|Charlie Fortney started Advanced Hoops in 2001. Charlie is an expert at teaching Shooting & Offensive Footwork to players of all ages. He understands every phase of development with shooting & understands what college coaches are looking for when it pertains to the shooting release point. Charlie’s knowledge of the recruiting process and reputation with College Coaches of every level has helped players all over the Harrisburg Region receive scholarships to play at the next level. Every player who is a part of the Advanced Hoops Showcase Program receives assistance from Charlie and the Program in the recruiting process!|
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ARCHIE SMITH JR.
DRIBBLING/SPEED & AGILITY TRAINER
Coach Archie is originally from Alabama, where he was a standout on the gridiron. He brings a lot of energy to his classes and is able to push any player to believe that they can achieve their dream through hard-work and dedication. While Archie does run dribbling classes, his expertise is Speed & Agility, here he works with players on their foot speed, running technique, and quickness/explosiveness. Coach Archie is one of the best around when it comes to needing a trainer that not only demands a lot out of players, but is there to help them and motivate them at the same time.
-Former Collegiate Football Player at Auburn University & Alabama State University
-Former Arena Football Player for the Harrisburg Stampede
-Current Associate Coach & Defensive Coordinator of the Central Penn Capitals
-Speed & Agility Expert
-High Energy Trainer/Great Motivator
Coach Duke joined the Advanced Hoops Family in 2015. Hailing from Steelton, he attended Steel-High. As a schoolboy he garnered many accolades on the basketball court. Most notably, leading the Rollers 1998 state championship team and being named the Keystone State Games Most Outstanding Athlete. He was a four year varsity letterman at Fordham University where he excelled in the prestigious Atlantic 10 Conference. While in the Bronx he was named the Atlantic 10’s Most Improved Player in 1999-2000 and also led all of Division 1 basketball in rebounding for a stint. Upon graduation from Fordham in 2002, Coach Duke embarked on an 11 year journey playing professionally overseas. This saga allowed him to visit over 30 countries, furthering not only his adaption to different cultures and customs but his knowledge of the game of basketball. During this time Coach Duke also played with three NBA G League teams and had tryouts for many NBA teams. His achievements during this time include but are not limited to:
- Rucker Park Champion 2002 with Terror Squad
- 2005 Baltic League MVP, Baltic League Rebounding Champion, and Baltic League All Star
- 2006 Baltic League All Star
- 2006 broke The Dominican Republic single game rebound record with 27
- 2008 All Venezuela Team, led Venezuela in rebounds
- 2010 South American Cup Champion held in Ecuador
- 2022 Coach Duke was inducted into the prestigious "Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame"
Coach Aaron has been around the game of basketball his entire life as a Middle School Head Coach and one of the first Advanced Hoops(now TEAM PA) AAU Showcase Head Coaches! Aaron has been an Advanced Hoops Trainer for 13 years and the Director of Operations for the 3-Star League.
Coach Aaron is a great coach, positive leader and mentor for all young players.
Coach Bob has over 35 years of coaching experience in CYO, High School and College, 25 years coaching AAU and over 15 years as a trainer with Advanced Hoops specializing in Point Guard, Shooting and Strenght & Conditioning Training. Coach Bob is currently the CD Lady Rams Varsity assistant coach. *2002/2003 College "Coach of the Year"