About

Royal Basketball School is open to boys and girls of all abilities, ages 3 - 17. The year of 2015, is a major year for us! Besides for winning the playoffs, it is Royal Basketballs 5th Anniversary and we recently reached capacity of 250 existing Royal players. We focus on helping each player attain their potential. At Royal Basketball School, you can find year-round basketball skills training, leagues and camps. Players can join anytime and are placed in groups by age/ability. Players attend one or more Classes per week that focus on individual player development and game concepts. The session offers specialized instruction, emphasizing the fundamentals: dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding. Royal Basketball offers classes to low-income families at No Cost! We support our youngest generation and guide them towards the right path in life.

Royal Basketball School is unique in that we maintain low player to coach ratios so that each player gets significant personal attention. The Royal Basketball Classes & Games teach you to become a highly skilled, team player. Our Team Program offers year-round playing opportunities for players 5 through 15 years old. Teams are coached by members of our experienced coaching staff, and their primary goal is to help each player improve as the season progresses. Head Coach Igor Korolev, former Euroleague champion and coach for various NBA players, helps you master difficult skills through step-by-step instruction. The founder of Royal Basketball School is his son, Yaroslav Korolev, who was trained by him from a young age. In the 2005 NBA Draft, Yaroslav Korolev was # 12 overall pick by The Los Angeles Clippers, the highest number a Russian player has ever been drafted. With the Clippers, Yaroslav reached the second round of playoffs, which was the best performance of the LA team for the last 30 years.

The Royal Basketball School provides players a rewarding and fun experience. Training style drills which focus on individual improvement make Royal Basketball's Basketball Step-by-Step® program a well known player development system in LA, and the best place for any player that wants to improve. We are a basketball school designed to deliver a quality basketball experience. Our sessions take place in high level, air conditioned gyms with 6 baskets and 2 NBA size basketball courts. Events at Royal Basketball School are unique. Our students have had chances to meet WNBA player Lisa Leslie, NBA player Omri Casspi, play on the main court at Staples Center right before WNBA game tipoff, watch Clippers warm up, get autographs and much more…

Head Coach Igor Korolev

Head Coach Igor Korolev, former Euroleague champion and coach for various NBA players, helps you master difficult skills through step-by-step instruction. Moving to America eight years ago, the Russian-born Korolev earned his diploma from the Russian State Academy of Physical Education in Moscow in 1997. He was the head coach for the Russian 18U National Team in 2004 and 2005 and directed the team to a sixth and fifth place finish, respectively, at the 18U European Championships. As a player, Igor also competed for the Soviet Union National Team, earning a Silver Medal in 1981. He and his wife Svetlana have two grown children, including his son Yaroslav who plays professional basketball. The founder of Royal Basketball School is his son, Yaroslav Korolev, who was trained by him from a young age. In the 2005 NBA Draft, Yaroslav Korolev was # 12 overall pick by The Los Angeles Clippers, the highest number a Russian player has ever been drafted. With the Clippers, Yaroslav reached the second round of playoffs, which was the best performance of the LA team for the last 30 years. The Royal Basketball School provides players a rewarding and fun experience. Training style drills which focus on individual improvement make Royal Basketball's Basketball Step-by-Step® program a well known player development system in LA, and the best place for any player that wants to improve. We are a basketball school designed to deliver a quality basketball experience...

Athletic Director/Coach Igor

  • Igor is a graduate of Moscow State University with a Bachelors degree in Sports Education. He also has earned a Masters of Law Degree at Moscow State University of Law.
  • Igor loves different sports and besides basketball played waterpolo.
  • He is a two times gold medalist of Students National Championship.
  • Two times bronze Medalist of Russian National Championship.
  • Member of Russian National Team 2005-2007.
  • Participant in World Cup, World League and European Championship in 2005 for the Russian National Team.
  • A two time select for the Russian National Students Team at World University Games.
  • In addition to his duties as a basketball coach, Coach Igor will also serve as the athletic director at WVCS Elite. He is very excited to play a vital role in the development of young men as future pro players.
  • He believes athletics can be used to help student athletes fulfill their academics.
  • Igor is married to Yulia and they have three children: Elisey, Arina and Matvey.

Director of Operations Alina

Alina has had a passion for sports from an early age. From basketball, dance, swimming to student congress and speech and debate, Alina always loved being part of a team. She was part of her high school basketball team and student president of her high schools Student Congress Team. She graduated in 2010 from Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies and is now currently in process of receiving her Bachelors in Economics at CSUN. She is also part time faculty in the math department at CSUN. She has always been well rounded in education and sports. She has a strong belief in the positive aspects and the necessity of sports to every individual’s life. Although she does not attend Royal afterschool practices, she works Monday-Friday at Royals back office. Most of you might recognize her voice on your message machine. Alina has been a proud employee of Royal Basketball since 2013.

Coach Lawrence

I am a long time basketball player started when I was in the 3rd grade. Where I played in the North Highlands Recreational league and actually won a championship with the 76ers in 1997. I played high school ball at Highlands High school freshman JV and 2 years of varsity. On that team is where I learned to shoot, and to play as a team in order to reach a common goal. My junior year we made it to the championship game playing against our rival at the Sacramento Kings arena. We lost that game but losing made me never want to lose again because of the hurt I felt and all the hurt I could see my teammates were feeling. After high school I played at William Jessup University a small Christian college which is where I learned to be the best defender I could possibly be. It was an attitude and something you had to want to do and I loved being called on to guard the opposing teams best player it gave me a rush. I then went on to play semi pro in Sonoma for the Sonoma county Crushers which is an ABA team playing with those guys. Once again had to learn how to be more of a team player in order to reach a goal it was hard at first because as a new team we didn't all know what each other was capable of doing and most times we would be about just getting ours which is never good for any team. Professional ball came later I was asked to come to a lot of camps to play overseas such as Canada, Mexico, and Germany I traveled a lot and learned from each place I visited it was hard with lots of comp but I learned to be a all around player with these camps and I'm thankful for the experience. During all my years playing I have always wore the #2 it's been my number from 3rd grade all the way up to me playing overseas. I have been coaching since playing in college with camps, one on one training, and team coaching. I coached at highlands high school JV boys it was hard not being able to physically help the young guys on the court. However, helping them mentally know the game helps them learn to use their teammates and make right decisions while on and off the court. I really enjoy all aspects of the game and love learning more and more each day

