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Bailen Basketball Academy

Coach Bailen

Coach Josh Bailen has been the Head Varsity Basketball Coach and teacher at Nease High School since 2013. He was the Graduate Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Jacksonville University under Coach Cliff Warren from 2010 – 2012 while earning a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.Coach Josh Bailen grew up in St. Johns County Graduating from Nease High School in 2006. He went on to play NCAA DIII basketball at Ripon College for 4 years under legendary Coach Bob Gillespie. 

Coach Bailen’s passion and purpose are to make a positive impact on the youth of the community through the game of basketball. Character and work ethic are the core values at the foundation of Coach Bailen’s basketball coaching philosophy.

The Mission

Our Mission:

The Bailen Basketball program strives to develop young people into successful athletes and leaders with character and a passion for excellence, both on the court and in life.


We will develop individual fundamental basketball skills and knowledge and enable each player to reach their full potential.Teaching the fundamental skills of the game through detail oriented repetition. 
We seek to develop players physically, technically, mentally, and emotionally. We emphasize teaching not only proper mechanics but the mindset and even keel necessary to succeed in a game like basketball where patience and perseverance often prevail over passion. No two players are alike and our coaches tailor their coaching to suit each player’s natural ability and skill set. As players get older, an increasing focus is given on identifying positions that match a player's skills and abilities to enable the player to receive position-specific coaching necessary to play at the high school level or beyond.

Fundamental skill Development will focus on developing:

  • Shooting – Proper shooting mechanics from the feet up including drills that focus on balance, footwork, and shooting form. Game Speed competitive shooting drills designed to improve your in-game shooting percentage.
  •  Ball handling – Innovative drills designed to improve control, speed, and strength handling the ball equally with either hand. 
  •  Finishing, Passing, Footwork, Balance, Explosiveness
  •  Defense- Lateral Quickness, Stance, Vision, Positioning, angles, and technique. 

 Leadership & Character Development: 

Developing young athletes into leaders on their team and in their community.

Some of the most important lessons in life can be learned through the game of basketball. How individuals respond to adversity and obstacles is where true character is revealed. Mental and Emotional toughness, as well as focus, will be major points of emphasis through challenging, high intensity, training. Leadership is the ability to influence and motivate others to achieve a common goal. We believe in instilling qualities in our players that help them succeed not only on the court but in life.  We choose to lead by example and never allow the intensity of the game diminish that standard.  Leadership is closely tied to sportsmanship and respect—respecting and acknowledging the contributions, skills, and accomplishments that each person brings to the table motivates them to push themselves even further.  Building character and leadership traits in our players not only maximizes our success on the court but in life, long after our playing days are over.

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