• About Suncoast Youth Basketball League

    THE WORDS "THANK YOU" SEEM SO SMALL

    to express Suncoast's deep appreciation for making our league great for kids for more than 20 years. Thanks to our coaches, sponsors, and most of all, to the parents that select Suncoast Youth Basketball for their kids. Approximately 90,000 kids have participated and experienced exceptional skill building, individual physical growth, teamwork, competition, and fun.

     

    WE SINCERELY HOPE YOUR KIDS GREATLY BENEFITED FROM THEIR PARTICIPATION. AGAIN, OUR MOST SINCERE THANKS.

     

    Co-Directors Bill & B.J. Ivey

    About B. J. Ivey

      Before serving as the Director of Basketball Operations at Florida Gulf Coast University BJ Ivey served in Sarasota County Schools as a teacher and coach at Riverview High School. During his 13 years as head coach at Riverview High School, his teams won 270 games. They won eight district titles, appeared in the Regional Finals 3 times during Ivey’s tenure with the both the girl's and boy's teams.

       

      He was named Boys Coach of the Year by the Sarasota-Bradenton Herald Tribune in both 2011, 2012, & 2016. Ivey also lead The Rams to their only appearance in the State Finals in 2016 when Riverview fell to Coral Springs 61-57. Ivey's programs produced 5 Sarasota and Manatee County Player of the Year winners. He also spent 5 years coaching the Nike Team Florida who participated in Nike's prestigious Elite Youth Basketball League.

       

      As a teacher, Ivey was named the 2017 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year. He was also awarded the Shine Award by Governor Rick Scott for greatly impacting the lives of students in the classroom. The Baltimore Orioles recognized Ivey as their 2018 Community Hero.

       

      He was a standout player at Riverview High School and graduated in 2000. Ivey went on to play at the University of South Carolina – Aiken.
       

      • MVP of Riverview High's J.V. Basketball team in 1997
      • Record for most points in a game at Bayshore's J.V. Holiday Classic with 37pts vs. Venice High
      • 3-Time Varsity Winner at Riverview High
      • Captain of Riverview's Varsity Basketball Team in 2000
      • District Champions 1997,1998,and 2000
      • WWSB Channel 40 Athlete of the Week in 2000
      • 1999 Suncoast Holiday Classic All Tournament Team
      • FACA State North-South All Star Classic
      • 4-Time Scholar Athlete
      • First Among Equals
      • Suncoast Conference All Freshman Team. (while playing for MCC)
      • 2 Year Varsity Basketball Letter Winner at USC-Aiken
      • 1 Year Starter for USC-Aiken in The Peach Belt
      • Over 8 Years Experience Working with Youth Basketball in Sarasota
      • Head Boy's Basketball Coach at Riverview High School
      • 2010 Sarasota Herald Tribune "Coach of the Year."
      • 2011 Sarasota Herald Tribune "Coach of the Year."
      • 2012 District 8 "Coach of the Year."

      About Bill Ivey

      Todays Newspaper All Space Coach of the Year 1974
      Given a Key to the City of Jackson Hole by its Chamber of Commerce
       

      Bill was a highly successful high school, junior college, and four year college coach for twelve years. Following his coaching career, he held his own nationwide football and basketball coaching clinics which included:

      • The Grand Tetons/Yellowstone in Jackson Hole, WY
      • The Sun/Fun in San Diego, CA
      • The Rockies in Estes Park, CO
      • The Great Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN
      • The Sunshine in Orlando, FL
      • The Alaskan in Anchorage, AK
      • Major sponsors of his clinics included: IBM, Texas Instruments, Nike, Wilson Sporting Goods, Delta & American Airlines.

      During that span of time, approximately seventy-five of the nations top coaches were clinicians at his clinics, including:

      • Dean Smith (North Carolina)
      • Denny Crum (Louisville)
      • Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)
      • Tim Floyd (University of Southern California)
      • Larry Brown (Detroit Pistions)
      • Lou Carnesecca (St. Johns)
      • "Red" Auerbach (Celtics)
      • Roy Williams (North Carolina)
      • Lute Olson (Arizona)
      • Mike Shanahan (Denver Broncos)
      • Steve Spurrier (University of South Carolina)
      • Tom Osborne (Nebraska)
      • Lou Holtz (Notre Dame)
      • Vince Dooley (Georgia)
      • Bill Synder (Kansas State)
      • Grant Teaff (Baylor)
      • Lavell Edwards (BYU)
      • Wade Phillips (Dallas Cowboys)
      • Bill Foster (Duke)
      • Dale Brown (LSU)

       

      For seven years Bill was the director of Prince Presents The World of Coaching where he held coaches clinics at the Four Seasons Resort- Dallas Tx; University of Texas-Austin, Princeton University, Northwestern University (Evanston), Georgia Tech University, Fairfield Univ. and many Racquet clubs across the nation.
       

       

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