High Level Basketball is designed for the youth in Melrose to become excited about the sport of basketball and master the skills necessary to compete at a high level. The philosophy of “work hard, stay together, see result’s,’’ is the foundation of our program. Players will have the opportunity to meet and work with current and former Melrose High School players where they will learn how to instill values of dedication, team work, perseverance, confidence and learn the makings of having true leadership skills.
The only way for players to get better is through extensive repetition of skills and not being afraid to make mistakes. Players will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and take risks in order to learn how to handle adversity. Beyond the court we want to sustain lifelong teammates and friendships, create a sense of worth for each player, sense of community, and develop skills that can help players succeed throughout their lives.
We try to make the game fun and enjoyable while stressing that basketball is a game of fundamentals. We encourage any level of play including beginners to join our camps and clinics. We will try to determine the level of instruction to the individual needs of the student. Students will get to work with current high school Melrose coaches and current and former Melrose High School basketball players.
Meet Our Coaches
Danny Burns-Director- Melrose High School Boys Varsity Basketball Coach
I grew up playing basketball in Woburn, Ma at the age of seven. I fell in love with the game of basketball and continued to play throughout high school, college and adult life. I attended Woburn High School and was a four-year varsity basketball player and senior captain for the class of 2003. I have coached High School basketball since 2012 and was the junior varsity basketball and varsity assistant coach for 5 years for the Winchester High boys basketball program. I am heading into my third season as the Melrose
Boys varsity basketball coach and look forward to the challenge of building a winning program and sustaining lifelong friendships with players and families in Melrose.
Education: Westfield State University- Bachelor of Science, Movement Science with a concentration of study in Physical Education Emporia State University- Master of Science, Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Connor Gilbert- Assistant Director/ Melrose High School Boys Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach
Coach Gilbert grew up in Melrose and has a passion for teaching and coaching. He played for Melrose
High School and graduated in 2015. When playing for Melrose his team was undefeated going 20-0 and
winning the Middlesex League title. Coach Gilbert also coaches youth and high school soccer here in
Melrose and is a Math teacher at Melrose High School.
Jason Johnson- Melrose High Boys Freshman Coach
Coach Johnson grew up in North Attleboro and graduated from Bishop Feehan High School in 2008. He
was a three-sport athlete in high school playing football, basketball and baseball. Coach Johnson played
football and graduated from Castleton State University. He is a Health and Wellness teacher for the
Winchester Public Schools.
Please direct questions to Director Danny Burns below.