New Basketball Coach at Ozzies Jessica Zavoral

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New Basketball Coach at Ozzie’s Jessica Zavoral

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 11.03.32 AMJessica Zavoral was raised in Altamont, Illinois where she attended Altamont High School. In her senior year, Jessica led the Altamont Indians to a 16-7 record while leading the team with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals per game. Zavoral then attended Olney Central Junior College where she played 2 years averaging 12.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 steals per game as a sophomore. She set an OCC single season best 86.4 percent (84-97) clip from the free throw line, which ranked fourth in the NJCAA Division I. She also graduated as the school’s career leader in free throw shooting, connecting at 80.4 percent (156-194). After 2 years at Olney, Zavoral attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis for 2 years. In her junior year at UMSL she saw action in all 27 games. She led the team at the free throw line shooting 81.5 percent, drained 25 three pointers, shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc. Jessica closed out her senior year with starting 19 out of the 22 games that she played. She suffered a broken hand mid-way through the season that prevented her from playing in 6 games. Zavoral averaged 8.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and shot 75 percent from the free throw line her senior year. The Triton’s tied the best single season record at 21-8 and made an appearance in the NCAA National Tournament for only the second time in school history.

Jessica is excited to be joining us at Ozzie’s to share her experience and love of basketball with young people. Give us a call to set up a lesson with her today!

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Basketball Coaches

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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.

Holtgrewe, RachelRachel Holtgrewe

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.

 

Bball PicKelly Carter

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.

 

IMG_5255David Randolph – Owner & Founder

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.