About Us

Our Story

Originally founded as the ‘Missouri Valley Eclipse Amateur Athletic Club,’ the club is an approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 2002 by Joe Erskine.  

In 2008 the Missouri Valley Eclipse and the Missouri Valley Power merged into one organization. This expanded the club and brought together like-minded players, parents and coaches who strive for the achievement of similar goals at all levels of the organization. Since the clubs humble beginning - starting with just 2 teams, it has grown to over 300 girls. 

In 2017, the Eclipse merged with Next Level Hoops Academy out of Wichita, KS, to become the Next Level Eclipse. The merger is the combination of two highly successful girls basketball clubs. Eclipse Basketball is affiliated with BlueStar Basketball/USJN.

Our Mission

The mission of the program is to foster national amateur sports and develop amateur athletes for that competition.

These goals are accomplished through techniques that are designed to improve basketball skills, enable players to compete at a high skill level, develop self-confidence, promote sportsmanship, and teach the value of teamwork… all through the sport of basketball.

The Eclipse strives to sustain a competitive and respectable organization that maintains integrity at all times and to promote amateur basketball for all players regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin or ancestry.

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Coaches & Staff

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“I was surrounded by amazing players and coaches that were willing to put in the time to help me improve my talents and develop life skills that would make me a great basketball player, and an even better person.”

Ashton Verhulst

Eclipse Player 2014-2020

Gary Brown

Recruiting Coordinator

816-522-5835

Joe Erskine

Co-Director and Coach

913-980-7941

Jon Lewis

Co-Director and Coach

913-221-8809
Teams:
17u Blue Star
4th Red

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Robin Verhulst

Program Director

913-558-8442

James Knight

James Knight

Coach

Team:
17u Blue Star

Dru Wheatcroft

Coach

913-530-4081
Teams:
17u Red

Damon Bell

Damon Bell

Coach

Team:
17u Red

Andy Kelley

Andy Kelley

Coach

913.620.3401
Team:
16u Black

Don Shipman

Don Shipman

Coach

Team:
16u Black

BJ Dunbar

BJ Dunbar

Coach

816-349-0946
Teams:
15u Blue Star

Julius Dunn

Julius Dunn

Coach

Team:
15u Blue Star

Chad Lynn

Chad Lynn

Coach

816-564-8503
Team:
15u Red

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Natalie Knight-Johnson

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Teams:
Black League Team

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Elijah Johnson

Just4215 and League Teams

Teams:
Black League Team

David Strong

Dave Strong

Coach

816-550-1369
Team:
15u Black

Keith Smith

Keith Smith

Coach

913-206-6062
Team:
14u Black

Jess Rahn-Kelley

Jess Rahn-Kelley

Coach

Team:
8th Red

TJ Taylor

TJ Taylor

Coach

269.615.0068
Teams:
8th Red

Sam O'Malley

Sam O'Malley

Coach

850.529.78888
Team:
8th Black

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Trevor Johnston

Coach

Team:
8th Black

Lonnie Sauter

Lonnie Sauter

Coach

913.461.8246
Team:

7th Red

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David Jack

Coach

Team:
7th Black

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Tom Kreamer

Coach

Team:
7th Black

Troy Wade

Troy Wade

Coach

913.747.5034
Team:
6th Red

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Patrick McCallop

Coach

913.940.5475
Team:
6th Black

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Xavier Jackson

Coach

515.779.4353
Team:
5th Red

Chris Thayer

Chris Thayer

Coach

913.486.2702
Team:
5th Black

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Sydney Ritter

Coach

515.779.4353
Team:
5th Black

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Aaron Bates

Coach

Team:
5th White

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Rebecca Haynes

Coach

Team:
4th Black

Brad Parrack

Brad Parrack

Coach

913.850.8300
Team:
3rd Red

David Verhulst

David Verhulst

Skill Instructor

Wanna Play?

Here is how to get started:

1. Come to a practice

1. Come to a practice

Spend an hour of your time with us and we’ll have the chance to get to know each other. You’ll see what our club is really about!

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2. Get matched

We’ll help you find a team that fits your unique goals and abilities. We have teams available for any skill level so that you can grow the way you need to.

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3. Grow your skills

Become a member of one our top performing teams and take your game to the next level.

Ready to play?

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