Team

Coach Bo

Founder, Head Trainer

Grind 2 Shine was founded by Boris Boundjia (Coach Bo), a former player at the nationally-ranked Stoneridge Prep and a former NCAA Division II basketball player at Salem International University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Boris fell in love with basketball the first time he ever touched a ball at the age of 10, and it has since become one of the most important parts of his life. In 2007, Boris decided to move to the United States from France, leaving family and friends behind, after being offered a scholarship from Stoneridge Prep to pursue his education and play basketball. During his basketball career, Boris played alongside several high profile basketball players such as NBA player Nikola Vucevic (USC, Orlando Magic), J.P. Olukemi (Oklahoma State), Arthur Bouedo (Wyoming, Pro A), Brill Kamen (San Jose State) etc. Boris also trained with Coach Pete Strobl, a well-known basketball skills trainer, at The Scoring Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

Eli J

Media & Communications Coordinator

Servicing the Grind 2 Shine media/public relations interaction Eli J leverages skills to help Grind 2 Shine increase its reach and make a bigger impact in the community. Eli has a background in corporate wellness and performing arts, as well as experience as a fitness counselor and dance instructor. This experience enables him to understand and exemplify the hard working ethics of our players and staff. A former Marmonte League player with the Highlanders, Eli has an extensive family of local community support (Langston/Lorne Jackson, Stoneridge Prep, SV Running Rebels/Vikings, Coach Steve Stokes), as well as close affiliations with professional athletic staff and local fitness facilities (Ography Dance Studio, 24 Hour Fitness, Hyperion Fitness). Eli sits as UI/UX Lead Developer at Bills and Diamonds working collectively with organizations across the globe.