From private lessons, to his Saturday pick up leagues, Craig and his staff provide constant positive reinforcement while teaching in a setting that is very physically demanding. My son is always eager to spend more time developing with Craig. Craig's mild manners and patience with the kids is something that comes incredibly naturally to him. It is a unique trait I don't think many teachers share. The weekly intense hour sessions have been the most positive learning experience, and skill development for my child. With all the travel team commitments the kids have these days, my son still prioritizes finding time for Craig's training.
Craig must also be lauded for his constant presence at the gym as a great role model. It is a wonderful learning environment. We will forever be fortunate to have him giving his time and knowledge to our area children. My son is already a dramatically better ball player and person after just over 1 year of working with Craig and his staff.
- Testimonial from Greenwich Public School Parent, David Mazzullo
After nine years of hockey, my son Declan decided to trade in his skates. His new passion – basketball! It was as if a flip switched. He began practicing every day – for hours – but I knew that was not going to be enough. As a parent, I knew he needed the very best training I could find for him. He was going to have to compete against kids that have been playing basketball their whole young lives. I did my research – Craig was repeatedly, highly recommended. Craig is one of the best things to every happen for Declan. Craig is an exceptional instructor, a tremendous role model and a wonderful person. Declan respects and admires Craig. Not only does Declan listen to Craig, he pushes himself for Craig and then for the game –anyone with a 14 year old boy knows how fantastic
Craig must be to draw this dedication out.
Heather is wonderful too –Declan adores her. As a trained educator – she knows just how to read the kids and offers a great dimension to the program.
Working with Craig offers tangible results. As an Eighth Grader – new to the game – Declan did make his school’s A team. This is directly attributable to Craig’s coaching.
Craig Austrie’s Developmental Program is one of the best investments I have ever made in and for my son. I highly recommend the program.
- Kimberly Fine, aka Declan’s mom – Grade 8, King
My son had been training with Craig for about 3 months when he attended evaluations for our local basketball league. The President of the league told us that he saw a “definite improvement” in Adam, and chose him for his team.
I met with Craig’s old coaches and school administrator recently, and they referred to Craig as a “Class Act”. And that is what comes across in his program. He is patient with the kids, and has a cheerful personality and really focuses on their skills in a small group setting (usually 1 to 3 kids). My son actually enjoys training and others are noticing the improvement. This program is well worth it for us.
- Nicole Pate – Mother of 8th grader
- Shawn Grant, 8th Grade Travel Coach
There are many basketball development programs in the tri-state, however few offer the opportunity to work with a former Big East Guard and Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year. In the time that my son has worked with Craig, he has improved his game, excelled on the court, and he just made his elite travel team!
- Joe Vitarelli
Craig’s programs are superb. All his students come away with substantially stronger fundamentals, intelligence, and knowledge of how to work outside of the clinics to further improve their games. He relates to each player as an individual, while showing them all how to contribute to the team success. Craig’s staff is first class, and spends quality time with both individual and team input. If you are looking to get better quickly and to be successful on the court, give Craig a call. We are fortunate to have his leadership and his interest in giving back. After EVERY practice, whether with a clinic or individual lesson, every student comes away with a real sense of accomplishment and growth. An outstanding program led by a special person. Thanks Craig!
- Jamie Rhind Parent of a 10th Grade boy
Without Craig, I would not have been able to enter tryouts for my Division I college team with the skill set and confidence required to stand out. Craig’s positive attitude was something all players should look forward to. My shot, my dribbling, and my post moves have all improved tremendously under Craig’s direction. There are very few people like Craig who can offer game playing knowledge at such a high level. If your child is looking to become an elite player, or just improve his game, and have fun doing it, Craig is your guy."
- Clay Graham, Forward, Colgate University
Just wanted to let you know that Daphne had a BLAST at your camp! I'm sure we will see you around this fall.
- Elise Budd parent of an eighth grade girl
I am hearing that the camp is a lot of fun, so thanks so much for saving a spot for Tommy.
- Silvia Szanto Parent of a high school freshman
Craig: My boys, Ames and Alex , had THE best week last week playing in your clinic! Thanks you for making them feel so positive about the game and about themselves; you have a true gift!"
- Evangeline Parent from Darien
Thank you for your work last week with Miles. For some reason, he has never really loved the basketball camps we've sent him to, but he really enjoyed yours and was happy to go everyday. Please extend my thanks to Heather as Miles spoke very highly of her as well.
- Matt McQuillen Parent of a 7th grader
Craig Austrie means business on the basketball court. He expects from the players an increased level of effort, focus and commitment to improving their game. He gives coaching his all ...high energy, fun and a competitive spirit are all part of the game. His one-on-one coaching gave our son the edge he needed to make his school team. His clinics helped our younger son gain confidence and play hard. Craig Austrie's clinics are professionally
run with groups carefully put together based on age and level of play. None of this comes as any surprise...after all, he is a UCONN Husky! We wish him continued success."
- Mita parent of high school sophomore and 5th grader
I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you again for your work with my son Derek. You have really helped him step up his game. Derek was named captain of the Stamford High freshman team. They are 3 and 1 now and at tonights game Derek had a double-double. He finished with 16 pts 12 assts 6 steals 4 rebounds. Thanks again to
you and your staff for everything you did."
- Bill Kronkowski parent of a 9th grader
Both of our boys worked with Craig to get ready for basketball tryouts at their respective schools. In just 8 sessions Craig changed the shooting mechanics of my oldest son which has resulted in greater success in his outside shooting, drives to the basket and free throws. For my other guy, Craig worked with him on ball handling skills and his basketball IQ. They both improved their skills and confidence. Both boys also made their teams despite some very challenging competition. They have continued their sessions with Craig because we firmly believe this is the quickest way they that they can improve their basketball skills . They love basketball and despite having practice all week, they love working with Craig as his excellent demeanor is equal to his basketball knowledge. Craig’s sessions were the best money we have spent.
- Mike, parent from Greenwich