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“Basketball is the greatest game in the world, and it is a sport that can be enjoyed for an entire lifetime.”
Dan Simington’s mission is to instill a love of basketball in today’s youth, helping player’s develop the leadership and team skills to be successful throughout life. The vision for Elite Basketball is to create opportunities for players to develop their love of the game and individual basketball skills. Through fun and competition, players are challenged to take risks and overcome failure to succeed. Due to his relationships, high energy, passion for kids and belief in creating a fun and stress free environment for young players, Dan is regarded as one of the top youth coaches in the state.
Dan Simington is a former all-state point guard at Mullen High School, leading his school to their first ever State Championship appearance. He continued his career on a basketball scholarship at Fort Lewis College, where he was a two-time RMAC all-conference player, had multiple Player of the Week honors and led the Skyhawks to a RMAC Championship in 2002. After concluding his playing career, Dan proceeded to coach high school basketball at Highlands Ranch High School serving as a varsity assistant to legendary coach Bob Caton and at Legend High School where he served as the associate head coach under legendary coach Kevin Boley. Dan helped lead the Highlands Ranch Falcons to their best record in school history, second Elite 8 appearance and first ever final four. At Legend, he helped guide the team to their first ever Sweet 16 appearance, losing to eventual state runner-up Arapahoe in overtime. The following year he coached the team to the school’s first ever Final Four appearance in only Legend’s three year history in 5A. Dan’s primary coaching responsibilities were individual skill development and offensive coordinator. In his short eight years as a high school coach, he has had five players receive Division I scholarships, six players receive Division II scholarships and several play JUCO, NAIA and Division III. After coaching high school basketball, Dan has proceeded to focus on coaching his own kids. He has served as a youth coach for the past four years, receiving several Coach of the Year awards. With his high energy from the sidelines and enthusiasm for player success, Dan has developed a love and commitment to the game in all of his youth players. Dan’s ability to relate to players and his unique developmental philosophy focused on skills encountered in actual game scenarios has helped his players excel both on and off the court. At the heart of his coaching are his core values which, matched with his skill development, allow his players to love the game and everything it stands for.