Burney Hayes

Coach Hayes has been coaching Youth Basketball of America (YBOA) since 1988, after becoming a member of the Lake Wales High School boys basketball staff. The following year, 1989, he began to also coach in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) events. Hayes started this as a means of creating an incentive for Lake Wales youth to finish the school year with a strong emphasis on academics. This blossomed with exhibiting the talent of the youth and with strong academics, propelling a few of them to attend institutions of higher learning such as Georgia Tech, Seton Hall, Florida State, Florida A&M, and Bethune -Cookman and others. These foundations have led to our current program of Team STAT/Each One Teach One Select sponsored by Amar’e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks, who began by playing in YBOA/Jr. Magic events.  The program is now one of the top AAU programs in the United States and boasts of helping more than 50 youths to attend college in its five year history.

Coach Hayes is proud of Amar’e for helping young men throughout the state of Florida to fulfill their athletic dreams and providing educational support to suppress illiteracy. Coach Hayes is most proud of Amar’e for reaching back and continuing to help out the children in his home town of Lake Wales, just giving them a chance, giving credence to his  foudation of reaching one, then Each One Teaching One. They’re proud of him, and will make him proud of them.