Coach Cliff Opens New York Stock Exchange!

Great story from Channel 9 WAFB and Anchor Donna Britt, first published 10/14/2016.  Big congrats to Coach Cliff.  Keep up the good work!

Houston, TX – When the New York Stock Exchange opened for business Friday, October 14, a native of Zachary helped ring the opening bell.

Cliff Ghoram works in Houston for Constellation, a subsidiary of energy giant Exelon. He stood up on the balcony above the Stock Exchange’s opening tally along with the CEOs of Constellation and Exelon. To hear him tell it, Ghoram is a simple rank and file worker.

“I started as an intern. I’ve moved up. I’m only an analyst, but I’ve done big projects,” he said.

The email that delivered the news he would fly to New York to be there for the company’s unveiling as a new member of the Fortune 100 list, said that Ghoram was excellent at work, but also invested a big piece of his free time volunteering.

“I actually met the CEO at one of the volunteer events. He asked about me and said I was always taking the  initiative, asking questions,” Ghoram said.

Ghoram’s mother back in Zachary, Denise Ghoram, said on Wednesday, she will try to watch the opening bell at the stock market on the internet. She took the day off for this, that’s how excited she is!

“I wanted to say about when I read how he was chosen because of his work and his volunteerism,” said Denise, who knows what her son has done in the community. “He’s come back home last Christmas and he put on a basketball clinic, the kids came and he did it out of his pocket, waved charges, fed everybody, gave them skills. He had motivational talks and then he had some shoes, that he let the kids pick from the pile and take home.”

He has also mentored youth at their church in Zachary, New Pilgrim Baptist.

Denise said she overheard one thing that stuck with her that he said to the youth at church: “Do what you need to do, when you need to do it, whether you like it or not.”

Ghoram, who played basketball at Rice University in Houston on scholarship, played for international teams.

“After Rice, I played overseas, in Chile. I got my start in Europe in Milan. My last swing at it was in Nova Scotia,” Ghoram said. “Then I ended up going back to school. I coached in St. John’s in Houston and went back to school. Then went for my masters at Texas A&M.”

Cliff Ghoram got his masters in Maritime Administration and Logistics. In fact, he was one of the first to finish in the fledgling program at A&M. His piece of corporate analysis was outstanding and A&M entered him in international competition.

Competing against 20 other students from around the world, Ghoram placed in the top three for the International Maritime industry group in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia and went on to present again in another industry symposium in Tasmania, Australia.

Shining in maritime circles, Ghoram had been working as an intern at Exelon’s Constellation energy group headquarters in Houston. When they realized he was finished with school Constellation hired him.

Energy, natural gas, and utilities must draw from the same skills that maritime does, but it’s Ghoram’s continuing volunteer work in Houston that sets him apart from other workers, perhaps as a leader of tomorrow.

Ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange is but a step in this 28-year-old’s future. However, you can expect he’s gonna make his name his way.

Copyright 2016 WAFB. All rights reserved.

Where Are They Now? HSB Coaches In The News

Take a quick look at where some of your favorite coaches are and what they’re doing.  Remember our coaches are available year round for questions, comments, or just to say hello.

Perry Petty – Egis Körmend (Hungary Division-A) – Through the first two games. Petty is averaging 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists a game.

Suleiman Braimoh – Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia-VTB) – Coming off the bench for Enisey, Sulei has averaged 7 points and 4 rebounds per contest through the first two games.

Josh Duinker – Regatas Corrientes (Argentina-LigaA) – Duinker is averaging nearly 10 points and 7 rebounds through the first 5 games including a 22 point outing Monday night.

Justin Holiday – New York Knicks (NBA) – Logging some solid minutes in pre-season action, Holiday and the revamped Knicks tip-off the regular season Tuesday October 25th against Lebron and the Cavs on TNT.

Mike Harris – Sichuan (China-CBA) – The MVP returns to Sichuan as Harris and the top ranked Blue Whales try to defend their 2015-16 CBA Championship.  Regular Season action picks up in early November.

Zo Williams – Panevezys Lietkabelis (Lithuania-LKL) – Coach Zo recently signed with third ranked Lietkabelis of Lithuania’s LKL.  Leading his club to a 5-2 record, the 31-year-old point guard is currently averaging nearly 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.

Reminder – Unlimited Training Specials Expire Midnight Friday!

