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  • Chad Songy

    PGC BASKETBALL DIRECTOR

    From being an instructor for over 22 years and being a Master Training Specialist, Chad is the best instructor I have seen. He uses all of the theories, laws, and styles of learning to engage students successfully.

    – Michael Harrison, North Chicago, Illinois

    Chad is an unbelievable person, teacher, and coach, and I am extremely grateful I had the opportunity to attend PGC. Chad inspired me to refocus my life, re-SCHAPE my habits, and live my life with passion and serve those around me. My week with Chad made me want to be a better man, better coach, better friend, and better son.

    – Coach James Hayden

    I learned how to improve my game at PGC, and I also learned how to make my team better. Without this knowledge, I would not have been close to the level of a university basketball player. However, what is really special is how you made me a better person. Chad, you took a ball and a net and somehow changed the way I live and think. You changed the way I interact with others, myself and my environment. Through basketball you taught me life lessons. I will always cherish the time I spent on the court with you and I appreciate you giving me everything you had to offer.

    – Alex Petropolis, PGC Grad

    Chad Songy first attended PGC as a high school player in 2002 and has been applying PGC’s principles to his life and career for two decades.

    Chad was truly an efficient and versatile point guard at Millsaps College, where he was an SCAC All-Conference player and a 2009 Nominee for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, given to the best male point guard throughout all NCAA Divisions. However, after his junior year of high school, Chad didn’t have any college scholarships or interest.

    As a 5’8″ point guard, Chad was often physically outmatched, but rarely outsmarted. The exceptional leadership skills Chad developed at PGC helped him to succeed as the starting point guard on Millsaps College’s most successful team in both school and conference history. The 2007-2008 Majors finished the season 28-4, losing to the eventual Division III national champions in the Elite Eight after Chad kept their magical season alive by hitting a buzzer-beating three-pointer to help his school reach the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen.

    Chad’s pursuit for excellence has never been confined solely to the court. A Magna Cum Laude graduate with a double major in Economics and Business Administration, he was selected twice by ESPN: The Magazine as an Academic-All Region Selection.

    Chad is the founder of Sustainable Giving Homes which uses real estate profits from homes in Austin, TX, and Cape Town, South Africa, to fund educational opportunities for students throughout Africa, including PGC’s sponsorship of the MCF Sports Center in Kenya. He also teaches throughout the year through a variety of projects he founded that include stand up comedy, cultural growth experiences to Africa, and mentoring young leaders and entrepreneurs.

    Chad is head of curriculum at PGC, a course director on the PGC tour and assists in PGC’s training of both Directors and Staff.

    HISTORY

    • PGC Director (2009-Present)
    • Point Guard, Millsaps College (2005-2009)
    • Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC)
    • All-Conference Player (2009)
    • Elite Eight, 2007-2008 Season
    • NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen, 2007-2008 Season
     

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Fourth in Assists, Millsaps College
    • Fourth in Three-Point Field Goals Made, Millsaps
      College
    • Third in Free-Throw Percentage (.836), Millsaps
      College
    • Third in Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (.409),
      Millsaps College
     

    AWARDS

    • 2009 Nominee, Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award
    • ESPN: The Magazine, 2-Time Academic-All Region Selection

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    What They’re Saying About Chad Songy

    "I love PGC! This is my fourth year, and I have loved my experience all four years. My favorite part is how we play games and there’s violations. I think it really helps us engrave those habits. Also, at the beginning with SCHAPE shooting I think that was beneficial to help my communication. I don’t have a loud voice, so it really helped me exercise that, and it helped me become a better communicator. Lastly, I loved when we split into groups that we had to eat or sit with. It helped me meet new people and not only meet them but learn a ton about them! Now because of that I am leaving with way more people that I know a ton about."
    - Reece Garey

    "It was a very life changing experience. I am already looking at the game a whole different way."
    - Jayden Frank

    "First, it was a boost personally. Coaches, like everyone else, get worn down over time. It was great to be around the PGC staff, other coaches, and a really motivated group of players. The how-you-learn stuff was great. There were numerous "one-percenters" to take away. They challenged my way of thinking on a few things. It was well worth the time, without a doubt the best $300 vacation ever. I have already recommended this to other coaches and parents of players. I was very impressed with three things relative to any camp I have seen before: 1. Zero wasted time. 2. Everything you all did was intentional, and most drills, etc. had multiple things you were trying to accomplish. 3. The focus on players coaching other players was excellent."
    - Mark Bogard

    "I heard that the second experience was even better, and it was!"
    - Keaton Meschke

    "I had been to a PGC course before, and I knew what to expect. I was still amazed by the experience, and found that it was even more fun the second time."
    - Casey Hodgman

    "Chad is a great teacher Very skilled in teaching kids the skills in shooting. I wish I could hire him to work with my grandson who attented the camp"
    - Ken Hartley

    "PGC taught me many valuable things throughout the week and pushed me to be my best. I did not expect my experience to be anywhere near like what I experienced, it was amazing."
    - Chelsey Herget

    "PGC's principles about life & basketball have changed me. All the instructors had such an amazing on impact on my life."
    - Alli Lichte

    "At PGC, I made friends, learned great things about basketball and life in general, and had a great time doing so. My voice got coarse and my body was often tired, but that’s just part of the game. I had some issues with the college campus, but all things PGC were great."
    - Teddy Halloran

    "I throughly enjoyed my experience at camp this week. Connecting with the coaches and other players is simple as we all have like interests. The competitions throughout the week make the camp fun."
    - Jayden Fitch

    "It was a mentally and physically exhausting week but I would do it again in a heart beat. The kind loving people around and just the genuine care each of the instructors has for the players is fantastic."
    - Hunter Rice

    "This course has improved my basketball IQ. Being able to read defenses and knowing what strategies to use to score has been the most helpful. Also knowing what to do when you get the ball. Some grab and immediately look to pass, whereas here you must peek. Attacking the paint is also so important and I personally have students of the game that assume, “shooting from the logo” is the coolest move ever and that’s how they will get to the next level to play. Whereas here making the easier bucket is more impressive & having control."
    - Ashlyn Reyna

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the entire week. I loves the energy Chad brought to the week in the rich and engaging classroom work, and the passion and control in the gym. I absolutely loved the mix of humor and instruction, but my favorite session of the week was Thursday night when Chad shared his journey. That was the most powerful and impactful moment of the week, and I was deeply touched and appreciate the authenticity. It will be a moment that will stick with me forever. This week has been rejuvenating as a coach and I would not hesitate to attend another session taught by Chad. I also appreciated the conversations I had with Savannah and her insight about the game. She did a phenomenal job this week and I wanted to make sure she got a shout out of recognition for her hard work! All the instructors did great and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the multiple styles and approaches each one brought to the week."
    - Nikki Hansen

    "I feel like I can go on to the next level of basketball because of PGC. It helped me grow confident in myself and become a better leader."
    - Kimberlyn Black

    "This experience has changed my approach as a coach. As someone who is forever a student of the game, I couldn't stop smiling this week. The atmosphere behind 'SCHAPE' Principles is such a genius simplicity that will change the way in which I strive to impact my girls and prepare them for the next level/stages of their lives."
    - Tiffany Cantrell

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