About Us

The Next Level Basketball Academy was founded with the best interest of all passionate student-athletes who desire to be the best! The most important thing we do at The Next Level Basketball Academy is meet individuals where they are in skill, talent, and confidence, then build from there. We thoroughly enjoy making meaningful connections with all our participants we train as we truly care about their development both on and off the court. What sets The Next Level Basketball Academy apart from similar programs is that we acknowledge that although most student-athletes have a common goal to be the best, we realize there is not a “cookie cutter” format for each individual to achieve their goals. We meet each individual we train where they are through sports specific I.Q. development and individual skill breakdown resulting in our student-athletes taking their game to THE NEXT LEVEL!  

Our Staff

Coach and Founder of NLBA
Jared Bledsoe


Minnesota State University at Moorhead
Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach 2003-04
2009-12 Oak Grove Lutheran
Girl’s Varsity Head Basketball Coach
2012-13 Concordia College
Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
NCAA Appearance


University of Tennessee at Martin
Minnesota State at Moorhead
2-time 1st Team NSIC All-Conference
1st Team NSIC All-Tournament
Team Captain and MVP
Lead Minnesota State Moorhead to School’s 1st NSIC Conference Tournament Championship Appearance
All-time Steals Leader in a Season


IBL: 2005, Grand Rapids Flight
2006 Holland Blast MVP
2006 China: BCI Edge
KSA: Saudi Arabia 2006-2007
2007 NBA Summer Workouts with the Minnesota Timberwolves
2009 Inducted into the IBL HALL OF FAME
Lead Volleyball Trainer
Madison Halterman


A native of Omaha, Madison moved to Fargo in 2016 to serve as the second assistant volleyball coach at MSUM. This move follows her collegiate volleyball career at Tennessee State University. While at TSU, Madison was named the Adidas Defensive Player of the week on 6 different occasions, was named the first team all-conference, was named as TSU’s MVP for the 2015 season, and was voted as the 2015 Defensive Player of the Year in the Ohio Valley Conference. Madison has coached at Red River Infinity Volleyball Club for the past two years.


MSUM – Second Assistant Volleyball Coach
Red River Infinity Volleyball Club – Coach


Tennessee State University
6 Time Adidas Defensive Play of the Week
1st Team All Conference
2015 TSU MVP
2015 Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year