YARDAN W. SHABAZZ

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YARDAN W. SHABAZZ

Proud Father / Husband •

Certified Public Speaking Coach •
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My name is Dr. Yardan W. Shabazz, and I am a certified public speaking coach with 22+ years of experience. I have prepared high school, college, and professional athletes for all public-related contacts. With accomplishments that include guiding a team to a Virginia High School League State Public Speaking Championship and several State Championship Runner-Up awards, I turned my focus to applying the practice of public speaking to athletics. Working as a game announcer for two decades has provided yet another opportunity to coach.

I use the platform to train future sports broadcasters to call play-by-play action for football and basketball games. This practice runs parallel to the Sports Management Academy I hold for future sports agents. It is a workshop based on my book “Sports Management Notes from Michael Chamblain: Pro Player, Sports Agent, and Team Owner.” 

PASSIONS

BUSINESS TRAINING


Holding 2-hour Sports Management Academy clinics at high schools and colleges across the nation. There is a huge need for students to learn the business side of sports.

PRO ATHLETE TRAINING

Holding The Speech Institute for Pro Athletes with Dr. Shabazz for professional athletes. It is a combination of speech training and sports analyst tutoring that is designed to raise a player’s stock. There is an obvious need for pro players to be convinced “your mouth is your brand when the game ends.”

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Holding public speaking clinics for sports teams.

CAREER

CEO
The Pro Associates 

2012 - Present

  • The Pro Associates (TPA) specialize in providing professional development services to improve job performance and market value of today’s leading professionals that include corporate executives, managers, coaches, public speakers, entrepreneurs, educators, students and athletes. 

School News Broadcast, Public Speaking, English Instructor, and Forensics Coach
Chesapeake Public Schools District 
Chesapeake, VA  

August 2004 to Present

  • Perform as instructor, public announcer, coach, advisor, and seminar presenter; provide effective planning and course effectiveness in daily instruction; plan site visits to out-of-state invitational tournaments; guide team to district, regional, and state VHSL competition 

Public Announcer
Indian River High School
 

 

Head Coach
Indian River Public Speaking Team

2004 - Present 

  • Act as announcer for athletic division of the institution and serve as speaker for community programs

     

  • Serving as manager of the team in district, regional, and statewide competition

  • Directed 2010 AAA Virginia High School League State Champion Team

Adjunct English Professor
Norfolk State University 
and Old Dominion University 
Norfolk, VA

August 2003 to May 2004

  • Conducted planning and coursework for the instruction of composition and literature

"Dr. Shabazz is an excellent speech trainer who helped me hone my skills for a sports analyst job. I enjoyed working with him via video conferences as he prepared me."


- Na'il Diggs

  12-Year NFL Linebacker

"I enjoyed learning speech presentation skills with Dr. Shabazz. He prepped me for speaking engagements, and now we both hold an academy together." 


- Michael Chamblain 

  Certified NBA Agent

Indian River High School

Forensics Team

 

I support the Indian River High School Forensics Team, a group of public speakers who compete in speech competitions. The team recently placed second in the state under my tutelage and I endorse the squad of high school performers, traveling with them to speech contests across the state. 

• Co-Author 
   “Sports Management Notes from Michael Chamblain.”

• Coach of the Year in 2001
   Booker T. Washington High School 

• VHSL Public Speaking State Championship Winning Coach
   in 2010, State-Runner Up Award Winner in 2008, 2016, and
   2019.

Education

• Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) English | 1995
   Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia

• Master of Arts (M.A.) English and Linguistics Studies | 2001 
   Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 




 

• Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Educational Leadership | 2008
   University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona 

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