Gea Uguccioni: A Tale of Passion and Perseverance in the Basketball World

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Gea Uguccioni’s journey through the world of basketball is nothing short of inspiring, marked by steadfast passion and relentless determination. Born and raised in the charming town of Pesaro, Italy, Gea’s love affair with basketball began at the age of 11. Despite not coming from a particularly sporty family, basketball gradually emerged as her true calling, igniting a fire within her that would shape her identity and her destiny.

As a young teenager, Gea had the ambitious dream of playing college basketball in the United States and eventually becoming a basketball skills trainer. However, her path was not without its challenges. At 14 years of age, while playing for her hometown team, Olimpia Basket Pesaro, she encountered setbacks that prompted her to reassess her trajectory. Undeterred by the obstacles in her way, Gea embarked on a journey of self-improvement, tirelessly researching ways to elevate her game. She made the bold decision to pivot towards individual training, embarking on a solitary journey of skill enhancement.


In 2013, Gea stumbled upon the I’m Possible Skills Training method, a comprehensive basketball training program founded by renowned NBA personality Mikah Lancaster. The method is characterized by its innovative and meticulous approach to skill development, focusing on identifying weaknesses in players’ skill sets and providing tailored solutions to address them.  It was love at first sight: Captivated by its innovative approach and great attention to detail, she dedicated her life to mastering the I’m Possible method’s techniques, despite her limited proficiency in English at the time. For the following four years, Gea delved into refining her skills, fueled by a burning desire to fulfill her American dream.

Opportunity knocked in July 2016, when Gea had the chance to showcase her talents to the women’s basketball team from Augustana College during their visit to Italy. Impressed by her skill and work ethic, the team’s coach facilitated connections that ultimately led to Gea’s enrollment at Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois, in 2017. It was a pivotal moment that catapulted her closer to her aspirations, allowing her to immerse herself in various training programs and collaborate with esteemed mentors, such as Jordan Delp and NBA trainer DJ Sackmann.


Gea’s academic pursuits paralleled her basketball journey, culminating in an associate degree in Science from Black Hawk College in 2020 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University in 2023. Presently, she is enrolled in the Sport Management Master’s program at the same institution, further solidifying her commitment to her craft.

Today, Gea stands as a certified I’m Possible Skills Training trainer, a distinction that sets her apart as the only female certified trainer from Europe among a select group of professionals worldwide. Her passion for basketball runs deep, intertwined with her identity and aspirations.

“Basketball occupies a special place in my heart,” Uguccioni explained. “It resonates deeply with my sense of self, igniting an enduring motivation within me. Being naturally competitive and drawn to the finer nuances of things, basketball skills training naturally spoke to me as my calling.”


The Italian trainer attributes her success not only to her relentless dedication but also to the solid support of her greatest champion—her mother. “She is undoubtedly the person who has helped me the most in my life,” Gea said, with a big smile. “At first, she wasn’t sure about my idea to become a skills trainer. But, as soon as she understood this was my true passion, she stood by me every step of the way and she is still my greatest supporter.”

As a basketball skills trainer, Gea’s mission transcends the court. She strives to instill in her students a mindset of resilience and perseverance, embodying the concept that success is not merely the absence of failure but persistence through failure.

“Determination and resilience are essential qualities for athletes. Embrace challenges with courage, understanding that success often requires patience and persistance,” Gea added.

Through her work, she underscores the importance of meticulous skill development, often overlooked but undeniably crucial in propelling players to new heights in their careers.

“In my opinion, versatility on the court is the biggest asset for success. Developing a comprehensive skill set is paramount and it maximizes a player’s potential,” Uguccioni stated. “My venture into basketball skills training originates from a deeply rooted passion that has shaped my identity since my teenage years. It’s more than just a profession—it’s a fundamental part of who I am. The transformative effect of skill enhancement on a player’s career trajectory is substantial, yet frequently undervalued. That‘s what makes my job incredibly fulfilling,” she added.


Why did Gea choose to live in the United States? “The appeal of the USA lies in its vibrant basketball culture and plentiful prospects for career progression. Moreover, in American society there is a high regard for individuals who demonstrate excellence in their particular fields, emphasizing the significance of ongoing improvement and resilience. Furthermore, the accessibility of the I’m Possible Training in the US harmonizes seamlessly with my aspirations,” she explained.

What distinguishes Gea Uguccioni? “It’s my preparation,” she said.  “I learned and still learn daily from the best in the skills training world: Trainers who’ve worked with kids as well as with NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving, Karl Anthony Towns to only name a few. However, what truly showcases our exceptional capabilities isn’t merely refining the skills of already great players. The true art lies in enhancing the game of young athletes and those whose skill sets are still in the beginning stages. It takes a lot of understanding, empathy, teaching prowess beyond just exceptional skills training abilities.”

Looking ahead, Gea’s vision knows no bounds. Her ultimate ambition is to establish herself as one of the most recognized basketball skills trainers globally, fostering growth within the basketball community all over the world. With passion serving as the guiding force in her life and determination fueling her journey, Gea Uguccioni continues to inspire and empower athletes, leaving an indelible mark on the world of basketball.