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Omar Griffin, Founder & President

Omar Griffin started Fundamentals Academy in 2011 in an effort to teach kids of all ages the fundamentals of sports.
College:  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!


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Simone Griffin, Director of Operations

College:  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!


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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:  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


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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
Highlight: 
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:


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Hunter Plaines (Coach Hunter), Assistant Coach

College:  Fullsail University
Specialties:  Football, Soccer, Cycling, and Swimming
Highlight: 
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  


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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 is 200 RYT certified and teaches yoga throughout Washington, DC
Fun Stat:  Lived in Europe for two years (Copenhagen and Frankfurt) playing basketball professionally


Wyatt Dentel (Coach Wyatt), Assistant Coach

College: Montgomery College
Specialties: FunBall, Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse, Football, basketball
Highlight: Scored a goal at the Verizon center
Favorite Sport: Hockey
Favorite Team: Washington Capitals
Favorite Subjects: Art & History
Favorite workout: Running
Favorite Food: Crab Rangoon
Favorite Animal: Komodo Dragon
Interesting fact: Met my favorite hockey player when I was 10
Fun Stat: Hiked the Appalachian Trail