Our Coaches

Meet the Team

We have an excellent group of experienced coaches. We play hard and have fun!

Coach Nick Marshall

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KDH President/Owner

Program Director​

Nick Marshall is founder and head coach of KAN Do Hoops.  He graduated from Field Kindley High in Coffeyville, Kansas. Nick continued his playing career in college as a two-year member of the NJCAA Division II Brown Mackie College, where he was second in the nation in free throw shooting with a 93% average.  In an effort to give back to his high school alma mater, Nick returned in the summers to Coffeyville to coach a junior high team.  This was where he started developing his fundamental outlook and passion to help develop today’s youth.

“I started to feel like it (fundamentals) was a lost art.  I wanted to get back to the roots and felt the best way to achieve that was to start instilling fundamentals at an early age.”

After graduating from Brown Mackie College, Nick attended the University of Kansas, where he became very involved in refereeing basketball.  In 2008, Nick received the opportunity to begin coaching again and pursued it with passion.  He has had continual success in developing individual fundamental skills, as well as team concepts and skills throughout the Kansas area.  Today, he is determind to continue to help teach the youth the fundamentals of basketball one dribble at a time, while also maintaining a full-time Division I referee career.

Coach James Shaffer

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3rd Grade Orange Coach

Coaching for 2 years so far
Played basketball my whole life, and trying to turn that experience into good coaching. 
Probably the only Duke basketball fan in Lawrence. I pride myself on team defense and effort.


 Coach Charles Hopkins

2nd Grade Coach
3rd Grade Coach
6th Grade Orange/Black Coach

I’ve been coaching for 5 years at various levels. Growing up in Lawrence has helped me see/experience the challenges our youth face and motivates me to use basketball as a tool to help mentor and shape young minds. “Nothing is given, everything is earned” is a philosophy I stand by and coach with. I motivate players to exceed their potential, to play fast/smart basketball, to always play hard no matter the circumstances and to enjoy the game!!!

Coach Aaron Wilmes

photo of Aaron Wilmes4th Grade Orange Assistant Head Coach

Currently in his 3rd year coaching in the Kan Do Hoops organization, and 5th Year overall coaching youth basketball.  Excited to be a part of this great organization because of the numerous, quality coaches, players and families that Nick Marshall has assembled across many different age & talent levels.  Coach Wilmes believes it is important that today’s youth are allowed the opportunity to play many different sports, while being taught proper fundamentals in a positive, enjoyable and team-centered manner.  He also coaches a competitive youth baseball team in the Spring and Summer, with a total of 9 years of baseball coaching experience.  Played Division 1 baseball at the University of Kansas.  Works as an Eye Doctor in Lawrence, KS.  Happily married with 3 active boys.


Coach Chris Thompson

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4th Grade Orange Head Coach

I’m married (Jessica) with 2 kids (Henry, 9 and Landry, 7). I’ve been an assistant coach at Bishop Seabury for 3 years, coached Lawrence City League/Hoopsters for 4 years, and CYO for 2 years. I believe in tough, physical man to man defense. Defend, rebound and run. Play with pace and play with space offensively. 

My two favorite sports quotes are…

“Great moments are born from great opportunity” 
“Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard”


Coach Jesse Brinson

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4th Grade White Coach

Jesse and his wife Torrie are Community Development networkers with Called To Greatness. They enjoy equipping and empowering families and individuals. Jesse has been coaching for 14 years. He has coached football, baseball and basketball. Jesse was a walk-on football player for KU and is originally from Houston TX. One of his funniest coaching memories was his team winning a tournament and then receiving the trophy from the players. A tournament where he just let the kids go out and play. A couple of his favorite coaches are Coach John Wooden and Urban Meyer.