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
Director of Volleyball
Megan Bledsoe


is very excited to welcome the newest member of our staff, originally from Grand Rapids, MI,
Megan has numerous years of both playing and coaching experience.


Fort Wayne Volleyball Club
2010-2013 – Ft. Wayne, IN
FaRout Volleyball Club
2013-2015 Grand Rapids, MI
Head Coach and Lead Setting Coach
Western Michigan University
Director of Volleyball Operations


Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)
3-Time Summit League Champion
3-Time All Summit League
2-Time Summit League Setter of the Year
2 NCAA Appearances
2012 Summit League Tournament MVP