Mike is the head trainer and owner of Next Up Basketball. He has over 20 years of playing experience. He helped his high school team earn 2 consecutive undefeated conference championships. In college, Mike was a scout player at Fresno State for 3 seasons. He graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. In 2017, he played one year professionally in the ABA with the Stanislaus County Superkats.​

The past few years he has coached  and trained elite talent with the CV Hornets. Most recently, he became a certified I'm Possible Skill Enhancement Trainer.

La'Ron Thompson joined Next Up basketball in 2018 as a strength and plyometrics trainer. He specializes in creating sport specific programs to help athletes build explosiveness, strength, and agility.


While attending college, he was a scholar athlete at University of Wisconsin-Stout. He graduated with a bachelors degree in Kinesiology. He is an ACE certified personal trainer. After graduating, La'Ron spent his time as an intern at the Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings WR) training facility. He recently returned home to help athletes in the Modesto area, and is an assistant coach in the elite girl's basketball program with the CV Hornets.