Born in Chicago, Illinois and had a BASEBALL BAT in his hands at four years old. YES i said Baseball. He played flag football, basketball, and baseball. Not until Tony was 12 did he understand what travel or understand what AAU or club sports was about. Tony played travel baseball for three years, but baseball was not exciting to him, he felt it was boring. Tony enjoyed playing basketball because it was fast. He asked us when he was about 12 if he could give up football and baseball to only focus on basketball. I was heartbroken because I was raised up around baseball, but my husband and I supported Tony in his passion for the love of the game.
Tony attended a high school that had four thousand students. As a freshman, he tried out for the basketball team. Tony participated in a summer league that was run by the high school, which prepared players for high school tryouts. He did not make the team and reasons Tony heard were TOO SMALL, need to IMPROVE ball handling and try again next year. TONY was discouraged, but then Tony had an opportunity to play in an AAU team in Waukegan, IL with Coach George. When we found the opportunity the tryouts have completed, but Coach George said that he would have a 1x1 tryout with Tony. The gym was an hour away. Tony usually get car sick but he still wanted to go. I drove Tony and once we arrived Coach George started having Tony run. Since Tony gets car sick and then started running hard, and working out hard, he threw up four times during his first tryout. He picked myself up and got back on the floor to play. Coach George was amazed by his determination. He offered Tony a spot on the team. Since that day, Tony's experience with every AAU coach was exceptional. They have helped him to develop into the player / coach he is today.
Tony wants to offer that same guidance in return to another players, Tony wants to Thank you all the exceptional AAU coaches that have influenced him -- Coach George, Coach Sam, Coach Dmitry, Coach Greene and Coach Sigger. .
Our family moved here in 2016. Tony attended Ovilla Christian School and played varsity basketball. He play with A-Game Athelthics to continue playing AAU. Being a Senior, this was his last season playing basketball. Ovilla Christain Varsity Team went undefeated and won District. One game away from final four our season ended when the team lost. In Tony's senior year, he received two awards, TAPPS Rookie of the Year, and Second Team All-District.
My next steps in my life, Tony decided to attend SAGU in Waxahachie TX and major in Sport Management, In March 2016, he started the Wildcats Midlothian AAU Youth Basketball Organization. The Wildcats first season (Apr-Jun) 2018, had one team mixed with 5th & 6th graders. His first team had eight players, and we participated in 9 tournaments.
The Wildcats second season (Aug-Nov) 2018, the organization grew to 2 teams a 6th grad and a 7th-grade team. One of the thing Tony wants to do is to make sure that all of kid's makes their school ball teams. As of our first year, 98% of our boys made their teams. Tony was a volunteer coach at Canterbury Episcopal School, DeSoto TX. He helped with the 5&6 boys, Middle School Boys, and Varsity who went to State. Coach Sweet has been a tremendous impact and friend. Tony was very grateful for what Coach Sweet has shared with me.
Tony's focus is to help kids to improve on their fundamental skills, to focus on teamwork, and to build confidence. Basketball is not an individual sport; you cannot win a game with one player you need five players on the court, "TEAMB4ME". The way to build that united 5 is through trust and teamwork.
Tony believes that he has learned the foundation of coaching from his dad, He use to coach with his dad, and they would work together and discuss the different techniques, practices, and structure. TONY knows that HE cannot do this alone. Tony's support system, are his parents we help support his dreams and are always there for him. We continue to support Tony and the Wildcats organization. As the Wildcats organization and brand continues to grow, Tony will need Coaches that can help deliver the same philosophy that he has put in place with the existing teams, family and has already established. He will need to extend that belief with other coaches that believe in him.
As Tony continues work grow his AAU his continues to grow as an individual. He was nominated late 2019, for the 2020 Double Coach Award. It was announced in February that Tony was one of the 100 Regional Winners for the 2020 Double-Goal Coach Award. In March, the 25 National Winners will be select and Coach Tony has an opportunity to be selected he has already gone through the interview process. 2020 Spring/Summer the organization has grown to over 7 teams, 5 Coaches, and ~90 players. We are excited to see what the years bring.
Trish Rosito - (Tony's Mom)
Wildcats Director / Wildcats MOM