Gateway Legacy Christian Academy

Basketball Academy

Students from the United States and around the world enjoy the Basketball Academy program at Gateway. The training experience we provide allows student athletes to challenge themselves at the highest level, both academically and athletically. 

Students complete a full academic workload in the classroom on a daily basis at Gateway Legacy Christian Academy prior to their afternoon and evening athletics training. All students must meet academic standards in order to participate. We believe students must always maintain a balance between academics and athletics.

With our world-class facilities and elite-level coaching, the Basketball Academy at Gateway Legacy Christian Academy provides a professional training environment for passionate athletes who have the desire to work hard and improve.

Our Coaches

Deryl Cunningham
Head Basketball Coach
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About Basketball Academy Deryl Cunningham

Deryl Cunningham began his first season on the Gateway Sports Academy staff in the 2015-2016 school year. Cunningham has been a men's Division I assistant basketball coach for the past ten years. He has coached and played in the NCAA tournament. Cunningham coached the past four seasons at SIU Edwardsville, a school that transitioned from DII to DI. In that time, SIUE qualified for their conference tournament two of three years of eligibility. He oversaw the development of post player Keaton Jackson. Keaton led the Ohio Valley Conference in field goal percentage (.740) and was second in blocks with 65. The total is the second best in a single season at SIUE. 

Cunningham came to SIUE after serving as an assistant with the Missouri Valley Conference Champion Indiana State. Cunningham worked with the Sycamores for three seasons as the post coach. Indiana State went to postseason in two of the three seasons. During his first season with the Sycamores, two post players finished in the top 10 in rebounding in the MVC. Post player Jay Tunnell made the All-Improved Team while finishing in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, and 3-point percentage in the MVC. Indiana State also led the conference in block shots in 2009-2010. The Sycamores also played in the NCAA tournament. 

 Deryl Cunningham started in college athletics as a graduate/assistant coach with South Dakota State. Cunningham was part of the Jack Rabbits' move to Division I. Cunningham was involved in all facets of the basketball programs including recruiting, coaching, scouting, and scheduling. 

The native of Bellwood, Illinois, spent two seasons as an assistant varsity basketball coach at his alma mater, St. Joseph's High School. He assisted legendary head coach Gene Pingatore. Cunningham helped guide St. Joe's to conference titles from 2003 to 2005. In 2004-2005, St. Joe's enjoyed a school record best start at 21-0, finishing 28-2. The team ranked among USA Today's Top 25 high school teams in the nation. 

While a player at St. Joseph's, Cunningham was a 1989 Parade magazine All-American. Cunningham was elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2004, his high school retired his jersey. Cunningham is in Taylor Bell's 2006 book, Glory Days Illinois Legends of High School Basketball. Cunningham was also in the documentary Hoop Dreams. 

Cunningham began college at DePaul before finishing at Kansas State where he played three seasons with the Wildcats under Dana Altman. Cunningham led the team in rebounding from 1992 to 1994. He remains seventh on the all-time rebounding list with 624 career rebounds with the Wildcats. His 295 boards during the 1993-1994 season remains the ninth-highest total in a single season in school history. K-State earned a six seed in the NCAA tournament during his junior year, and the Wildcats were an NIT Final Four team in Cunningham's senior season. He was a two-time All-Big Eight Honorable Mention selection at K-State, while leading the league in offensive rebounds for two consecutive years. 

 As a professional, Cunningham had a four-year career in the Continental Basketball Association. Sioux Falls drafted Cunningham, and he played for the late Flip Saunders. Cunningham also played for the Omaha Racers and Saskatchewan. He reached the Conference finals with two teams. Cunningham also played professionally overseas for clubs in France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, all in the First Division.


Dana Kirksey
Girls Basketball Coach

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