Coach Serge

Born and raised in Western Ukraine, coach Serge Suprun is one of the parent-coaches with Royal Basketball School. He and his son Daniel joined RBS in 2011, when most of the practices took place in West Valley JCC location. He graduated from California State University, Northridge and completed his MBA in the same school. Serge started playing basketball in Ukraine, representing his school & town in the local competitions. He continued to play basketball as he studied for 3 years in educational university in Ukraine. As he moved to United States and became a father, he combined the love to the game and teaching kids to assist with volunteer events, facilitate children group sport events and coach with Royal Basketball School.
Serge works for Time Warner Cable, overseeing phone operations in three regions. He likes being active, enjoys hiking, biking and swimming. He has been long-time Lakers fan, but also became Clippers season ticket holder in 2011 and often enjoys cross-town rivalry live with his son in Staples center.

Coach Thomas

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Attended Crenshaw High School and played for the legendary Coach Willie E. West Jr. DeWayne was a McDonald’s All-American Nominee after his senior year. He is also a former basketball MVP of the Watts Summer Games. He earned a basketball scholarship to the University of California, Davis where he spent his redshirt freshman year. He transferred to Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ where he played under head coach, and former NBA center, Alton Lister. DeWayne led the team in scoring his first year, and he led the team to a semifinal appearance in the ACCAC tournament in his sophomore season. He received various scholarship offers, but he chose to stay in Arizona to focus on obtaining his business degree from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (ASU). He graduated from ASU in 2004 with his B.S. in Management. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Redlands and will complete the program in April 2014. DeWayne gained AAU coaching experience during his time in Arizona, and he worked with youth development and sports for the Tempe Family YMCA. He looks forward to continuing to foster the development of both life and basketball skills of the youth involved in Royal Basketball School.

Marketing Director Yulia

Daughter of Svetlana and Igor Korolev. Born Jan 29, 1983, in Moscow, Russia. Enjoys working with kids, mom of three: Elisey, Arina and Matvey. Frequent speaker at local schools. Has Cum Laude Bachelor degree as a coach at Russian State University of Physical Culture of Sports and Tourism. Yulia earned her Masters Degree in journalism at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia in 2005.

  • Played instructional basketball at Moscow Olympic School since 13 years old, and has an excellent professional basketball career.
  • Euroleague and FIBA Euro Cup Champion.
  • FIBA Women’s World League and FIBA World Cup Champion.
  • Four time member of the Russian National Students Basketball Team at World University Games.
  • Four time Gold Medalist of Russian National Championship.
  • Silver and bronze medalist of World University Games 2005, 2007.

Coach Lincoln

Lincoln has been playing basketball for as long as he can remember. His Father, former Pro Soccer player in Belize, Central America, introduced him to the sport and the love for the game came instantly. Lincoln started playing organized basketball in Middle School and continued to play all the way into his High School years. He was fortunate enough to win a Championship in his 10th Grade season. Lincoln was also able to both play and coach in his parents home country of Belize from 2007-2009. While coaching he was able to teach those wonderful kids the fundamentals of basketball and the value of sportsmanship. Now, with a degree in Film, Lincoln does his best to find time to come back to his first love. And finds it even more rewarding when he's able to teach the fundamentals of sport to others.

Coach Austin

Austin was born into a San Francisco basketball family. His grandfather was the Athletic Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach at USF in the 1960's. He has been in the Los Angeles area since 2012.
Austin played at Junipero Serra Highschool, Burlingame Highschool, and UC Santa Cruz where they were Division III Western Region Runners Up. He loves having the opportunity to share the game with athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Coach John

Coach John has been an all around athlete until he really took the interest in playing basketball. In his youth years played for the top AAU teams in California such as SCA, Pump n Run and Slam n Jam. He attended Peninsula High School for the first three years until he finish his senior year at power house Oakhill Academy located in Mouth of Wilson, VA. From there on he took additional his year at a prep school called Worcester Academy located in Worcester,MA. After playing well there he received a full scholarship at Duquesne University and finished as one of the top scorers in Duquesne history. Currently and for the last four years coach clark has been playing over seas, such countries as France, Ukraine, holland, Turkey and Cyprus.

Coach Nick

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Nick has grown up playing various sports. He started playing basketball at age 6 and then shortly moved on to playing soccer at the age of 7 until he was 12. He picked basketball up again in the 8th grade when he started playing for Royal until graduating from high school. He attended Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies from 4th grade. Nick loves to play basketball and uses any opportunity to pick up games at local Adult Basketball Leagues.

Coach Luis

Born and raised in Southern California Coach Luis has been on a basketball court since the age of 6. Playing in countless recreational leagues throughout his youth he discovered his passion through hard work, fundamentals and commitment he learned playing the game of basketball. He is an Alumni from Montebello High School with four years experience of High School Basketball. After High School he attended a coaching course at East Los Angeles College. He is excited to be part of The Royal Basketball Family and have the opportunity to develop young players with hard work and fundamentals.