About Big T Bailey Basketball

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Our Coaches

Learn more about our experienced and professional basketball coaches and trainers.

Thurl Bailey


Bailey attended North Carolina State University and was a leader in the Wolfpack’s miracle run to the 1983 NCAA Championship. That year, under head coach Jim Valvano, he led the Wolfpack in both scoring and rebounding. The selected him as the 7th pick of the 1983 NBA draft.

Jazz management reported that he was selected for the quality of his character, as well as the quality of his game. This was the beginning of 16 years of his playing professional basketball, 12 of those years were with the NBA.

Bryan Ware


Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennesee, Bryan played college ball at Anderson University in South Carolina (NCAA Division 2). He graduated from Bethel University in Tennesse with a degree in Business Administration. He's currently the Director of Basketball at Lifetime Fitness in South Jordan, Utah.

Our College & Pro Experience

NCAA Experience with North Carolina State

12 Year NBA Career with Utah Jazz & Minnesota Timberwolves

Thurl Bailey

Experience is the best teacher!

Don’t let the old school goggles fool you! My journey to be one of the best started just like yours. When I knew what I wanted to achieve, I surrounded myself with people who believed and saw potential in me…then I went to work. There were a ton of difficult days that made me question whether I had what it took, but all I needed to show up with was DESIRE and COURAGE!

After being cut from my 7th and 8th grade school teams, I had a choice. I could either give up and move on to something a little less challenging, or prepare myself for the next opportunity that I knew was eventually coming. It took making some sacrifices, but when that opportunity showed its face…so did I! I made the team that year and it was just the beginning of my basketball journey.

During my senior year at North Carolina State University our basketball team, led by the legendary coach Jimmy Valvano, won the NCAA Championship in dramatic fashion. After that season, the Utah Jazz selected me with the 7th pick in the first round. After 16 years of playing professional basketball, I am doing what I feel like I was born to do…use everything I’ve learned to help others succeed.

I’m excited to get to join you on your journey. Let’s get to it!

Big T Bailey

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