Ozzie Smith’s Sports Academy provides quality basketball instruction for boys and girls. Our instructors emphasize teaching fundamentals and player development. The instructor will stress the Big 5 (Shooting, Passing, Rebounding, Dribbling, and Defense), while instilling life skills such as good character, teamwork, and effort. In addition to our indoor basketball training facility in Town and Country, MO we also offer basketball teams in St. Louis year round, and summer basketball camps across the midwest and Virginia. Basketball camps are held in St. Louis, MO, Rockwood, MO, Florissant, Mo and Webster Groves, MO to name a few.
A native of St. Charles, MO, Rachel (Viehmann) Holtgrewe began playing basketball at an early age and instantly fell in love with the game. She played on various club teams in the St. Louis area growing up and graduated from St. Charles West High School (2005), where she was a four sport athlete. While in high school, Rachel set various school records, as well as being a leader in the St. Louis area in rebounding, blocked shots, and scoring. She was 1st team all state (Class 4), nominated to the WBCA All-American team, and was the Post-Dispatch Scholar athlete for her school. After being recruited by numerous collegiate programs, Rachel earned an athletic scholarship to play Div. 1 basketball at Lipscomb University in Nashville, choosing them for their Christian environment. After a 3 year career there, she moved back to St. Louis and played her senior year at Maryville University where they were undefeated in the SLIAC conference and continued on to the NCAA Div. III tournament. She graduated from Maryville with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. After graduation, Rachel continued her basketball endeavors by coaching jv (1 year) and varsity (2 years) girls basketball at Francis Howell North High School. “I believe all my experiences in basketball have granted me a lot of knowledge that I want to pass on to younger players. I truly believe developing good, basic skills are the key to becoming a great player.” Rachel enjoys working with all ages and skill levels, and focuses on proper shooting technique and defensive breakdown. Understanding that each athlete is different, she uses a variety of drills and techniques to help each player reach their full potential. Rachel’s biggest goal is to see a player grow confident in themselves not only as an athlete, but as an individual as well.
Kelly Carter was raised in Bloomington, Illinois where she attended Bloomington High School. In her
senior year, Carter led the 19-6 Purple Raiders in points (14.2), assists (3.1), 3-pointers (34) and field goal
percentage (.502). The two-time Illinois Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention all-starter
also averaged 3.1 steals and shot .770 from the free throw line. She was also named The Pantagraph
Player of the Year.Carter attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she played for five years and received a
Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After playing a reserve role as a freshman and sophomore, Carter jumped into the starting line-up as a junior. She was plagued by a season-ending injury four games into her senior season and was forced to redshirt. Carter closed out her career by leading the team in three-point field goals (40) and was third in scoring with 9.4 points per game. Carter finished her career ranking second in career three-point field
goal percentage, hitting at a 40.2 percent. She also ranks ninth in career assists with 194. She was also a
three-time academic all-GLVC honoree.
Since opening Ozzie’s in 1990, David has taught over 30,000 students. David personally trains all of Ozzie’s instructors using a specific program designed to maximize each student’s potential. David has over 38 years of coaching and playing experience and he pride’s himself on teaching his students whatever is necessary to help them reach their potential. He stresses HARD WORK and DEDICATION to every aspect of each respective sport.