Tom Emory

Tom Emory owner ITZ Sports Performance basketball training facility

Tom Emory has been a basketball coach and trainer for over 24 years, mentoring athletes in the Spokane community from ages 5 to 25.  Tom comes from a family that is deeply involved in the game of basketball – his dad, wife, and daughter all played college basketball. His dad was a High School Championship coach in Colorado Springs, Colorado and his daughter is currently on the coaching staff at The Masters University where she played 4 years.   Below are some of the highlights of Tom’s career:

  • Founded the Spokane Basketball School back in 2001 
  • Founded the Spokane Club Shootout in 2000, Spokane largest 5 on 5 competitive adult indoor tournament
  • Sports Director of the Spokane Club for 8 years
  • Head Varsity coach at Shadle Park for 2 years
    • Led the Highlanders to a 3A GSL regular season Championship
    • Led the Highlanders to a District Championship, into Regionals, and State Qualifications
  • Head Coach for the NW Blazers White, Black, and Lightning teams over a 8 year span
    • Elite Showcase travel team, and was top sponsored Adidas organization in the county – since switching over to UnderArmour as the top organization in the country
    • Has personally helped families / athletes in the Northwest receive over $5 MILLION in college scholarship offers
    • Over 95% of the players that Tom coached went on to play at the NAIA, D3, D2, and D1 level – and even two athletes that are currently playing professionally
  • Shooting instructor, utilizing NOAH and NOAHLYTICS, for over 10 years
  • Started ITZ Sports Performance back in 2017, all the while conducting between 80-100 private lessons per month
  • Veteran of the US Air Force where he served from 1990-94 during Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Gulf War)

Tony Skinner

Tony Skinner moved to Spokane, WA in 2002 to continue his basketball career. He went on to play for Gonzaga University from 2002-2004. He graduated from Gonzaga with a Bachelors in Sociology. After graduation, Tony went on to play professionally in Germany after which he returned to Spokane and started to embrace what Spokane and the basketball world have in common – a real love for the game. 

In 2007, Tony began his coaching career with a fellow teammate, and has since coached for several youth programs, teams, and organizations. 

Tony loves the passion Spokane has for basketball and does as much as he can to continue to give back. With 3 children of his own, his focus is on the fundamentals of the game. This includes not only teaching proper form and technique, but truly teaching the game the right way. 

  • Gonzaga Graduate 2004 played from 2002-2004
  • Played Professionally in Germany
  • Bachelors in Sociology, emphasis on teaching
  • Coached girls/boys AAU 2008-present
  • Individual/small group/team trainings
  • Collaborate and Consult with Lilac Legends (Spokane minor league BBall team)
  • Constant Student of the game

Troy Oliver

From Sandpoint High School to the University of Idaho and LCSC, Troy’s journey in sports has been remarkable. 

With years of experience, he’s trained athletes at all levels, from grade school to elite competitors. His dedication and expertise shine through in every session. 

Beyond the gym, Troy finds solace in spending quality time outdoors with his wife, Sam, and their beloved dog. 

His passion for training stems from the amazing coaches and trainers he had while growing up, and he’s determined to provide athletes with a solid foundation for success, not only in their sport but in life as they progress to the next level. 

Mike evans

Raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Mike’s basketball journey began at ThunderRidge High School, where he quickly gained recognition for his shooting abilities. His precision and accuracy from the perimeter made him a formidable force on the court and earned him a reputation as a great shooter. 

Continuing his basketball career, Mike’s skills took him to new heights. He played professionally as a player in Moncton, New Brunswick, where he showcased his talents on the court. Additionally, Mike expanded his experience as a coach in Halifax, Nova Scotia, guiding and mentoring athletes to reach their full potential. 

Beyond his basketball accomplishments, Mike’s faith has always been a driving force in his life. He recognizes that his skills and achievements are blessings from God, and he strives to give all glory to his higher power. 

As our Director of Basketball, Mike’s exceptional shooting skills, coaching experience, and unwavering faith make him a role model for our athletes. His ability to combine talent with humility and integrity will inspire others to strive for excellence both on and off the court.