Airness Academy 2022
The 2022 edition of the Airness Academy was also a beautiful success. Many boys and girls, ranging from 6 to 18 years old, participated and brought great satisfaction to themselves, the coaches, and the organizers.
It was six intense weeks of training, fun, and incredible emotions held at the Pentagono Sports Center in Bormio, a key location in the history of Italian Basketball and a facility where some of the greatest names in world basketball have played, including Michael Jordan in 1985 and 1990.
Among the most prominent names in the basketball world were the coaches we had the honor of hosting in this edition, including:
Coach Berry Brodzinski
Coach B, an iconic figure in American basketball who has coached the greatest NBA players of the last 25 years, from Michael Jordan to Stephen Curry and LeBron James.
Coach of over 50 NBA players and a living legend of American basketball. Donald "Don" Showalter is also the Director of the Youth Development and Selection Program for USA BASKETBALL.
Head coach of the Sioux City East High School team in Iowa, Vanderloo is a record-breaking coach who led the Raiders to four state tournament appearances in 11 seasons. In 2018, Vanderloo was named the Iowa State Coach of the Year.
Coach Severns boasts extensive experience in USA basketball, having served as a High School Coach for 15 years and an NCAA coach for 6 years. He also held the role of Director of player development for the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Clippers, contributing to the growth of NBA stars like Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, and Joakim Noah. Additionally, he worked as a pro personal scout for the Los Angeles Clippers.
The winningest coach of all time in High School basketball, coaching the Head Boys team at Bolingbrook High School in Illinois for 16 years, as well as serving as a coach for USA Basketball in the youth national program.
Head coach of the men's U19 team at Valencia Basket and a reference coach at Alqueria del Basket, he has coached in all categories of youth activity and in senior teams.
Currently serving as the Technical Territory Manager in Lombardy for the Italian Basketball Federation, Guido Saibene has an impressive background as both a head coach and assistant coach for renowned teams such as Olimpia Milano, Virtus Roma, Pallacanestro.
Photo Credit BSA Studio
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the entire team of coaches and assistant coaches who have made this edition truly unforgettable. Their passion, expertise, and commitment have been instrumental in creating an exceptional event.
A special thanks to all the participants and parents, and coaches for making this edition spectacular. See you next year!