Special Membership Pricing Ends 9/30

Just a friendly reminder, for all those interested in purchasing or upgrading onto a new Unlimited Membership, the current specials will expire at midnight this Friday.  Right now, existing or new members will save $100 on the Unlimited-12 and $50 on the Unlimited-6 when paid in full by 9/30.  Several people have had questions about these so here are some FAQ’s:

What Are HSB Academy Unlimited Memberships?
For the first time in our history, we are now offering heavily discounted pre-paid training packages. These provide players with unlimited group training at a fraction of the traditional cost. Membership perks also include significant discounts on private training sessions. They are as follows:

HSB Academy Unlimited -12
Regular Price: $699
Group Sessions: Unlimited
Duration: 1 Year
Private Sessions: $42 (Save 40%)
$100 Off When Paid In Full By 9/30/16

HSB Academy Unlimited – 6
Regular Price: $450
Group Sessions: Unlimited
Duration: 6 Months
Private Sessions: $57 (Save 20%)
$50 Off When Paid In Full By 9/30/16

What If I Already Have A Punch Card & Want To Upgrade?

Current Academy members wanting to take advantage of this new pricing, can do so by simply upgrading.  Existing sessions will be pro-rated towards the cost of your new membership.

Are There Any Restrictions On Times Or Training Multiple Times A Day?

Unlimited means Unlimited!  There are no restrictions on attendance and several new members have been attending multiple times a day.

Do Memberships Work On Game & Elite Sessions?

Yes – these memberships work like a punch card and are valid for any Game or Elite Session.

Can I Make Payments?

Yes – we understand that not everyone can afford this large a purchase at one time.  Please contact to discuss options or to set up a payment plan.

If I Buy An Unlimited Package What Will Happen During The Summer Months?

People purchasing these packages will get access to 12 Full Months of training.  Any closures will result in an extension of the memberships expiration date.

All Other Questions:

As always please direct any and all additional questions to or contact us at 208-720-1904.

-The HSB Academy Team-


Unlimited Memberships – Hear What People Are Saying!

We received this via text the other night from a parent.  She purchased one of our new Unlimited-12 Memberships for her son earlier this month and his improvement in just a couple shorts weeks has been staggering.

“It finally happened!  The varsity coach commented on his progress today at open gym! Totally out of the blue :).  If only you could of seen him play last season. He had no business playing hoops. Bless his heart for trying.  He couldn’t hit his butt with 2 hands.  I would give the 4 hours at the YMCA this summer 100% credit 😂😂 but we both know it’s the Academy’s 6 days a week of intense training that is really helping! You and Mike are AMAZING!   THANK YOU!”

Teresa M. – Boise, ID


Meet New Knick Justin Holiday

More Than A Rose Deal Throw-In

By Marc Berman NY Post
Photo Credit – Edmund J. Coppa

When Justin Holiday flew from Southern California to New York on Wednesday, the new Knicks shooting guard wore the 2015 championship ring he captured as a fringe player for the Warriors.

Holiday, 27, donned it symbolically. After increasing his role last season with the Bulls, Holiday, the older brother of injury-prone Jrue Holiday, wants to bring to New York the aura he absorbed in Oakland, Calif.

The 6-foot-6 Holiday became the added piece in the blockbuster deal that brought Derrick Rose to the Knicks in late June. Holiday figures to be the club’s backup shooting guard — mostly because of his length and defensive prowess.

It has been a long, winding road for the undrafted guard out of Washington — now with his fifth NBA club (121 career games). After finding a small niche in Chicago, he hopes to better that as a Knick.

Holiday’s experience with the Warriors is something he treasures and invokes often in an interview. He started four games for Golden State when Klay Thompson went down, played 59 total games and got spot duty in five playoff contests.

“The Golden State experience was amazing,’’ Holiday told The Post before appearing at the Knicks’ kids camp Friday in the Hamptons. “[For] a group of guys [to] come together the way we did and win a championship was a great experience for me that I’ll learn from — their maturity level. I learned firsthand what it takes to win games: The understanding the team comes before yourself. It was great to be part of team like that.

“You know on the floor when a team comes first, everyone looks good that way. To be on a championship [team] in my first full year in the NBA was a blessing. Sometimes I don’t have words to explain what a great experience it was.’’

Holiday and shooting guard Sasha Vujacic, who won with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, are the only Knicks with rings and they may fight for time behind Courtney Lee. But Holiday, the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, has a leg up because he is viewed as the wing stopper off the bench the Knicks need.

“I think we have a great team, especially looking at us on paper,’’ Holiday said. “What’s going to be make us successful is putting the team before ourselves individually. As far as talent goes, I think we’re one of the more talented teams in this league, especially in the East. Hopefully we do some stuff [the Warriors] did.’’

