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Posted by Jim Butler at Feb 2, 2009 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )








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Posted by Jim Butler at Nov 18, 2008 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
General background.  Jim Butler has been an Arlington resident since 1990.  He currently lives near the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington with his wife, Kathy, his daughter, Emily, a senior at Yorktown High School and their dog Coby.  His son Jeff lives in Falls Church with his dog Shaq.

Coach Butler is a native of Seattle, Washington and a graduate of the University of Washington where he earned degrees in Business and Political Science; he also earned a Masters of Tax degree from Georgetown.  Coach Butler works at SIRIUS XM Radio (, where he's worked since 2000, as the Senior Director of Tax.

Coaching experience.  2009 will be Coach Butler’s seventh year coaching for the Matrix since he founded the Matrix in Spring 2003.  He also coached Fairfax County Youth Basketball League ("FCYBL") travel teams during most of those years.

Currently, Coach Butler is coaching the McLean Travel Basketball Girls' 10U Division 1 team, the McLean Blaze, in the FCYBL.   

Coach Butler’s travel and AAU coaching experience includes the following teams:


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2003 12U Black  
2004 13U Black
2004 12U Black
2003-2004 Arlington Blaze 12U D2
2005 10U Black 2004-2005 10U Arlington Mavericks D1
2006 11U Black
2006 11U White
2006 12U White
2005-2006 10U Arlington Sparks D1
2007 11U Black 2006-2007 11U Arlington Rampage D1
2008 11U Black  
2009 TBD 2008-2009 10U McLean Blaze D1

The 2006-2007 Arlington Rampage team led by Coach Butler finished in second place with a 10-3 record, the best record in the history of Arlington Travel for a Girls Division 1 team.  Playing as a Matrix team, that same team also finished second in its division in the Mid-Atlantic Girls National Basketball League (MAGNBL) winter league AAU season. 

Coach Butler’s 2007 Matrix AAU 11U Black team finished the season with a 27-13 record, including a 7-5 record vs. older teams, including wins over the Potomac Valley 12U Division 2 silver and bronze medalists.  The team finished second in its pool with a 4-1 record at the USJN Hershey Showcase and they finished the season by winning their pool with a 5-0 record at the USJN Nationals before moved up for bracket play where they lost a tough game to the ultimate silver medalists. 

Coach Butler has been coaching boys and girls youth basketball in Northern Virginia for 12 years.  Prior to coaching at the select-level, he coached the Fiery Dragons out of Glebe Elementary School in Arlington for six seasons.  Jim also has coached baseball and boys basketball. 

Coaching philosophy.  Coach Butler’s philosophy is to teach young student athletes the game of basketball through individual skill development, focusing on basic fundamentals of the game and teamwork. His aim is to prepare all his players to be productive at the next level, be in on the court, in the classroom and/or any other aspect of his players’ lives.

Coach Butler’s brings a disciplined, no-nonsense approach to every practice and games.  He likes a pressing, up-tempo game and man-to-man defense.  

A recent addition to Coach Butler's practices is an increased emphasis on drills and scrimmages that encourage creative, uninhibited play; not only does this make practice more fun for the players, but when executed by disciplined players, leads to stronger, more skilled, more creative players. 

While Coach Butler plays to win and likes to win, his approach is that if the girls “Play hard, play smart and play as a team,” that’s all you can really ask of your team.  Plus, if the players and the team consistently achieve these three goals, the game scores and wins and losses will take care of themselves.  

AAU basketball.  Jim is the founder and Executive Director of the Matrix.  Coach Butler also serves on the Executive Committee of Potomac Valley AAU Girls' Basketball, a position he has held since 2007; he is also the webmaster for the Potomac Valley AAU Girls' Basketball website.

Other youth sports background.  Other youth sport experience Coach Butler’s background includes coaching and/or assistant coaching Cal Ripken baseball and Arlington Senior Babe Ruth baseball for 7 years, serving on the Board of Directors for Arlington Senior Babe Ruth for 3 years, creating a coaching tips manual for Arlington Cal Ripken, and assistant coaching Arlington Optimists soccer for one season. 

