Coach Omar Griffin, Founder & President

Coach Omar founded Fundamentals Academy in 2011 in an effort to teach kids of all ages the fundamentals of sports. His dynamic personal coaching philosophy is the foundation of the Fundamentals Academy program.
College:  The George Washington University
Specialties:  Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, Lacrosse, and Baseball
Highlight:  Coached the McLean School Varsity Boys Basketball team to their first PVAC championship in school history (2013)
Favorite Sport:  Basketball
Favorite Team:  New York Giants
Favorite Subject:  History
Favorite Workout:  Pushups
Favorite Food:  Lasagna
Favorite Animal:  Barkley and Simba (his dogs)
Interesting Fact:  Likes to garden.
Fun Stat:  My former basketball student Max is now one of our coaches!


Simone Griffin, Director of Operations

College:  The George Washington University
Highlight:  Simone Griffin helped her husband Coach Omar start Fundamentals Academy in 2011 after seeing his success as a basketball coach and trainer.
Favorite Sport:  Basketball
Favorite Team:  New York Yankees
Favorite Subject:  French
Favorite Workout:  Zumba
Favorite Food:  Crab Cakes
Favorite Animal:  Cheetah
Interesting Fact:  Passion for real estate
Fun Stat:  Is a better golfer than Coach Omar—MUCH better!


Dior Toney (Coach T), Head Coach

Dior Toney began working with his longtime friend Omar Griffin at Fundamentals Academy to help kids Discover the Athlete.

College:  The George Washington University
Specialties:  Basketball and FunBash
Highlight:  Played on GWU Men’s Basketball team, which in 2006 was ranked as high as 6th in the nation and reached the sweet sixteen in the NCAA tournament.
Favorite Sport:  Basketball
Favorite Team:  Cleveland Cavaliers
Favorite Subject:  Math
Favorite Workout:  Playing pickup basketball
Favorite Food:  Bacon
Favorite Animal:  Panda… Panda… Panda! Panda! Panda!
Interesting Fact:  Lived in the Philippines when he was six years old
Fun Stat:  32 inch vertical


Alexandra Chili (Yogi Chili), Yoga Coach

College:  Muhlenberg College
Highlight:  Nailing the game winning 3 pointer in the NCAA tournament against Rochester (Check it out!
Favorite Sport:  Basketball
Favorite Team:  Duke
Favorite Subject:  Philosophy
Favorite Workout:  Yoga and playing hoops
Favorite Food:  Pho
Favorite Animal:  Lion
Interesting Fact:  Baller turned yogi, Chili teaches at The Studio DC and Vida Fitness throughout Washington, DC. She specializes in teaching Yoga to Athletes. See more at
Fun Stat:  Lived in Europe for two years (Copenhagen and Frankfurt) playing basketball professionally


Max Keenan (Coach Max), Head Coach

Max Keenan is a proud alumni of Fundamentals Academy, having trained with Coach Omar throughout his entire collegiate basketball career.

College:  Tulane University
Specialties:  Basketball, Baseball, and FunBash
Highlight:  Scored six points in a 66-60 win at conference rival the University of Alabama Birmingham his senior year, including three free throws in the final minute of the game.
Favorite Sport:  Basketball
Favorite Team:  Washington Wizards
Favorite Subject:  Literature
Favorite Workout:  Making 200 three pointers
Favorite Food:  Dad’s homemade pizza
Favorite Animal:  Kangaroo
Interesting Fact:  Can blow bubbles off the end of his tongue
Fun Stat:  Career 50% three point shooter in college

Maurice Plaines (Coach Mo), Director

College:  Boston University
Specialties:  Lacrosse, Swimming, and FunBike
Favorite Sport:  Lacrosse
Favorite Team:  Dallas Cowboys
Favorite Subject:  Etymology (the study of words)
Favorite Workout:  Beach workout
Favorite Food:  Lobster
Favorite Animal:  Dolphin
Interesting Fact:  Secret Poet
Fun Stat:


Hunter Plaines (Coach Hunter), Assistant Coach

College:  Fullsail University
Specialties:  Football, Soccer, Cycling, and Swimming
Favorite Sport:  Football
Favorite Team:  Dallas Cowboys
Favorite Subject:  Art and Biology
Favorite Workout:  Cycling
Favorite Food:  Curry chicken
Favorite Animal:  Shark
Interesting Fact:  Speaks Portugese fluently
Fun Stat:  Biked over 1,000 miles this spring