UBA Founder Naazir Russell is a former NBA coach, professional international basketball player, a university coach, and was a collegiate basketball player at the University of West Florida, where he earned a full basketball scholarship and graduate degree in Health Sciences. Coach Russell comes from an NBA family where five men have either played a's a professional and/or works in the organization. The Russell family has produced more NBA players than any other family in the world. These men are: Frank Russell (father) , Campy Russell (uncle and current commentator for the Cleveland Cavaliers); Walker Russell (uncle and current Director of Scouts for the New York Knicks), and Walker Russell, Jr (cousin). This fuels Coach Russell’s passion and sincere interest in sharing his knowledge of the sport with up and coming basketball players. Coach Russell has trained NBA professional basketball players who benefited from his expertise and include: Lebron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Rasheed Wallace (Detroit Pistons); Daniel Gibson (Cleveland Cavaliers), among others. Coach Russell along with his experienced and competent staff is guaranteed to prepare each student athlete for the next level post high school graduation.
Chris Riley is a native of Pontiac, Michigan. He founded Sky's The Limit (STL) in 2013 so inner-city student-athletes that love the game of basketball, will be safe, and has proven to be a quality organization to help them develop their skills and reach their maximum potential and abilities. As a former high school and collegiate basketball player at colleges such as Xavier University and Northwood University where he earned his Associates in Management and Bachelors in Business Administration, he was able to fine tune his basketball talent and skills. With over 15 years of coaching and mentoring, Coach Riley has coaching experience ranging from middle school to men's collegiate basketball programs. In addition to his coaching experience, Coach Riley is active in his community and is a recipient of several awards, including Man of the Year Award from Obedient of Christ Ministries (2009), Community Service Award from the Pontiac Democratic Club (2010), Community Service Award from the NAACP Northern Oakland County Branch (2015), Michigan's Coach of the Year from the Detroit Pistons Jr. NBA (2018), and National Coach of the Year Finalist from the Jr. NBA (2018). Coach Riley brings a wealth to experience and knowledge to the team and to the Pontiac, Michigan area.
Director Eliseo Quintanilla is a native of La libertad, El Salvador and brings world class experience as a professional soccer player. Beginning his career at the age of 16, he played and advanced on a number of international teams, which include Washington, D.C. United , Club Deportivo Aguila, San Salvador Futobol Club and his home country national team El Salvador. Playing in the position of midfielder and forward, Eliseo played a total of 13 years of professional soccer and participated in World Cup qualifying rounds to Japan and Korea in 2002, Germany in 2006, South Africa in 2010, and Heats to World Cup Brazil in 2014. Recently, he coached players at Texas United and is a licensed United States Coach with Grassroots 11v11. Eliseo looks forward to meeting the needs of each student athlete in the program through hard work, training, and international exposure using the game of soccer.
Director of Academic Enrichment and a member of the Administrative Support Staff for the Uptempo Academy, Kierah Russell holds a Masters in Public Administration and Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Kierah is a former college professor for Lone Star College and Stephen F.Austin State University for of four years where she taught Political Science and Public Administration. Additionally, Mrs. Russell is a 2013 Teach for America Alum and taught at her placement school KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys in Houston, Texas for 4 years. She also earned the opportunity to work with the 81st Texas Legislature through the Texas Legislative Internship Program sponsored by then State Senator Rodney Ellis, who is a current Harris County Commissioner in the Houston area. With over ten years of collegiate experience as a former successful student, educator, and administrator, Kierah will provide each student-athlete with the academic support and enrichment needed to be successful in the classroom and smoothly transition to a 4-year college/university.
Doug brings over 25 years of experience as a baseball coach and instructor. As a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association he has spent time as a high school baseball coach in Corpus Christi, Texas as well as coaching travel and select baseball clubs at all levels. He has been successful in helping players move on to the collegiate level, ranging from Junior College to Division I. In addition to those former players that moved on to play baseball in college, Coach Ross has seen 5 former players selected in the MLB draft. A graduate of Texas A&M he enjoys the opportunity to work each day not only to develop his players skills, but to also help them grow as young men and prepare to transition to the Next Level. Practices are designed with player development in mind and to prepare them to compete against the best players from all over the United States. Doug understands the college recruiting process and the steps it takes to get the student-athletes the exposure necessary to get on the college coaches radar. In addition to his baseball coaching experience, Doug spent 12 years in the Golf Industry as a PGA Club Professional and has competed in several Hogan Tour events. Active in his community, Doug has served on the Board of Directors for the Corpus Christi and Port Isabel Boys and Girls Clubs of America.