OUR Mission is to help provide knowledge that gives every athlete the power to develop the skills and attitude to take their game to the next level.

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Half-Court Hoops was initially formed in 1997 and provided basketball skill training on a backyard court.  The business was expanded by creating interactive skill workouts on CD that have been sold internationally over the internet.

We are excited about the growth of our company and the impact on the sport of basketball.  We currently offer a high level of Skill Training for individuals and teams, Coach's Consulting and a Team Unity & Motivation Program.



Congratulations to Coach Pirtle for being inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame!



Coach Laurie Pirtle is the former University of Cincinnati Women's Basketball Coach and a former starter and assist record holder for The Ohio State University. 


Laurie was the University of Cincinnati's all-time winningest coach with over 400 career wins.  During her tenure, the Bearcats won 310 games and advanced to postseason play more times than under any other head coach.  In her final 11 years, she guided UC to 10 winning seasons, five 20-plus win campaigns and eight postseason appearance, including seven consecutive from 1997-2004.  She was named the Metro Conference Coach of the Year in 1988 after transforming a 6-22 program into an 18-11 team in just two years.  Her squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament on four occasions, reaching the second round in 2001-02.  She was also inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. 


During her career at the University of Cincinnati, Laurie was also appointed as the Senior Woman Administrator, served on the NCAA Certification Committee, and the Gender Equity Committee.


Laurie is also responsible for building the foundation of the Capital University Basketball Program.  In just four years as the head coach, she took her team to the Division III Final Four, won two conference championships, received many Coach of the Year Honors, had a 31-game winning streak, and overall record 83-16.



Laurie received her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and a Master's Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Management from the Ohio State University.


Coach Laurie Pirtle,

Managing Partner



Mindy Shonk founded Half-Court Hoops LLC in 1997 to provide individual skill training for kids on a backyard court.  It was an immediate success as there was much demand for training players on individual skills.  Mindy grew up playing the game of basketball and wanted to share her knowledge and experience.  She is an alumni of Capital University where she had a successful 4-year career as her team reached the Final Four.  Mindy was an all-conference and all-academic player who loves competition and the game of basketball.


A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Mindy has a Bachelors Degree from Capital University.  She received her Master's Degree from the Capital University Law School.  Mindy is a Certified Public Accountant and was a Senior Manager with an international public accounting firm where she was responsible for managing staff, public speaking, and training seminars.  She continues to manage her own CPA practice. 

Mindy Shonk, 

Managing Partner

Half-Court Hoops LLC



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