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Varsity Academy began in the fall of 1999 and has helped produce some of the top athletes to come out of Spokane, Washington since that time. We focus on skill mastery and live, competitive play in a positive and encouraging environment.

Varsity Academy offers training programs in Spokane, Washington to help athletes improve during the Fall and Spring off-seasons. Varsity Academy D1 aims to help you step on the floor ready both physically and mentally for every day of practice.  For younger athletes ages 9-13, VA D2 training is based on appropriate age and ability level teaching. This training reinforces the fundamental skills crucial to basketball success. We desire to help you improve in a challenging and fun environment.

Highlights Include
  • Intensive skill development
  • High caliber staff committed to your success
  • Leadership training and character development
  • An atmosphere of enthusiasm, respect, encouragement and high expectation
  • Accountability for basketball and life goals
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Camp Coaches

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    Camp Director John Fazio

    John Fazio is a full-time employee of NBC Basketball Camps and has been directing camps for nearly 20 years. "Coach Faz" has several years experience in YMCA, AAU, and has coached players elementary through college level. In addition to summer camps, he directs Varsity Academy which trains 150 athletes per year.

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    Camp Director Shawn Stetson

    Shawn works full time at NBC Camps as the Canada Director. He has run NBC Olds since 2001, and now oversees several NBC locations throughout North America. A former basketball player at the University of Calgary, he is passionate about creating an amazing camp experience for kids who come to NBC.

  • Staff Coaching Staff

    Mark Deesing (DC/DB's) Brad Burton (DL) Cyrus Satoafaiga (LB) Nate Dolan (SPT) Ken Wilmesherr (OL) Kevin Smith (RB's) Levi Kealaluhi (Rec) Greg Giles (WR) EJ Campbell (TE's)

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Camp Details

Each athlete in the Varsity Academy will be given a VA t-shirt.  All athletes are expected to provide their own basketball, water bottle, indoor shoes and hoop clothing.

On the first day of VA, please bring a signed copy of the One Page Medical Release Waiver and the Washington State Concussion Waiver.

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Varsity Academy offers 3-day, 2-day, or 1-day per week  membership. Sunday and Tuesday gym times will focus on basketball development while Thursdays will be geared more toward speed/agility and strength development.  All gym ties are at The Warehouse near Gonzaga University.


VA D1 is designed for high school athletes. This program is set up to challenge advanced players and will teach skills appropriate for the high school player. Intensity and competition will be high priorities. The Fall Session is specifically designed to help prepare you for basketball season. The Spring Session will give athletes a head start on off-season workouts. Freshman-Senior athletes may enroll. Younger athletes will accepted at the discretion of the VA staff. This program is designed for the older and more skilled high school age players. Teaching takes place primarily through live, competitive games and structured, organized play. 


Designed for ages 9-13, we divide athletes into training stations based on skill level and ability. It is worth the investment to learn basketball skills correctly during the formative years. Each athlete is important to us and we want to help you reach your basketball and life dreams and goals.


Each registered athlete in the Varsity Academy is required to have the VA reversible jersey and it should be worn to each gym time.  It is a one-time cost of $10.  You may wear your jersey from Fall Session.  If you did not attend Fall Session or would like to purchase a new jersey, please purchase the jersey during registration and you will receive it the first day of your Spring Session gym time.  Please Note: Jersey's are adult male sizes and run from YL - 2XL.

FALL SESSION DATES 9.16.18 - 10.28.18

Sundays Only = $225 (D1 or D2)
Tuesdays Only = $155 (D2 only)
2 Days Per Week = $255 (D2 only)
$5 Registration Fee is included in the listed tuition cost.

Dates: September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28
Times: 5:30-7:30 pm 

Dates: September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23
Times: 4:30-6:00pm

Contact Coach John Fazio for information on sibling and team discounts.  jfazio@nbccamps.com  509.232.6493

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 5:30-5:40 Welcome and theme of the day
  • 5:40-6:00 Individual and competitive ball handling work
  • 6:00-6:10 Shooting review and form shooting
  • 6:10-6:25 Live shooting drills and games
  • 6:25-6:45 Skill of the day teaching (defense, attack moves, screens, passing, etc.)
  • 6:45-7:00 Competitive game play - small numbers (1v1, 2v2, 3v3, etc)
  • 7:00-7:25 Full court games
  • 7:25-7:30 Spotlights and closing message, announcements

The Warehouse is centrally located in downtown Spokane across Hamilton from Gonzaga University less than a mile off I-90.  It is one of the premiere basketball facilities in Spokane.

Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 5.00 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    VA Spokane positive influence

    My son has always been an aggressive player and I have been working with him to always show good sportsmanship. It hasn't been until he began attending the NBC camps and VA that he has finally gotten it. You coaches have been such positive role models for him. I appreciate the positive influence that he gets at the NBC camps and VA. He finds the camp challenging and more importantly he enjoys being around not only the people that are attending but also those running the camp. He is looking forward to attending the Spring session and is also trying to recruit some players to join. Thanks again for all you do and I look forward to working with you and VA this Spring.  

    — Brittany Varsity Academy Parent

    • 5/5.
    VA builds better ball players

    Coach, Last week end he played exactly as you would expect and the way you taught him, he was dominant inside and out, dribbling and rebounding. Averaged 30 per game, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocked shots. He was ask to be on the AAU Traveling team. I guess the question on how he would stack up against his own was answered by himself. I wish you could have been there. I know that it is because of you and your coaches that he is getting to play at a elevated level. A number of coaches from their called and said they were very impressed by his overall play. He will be back with you soon. Thank you. Your program builds better ball players.  

    — Dan Varsity Academy Parent

    • 5/5.

    I just wanted to send you a very big thank you for working with my son at VA on Sunday. He had a great workout. He was very tired and hungry after his afternoon of basketball. He has been in the gym 3 days now since working out with you.......I can see a difference. Nothing magical, but just confidence. The level of workout, the number of guys to play against and getting direction from coaches that he has known for many years was so worth the 6 hours of driving. Today in the gym I watched him take it to the hoop against anyone who tried to stand in his way over and over. He took over the court like I knew he could, but now I think he knows he can too. I even watched him break out a couple of those moves under the hoop that you guys worked with him on. Of course the guys in the gym went crazy and his confidence went up. I have been a very strong supporter of NBC Camps over the last 10 years, sending my kids to countless camps and spending thousands of dollars, but those few hours on Sunday were priceless!! Thanks again for spending that extra time!

    — Michelle Parent

NBC Basketball Varsity Academy at The Warehouse

John Fazio, Camp Director
800 North Hamilton St
Spokane, Washington 99202-2047
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