Vertical Basketball Camp – Staff

Nate Vera, point guard for Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida

Nate Vera, point guard for Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida

Nate Vera was a collegiate basketball player for Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has extensive experience coaching and leading basketball camps, including: Camp Shalom Sports Head Counselor, basketball referee for Yale Sports Enterprises, Boys Basketball Freshmen Head Coach for Park Vista High School, and Coach for Florida CATS 7th Grade AA team which ranked among the top 25 in the nation.

Currently, Nate is the youngest Varsity Head Coach in South Florida school districts. During his own high school years, he played over 100 games and was the team captain. He was also selected to represent his high school in the county All-Star game.
 
He is the founder and proprietor of Perseverance Athletic Training, and has trained and worked with over 100 athletes over the past 2 years. Several of them moved on to play Division I and II college basketball. He teaches his clients not only basketball skills, but also helps them build solid work ethic, perseverance, and Christian values. Nate and his new wife, Anna, have a heart for serving underprivileged and inner-city youth, giving young people a chance to increase their potential through athletic training and character building.

Steve Stipanovich, former NBA player

Steve Stipanovich, University of Missouri all-time leading scorer

Steve Stipanovich, a St. Louis Missouri native, was the second player selected in the first round of the 1983 NBA draft, behind only Golden State’s Ralph Sampson.  Steve missed just six games in five years in the league and had career high 34 points vs. L.A. Clippers on March 14, 1985.  He was a first team all-rookie team selection in ’84…Had a triple double vs. Boston, Nov. 16, 1985: with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists…Great outside shooter for his size and gets up and down the court quicker than any other big man in the league…Ranked in top five of Pacers’ NBA career lists in several categories…Pro career was cut short due to injury to left knee…Steve retired from the NBA in 1989.

In college at the University of Missouri Steve was named college player of the year by UPI and CBS-TV and wound up his career at Missouri as the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,836 points), rebounder (942) and shot blocker (149).  Named to first team of several all-American squads and was an academic all american…Led Missouri to four Big 8 championships and four straight NCAA tourney appearances…Two-time first-team all-Big 8 performer and a second teamer as a sophomore.  Steve is a member of the University’s Hall of Fame.

Was a consensus high school all-American at DeSmet high school in St. Louis area where he led DeSmet to two state championships his junior and senior years along with a 60 game winning streak.  Steve played under legendary high school coach Rich Grawer and is a member of DeSmet’s Hall of Fame

Steve currently lives in St. Louis with his wife and six children.

Steve Stipanovich's Statistics

Steve Stipanovich, NBA forward for Indiana Pacers (pictured with with Kareem Abdul Jabbar)

    No.: 40
    Height: 7-0
    Weight: 250
    Position: Center
    Born:  Nov. 17, 1960 at St. Louis, MO
    College:  University of Missouri ‘83
    Residence:  St. Louis, MO
    Drafted: By Indiana in first round, 1983 (2nd pick)

Pro: Selected second in the 1983 draft, behind only Golden State’s Ralph Sampson…Has missed just six games in five years in the league…Had career high 34 points vs. L.A. Clippers, Mar.14, 1985…Was a first team all-rookie team selection in ’84…Had a triple double vs. Boston, Nov. 16, 1985: he had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists…Great outside shooter for his size and gets up and down the court quicker than any other big man in the league…Ranked in top five of Pacers’ NBA career lists in several categories…Pro career was cut short due to injury to left knee…Steve retired from the NBA in 1989.

College: Named college player of the year by UPI and CBS-TV…Wound up his career    at Missouri as the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,836 points), rebounder (942) and shot blocker (149)…Named to first team of several all-American squads…Led Missouri to four Big 8 championships and four straight NCAA tourney appearances…Two-time first-team all-Big 8 performer and a second teamer as a sophomore.

Personal: Was a consensus high school all-American at DeSmet high school in St. Louis area…Led DeSmet to two state championships his junior and senior years along with a 60 game winning streak…high school coach was Rich Grawer…Steve lives in St. Louis with his wife and six children.

TOP GAMES AS A PACER

Points
34, vs. L.A. Clippers, 3/14/85
30, @ Portland, 1/16/85
      @ Atlanta, 2/20/87
29, three times

Rebounds
16, four times

Assists
10, vs. Boston, 11/16/85
8, four times

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