What They Are Saying

“Mark Newlen was an outstanding leader as a player for our 1976 ACC championship team. He is an excellent coach who makes the game fun to learn. You will enjoy your camping experience with him.”
Terry Holland
Former University of Virginia Head Basketball Coach and Current East Carolina Athletic Director

“Mark Newlen loves kids and is committed to their total growth and development. Mark is qualified to lead today’s youth in a wholesome summer camp setting. If I had young children, I can think of no one better to teach and influence them than Mark Newlen.”
David Odom
Former Head Basketball Coach, University Of South Carolina and Wake Forest University

“Mark Newlen teaches kids to love and respect the game of basketball. I consider him an excellent coach and mentor.”
Rick Carlisle  2011 World Champions Dallas Mavericks Head Coach

“Mark Newlen is a dedicated, organized, and wonderful teacher of fundamentals, with great communication ability. You can’t go wrong with with the instruction that he will give your child.”
Sonny Smith
Former Head Coach, Virginia Commonwealth University

“It was my good fortune to coach Mark Newlen at Robert E. Lee High School. Mark had an outstanding career at Lee and also at the University of Virginia. He is an intelligent and caring person who is always able to bring out the best in young people.”
Paul Hatcher
Head Coach, Robert E. Lee High School
Winningest High School Coach in Virginia
897 career wins and best won/lost percentage in Virginia

“Mark Newlen not only knows the game of basketball, but he understands implicitly the connection between sports and life and the many ways that young people can benefit from a positive sports experience. His camp offers important lessons both on and off the court.”
Valerie Ackerman
Former President USA Basketball and Former WNBA Executive Director

“I’ve known Mark for over 37 years and have always trusted him as a friend. As teammates we will always share the priceless connection of an ACC Tournament Championship. Most of all, I’ve trusted Mark’s expertise teaching young people about life through the game he loves so much.”
Marc Lavaroni
Assistant Coach of Los Angeles Clippers

“Mark Newlen has been a friend of mine for 25 years. Besides being a fine player at the University of Virginia, he was a selfless teammate whose tenacity in practice helped me prepare for an NBA career. I have also worked with him at numerous camps and clinics. Mark is a master at teaching basketball fundamentals. Not only does he process a great understanding of the game, but he has a genuine interest in helping kids. Young players will greatly benefit from Mark’s influence and teaching.”
Wally Walker
Former President/General Manager
Seattle SuperSonics 

“We choose Mark as a Sports Ethics Fellow because he embodies the ideals of honorable competition. He understand the importance of playing energetically within the rules … the has a way with kids and he is also a highly, highly skilled basketball coach.”
Dan Doyle
Executive Director of The Institute for International Sports

“I have had the privilege during my teaching and coaching career to have worked with many great athletes, coaches and teams from a variety of sports.  Amongst the most memorable times would be the period when I coached a young Mark Newlen at basketball in the newly-formed English Professional League. Mark was amongst the very best players to come to the club and certainly one of the very best people.  Mark’s personality, talents and style meant he made a significant contribution to the team and our club, both on and off the court. Many young players benefitted from Mark’s presence and guidance. People here in the UK still talk about Mark with affection and have followed his career when he returned to the USA. I can think of nobody better than Mark Newlen to run camps for the positive development of young people as both athletes and people.”
Bill Beswick
Former Sports Psychologist for Manchester United Soccer Team

“I have known Mark through our University of Virginia Basketball Family for over three decades. His strong faith and passion for inspiring young people make him a teacher in every sense of the word. He is truly a champion in the game of life”.

Jimmy Miller, Most Valuable Player East Regionals 1984