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.
Coach Pirtle for being inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.