Suncoast Basketball Club Coaches
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
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 8 years coaching the Nike Team Florida who participated in Nike's prestigious Elite Youth Basketball League. BJ Ivey also coached Adidas Team Florida, which went on to win the Adidas Gold Gauntlet league championship. Coach Ivey has had the opportunity to coach over 40 players that went on to play Division 1 Basketball.
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. In 2020, he was inducted into the Southwest Florida Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Fame.
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.
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:
During that span of time, approximately seventy-five of the nations top coaches were clinicians at his clinics, including:
For seven years Bill was the director of Prince Presents The World of Coaching where he held coaching 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.
Endorsements for Bill Ivey's Coaching Clinics
“I attend clinics all over the United States and I have never attended a better, or more rewarding clinic than the Bill Ivey Coaching Clinics.”
GRANT TEAFF, BAYLOR UNIVERSITY NAT’L COACH OF THE YEAR 1974
“I’ve been involved in a number of clinics but not with the family approach and professionalism offered by Bill Ivey.”
JUD HEATHCOTE MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY. 1979 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
“The family oriented clinic is a unique experience and i congratulate Bill Ivey on a job very well done.”
VINCE DOOLEY, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
“Living the lessons of life..Love..Basketball in world famous places.”
DENNY CRUM, LOUISVILLE UNIVERSITY NCAA NAT’L CHAMPIONS 1980 & 1986
“The idea of a family-oriented clinic is a unique and a real breakthrough in the field of sports clinics - you are to be congratulated.”
LUTE OLSON 1979-80 NABC COACH OF THE YEAR
“Your family-oriented clinics for both football and basketball coaches are an extraordinary achievement...I would garantee every coach attending these clinics a successful and pleasurable experience.”
FRANK BROYLES ARKANSAS A.D. ABC TELEVISION COMMENTOR