Coach Tom Abernethy
Coach Abernethy is the owner of the Indiana Basketball Academy (IBA). Founded in 1996, IBA is committed to providing the highest level of training by quality coaching staff in the Midwest. Coach Abernethy's visions is to provide each player with respect and encouragement while developing basketball skills. Additionally, he has a goal of using basketball to teach life and character lessons.
Coach Abernethy played on the 1976 Indiana University basketball team that won the National Championship, which remains the last college basketball team to finish a season undefeated. He was drafted into the NBA by the Los Angeles Lakers and also spent time with the Golden State Warriors and the Indiana Pacers.
Coach Andrew White
Andrew is a native of South Bend where he was Player of the Year for Northern Indiana at Penn High School. His college career at Central Michigan and Ball State University was cut short by knee injuries. Andrew is considered one of the top basketball trainers in the Central Indiana area and loves working with players of all skill levels, from those children just starting out to those with NBA aspirations. Andrew is a firm believer that building a strong base of fundamental skills is the key to success in basketball.
Andrew and his wife, Sylvia, are the parents of son George and daughter Hazel. Andrew has been at the Indiana Basketball Academy since 2003.
Coach Jim Crews
Coach Crews comes to the Indiana Basketball Academy after serving as Head Coach at the University of St. Louis where he won Coach of the Year honors in Division 1 basketball. Coach Crews was also the head coach at the University of Evansville and the United States Military Academy.
Coach Crews played on the 1976 NCAA Championship-winning team at Indiana University which was the last undefeated team in Division 1! Coach Crews has been invaluable in working with our coaching staff on training players and preparing them for the next level.
Coach Jack O'Flaherty
Jack is considered one of the best youth basketball trainers/coaches in the area. Many players, of all different skill sets, have come from all over the state to work on their individual skill with Jack. He teaches the value of old school fundamentals with new school creativity. Jack is a strong believer that hard work is the baseline to success on the court.
Jack played his college ball at Earlham College. He was a two-time top 10 scorer in the conference and an honorable mention all-conference member.
Coach Dan Sauers
Dan is from Woodland, Michigan where he was a four-sport athlete in high school, playing three years of varsity basketball. He then became a manager for the Men’s Basketball program at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. While there he spent time learning under Hall of Fame Coach Jim Kessler and now Head Coach Scott Moore.
Dan has a passion for working with kids who are just learning the game and helping them to develop into great ball players.
Running trainings in Michigan, Indiana and France he has learned how to convey the basics skills needed for kids to succeed.
Jenny is no stranger to the IBA. She worked with us back in her high school years & now is back to help families navigate the youth sports world from an administrative position. She was a high school & NCAA athlete. Her husband & her have 4 children, here in Carmel. She knows what it takes to be a student athlete & now what it takes to raise them. She is passionate about helping families find the right programs for their athletes & for them.
The IBA is home to all of her young players because as she would say "I wouldn't choose any better role models for my boys to learn from & grow up around."