By Crystal Eynon
Back in 1995, entrepreneur Shawn Moye was just a young student at LCCC. Although Moye didn’t graduate from LCCC, he took away some valuable lessons as he gave up his roots in the South Park area of Elyria and headed to Arizona to further the success of his creation, the Electronic Basketball Shooting Coach.
Since Moye was a young boy he had always been brainstorming and creating. His first invention came to him when he was 16 years old while watching the Olympics. He created an invention that would play a country’s anthem as its flag appeared. However, after the war of 9/11, he realized that the competition would be tough.
Years later, Moye was trying to help his 8-year-old son play basketball. He realized how hard it was for him to teach his son the proper form of shooting the ball. This is where he came up with his idea for the Electronic Basketball Shooting Coach, except putting his plan for this invention in action didn’t come easy. It took years of research, learning, and motivation to get his invention patented and ready for sale.
Finally, Moye had his product ready for the market and it became bigger than he could have imagined. Moye had created the Electronic Basketball Shooting Coach with the intention of “revolutionizing the way coaches teach and athletes learn.”
The device is strapped onto the arm of the athlete and will talk as the ball is shot towards the hoop. It will tell the athlete what they are doing wrong such as an elbow being extended too far. Although this device is designed to help all ages, it is typically a way for younger athletes to get the coaching they need without having to pay for expensive basketball camps or trainers. It will also teach them in a repetitive manner to instill good shooting habits into their memory.
Currently, Moye’s invention is endorsed by Antawn Jamison, a NBA all-star who owns his own youth all-star camp. Moye is also talking to EA Sports, and former NBA Laker and Nets point guard Jordan Farmar. Not only is he networking constantly to get his product out there, but he is always thinking of ways to improve it. Moye explains that he wants “a product that grows with the users.” He also is advancing his product to other sports such as golf and soccer.
When Moye was asked to share his secret to success with the young entrepreneurs at LCCC he advised, “Don’t quit, no matter how hard it gets.” He also wanted to share with those who have an idea for an invention or product to “protect it like it’s a baby.” As Moye explained what he had to go through to make his product come to life, he had made it known that research, networking and protecting an idea are all part of what it takes to become an entrepreneur.
To learn more about the Electronic Basketball Shooting Coach visit www.theshootingcoach.com.