He’s not known as a scorer, but posted his career-best 3-point shooting percentage in Chicago (43.3) and notched a career-high 29-point game. But he wants to be known for his defense.

“The one thing I hate the most playing basketball is getting scored on — regardless if it’s a good shot or not,’’ Holiday said.

“That’s been my mentality since I remember. The way you win games is with defense. The reason the Warriors team was successful is we played defense well as a team and individually.”

Holiday has begun voluntary workouts with four other young Knicks at the Tarrytown facility with the start of training camp looming Sept. 26.

“I’m going to make sure I contribute that to this team,’’ Holiday said of his defense. “I’m here to help — not make myself be the star. That’s not my role or why I’m here. We have enough of those players.”

Rose is one of those stars, and Holiday witnessed a different player late last season.

“I don’t understand that people didn’t see that Derrick was hurt and he hadn’t had a full year back being healthy,’’ Holiday said. “He now has a full year and full summer. I think he’s going to be dangerous. Being with him by the end of last year, I saw things I didn’t really know he could still do. I didn’t think he’d still be as fast as he was. He’s still explosive, strong, still one of the fastest people in the NBA even after the injury. He’s going to surprise a lot of people.’’

Holiday, 14 months older than his more famous brother Jrue, just might, too. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek was emphatic during July’s summer league that Holiday was no throw-in.

However, he has been on a slow, D-League-plagued path.

“That’s how God wanted it for me, to go this route, to have a story to tell to encourage others to keep pushing on for what you want,’’ Holiday said. “Now I wouldn’t change it. I fought for everything I got. I’ve been through a lot of bad in this profession. So something that happens on the court, it’s not going to stop me because I’m going to come back harder.’’

Just Out – HSBCAMPS Returns To Twin Falls November 5th!

We’re Back! Just out – the HSBCAMPS team is excited to announce we will be hosting a fall Mini-Camp at Canyon Ridge in Twin Falls Saturday November 5th, 2016. This co-ed session will be a three-hour intense player development workout designed to challenge, advance, and encourage a small group of aspiring student athletes like never before.  This will be a great opportunity for those looking to test your physical shape or tune up before the upcoming season. These are smaller sessions so space is EXTREMELY LIMITED! Click Here to reserve your spot.

Date:  Saturday November 5, 2016
Time: 9AM – 12PM
Grades: 4th-12th
Price: $55
Limited Availability!!!
Click Here To Register

Mini-Camp – HSB Returns To Mackay October 7th!

HSB’s Mackay Mini-Camp is a six-hour player development workout designed to challenge, advance, and encourage a small group of aspiring student athletes like never before. A great way to test your shape and tune up before the upcoming season. Reserve your spot today by Clicking Here!

Mackay Mini-Camp
Date: Friday October 7th, 2016
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: Mackay High School
Price: $75
Save $10 Before 9/18/16!

Thanksgiving Camp Registration – Now Open!

HSB’s Thanksgiving Camp offers boys and girls in the elementary, middle, and high school grades (3rd-12th), a chance to train one-on-one with the pros. “Elevate Your Game” through our comprehensive curriculum of fundamental player development drills, station work, organized team competitions, contests, and guest lectures. Limited Availability Remains – Reserve your spot by Clicking Here!

HSB Academy Game Sessions Start Next Week!

Starting next week September 14th, Wednesdays will now be Game Session days. These sessions will be held at the EAGLE LOCATION ONLY and are available to elementary and middle school players looking for more live game experience. Classes will focus solely on scrimmaging in a structured environment (2-on-2, 3-on-3, 4-on-4, etc.). Space will be limited to a select number of participants. Please pre-register for these through the mobile app or via a computer.

Reminder – Havoc Nation Tryouts Next Week!

HAVOC NATIONS 6th & 7th grade boys basketball tryouts are next week. All players interested in joining the club are required to attend. A Player Liability Waiver must be filled out prior to participating. Please visit to download and complete the waiver.

2016-2017 Season Tryout Schedule
Idaho Athletic Club at 875 E Plaza Dr Eagle, ID 83616
6th Grade: Saturday, 9/10/16, 5pm – 6:30pm
7th Grade: Saturday, 9/10/16, 6:30pm – 8pm
*Please arrive 15 minutes before start of tryouts.

Please email or call Coach Quinney for details at

Thank you

Coach Quinney
PO BOX 2511
Eagle, ID 83616