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

Coaching

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

College

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

Professional

IBL: 2005, Grand Rapids Flight
2006 Holland Blast MVP
2006 IBL-ALL-STAR
2006 China: BCI Edge
KSA: Saudi Arabia 2006-2007
2007 NBA Summer Workouts with the Minnesota Timberwolves
2008 IBL-ALL-STAR
2009 Inducted into the IBL HALL OF FAME
Lead Volleyball Trainer
Natalie Feldhake
Currently in her fifth year of her coaching career. While at Ridgewater Community College Natalie received the Volleyball Hitter of the Week on three different occasions, named to the 2015 MCAC 1st Team All-State award, 2015 All-Academic Team, and was a NJCAA All-American in 2015. Natalie has coached at Red River Infinity Volleyball Club in Fargo for the past two years. Previously, she has coached for the Montevideo Junior Olympics club in years 2015 and 2016.
Volleyball Trainer
Kali Erickson
Played 4 years of College Volleyball at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  Competed at Fargo Davies H.S. in Fargo, N.D…Erickson was named to the North Dakota Class A All-State First Team, as well as the Class A All-Tournament Team. In addition, she was a unanimous selection to the All-Eastern Dakota Conference team as a senior…Erickson is the school record holder for season kills with 444…She also holds the school record for kills in a match with 25…Erickson accumulated 470 digs, 41 blocks and 56 aces…Was nominated for the EDC Outstanding Senior of the Year…In her four seasons of high school volleyball she had 1,262 kills…Erickson played her first three seasons of volleyball at Denbigh Baptist Christian School in Newport News, Va…As a junior, was named to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) All-State Team…She was an All-Metro Conference selection as a sophomore…Erickson is second all-time at Denbigh Baptist Christian School in career kills with 818…She played club ball for the North Dakota Blue Ice Elite in 2013 and for the Hampton Roads Juniors while she lived in Virginia.
Basketball Trainer
Kaleb Johnson

Played 4 years of Varsity Basketball at South High School 2014-2018. 1st Freshman to start at South High School in over 20 years. Lead State of North Dakota in assist 2017 and was named All Conference EDC Player 2017. The Next Level Basketball Academy client 2013-17’. Currently Fargo South High School Assistant Varsity Coach 2018-19’

Academic Information: GPA 3.48