Nike Skills Academy Instructors
Debbie Antonelli - Speaker Sessions
Debbie Antonelli was the ultimate student-athlete at North Carolina State. On the court, she led her team to four NCAA tournaments with two Sweet Sixteen appearances. In the classroom, she worked towards a double major in business and economics. She then continued on to pursue her masters in Sports Administration at Ohio University.
Antonelli has served as the Director of Marketing at the University of Kentucky and Ohio State University for a combined eight years, while raising three sons. She has 28 years of experience as a college basketball analyst appearing on ESPN, CBS, BTN and the SEC Network. She is currently a member of the Indiana Fever broadcast team and has been calling women’s professional basketball in the U.S. for over 20 years.
Antonelli is a long time Nike skills clinician and an experienced speaker. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Kay Yow Cancer Foundation and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She also enjoys volunteering with the Special Olympics.
Sam Caldwell - Concepts
Sam Caldwell will be entering his 5th year at National Powerhouse Riverdale Baptist as Head Girls Basketball Coach, where he has won 3 National Championships in the last 4 years. His Lady Crusaders are the 2014 & 2016 NACA Division I Girls Basketball National Champions; and the 2014 Dick's Sporting Goods National Champions. Coach Caldwell was selected as the 2014 Coach of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), and has over 220 career wins. He has college coaching experience at UMBC and Bowie State University respectively, and was inducted into his high school’s Hall of Fame on October 11, 2013 at Luther Burbank High School. He has been recognized as one of the best high school coaches in the country.
Brian Cosgriff – Concepts
Brian Cosgriff is in his 32nd year coaching youth sports. He started coaching immediately after graduating from Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota and has been employed by the Hopkins school district since 1984 serving as a physical education teacher at Alice Smith Elementary for the past 32 years.
Cosgriff has served as the head girl’s basketball coach at Hopkins since 1999 where the Royals have won 15 Classic Lake/Lake Conference championships, 10 section championships and 6 Class AAAA Large School State Championships. In his 17 years at the helm, the Royals have made 10 state tournament appearances finishing no lower than 3rd place. His girls’ basketball career coaching winning percentage is .870.
Cosgriff was voted section Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2016 and inducted into the MGBCA Hall of Fame in 2015. He has served on the Miss Basketball Committee since 2007 and placed over 27 former players at the D1 collegiate level.
Carla Harris-Curry - Concepts
Carla Harris begins her 23nd season at Miami Norland Senior High School and her 17th as the Head Coach of the girl’s basketball team. She has led her team to two State Championships and three State runner-up finishes, with eight Final Four appearances.
In 2009, Harris was selected as a member of the Dade County Hall of Fame and named the Dairy Farmers State of Florida Coach of the Year and the Dade County All-Sports Female Coach of the Year. She has also been honored as the Miami Herald Dade Girls Basketball County Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2012.
Harris played collegiately at the University of Miami, leading them to the NCAA Sweet 16 and earning Second Team Big East honors and Big East All-Tournament. In 2010, she co-founded a non-profit organization called the Hopes & Dreamers Foundation, Inc. The foundation’s mission is to improve the local community through social responsibility and humanitarianism. As an Educator and Mentor, Harris is also an advocate for youth empowerment and personal growth.
Kurt Guelsdorf - Concepts
Kurt Guelsdorf is in his 25th year coaching and teaching high school basketball. He began coaching and teaching after earning degrees at Portland State University and later Arizona State University for graduate work. Guelsdorf has been the head girls basketball coach at Oregon City High School the past 13 years. The Pioneers have a record of 290-46 during that time and have won 12 District Championships and 3 State Championships. His overall record in 20 years as a head girls’ coach is 413-107.
Guelsdorf has been named District Coach of the Year 8 times and State of Oregon Coach of the Year 2 times. He Co-Coached his first 3 years at Oregon City High School with recent Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Brad Smith.
Guelsdorf has continued the Oregon City tradition of up-tempo fast break basketball with OC teams finishing in the top 3 scoring offenses in Oregon each of his 13 years at Oregon City.
Angela Lackey – Site Director
Angela Lackey returns to the Nike Sills Academy for a second year. She was a standout player for the University of Arizona Wildcats and continued her playing career overseas as a professional in Denmark, Italy and Israel. For the past five years, Lackey has worked as a manager for NIKE, Inc.
Lackey has a true passion for the game of basketball and investing in young players. She believes the Nike Skills Academy presents a wonderful opportunity to young athletes who love to work hard and learn from the best coaches across America. She is grateful for the opportunity to take part in this elite event and encourages the young players to make the most of their time at Nike Skills Academy.
Kara Lawson - Individual Skill Development
Kara Lawson has excelled at every level of the game. As a prep standout, she was named a consensus All-American and the 1999 Naismith High National Player of the Year. At the University of Tennessee, she was a 2-time All-American and made 3 trips to the Final Four. She graduated magna cum laude and was recognized as the Scholar Athlete of the Year, among other prestigious academic accolades.
During Lawson’s 13 years in the WNBA, she has been a Champion, All-Star, 2-Time Sportsmanship Award Winner and a Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award Winner. She also earned a gold medal with the Olympic Team in 2008. Concurrent with her professional playing career, Lawson has become one of the most respected basketball commentators on ESPN. She has covered both men’s and women’s college broadcasts, as well as the NBA.
