Grizzlies Youth Basketball Coach of the Year presented by Nike

Congratulations to Sidy Sall, the 2019-20 Grizzlies Youth Basketball Coach of the Year!

The Memphis Grizzlies understand the positive impacts that coaches have on young people, and thus select a Coach of the Year annually to recognize their on-and-off-court contributions to the youth basketball community.

This year, the Grizzlies proudly select Sidy Sall as its Coach of the Year. As such, Coach Sidy will receive a commemorative trophy as well as other tokens of appreciation. Furthermore, he will serve as the team’s nominee for National Jr. NBA Coach of the Year – a league-wide initiative that recognizes other phenomenal youth basketball coaches across the NBA, WNBA and G League.

About Coach Sidy:

A native of Senegal, Coach Sidy (pronounced: SEE-DEE) is an alumnus of the Seed Academy, Africa’s first student-athlete basketball academy for high potential youth. Following years of hard work and training, he achieved his goal of earning a scholarship to study and play collegiately in the United States. Then, following graduation and a professional playing stint overseas, the 6’9’’ skilled big man returned to Memphis to fulfill his true passion: teaching the game of basketball to young people.

In the time since, Sidy has become a staple within Grizzlies Youth Basketball programs, serving as a coach within the team’s camps, clinics, leagues and special events. He garners as much positive feedback as anyone within the program and illustrates a perfect combination of on-court coaching acumen and off-court mentorship.

Apart from the Grizzlies, and to pay it forward, Coach Sidy returns to West Africa annually to help encourage and inspire the next generation of African youth. He accomplishes this via volunteerism with Basketball Without Borders, the NBA Africa Academy, and the Seed Project – which utilizes the sport of basketball to address social issues such as education, employment, youth leadership and gender equality. In addition, he has also organized multiple fundraisers to help benefit orphaned Senegalese youth.

Get Involved:

If you are a coach or administrator who would like to get involved with Grizzlies Youth Basketball programs – perhaps as a coach, volunteer, league affiliate or camp host – email us at youthbasketball@grizzlies.com.