General background. Gerry played high school basketball, baseball and soccer in Hamburg, NY and graduated from the College of William and Mary, worked as a CPA and serves as the Chief Financial Officer of KaBOOM! - a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. Gerry’s three grown children all played in the McLean basketball program.
Coaching experience. Coach Megas has been coaching select basketball in McLean for the past 16 years (the last 13 at the 8th grade level) and has over 20 years of basketball coaching experience. He was named the FYCBL 8th grade Division 1 coach of the year in 2014-15 and the 8th grade division 2 coach of the year in both the 2012-2013 and the 2008-2009 seasons. .In 2016 his 8th grade division 1 team placed 1st in the league and during the 2011-2012 season his 8th grade division 1 team played in the Championship game. His 8th grade division 2 teams won the league championship in the 2013-2014 and the 2010-2011 seasons.
Coaching philosopohy. Coach Megas' coaching goals and philosophy include preparing the girls to play high school basketball - have fun, compete hard and be integral members of a team. Commitment to the team and teammates is very important. Gerry likes to play an up tempo transition game combined with man to man defense and encourages his players to develop their one on one skills and have confidence to attack the basket. He places a lot of emphasis on skill development and also helps his players appreciate the mental part of the game.
John Welsh. John Welsh has over 20 years of experience coaching youth sports in McLean including basketball, soccer and softball. John has served as a head coach for 8 seasons in the McLean HS Basketball Recreation League and assisted Gerry the last 9 years with his 8th grade teams. John and Gerry have coached together since their daughters were in 4th grade. John's daughter, Kelly is a graduate of Georgetown University and his son, Connor, is now a senior at the University of Charleston
John graduated from Villanova University, and is an intellectual property attorney with Welsh Flaxman & Gitler. John believes that youth sports should be fun, but he also is a firm believer in teamwork and effort. He encourages his players to compete and enjoys watching them progress and contribute.
Sarah Butzer Coaching Experience: This is Coach Butzer's fouth year coaching with McLean Select Basketball. Last year Sarah assisted with the 8th Grade D1 girls team. In high school and college Sarah also assisted with basketball leagues and camps hosted by her high school team for the younger girls in her school system.
Coaching Philosophy: Coach Butzer believes that playing basketball should be fun and exciting. Playing on an organized team means having fun, learning about the game, growing your own skills, and challenging your teammates to be better players as well, during every practice. Team defense and the fundamentals of good passing and good shooting form are the things Coach Butzer finds most important for young players to master.
General Background: Coach Butzer is originally from Northern Indiana and has lived in the Washington DC area for 10 years. She first moved to the area to attend American University where she earned a degree in Justice and a minor in Political Science. For the past 5 years, Sarah has worked for the Arlington County Police Department as a police officer, currently on midnight patrol. This is Sarah's dream job, and she couldn't be happier to be doing what she loves so soon in life. Sarah also lives in Arlington with her adorable cat, Emmy, whom she rescued from a shelter nearly 4 years ago.
Coach Butzer has been playing basketball for as long as she can remember, first in youth rec leagues and then for her elementary, junior high, and high school teams. After high school, Sarah continued playing basketball for several adult recreational leagues, including a co-ed team she put together in college, winning the league all four years she attended AU.