Kyle Coston, of Blaine, doesn’t dwell on how much work is yet to be done on his basketball training facility located at 4906 Graveline Road in Ferndale. Nor has he decided to wait before beginning to teach the skills that he used to lead Portland State to consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Converting a barn loft into a basketball court, Coston has been running Hoop Star Academy for local high school and middle school basketball hopefuls for more than eight months. The simple dairy barn owned by Kyle’s brother, former University of Alabama and Trinity Western assistant basketball coach Tyler Coston, is still a work in process. While the loft serves as basketball court and makeshift office, the downstairs is still a shell waiting for completion.
“We call it the Barnasium,” quipped the beaming Coston. He plans for a fully functioning training facility, complete with a downstairs weight room. In addition, there will be an outdoor full-size basketball court and a beach volleyball court.
The Coston brothers are no strangers to basketball. Both led Lynden Christian to state basketball championships. Tyler went into coaching after a collegiate career at Trinity Western and the University of Alberta, as well as working for Point Guard College, a program of basketball training camps for high school and college players at locations around the country. Kyle transferred from Portland State to Trinity Western in Langley after his coach, Ken Bone, took the job at Washington State. He is required to sit out this season before joining his brother, who is an assistant coach at Trinity Western.
“After coach Bone left,” said Coston, “I just didn’t feel like it was a good fit for me.”
The benefit for Coston in transferring to Trinity Western will be an additional year of eligibility, after playing for three full seasons for Portland State. He has used the season of sitting out to advance Hoopstar, his program where the Coston brothers use their expertise to teach 90-minute sessions of basketball skills to groups, teams and individuals. Though Coston has had no advanced advertising, word of mouth has brought eager students to his facility and kept him busy. Currently, Hoop Star Academy runs U-15 and U-13 Boys and Girls Club teams.
Coston’s workouts, often specialized and more intense than team coaching, can be hard and demanding.
“He’s tough,” said Patrick Carlson, a player from Meridian, “but he’s cool with us.”
For Coston, basketball isn’t the only goal.
“We want to give athletes a place that players can grow as individuals,” said Coston. He noted that skills like precision, so important in basketball, can also translate well into other vocations and life situations. “We also want to be modeling citizenship.”