Dragons Academy

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COACH JOSELITO VERGARA

Coach Joselito Vergara is a developmental coach who focuses on discipline, attitude and fundamentals to build athletes. His past experiences include coaching various elementary and high schools along with coaching in one of Manila’s best basketball camps and tournament “Milo Best SBP” in the Philippines.
Coach Joselito is no stranger to building a winning team having won various tournaments such as the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) High School and College League (University of the Philippines), MMBL Basketball Tournament, and ISSA Basketball Tournament are among his list. His latest stint was the Head Coach of Xavier High School, Assistant Coach of Miriam College Women’s Basketball Team, Assistant Coach to Jose Rizal University (NCAA League) and Assistant Coach to the Cebuana Lhuillier (PBA D-League).

Coach Ghazi
COACH GHAZI

Coach Ghazi is an assistant coach for the KL Dragons Basketball Academy. He is a very passionate individual who loves playing basketball, at the same time teaching on the fundamentals of the sport, discipline, and having the right attitude. Coach Ghazi is also part of the KL Dragons professional basketball training team. He played for the Kelantan Warriors in the 2014 Agong’s Cup.

One of the key components that Coach Ghazi focuses on is fitness. Aside from basketball, he is also a strength and conditioning coach and a personal trainer. He has been a trainer for 7 years, certified by the Athletes Performance (EXOS Phase 1-3) mentorship in Sydney, and the American Council on Exercises.

“When i was younger, I didn’t get the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of basketball. Even if it’s too late for me to be great at something that i love, it’s never too late for me to teach the younger generations how to love this beautiful sport and to make our country better at it. It starts from having a positive mindset, discipline and having the passion. As always, fitness is key.”

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COACH SHOGHI

Coach Shoghi is an assistant coach and scout for the KL Dragons professional team. He not only helps the team win games,but he keeps his eyes open for local talent. “I call them, future Dragons,” says Coach Shoghi. “Kids 17 and under have a high ceiling of potential. We want to help them reach that potential, as one day, they too can be part of the KL Dragons professional team.” On being part of the KL Dragons, he says, “I enjoy the opportunity to travel around Southeast Asia scouting and playing against our opponents. The team has also sent meto NBA Global Games in the Philippines where I got to learn from the coaching staff of the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers.”

Coach Shoghi is no stranger to the NBA having previously worked in the Business Development department of the Orlando Magic. “It was a memorable experience and I hope to bring that same organizational success to building up the academy and helping our kids succeed.”