FTA provides elite skills training. FTA coaches and staff bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. Each staff memeber has many years of coaching experience and has played all the way up to elite levels of basketball.
Brandon Allen serves as the Communications Manager for Follow Through Academy. Brandon spent his high school years at Whitney Young High School where he was an integral part of a nationally ranked basketball team his junior and senior year. After high school he accepted a Division 1 basketball scholarship to the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore where he competed in the MEAC conference. After his freshman year he transferred to the University of Illinois-Chicago where he ultimately earned his bachelor’s degree. Brandon recently earned his Pre-graduate Business Administration Certificate from Northwestern University. Brandon currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for Balton Corporation, a local warehousing and distribution firm located on the south side of Chicago. Brandon is a loving husband and possesses a passion for youth development and uses basketball as the tool by which to build relationships to ultimately help his young student athletes’ blossom into the men and women that they were born to be.
Jalen Carter attends Lindblom Math and Science Academy High School in Chicago, where he does a phenomenal job of balancing education and basketball. He is a member of the National Honors Society and captain of the boys basketball team. He was a Red Central All-Conference selection for the 2016-17 season. He works with our young kids on the fundamentals of basketball and serves as a coach in our FTA camp.
Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky was an experience that made Coach Farrow realize that education was the avenue in which he could attain his goals in life. After graduating from Moore Traditional High School, Coach Farrow attended Kentucky Wesleyan College on a basketball scholarship. This is when he discovered his passion for mentorship.
After graduating with a degree in Sociology and later earning a Masters degree in Sport Psychology from Argosy University, he began his coaching and mentoring career. The journey began fifteen years ago in Rockford, Illinois with the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). This opportunity lead to him developing some legions of the such as: Ronnie Fields (Farragut H.S); Stais Boseman (Houston Rockets); Teddy Dupay (University Florida); and Carson Cunningham (Purdue University) are just to name a few. Coach Farrow was also the Director of Public Relations with the organization and lead community service projects. He then moved on to coach at Gannon University in Erie Pennsylvania where he was the lead recruiter and Academic Progress Monitor for three years.
While in Erie, Coach Farrow also worked with troubled youth in the Erie Public School system as a mentor and a counselor. Coach farrow was then named the Head Basketball Coach with Quad City River Hawks in the Premier Basketball League (PBL). At this time, he was the youngest coach in the League and his team captured the Western conference title in his first and only season with the organization.
Coach Farrow then arrived at Urban Prep Charter Academy in Chicago, Illinois. With his coaching strategies and mentoring of the team members, the basketball program turned around to become successful. During his time there, they captured four conference titles, and he was named Chicago Public League Basketball Coach Association (C.P.L.B.C.A) coach of the year four times. While achieving athletic accomplishments, Coach Farrow was also ensuring that every student athlete he coached attended a four-year college or university.
Coach Farrow is currently entering his third season and the Head Basketball Coach at South Shore International College Preparatory High School. He is also a Lead Mentor and skill development coach with Follow Through Academy in Chicago, Illinois.
Coach Farrow has dedicated his life to mentoring and developing young men through basketball. Coach Farrow believes that, “Basketball is a microcosm of life, and the lessons learned through the sport can develop the necessary coping skills that will lay the foundation to deal with many of the challenges that young people face during their life time”.
Coach Farrow is currently married to the former Ms. Nicole Daniel and reside in Chicago, Illinois with their three daughters.