Our Coaches

Shoot for the Stars prides itself on offering a safe environment where children can not only develop in the area of physical performance, but in personal growth because we believe that you must first develop the children to have key players. Current and former high school and college coaches provide your youth with instruction during our annual Back to Basics Boys & Girls Basketball Summer Camp and during our annual Little Bobby Jones Memorial Tournament. Take a look at some of our team members.

Walter “Wali” Jones

coach wali jonesIn his 17 years of service to South Florida as a member of the Miami HEAT organization, Jones has enriched the lives of nearly one million children through one of his trademark community programs, motivational speeches and clinics. As the HEAT’s community affairs liaison, Jones has made it his life’s ambition to motivate South Florida’s youth to action, both in and out of the classroom. He is the founder and director of the National Shoot for the Stars program, providing complimentary “Books and Basketball” clinics for underprivileged youth, while the program is presented by title sponsor FedEx. Jones has conducted international clinics in Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Bahamas, Antigua, Jamaica, Bermuda, and other islands throughout the Caribbean. He also serves as the principal of HEAT Academy, the Miami HEAT’s academic after-school program. Wali Jones’ dedication to youth and education is unmatched. in addition to his work with the HEAT, he also serves as the Director of Educational Research and Study for the Tournament of Champions in Florida and is also the Co-Director of the Best of the Rest Stars, Education Through Sports Camp.

Jones’ Career Highlights

  • A 10-year veteran of the NBA, Jones was drafted in the third round (20th overall) of the 1964 NBA Draft by Detroit
  • Won a championship ring alongside Wilt Chamberlain on the vaunted 1967 as voted into the Hall of Fame as the best team in the NBA’s first 25 years.
  • Averaged 19.5 points as a standout guard at Villanova University where he was a 3rd Team All-American and was a member of the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1965
  • In addition to his two stints with the 76ers, Jones saw action with the Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, and Baltimore Bullets of the NBA and spent one year with the Utah Stars of the ABA.

Ken Hamilton

KenHamiltonAfter spending 35 years as an in the Philadelphia School District. During his 33 years at Benjamin Franklin High School, Ken Hamilton served as teacher, Dean of Students, Department Head, Athletic Director, Curriculum Developer, Evaluator, and Coordinator of a Transitional Program for students to transition form the Juvenile Corrections System back to High School.

Hamilton’s Career Highlights

  • Coached from 1971 to 1999
  • Won 456 and lost 184 games
  • Coached 3 NBA Players
  • Won 4 Championships
  • Was the First African American to with the Philadelphia Public League Championship
  • Retired with the most wins in the history of the Philadelphia Public League

Joseph Foster

sftsl_joe-fosterJoe Foster brings more than 30 years of education experience to Shoot for the Stars. With a diversified portfolio of experiences in human services, educating, counseling, community organizing, economic development, coaching, and visual arts, Foster helps guide student participants through much of the Life Skills and Mentorship portion of our training camps.

Foster’s Career Highlights

  • Former Principal of Imhotep Institute Charter High School
  • Member of Atmopav and National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics
  • Helped develop and implement a special education inclusion model of economic literacy and entrepreneurship for middle school students named “Money Management.”

Alfred “Al” Miles

Coach Al MilesCoach Miles was a Juvenile Probation Officer for the City of Philadelphia for over 20 years. Coach Miles also worked at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he counseled young people. Coach Miles became involved in coaching in the Sonny Hill Basketball league in 1976 to the present where he has excelled at all levels in the league. At a very young age Coach Miles found that sports could change the lives of inner city youth as he was an inner city youth himself.

For 10 years, Coach Miles was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach for Lincoln University where he turned out outstanding young women, who went on to become successful professionals. From 1976 to present day, Coach Miles still finds time to give back to the community through volunteerism within the Sonny Hill Involvement Basketball League where Coach Miles is a teacher and a mentor.

Miles Career Highlights:

  • Lincoln University Head Women’s Basketball, 1994-2004
  • Coached four NBA Players – Kobe Bryant, Ronald “Flip” Murray, Jerome “Pooh” Richardson, and Randy Woods
  • Coached WNBA Player Dawn Stanley
  • Coached Hall of Fame Inductee – Linda “Hawkeye” Page
  • Coached Junior College Player of the Year – Nafis Ricks

Our Safety Guarantee

With your child’s safety in mind, we ask each of our coaches to complete a background check to confirm that they are clear of criminal convictions that could effect their interaction with minors. We understand that your child is your treasure and work to ensure that they only interact with adults who will treat them with the respect and care due them.

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearances (CY113)
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Record Checks (SP4-164)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Criminal Background Checks