@ The Patrick School

At the Academy we have limited spots and even though applications are accepted from anyone the acceptance will not be on a come first – served first basis but on the eligibility of the applicants.

Priority will be given to students who have attended the Middle School at The Patrick School. We will also give priority to New Jersey residents but will also take out of state and international students.

In order for the applicant to be considered please make sure that all steps are followed and all support material is provided.

Coach Chavannes

10 years Head coach

7 at The Patrick School / St. Patrick High School


  • 6 County Titles 
  • 1 sectional State championship
  • 1 state championship
  • 1 TOC

JV Coach:

  • 6 County titles

NBA Players Coached as Assistant or Head Coach:

  • 5

Pro Players overseas

  • 25

Former Players as Current College Head Coach 

  • 2

College Assistants

  • 3

Co-founder & President of The Patrick School

Head Coach

Coach Mel

Trainer Mel Joyner was born In NYC and currently resides in Hackensack, NJ. He has 14 years of training experience, and is a Certified Personal Trainer/Kickboxing Instructor under AFAA and also holds certifications in Madd Dog Spin and Revolution Smartbells. He is currently the Head Athletic Performance Trainer at Venom Fitness in Wyckoff, N.J. where he develops programs for athletes playing basketball, football, soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. He currently conditions Middle School and High School AAU Male & Female Basketball Players, and has trained H.S. Basketball Players from Ramapo H.S., Teaneck H.S., Hudson Catholic, and Hackensack H.S. 

Coach Mel has also done conditioning for the following AAU Basketball Programs:  Riverside Hawks, N.J. Give & Go, 60 Elite, Team Rio, and the Playtime Panthers. In addition, Coach Mel has worked at the following gyms:  Crunch Fitness NYC, NY Health & Racquet, Body Designs, and UFC Gym. He was a Fitness Contributor for Time for Kids and his` training philosophy is “Train hard to Compete Hard!” 

On the education side, Coach Mel is a Certified N.J. School Teacher for grades K-8, and has 12 years of teaching experience within the Paterson Public School District where he taught 3rd and 4th grade, and has taught 7th grade math. In addition, he taught at Transfiguration Academy in Bergenfield, NJ.. . Coach Mel won the Golden Apple Award for Teaching in Paterson and created a Before School Workout Program for students and teachers to help get the day off to a positive start.

DJ Sackman

DJ Sackmann is an NBA Skills Coach and a world-renowned basketball clinician. Some of the best players in the world travel directly to DJ for training. DJ is known for his unique ability to combine advanced player development skill work into game like situations. 

Most recently, DJ was asked to join adidas Basketball as one of six trainers in the world to represent the Global brand. DJ was also asked to be the lead director of adidas Nations Training Camp, one of the most coveted camps in the world. 

Owner of DJ Sackmann Basketball and The Hoop School, DJ is also one of the top trainers with the global brand I’m Possible Training, and the Director of Player Development for Basketball Coaching, the largest basketball company in Israel.

DJ is sought out by many of the top ESPN ranked high school players in the country for his knowledge in player development. Many of them travel directly to DJ Sackmann for training. 

DJ has spent time with multiple college and NBA coaches this summer, working along side: Tom Crean, Sam Mitchell, Seth Greenberg and Kaleb Canales to name a few. 

He has received high praise from his peers about his expertise in player development. (see video)

“I’m 51 i’ve been a head coach for 18 years, and i’ve learned more watching DJ in one week, that I could have possibly imagined.” 

Coach Delson

Coach Delson is the founder/CEO of Delson Training Take Over the Game company. He has been a skills trainer for over 6 years . He develops special Basketball skills for athletes. He also specializes in ball handling, passing, shooting, conditioning, strength, IQ, and sportsmanship.


Delson has been the official skills trainer at The Patrick School in Hillside NJ since. He has work with many professional basketball players and high level division 1 college players. Here are  few names:

  • Sterling GIbbs NBA
  • Cligg Colimon, Overseas
  • Kellindra Zackery, WNBA
  • Jesse Jones, Bridgeport University
  • Marquis Nowell, University of Little Rock