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Our Team

Mirsad Hot / CEO

Mirsad’s vision to create a way to connect future international student-athletes and collegial coaches became realistic when the Splash Hoops LLC team started taking shape. Mirsad has been involved with the game of basketball for the last twenty-five years. He started out as a young player in Serbia and transitioned to a career in coaching basketball in the United States. His focus has always been on skill development.

Through out the years, Mirsad worked as a skills development basketball coach as well as an assistant to the head coach at the Varsity, Junior Varsity and Freshmen levels. Working with the players on a daily basis to help improve their fundamentals and motivate them to reach their full potential. Mirsad was in the roll of Head Coach for the Jamal Mashburn summer basketball camp for two years. The position involved developing daily basketball programs for children ages 7 to 16.

Due to his involvement with international and US youth basketball development, Mirsad believes that there is a large number of international players with great potential who are left with no opportunities or a fair shot at competing for athletic scholarships. With our Eurostep talent combine we believe that we can provide a clear picture of the international potential. We believe this project can extend and help many future international student-athletes as well help many programs grow their recruitment internationally.


President of Winning Sports Programs, President of Title IX Consultant Services, Board Chair, WSE International

Sports Business professor, educator, guru and coach. Jim is the conscience and guide for the organization. His vast experience and passion for athletics permits the most comprehensive approach to harmonizing past and present. Jim’s role as Executive Director is to guide the organization’s members and mission, allowing the group to interpret and act upon what must be put forth to achieve success.

Sports Administration & Coaching Specialist
Dr. J, is a 40 year member of the sports industry. Experience in coaching, teaching, administration and major event management allows Dr. J to bring a host of meaningful information to people who want to build success in sports coaching, playing or management. This published author and radio personality has spent the last 12 years teaching International and American students in Coaching and Sports Administration through the Professional Certificate or Degree Programs at Sports Management Worldwide (


1995 – PhD in Education Administration with Sports Management emphasis

Dissertation topic: Effects of Title IX on American College Sports Programs

1993 – Master’s Degree in Special Education

1977 – Master’s Degree in Social Sciences

1972 – Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation


Sports Education

College Physical Education/Sports Management Chairperson; Undergraduate & Graduate faculty for Sports Management Worldwide – Courses included Sports Administration, International Sports Administration and Coaching at the Next Level; High School physical education teacher.

Other Experience:

Presenter: International Association for the Prevention of Bullying

2012 convention in New Orleans, LA, USA (Bullying in Sports; Identification and Solutions)

Member – National Association of Basketball Coaches

Member – National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics

Other Education

Middle School and High School special education teacher

Published Author

“Guardians of the Game, A Legacy of Leadership” 2008

“Hoops Heaven”- Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Induction of 50th Anniversary class 2008

“At The Hang-Up” with Ted Owens – Hall of Fame Coach’s Memoir, 2013

On-Air Radio Personality (live in KC and streamed)

“Anatomy of Sport” – in conjunction with Integrity Sports Broadcasting – Kansas City

“Courtside” – in conjunction with Integrity Sports Broadcasting – Kansas City

Sports Consultant:

2014 – present – WSE International Inc., Advisory Board Chairperson and Consultant

2004 – Present – Winning Sports Programs President (since 2004)

1996 – Present – Title IX Consultant Services (since 1996)


Hubert’s sole objective in the contribution to the success, is to provide the most comprehensive foundation and access to the methods and tools aspiring athletes and their families need. To help those interested in getting answers, to be the best that they can be.

Player Personnel & Career Specialist

A former professional basketball player of fifteen years in foreign markets, event promotions, sports marketing and public relations consultant, Hubert acquired a wealth of experience in overseas markets. As a player, he lived the experience of playing professionally overseas: Hong Kong, Switzerland and France. Blazing a career in foreign markets in the industry of sports business is a daunting task, but one worth the effort. Having lived the experience, listening is key if one is to maximize every opportunity. Hubert had the opportunity of mentors to guide his evolution as a professional in the business and industry of sports business, be it in within the America market, or foreign markets.

Hubert’s contribution to this information services platform “How To Build Winning Sports Programs” focuses upon the coordination of the content’s programming, look and feel, presentation, and providing a unique perspective of the athlete in the foreign markets.


2011 – Masters 2 AGOS (Administration & Management of Sports Organizations), Paris-12, France.

1995 – B.S., College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Northern Illinois University, U.S.A.

“What does it take to succeed on and off the court or field? How do I perform? Will I get a scholarship for college? Will I have a job next season? These are some of the questions an athlete asks themselves at some point in their career. Some, only when it’s too late. What is your plan for success and longevity with a career in athletics? Amateur or professional sports.”


Player Personnel & International Market Specialist

A graduate of the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin possessing a BS in Sociology, Derek is currently finalizing his Master’s degree in Human and Health Performance through the Fort Hays State virtual degree program. Derek made good use of his education during his professional playing career, helping him manage the barrage of challenges he faced while playing abroad. Dealing with the rigors of on- and-off the court issues as a professional athlete can be more challenging than any adversary you will confront during competition.
Derek’s journey has taken him from U.S. high school, junior college and Division I NCAA collegiate competition, to a professional basketball career on three different continents spanning 15 years. He polished off his long and successful playing career in his new leadership role with the Burkina Faso National Team, assisting the team in their first ever qualification to the 2013 African Championships.
As the consummate point guard, Derek provides insight and perspective on how to succeed and overcome the challenges of a professional career in athletics at the international level. Performing at the point position internationally demands constant self-discipline and an all-in commitment to the discipline.
Derek founded and created Sports Strategy Development in 2014. His objective is to promote and develop relationships in sports business, through the practice and promotion of the game of basketball.

“The responsibilities and attributes you learn to manage as team leader while playing the point guard position, follows you the rest of your life. Sports Strategy Development helps make the next pass, your best pass!”

Milan Popic / Director of International Recruiting and Scouting

Milan Popic has been around the game all his life. He started his amateur career as a player in Serbia, which developed into a professional playing career. Milan’s positive approach to the game, his hard work and dedication took him around Europe as a professional player. Besides Serbia, Milan played in England, Germany, Romania and Bosnia.

After his playing career Milan’s next chapter in life was coaching. Milan who became a FIBA licensed coach, has been involved with youth basketball programs from England and Serbia. Milan’s dedication for the development of youths’ basketball fundamentals has helped many young players to take their game to the next level. With his knowledge and experience of what is expected at each level, Milan guides and provides positive input that helps young players create their own vision of what they want to accomplish and how to get there in basketball as well in life.

Zarko Valjarevic / Basketball Recruiter Scout

Zarko Valjarevic is an active basketball player on Dunav in the Serbian KLS league. Zarko went to Maine University where he earned a basketball scholarship for four years from 2011 to 2015. The athletic scholarship helped him to graduate with a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance. After graduating from Maine University, Zarko had offers to continue with his basketball career, which is still his passion. Because of the great love Zarko has for his hometown of Belgrade he decided to play for OKK Beograd which brought him back to home.

Zarko is a great addition to our organization. He knows what it takes to be an international student-athlete in a DI program. With his recent experience playing at the DI level, Zarko’s knowledge of the game as a player will help us select and scout talent in the region. Regardless of his busy schedule, Zarko offered to be a part of our team so that he can help future international student-athletes get an education while they play the sport they love.