James Ballstaedt / Player Development & Team Coach
Coach Ballstaedt was born and raised in Midway, Utah. He began playing organized basketball in the 4th grade when the local youth basketball president allowed him to play basketball a year early and he got to play with the 5th graders. That season he found his true passion in life…BASKETBALL. He has been involved with basketball in some capacity ever since.
Coach Ballstaedt played three years of Varsity basketball for Wasatch High School as a combo guard. He earned All-Region awards two years and 2nd Team All-State his senior year. After high school he served an LDS mission and upon his return began studying Sports Psychology at the University of Utah. His first opportunity in coaching was to assist his former high school coach. He learned quickly that his passion for basketball was more than just playing, he loved to coach.
Coach Ballstaedt has been successfully coaching basketball since 2001. In 2006 he and his family moved back to Midway where he started the Wasatch Basketball Club. He has coached and trained age groups ranging from 3rd grade to Varsity. In 2016 he began coaching the freshman team at his alma mater, Wasatch High School. In 2018 he was named the head boys Varsity Coach.
Since Coach Ballstaedt returned to the Heber Valley, he has helped start the Wasatch Back Youth Basketball League, continues to run the Wasatch Basketball Club and created Ball City Basketball Academy. Coach Ballstaedt has been involved with Utah Basketball Club since 2014 and is currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors.
Coach Ballstaedt started a successful lodging business in Park City, Utah with his brother in 1999. Their business Resorts West was the premier luxury lodging company in Park City for many years. In 2017 they sold their business and now when he isn’t coaching or training basketball he is a business consultant specializing in Guest/Customer service and luxury lodging development. Coach Ballstaedt is married with four sons, all of which love and play basketball.