“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”
– Tupac Shakur
"Coach Verlain's passion for the youth of America, his motivation, football knowledge and dedication on the football field have been instrumental in the development of our son Brandon Lewis. Coach Verlain over the past 4 years has poured endless amount of hours on and off the field into developing him into a star athlete on the football field and 3.70 student in the classroom..."
"Being young and having someone to learn from, and who has your back is something that can go a long way in anyone’s life. Vervain, former student athlete, having 2 degrees (one being a masters) now a coach, took me under his wing when I was at my lowest point, a kid who just turned 19 years old who was facing the biggest challenge that can come in life, adversity..."
"I first met Coach V my sophomore year of high school when he was brought on the coaching staff. He preached the importance of getting your degree and bettering yourself. As a coach he demanded the best out of us and we grew as a team because of that. My senior year he would send out my highlight tapes to teams all over..."
Meet the Mentors
Verlain Betofe, 31, also known as Coach V is the founder and CEO of Team Makasi. Coach V graduated from Indiana State University with dual degrees in History and African American Studies. He went on to earn a Masters degree in Education from Ashford University in 2013…Learn More
Terrence Long, 29, known as Coach Long, is a mentor/trainer/coach for Team Makasi. He graduated with a double bachelor degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania. Coach Long made the Dean’s list (3.5 GPA or over) in 2008 at SFU, he was also a member of the SFU Athletic Honor roll in 2008 and 2009 (3.0 GPA).…Learn More