John R. Wooden.
Craig Impelman is the author of Wooden’s Wisdom, the personal development and
motivational E-Coaching Modules that are distributed weekly to over 10,000 recipients (www.woodenswisdom.com). Impelman spent 12 years as an assistant college basketball coach with stops at UCLA (6 years), Pepperdine, Weber State and St. Mary’s University, followed by 22 years in the private business sector. Impelman attended UCLA and graduated with a degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.
Impelman’s extraordinary enthusiasm brings leadership skills learned from his grandfather-in-law, philosopher and former UCLA Coach John Wooden, that has facilitated continual growth in numerous organizations while “getting the right result the right way.” Impelman directed his annual Summer Basketball Camps in Southern California for thirty two years and Coach Wooden taught at all Impelman Camps from 1982 through 2008.
The close family and mentoring relationship between Coach Wooden and Impelman leads Craig into his thirty eighth year of sharing the wisdom of Coach Wooden that has fostered success for individuals, businesses and teams of all types worldwide.
Impelman is an accomplished public speaker and his topic is “The Wooden Way”.
Commentary on Craig Impelman from the son and daughter of John Wooden:
Craig—You’re the best. I’ve always said that you were the one to pass on Dad’s teaching, you know Dad’s Pyramid better than anyone. You have that quality and spirit that makes people of all ages listen. So glad that you want to do this because you are the one that should. You are a TEACHER – Jim Wooden Nobody in our family has a better understanding of the ideas and philosophy of my father than Craig Impelman – Nan Wooden
Leta Andrews, Coached High School girls 52 years, winningest boys or girls high school coach in U.S. History with 1,416 wins. Women’s Hall of Fame, Nominee for 2019 Naismith Hall of Fame.
After 52 years as a coach and teacher, the coach who compiled a national record 1,416 career victories, retired, ending her last pursuit of a second state championship to match the one she won in 1990. Her career victories are the most in girls’ or boys’ basketball, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.
To put Andrews’ longevity in perspective, she had had already been coaching a decade before Title IX became the law of the land in 1972 to push gender equity at schools receiving federal funding. She’s seen girls’ basketball go from a six-player game to five and from half court to full court. Age had never been a deterrent. Even well into her 70s, Andrews was known for having the energy to run bleacher steps with her players, or get into team drills to show them how to play defense.
She counts as her mentors some of the coaching giants in both men’s and women’s basketball. Early in her career, Andrews sought advice from college coaches, including Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp and North Carolina’s Dean Smith.
Andrews raised three daughters in the game and all three went on to play for the University of Texas’ powerhouse teams under Hall of Fame coach Jody Conradt, who won 1,000 games at the college level. Two of them became coaches and beat her into retirement. Daughter Linda Sue Andrews Waggoner was so successful she made it all the way to the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
“Anybody can coach Xs and Os,” Leta Andrews said. “It’s about love and a passion to work.”
Gang “Tony” Leng, Born in Beijing, China, resident of Frisco, TX, Senior Consultant, U.S. Market, Li-Ning Company Limited. Provides tours and clinics in the U.S. for Chinese basketball players.
Coach Val Rhodes
For over 43 years, Coach Val Rhodes has worked with the youth in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. For 20 years Coach Rhodes served as Lead Coach for the Dallas Mavericks Hoop Camp for Youth. He is the former Head basketball Coach at H. Grady Spruce High School, where many of his players have gone on to play Division I Sports, play in the NFL, the NBA and professionally overseas. He has been a seven time District Coach of the Year and a past President of the Dallas high School Coaches Association. He has been an Administrator, Teacher, and Coach and is presently an Instructional Specialist for the Texans Can Corporation. Due to a demanding schedule, Coach Rhodes has limited his personal training, but still finds time to be a Clinician for several AAU teams and Guest Speaker for many schools and organizations.