An active member of the community, Lawson serves as a Co-Chair to the Pat Summitt Foundation alongside Peyton Manning. She is a passionate advocate donating time and money to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Vanessa Nygaard – Individual Skill Development
A former All-Pac 10 performer for Stanford University, Vanessa Nygaard helped lead the Cardinal to four Pac 10 titles and three Final Four appearances while setting the school record for made three point shots. Drafted by the New York Liberty in 1998, she played six seasons in the WNBA, highlighted by a trip to the Finals with the LA Sparks in 2003.
Nygaard’s love of practice and all things basketball naturally led to a career in coaching. She was a D1 Assistant Coach and recruiting coordinator for 5 years before jumping back to the pros to help lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to their first Western Conference Championship in 2008.
For the past six years Nygaard has coached at Windward School in Los Angeles. In 2012, she was named head coach and lead the Wildcats to Sectional Championships in each of her first three years. She was named the LA Times' "Coach of the Year" and "State Rookie Coach of the Year" by the California Coaches Association in 2013 for leading her team to a 32-1 record and first State Open Division Final.
Nygaard now serves as both the girl’s basketball coach and Associate Athletic Director at Windward School. She has great passion and enthusiasm for the game of basketball and looks forward to working with the next generation of female ballers.
Sue Phillips – Director of Individual Skill Development
Coach Sue Phillips is a dynamic leader and coach with over 24 years of experience in the game of basketball. Coach Phillips understands the importance of building relationships, motivating athletes, and developing the entire person. Player development is a passion of hers and game management is one of her greatest gifts. She has participated in Nike Skills Academy clinics for the past four years.
During Phillips’ 24-year tenure at her alma mater, Archbishop Mitty High School, she established a 610-121 record. Under Coach Phillips, Archbishop Mitty captured 21 league titles, 18 Central Coast Section titles, 11 Northern California titles, and 6 CIF State Championships.
Phillips served as the head coach for USA Basketball’s U16 National Team and U17 National Team in 2013 and 2014 respectively. In 2013, Coach Phillips’s U16 team captured the gold medal in the FIBA America’s and following year, Coach Phillips led the U17 National Team to a gold medal and the FIBA Women’s U17 World Championship. Coach Sue was named USA Basketball’s National Co-Developmental Coach-of-the-Year in 2013 and 2014.
Yvonne Sanchez - Individual Skill Development
Yvonne Sanchez got her coaching start in 1989 at Academy of Our Lady of Peace, a high school in San Diego. She led the squad to CIF championships in 1990 and 1992, and was named the 1990 San Diego prep coach of the year, despite not having an indoor facility.
Sanchez then served as an assistant for the New Mexico State Roadrunners for six years, winning a Big West Championship in 1995. She spent one year as an assistant with San Diego State before joining the University of New Mexico staff in 2000.
In Sanchez’s first year, the Lobos advanced the WNIT championship game, before advancing to seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments, winning two regular season Mountain West titles and five MWC tournament championships. The Lobos won double-digit home games in 10 of her 11 seasons as an assistant/associate coach, including a three-year stretch where the Lobos were a stellar 45-5.
In 2011, Sanchez became the Head Coach, guiding the Lobos to a Mountain West regular season runner-up and going to two Mountain West Tournament Championship games. In the 2015-16 season, a record 13 players received All Mountain West Academic Honors.
Angie Sun – Individual Skill Development
Angie Sun played collegiate basketball at Warner Pacific. During her career at Warner, she was a three-time 1st team All-Cascade Collegiate Conference selection and helped lead the program to its first Conference title in school history.
After graduating from Warner Pacific with dual degrees in Human Biology and Exercise Science, she joined the Women’s Basketball coaching staff. In her six seasons as an assistant coach for the Knights, Sun was in charge of player development, as well as implementing the team’s strength and conditioning program.
In 2011, Sun decided to dedicate her time to focusing on her passion for player development. Sun is the founder and head skills trainer of 5th Quarter Basketball. She has been training and coaching for 10 years and has worked with 31 players who have gone on to play collegiately. She currently oversees nine 5th Quarter teams and trains some of the top youth and high school girls in the State of Oregon.
Danielle Viglione – Individual Skill Development
Coach Danielle Viglione is known as one of the most energetic and talented skill development instructors in the basketball world. She played high school basketball at Sacramento’s Del Campo High, where she holds 10 California state scoring records. Viglione broke former USC standout and WNBA player Cheryl Miller’s state record for most points in a season, tallying 1,300 points in 1992. Viglione was the California Player of the Year two seasons in a row and totaled 3,089 points over her three-year high school career. She holds five national high school records for 3-pointers in a game (14), 3-pointers in a season (169), and 3-pointers in a career (379).
Viglione went on to play at the University of Texas where she became the 8th all-time scorer leading in UT history. She was the GTE All-American three years in a row and the Big 12 scholar-athlete in 1997. Viglione holds the UT single-game scoring record with 48 points and the UT career 3-point record with 293. She played professionally for the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs, as well as nine years in Israel, Turkey, and Italy.
Viglione is the current co-owner of Sacramento Skills Academy. She was inducted into the CIF Hall of Fame in 2012 and was recently inducted into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.