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Nova 94 Feet 14 & Under Tigers-Lanier

Head Coach:  W. Todd Lanier
Assistant Coaches:  Joe Scorah, Peyton Lanier

William Todd Lanier has been coaching AAU basketball for the past 8 seasons.  As a founding member of the Tysons Tigers he has witnessed 8 of his players graduate and play on the collegiate level.  The final season for the original Tysons Tigers team resulted in an undefeated season with the team winning all tournaments entered.  Todd has also coached several seasons for the Nova Cavs with one of the teams winning the prestigious national Maryland Invitational Tournament.  This is Todd's first season with Nova 94.

Todd is a NCAA certified coach.  He works professionally as a psychological associate and educational specialist.  He previously was an adjunct professor for Johns Hopkins graduate school.  Providing evaluations for students with learning differences and working as an advocate are primary professional responsibilities. 

As a fully trained positive coaching alliance or dual-goal coach Todd strives to build not only basketball skills but personal character.  His primary themes are to play hard, have fun, follow the coaching, get everyone involved, respect the officials, and trust your teammates.

Peyton Lanier graduated from George C. Marshall High School in 2017. He played basketball throughout each of his four years there and was a scholar-athlete at the varsity level. Peyton also played AAU basketball for the Tysons Tigers and NOVA Cavaliers. He has experience as a camp counselor as he worked as a skills trainer, mentor, and coach during Marshall’s summer basketball camps. Peyton is currently studying Computer Science at George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering.

In terms of coaching philosophy, Peyton emphasizes the importance of maintaining composure on and off the court. He recognizes the importance of respecting the officials, keeping a level head, and being receptive towards advice and constructive criticism. In practice, Peyton believes that players should acknowledge less refined aspects of their game and strive to improve them while continuing to push their strengths to new heights. In games, he applies a similar approach with a focus on utilizing the team’s strong points and exploiting the opponent’s weaknesses. As an active basketball player and student, Peyton looks to lead by example and act as a role model for aspiring young players while also employing traditional coaching methods

Team Roster: 

Aaron Boyd


Geajorm Akpaloo


Jesiah Ingram


Colin Fisher


Thomas Downs


Jack Thomas


Duncan Miller


George Papadopoulos


Sheldon Sutherland


Matt Furlong


Ryan Doherty


Dylan Lanier


Ashton Brown


Naren Kota