Founder and Program Director
Thomas Gadson, Founder and Program Director
UA Rise 17 and Under Head Coach
USA Basketball Gold Certified
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Thomas Gadson, Owner/Director of Basketball Operations Coach Gadson established Virginia Elite in 2008 with the organizations mission to be the premier grassroots basketball program based in Northern Virginia and recognized as one of the top programs within the Washington, D.C. area, Maryland and Virginia (DMV).
Coach Gadson is a member of the Dulles-Leesburg (VA) Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Thomas Gadson has been involved with basketball for more than 30 years, from his youth days playing basketball and football in the YMCA and Police Athletic Leagues (PAL) youth leagues in Savannah through high school and college.
Post high school he attended Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina which competes in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Transferred and graduated from Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina.
Coach Gadson holds a Bachelor of Science and master’s in computer information systems. Additionally, he holds several technical and professional management certifications. As the director of Virginia Elite, he is responsible for all aspects of the program development.
Coach Gadson responsible for all recruiting and player development.
Virginia Elite serves all parts of Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and West Virginia. The premier AAU Grassroots Basketball program in Northern Virginia. Established in 2008 Virginia Elite has maintain a level of excellence that has resulted in many players playing at the highest level of high school and collegiate basketball.