A LETTER FROM COACH PETE
Welcome to PSU Hoops!
If you’re new to PSU, welcome to the largest sports family in Brooklyn! Here, you are free to grow your love for the game, thrive, and succeed!
In seven quick years, we’ve shown that teaching soccer the right way can set a player up for success on and off the field. As we enter a new decade, we are excited to announce that PSU will be stepping foot onto the hardwood, bringing along the values that have forged our path since Day 1 — Community, Integrity, and Excellence.
We hope you will be there to join us in this new adventure! The PSU philosophy has been adapted to develop our brand new Hoops curriculum. We’ve also brought on coaches who are able to create incredible learning environments. Our new Hoopers will be taught how to see the game and make decisions efficiently, while developing chemistry and teamwork with one another.
Above all, we’ll be here for our new Hoopers as they grow as athletes and ambassadors from Brooklyn, New York City.
Lastly, thank you to Executive Director, Nate Bell, for believing that having PSU Hoops would do right by the community. I’m personally grateful for the trust, support, and mentorship I have received from Nate, James, Kempy, Sambie, and the rest of the crew everyday.
On three, UNITED! 1… 2… 3…
See you in January!
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Peter Panousopoulos joins PSU with a wealth of basketball coaching experience, having volunteered throughout New York City since 2006. He credits his love and knowledge of the game to being under the lifelong tutelage of his father, John, Marco Palacios, and Pascual Sim; and commends his experiences during his youth, Bishop Ford High School, and Baruch College — which served as his ‘home campus’ while at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College.
During his academic career, Peter remained involved in youth basketball mainly as a skills development coach. After earning his degree in cognitive neuroscience, he achieved his first head coaching position in 2013 with Sunset Hoops, guiding future collegiate athletes in a league sponsored by the Brooklyn Nets. He and his father had the opportunity to coach together at St. Athanasius CYO the following season, where they remained through 2017. He has also continued playing, most recently winning the NY Lawyers League and earning MVP in 2018.
With an ambition to spur Brooklyn forward through basketball, PSU’s new Director of Hoops will begin establishing our roots on the hardwood in 2020.
Why Trust Us to Teach Your Child About Basketball?
If you have a child in Brooklyn who is interested in a specific sport should have opportunities to learn about that sport and grow in the talent that they have when it comes to playing that sport.
What Skills Will My Child Learn?
If you want your child to get a basic understanding of basketball, no matter their age, we have youth basketball programs to help with that. At Park Slope United Hoops we help instill in your child the fundamentals and the groundwork for their basketball skills evolution through PSU’s new hoops curriculum. With some of the best coaches in Brooklyn teaching and playing at Park Slope United, you can trust us that your child is being coached by professionals that live basketball.
What Makes PSU Special?
You want your child to be working with adults who are passionate about youth basketball. Our entire team that keeps our NYC basketball camps going is made up of people who care about the sport of basketball and who love to help children grow. Those who lead our NYC basketball classes are passionate about youth basketball and they get joy out of teaching children like yours. When you bring your child to one of our basketball camps, you will see that we care about children and that we care about the sport of basketball.