(Orlando, FL) – The Winter Park Storm has named Barry Mestel as Head Coach for their upcoming season in the Florida Basketball Association (FBA).
Mestel, who has spent time as an NBA and WNBA scout, brings a wealth of experience to the Storm. Through his Winning Ways Pro International organization, Mestel and his staff have helped hundreds of players advance their careers and secure professional playing opportunities internationally. Through the Storm and the FBA, he sees an opportunity to further build upon those numbers.
“The FBA has proven itself to be a top minor league system that does exactly what it’s supposed to do,” said Mestel. “Basketball has long needed a sustainable, consistent platform that gives players a place to play, the knowledge to improve as professionals, and the resources that teams abroad need to consider signing import players. The FBA builds teams that follow that plan, and I’m excited to build a team of players for the Storm that can believe in that.”
Mestel also co-hosts Full Court Coverage, an Orlando-based radio show featured on 96.9’s The Game, with former NBA head coach Richie Adubato.
“I’ve know Barry for a long time,” said Mark King, CEO of the FBA. “He’ll bring a huge network of resources and value to the FBA. The Storm has landed a fantastic coach to lead this team.”
Recruitment for the Storm has already begun. The team will host it’s first-ever tryout at the Winter Park Community Center on Sunday, March 3rd. For information on tryouts, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storm Join The FBA
February 2, 2019
(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) will add the Winter Park Storm out of Winter Park, Florida for the upcoming 2019 season.
The Storm will be owned by Ernest Jones, a veteran professional basketball player who finished his playing career with the Florida Flight, also a member of the FBA. The Storm will play their home games at the Winter Park Community Center located in downtown Winter Park.
“We’re excited to have another FBA team in the central Florida region,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “There’s a lot of talent in central Florida, and there’s a real need for additional opportunities for players to continue playing after college.”
As with all FBA teams, the Storm will use a mix of scouting, recruiting and open tryouts to build their roster. The team will host their first ever tryout on Saturday, March 3rd at their home venue.
“I’m excited to transition from player to owner, said Jones. “It’s been great seeing the FBA grow. I’m looking forward to building on to what’s already been established and bringing a team to the beautiful city of Winter Park.”