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what we do
Welcome to Yellow Brick Basketball! We offer year round youth basketball clinics and academies for preschoolers (3.5+ yrs old) through 5th graders all over Montgomery County, MD.
My name is Ryan Krueger and I am the head coach and founder. I was a professional coach for 19 years in the NBA, G League, and NCAA Division 1.
Yellow Brick CLINICS are a way to get the very smallest hoopers (age 3.5+ through 2nd graders) excited about the game and about sports in general. They are a stress free way to introduce kids of all abilities to the game.
Yellow Brick ACADEMIES give players in 3rd through 5th grades a chance to continue improving their skills outside of the traditional 'winter season'. They are a little more focused than the clinics and introduce some competitive aspects, but still prioritize fun, skills and building confidence in players.
what we believe
We designed a program that focuses on fun, skills and building confidence. We believe that jumping into games or competitive environments before they have the skills / confidence to succeed isn't an ideal path to long lasting success.
At Yellow Brick Basketball, winning has nothing to do with scores or games. Winning is getting kids excited about basketball, confident in their abilities, who want to keep playing. Winning is having a great sports experience that maybe even gets them more excited to try other sports. That's why we create an environment where everyone can be successful.
Founder & Head Coach
New Orleans Pelicans, Head of NBA Players Assoc
"Kroogs helped me become grow and develop into an NBA lottery pick. Not many young players would get the opportunity to start their basketball journey with a coach of his caliber."
17 year NBA veteran, Currently ESPN on NBA
"I relied on Ryan every day during our time with the Nets. It's no coincidence those were some of my most productive years in the NBA."
Coach Stan Van Gundy
Former NBA Head Coach, ESPN Commentator
"Ryan led the Pistons G League team to its most successful seasons ever. He's proven he can be successful at any level, any age group."
Thank you to the 150+ families enrolled in our Fall 2023 program. We are humbled and incredibly appreciative of you.
Thank you to the 145 families who took part in our program in Year 1 over three sessions.
Thank you to the 70% of families re-enrolling during Year 1. Wow!
Thank you from one very humbled and appreciative coach and program founder.
Year one at Yellow Brick basketball was amazing and all we can say is thank you.
Thank you for the amazing reviews and for all the recommendations.
Thank you to the amazing families who make it so enjoyable for our staff.
Thank you to the sweet, adorable kids who make this program what it is.
Meet the Team
Founder, Head Coach. &"Clinics" Director
Ryan Krueger is a Richard Montgomery graduate, who coached professionally for 20 years. He has been an NBA assistant coach, a G League head coach and on the staff of D1 programs in the Big 12, Big East, CAA and Patriot League. Ryan has helped coach NBA lottery picks in college and trained NBA players in the off season. But what he loves most is finding ways to get young players excited about basketball, improve their skills and see their confidence grow.
Ryan earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and his Master’s degree in sport leadership from VCU. He is currently a teacher for MCPS.
"Academies" Head Coach
Coach Anthony was a MoCo star and one of the best players in Richard Montgomery history. His standout collegiate career helped him play professionally overseas for several years before returning home to begin a career in coaching. Most recently he was the head coach of the Einstein girls varsity team, but has 15 years experience coaching younger kids as well. His knowledge of the game and easy going personality are at the heart of why kids of all ages love working with him."