Basketball Instructors at In The Zone

In The Zone has highly qualified and experienced instructors that have played and taught on numerous levels and have participated and run basketball camps / clinics throughout their careers.


  • Maxx Arciniega
  • Dirk Minniefield
  • Brian Henry
  • Brian Herod 
  • Darin Minniefield
  • Rick Arciniega



Rick Arciniega -

Founder & Owner


Basketball Instructor & Private Lessons




Founder and owner of In The Zone Sports Training. Rick currently trains boys & girls from ages 7-18 on the Fundamentals of Basketball, Position Specific Moves and Footwork. He has put together a level based system for Basketball Training called The School of Hoops. This system is offered in a class setting throughout the year at In The Zone. 



Rick's specialty is Basketball Shooting and using the proper mechanics. He has studied the art of shooting and will teach the proper shooting form to his clients. His goal is to eliminate the bad mechanics in the clients shot that normally keeps a player from moving to the next level. While learning the proper shooting form, the client will be burning in new muscle memory, which will increase their shooting accuracy and help them become a more consistent shooter. Rick's students will understand everything about their shot so they can make quick adjustments in game situations.







Coach Maxx


Basketball Instructor & Private Lessons








Doug McCarter

Basketball Instructor & Private Lessons





  • Director of the Southeast Texas Basketball School – Beaumont, TX

  • Past Director – Stampede Basketball Camp – Katy, TX

  • Head Basketball Coach  –    

                                              Katy-Taylor HS 2007 – 2010                  

                                              West Orange – Stark HS 2000 = 2007                     

                                              West Hardin HS 1998 – 2000                   

                                              Industrial HS 1996 – 1998                   

                                              High Island HS 1995 – 1996       


  • District Coach of the Year 2001, 2004, 2006
  • Regional Champions - 2006 – West Orange - Stark HS

  • State Semi Finalists – 2006 – West Orange – Stark HS


Coach McCarter’s teams were known for their hard-nosed defense & based on sound offensive fundamentals.


Kevin Phillips


Basketball Instructor & Private Lessons






Coach Phillips grew up in Katy, TX and attended Katy High School, where he was a 3 year letterman in Varsity Basketball & 2 year letterman in Baseball. He was the captain of his varsity team and finished fourth in the Houston area 3pointers made and second in the 3pointer percentage. After High School he attended the University of Houston where he graduated with honors in Exercise Science and Kinesiology.


For the past 12 years he has been the head football, basketball and track coach in KISD. Over that span he has amassed seven championships, including the most recent 2011-12 8th grade A Team Basketball Championship. He spent his first four years as Head Coach for Girls and then transitioned over to coaching boys.


He is a current member of the Texas High Coached Association an attends clinics and coaching schools regularly. Coach Phillips has been an instructor at many basketball and strength and conditioning camps over the last 10yrs.


Coach Phillips’ philosophy is that fundamentals are the basis to success. When coaches evaluate players, the basic fundamentals (dribbling, shooting, passing) are what they focus on. He believes that this is the foundation to success.