603 Elite, a new basketball training and player development organization, is launching their first program this Sunday at the SportsZone in Derry, NH. It's called the Elite Preseason Warm-Up, and it is a 3 session program being offered to boys or girls in grades 9-12 looking to strengthen their skills in preparation for the upcoming high school basketball season.
The workouts will take place on Sunday November 2, 9 and 16 with the girls session from 3:30 - 5:30 and the boys session from 6-8. 603 Elite was formed by the husband and wife team of Jordan and Jennifer Fithian, who both starred on the basketball court for Division I Binghampton University and now coach the NHTI women's basketball team together. Also coaching the program will be Don and Tom Poitras, who were both standout players at Bow High School and later at Rivier College.
"The program is for players looking to get ready for their high school season" said Jennifer Fithian. "In addition to drills each session will also include an information seminar for the players and their parents on topics such as NCAA regulations, eligibility and what it takes to be recruited as a kid from NH."
For more information, or to register for the program, visit 603elite.com.
"We believe in fundamentals, and getting back to the basics" Jordan Fithian added. "We'll do drills in a team setting, rather than solely focusing on individual skills that won't translate to a team game. Each session will build on the one before it, wit a steady progression of drills. We'll be doing drills involving offense, defense, rebounding, dribbling - all at an elite level."
Jordan Fithian is from Kansas, and he was named Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball for Kansas as a senior at McPherson High School in 2004. He started as a freshman at Binghampton and played his final 2 years of college ball at Emporia State. For the past 2 years he served as an assistant coach under Paul Hogan for the NHTI men's basketball team before joining Jennifer on the NHTI women's staff this year.
Jennifer Fithian starred as high school player at Bow High, where she won Class M Player of the Year as a junior and senior and was named Miss NH Basketball in 2002. She was then a standout player for Binghampton, as a 2 year captain and all-conference defensive team as a senior. Fithian was an assistant coach under Karen Pinkos for the SNHU women's basketball team in 2011-2012 and at NHTI under Kevin Gibbs in 2012-2013 before being named the NHTI head women's basketball coach beginning this year.
Don and Tom Poitras are brothers and are also cousins of Jennifer Fithian. The Poitras brothers were both standout players at Bow and at Rivier, where they started all 4 years and scored over 1,000 points.
"We're exciting to kick this program off, it's an awesome opportunity for the kids" said Jordan Fithian.
"Both Jordan and I as well as Tom and DJ all have unique experiences from our playing days, and we look forward to passing that knowledge on to the local high school players" said Jennifer Fithian.
The program is still accepting more players to sign up, but hurry because it begins this Sunday.