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About Your Trainers

Coach TJ

Head Basketball Skills and Player Development Trainer \

Performance Enhancement Specialist

Coach TJ Basketball Performance is a small basketball training facility with the goal of building players basketball skills, confidence and physical performance.  With over 20 years of playing, coaching and training experience, Coach TJ's training model and methods are providing immediate results.  Reasonably priced training packages, a fun, safe and hard working environment and a trainer who truly believes that if the players know that you care, then they care about what you know.

A Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) is trained to design strength and conditioning programs to improve an athlete’s endurance, strength, speed, and power, and reduce risk of injury.

A Player development specialist has been certified to provide the following: 


  • Intense instruction and drilling in small-group settings to improve every facet of the game

  • Age-specific training to improve overall athleticism with a basketball specific focus

  • Information to help each player improve his or her nutrition to become a better athlete and player

Coach Frank Russo

Basketball Skills and  Player Development Trainer

Coach Frank is currently a student pursuing his Bachelor of Science and ultimately his Doctorate in the physical therapy program at NYIT. Frank has been with Coach TJ Basketball Performance for 8 years assisting the program not only as a trainer but also as a client. He played for Xaverian throughout high school, in the prep school circuit with CNC Prep, and numerous college showcases. Frank is a trainer that believes in creating an atmosphere that allows the players to thrive on and off the court.  

Coach Lauren Weidmyer

Basketball Skills and  Player Development Trainer

Coach Lauren is currently the Assistant Varsity Coach at Saint Joseph Hill Academy, and works for the NYC Department of Education, as a Physical Education Teacher. She is a 2004 Saint John Villa Academy High School alum where she was a 4 years Varsity starter. As a player, Coach Lauren won 3 Federation and State Championships in the A Division, along with 1 City Championship. She was defensive player of the year her Junior and Senior Year and was a Staten Island Advance All-Star. She continued her playing career at University of New Hampshire, a Division I collegiate program, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology; Physical Education.

After College, Coach Lauren continued her basketball career as a Graduate Assistant on the Division II level, at Henderson state, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Sports Administration. While at Henderson State, she was in charge of all player development and recruiting.

Coach Lauren has a significant amount of experience working with players at all levels and is excited to continue sharing her experiences with Coach TJ Basketball Performance.