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Deon Nelson



Deon has been coaching basketball for 3 years at Pump N Run and he is in his first year as a track coach at Tipton High School.

Deon says he’s drawn to coaching because of those that were instrumental to his growth at the youth level.  He reflects on how hard they pushed him, and how much better he became under their influence. He says that they were his “gym parents” in a sense, and that they helped him learn more than just basketball.  He wants to pay it back and provide even more than he was given to each kid with which he comes into contact.

Deon hails from Atlanta, GA where he graduated in 2011 from Tucker High School. He’s been in Iowa for the last 3 years and he notes that coaching is a family affair as he has two family members coaching at Pump N Run.  He also has a younger brother who plays for the program as well. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, his friends and traveling with his family.

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