Pioneer Academy Head Coach Antonio “Tony” Paris is a professional basketball Coach & Trainer.
He’s trained and coached NBA players like Jason Thompson, Louis King, Ryan Thompson, Trevon Duval,
Amile Jefferson, Kris Jenkins, Brad Wannamaker, Dajaun Wagner, Jon Kasibabu, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, Omari Spellman and many more…
Coach Tony is originally from New York City and made the transition to the South Jersey area after creating programs for the youth in his community. He’s coach high school basketball for 12 years, a substitute teacher for 5 years and helped his team win 2 division titles as an assistant Coach.
Coach Tony continued creating youth programs by starting a basketball league, educational activities and senior citizen programs.He became the Head Coach at Burlington County College for 1 year, before joining the staff at Rutgers Camden University.As An assistant at Rutgers, Coach Tony was responsible for player development and helping the team reach the conference playoffs for the first time in years.
As a Player: Tony Paris won MVP of the year, Tournament MVP and 1st team all conference at CUNY, Manhattan Community College. He transferred to Hunter College, where he studied Computer Science and even furthered his education with a degree in Film Production. After joining PhillyCam and Scribe Film School, Coach Tony began working with NBC Sports, Comcast and ESPN on several Sport Documentaries. As an Artist: Coach Tony is an Oldschool Hip Hop Artist and has toured with some of the legends and pioneers in Hip Hop.
He helped the Philadelphia Spirit, ABA Professional team to their first division/conference title and playoff berth. Coach Tony also defeated two China National teams in consecutive years. As a Head Coach, Coach Tone has won 4 coach of the year awards, including Philadelphia Regional Market Championship Coach for ESPN/Ballup Classic. He’s won two Regional Championships in the ESPN/TBT Professional Tournament in New York and Syracuse Regions. He helped develop players from University of UPenn, Temple, Drexel, Lincoln, LaSalle, St. Joe’s, Villanova, Manhattan College, Iona College, Rider University, Duke, North Carolina and many more…
Head Coach Antonio “Tony” Paris of Pioneer Academy brings professionalism, character, a wealth of basketball knowledge and a winning attitude to the basketball program. He is committed to building a National program and developing Student/Athletes to be successful in the classroom and on the basketball court.