Coach Butler also created the websites still used by Arlington Cal Ripken and Arlington Senior Babe Ruth.   He also assisted the Arlington Girls Softball Association with the reorganization of their website and managed the Arlington Travel Basketball website for four years. 

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Nick Cannon -- 12U Green

Posted by Jim Butler at Nov 18, 2008 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
General background.  Coach Cannon grew up in Arlington and attended Washington-Lee High School where he played basketball and football for the Generals.  Nick attended the University of Arizona after high school and then graduated from law school at the University of Richmond in the Spring of 2007. Nick is now as an attorney in Northern Virginia.

Coaching Experience
.  Nick returns to the Matrix for the 2009 season for his 5th year as a Matrix coach, his fourth as a head coach, all with the same group of players as they've grown up from 4th grade to 8th grade. 

Last season, Spring 2008, Nick was the head coach of the 12U Green team.  In 2007, he was head coach of the Matrix AAU 11U Green team, and in 2006 was the head coach of summer league 11U Green team.  

Nick is currently the head coach of the Arlington Travel 2008-2009 14U/8th grade Division 2 team; this will his third year with the same group of players. 

Coaching philosophy
.  Coach Cannon believes in developing the individual skills and teamwork which he believes translates to improved team play.  Coach Cannon is joined on the sidelines by Coach Chris Trahant; who is returning for his second year with the Matrix.  Coach Trahant views court awareness as a precursor to being a successful player.  Coach Cannon and Coach Trahant share the same principles of coaching: work hard, play defense, have fun, and be a good teammate both on and off the court.

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Liz Reed -- 9U Black

Posted by Jim Butler at Nov 18, 2008 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
General Background.  Coach Reed grew up in Liverpool, NY , a suburb of Syracuse, and played varsity basketball and softball at Liverpool High School.  Liz's varsity basketball team had a combined 58-9 record and captured three league titles and one sectional championship over her three years.  She also played AAU basketball for Syracuse Action, played on the silver medal-winning Central Region team at the Empire State Games, and attended many basketball camps and shootouts during the spring and summer season.  Liz went on to play varsity basketball and softball at the University of Chicago , where she was a teammate of former Matrix coach Jaimie Bleck.  Liz graduated from law school at American University in May 2006, and she is now employed as an attorney with the United States Postal Service in Washington , DC.

Coaching Experience
.  This will be Coach Reed's third year with the Matrix, having served as the head coach of the Matrix 10U/5th Grade Black AAU team during the spring and summer of 2007 and the Potomac Valley bronze medalist Matrix 9U team for the 2008 season.  She also assisted with other Matrix teams over the course of the 2007 spring-summer season.  Liz is also the president of Matrix Basketball.     

Coach Reed also coaches in the Arlington Travel Basketball program.  She is currently serving in her second season as the head coach of the Arlington Travel Girls 10U Division 1 team.  Liz also part of the Arlington Travel Basketball management committee. 

Prior to coaching with the Matrix, Coach Reed was an assistant coach with the Maryland Classics 1995-A (11U) team in the fall and winter of 2006.  Liz first began coaching basketball during high school, as a counselor at her high school's annual summer basketball camp.  She also helped to coach JV and middle school summer league teams.  During college, she worked as a coach at the Syracuse University Women's Basketball summer camp and the University of Rochester girl's basketball camp. Liz also is a self-described basketball junkie, and a life-long student of the game.

Coaching Philosophy
.  Coach Reed believes that basketball teams at any level become successful through constant effort, enthusiasm, and by working together.  Therefore, Liz stresses to her team the importance of working hard, communicating, and having fun during practices and games.  Additionally, she strongly believes that girls must be encouraged to play an aggressive, attacking style on offense and defense, and thereby build confidence in themselves on the basketball court.  She also believes that all players, especially at younger ages, should focus on becoming fundamentally sound, disciplined, and smart basketball players.  Finally, in every season, Liz hopes to pass along to her players many of the invaluable lessons she was taught during her playing career.

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