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Hoops Coaching Staff

Hoops Directors


Eli Schwadron

Premier Hoops Director


Damario Clarke

Development Hoops Director


Michael McClain

Executive Director


Shay Whichard

Hoops Director of Coaching 

Premier Coaches

Eli Schwadron


Premier Hoops Director,

Head Coach - 6th Green Girls,

Head Coach - 4th Green Girls

  • Eli joined PPA in 2016.

  • After playing basketball at Blair High School, Eli got his journalism degree from the University of Illinois and worked for SLAM Magazine, a hoops-heavy publication.

  • Now, in addition to running the PPA Premier program, Eli also coaches the Varsity Girls Basketball team at Northwood High School.

Damario Clarke


Development Hoops Director,

Head Coach - 6th Green Boys,

Head Coach - 7th Green Girls

  • Damario grew up playing multiple sports from an early age.

  • Focusing on basketball in his later years, he has learned the game over that time span and is excited to give back and share his knowledge of the game with the next generation.

  • Damario played 3 years of varsity basketball at Northwood High school, has coached at summer basketball camps for 4 years.

Drake Goddard

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Head Coach - 5th Green Boys,

Head Coach - 4th Green Boys

  • Drake has been coaching with PPA since 2019. He is originally from Fort  Washington, MD and went to The Maret School in DC, where he started on the basketball team and was a two-time All-Conference Selection, two-time Conference Champion and DC State Runner Up.

  • After graduating from Maret, Drake attended Wheeling Jesuit University, where he was a 3 year captain and won 100 games in his career. 

  • After Drake's senior season, he received Wheeling Jesuit’s Unsung Hero Award. 

Michael McClain


Executive Director,

Head Coach - 5th Green Girls,

Head Coach - 7th Green Boys

  • Played basketball and soccer at Dematha High School, Blair High School

  • Went on to play at McDaniel College, where he received his degree in Business Economics

  • Joined the Player Progression Academy in the fall of 2014

Steff Davis

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Head Coach - 7th Blue Girls,

Head Coach - 8th Green Boys

  • Steff's playing and coaching experience started at a very young age.

  • In high school, he played at the Maret School in Washington, D.C. from 2010-2014. During that time, Steff won two league championships and had the chance to play for the DC State Title in 2014 at Capitol One Arena.

  • After high school, Steff played Division II basketball at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.V. from 2014-2018. 

  • After his college playing career, Steff went down to the state of Florida to be a Graduate Assistant Coach at the University of Central Florida from 2018-2020.

Freddy Obame


Head Coach - 7th Blue Boys

  • Originally from Gabon, Africa

  • Played for Monroe College in New York before transferring to the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

  • Played professionally in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Nigeria, Tunisia, France, and Turkey, and represented his national team of Gabon in the 2015 and 2016 Africa Cup of Nations

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