St Louis Basketball Academy 1995-present:
The St. Louis Basketball Academy is considered the premier basketball training center serving a metropolitan area of 3.5 million residences.
We provide training for 300 plus basketball players in a year round basis with our clientele ranging from youth ages 7 years old to professional athletes competing for positioning within the NBA and international pro leagues around the globe.
This range of caliber of skill and age is the real strength of our academy as our mission is about taking each and every aspiring player to the next level that they are seeking to compete at.
This such concept is ongoing and gives each and every member of our staff a true duty each day to develop and accomplish goals laid out in congruence with our clientele.
Director / Owner
Dennis Beckett has been coaching professionally for over thirty years after a collegiate playing career at Maryville University – an NCAA Division III school.
Beckett holds five school records in basketball including most assists in game, season, and career, along with consecutive free throws made and season percentage inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame as a player in 1985.
Mr. Beckett’s professional career includes seven years as a high school head and assistant coach at the most prestigious schools academically and athletically within the St Louis area. Collegiate and professional are as follows:
1980-1983-DeSmet Jesuit High School-Freshman, JV, Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach–State Champs
1982/Head Varsity Cross Country Track and Field Coach
1980-1984-Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach/Head Cross Country Track and Field Coach Maryville University – NCAA Division III
1984-1985- Inaugural Head Men’s Basketball Coach Webster University—NCAA Division III
1985-1987-Graduate Assistant Coach Men’s Basketball/University of Missouri-Columbia–NCAA Division I
1987-1989- Head Varsity Boy’s Basketball Coach St. Louis Priory School
1989-1992-Head Men’s Basketball Coach-Director of Athletics- Webster University–NCAA Division III
1993-1997-Head Men’s Basketball Coach/Mueszaghi University Athletica Basketball Club–Hungarian National Basketball Association First Division
1993-1997-Director of Player Development/Hungarian National Teams –21 and under National Teams/Men and Women
1995-1997-Director of Middle School Basketball Program Chaminade College Prep St. Louis Missouri
1997-2003-Block Yeshiva/Epstein Middle School Director of Basketball Program
2001-2003-Assistant Coach -St Louis Skyhawks–United States Basketball League
1995-current-Owner/Director-St Louis Basketball Academy:
Personal trainer of eight former NBA players along with twenty plus competing international Professional players
International experiences include directing clinics within Ireland; United Kingdom; Belgium; Netherlands; Austria; Hungary; El Salvador
Creating and developing youth exchange programs within these countries that involved travel and competition resulted with subsequent successful scholarship opportunities for numerous participants.