Posted Nov 9, 2011

Michael Abraham, Team Concept founder and director, has 33 years of experience in women's basketball, spanning youth basketball, high school, Division I college and professional basketball in both the WNBA and the ABL.  His Team Concept program has quickly established itself as one of the most complete basketball programs in the country.  Catering primarily to the elite athlete, Coach Michael has been able to apply his vast network of resources in the basketball community to develop a top-notch training program, traveling teams for youth, high school and professional players and a scholarship service that provides Team Concept members with a true step ahead in the competitive world of college recruiting. 

As head coach at St. Mary's Academy, he built a career record of 81-12, lost only one Metro league game in 4 seasons and culminated his high school career with an OSAA State Championship in 1984 with a 23-0 record. He won four straight Metro league championships and was the youngest coach in Oregon history when named to his SMA post at the age of 20. In his first season as Blues head coach, he guided his upstart team into the OSAA state championship game at the age of 21, still the youngest coach in Oregon history ever to coach in the title game.  His 1984 team ranked #17 in USA Today National Poll, the first Oregon team ever to be included in the national rankings. He was named "Young American" newspaper National Coach of the Year in 1984 and left high school coaching to enter the collegiate ranks following the state championship season in 1984.  The program he left behind at St. Mary's Academy won the next two state championship in 1985 and 1986. 

He coached Division I basketball for 15 seasons at Long Beach State, Oregon State, and Cal State, Northridge.  His college teams have been to 9 NCAA tournaments, 6 Sweet Sixteens, 3 Elite Eights, and 2 NCAA Final Fours.  While at Long Beach State, Coach Michael established himself as one of the top recruiters in the nation and coached such luminaries as Penny Toler, now General Manager of the Los Angeles Sparks, and 1984 Olympian Cindy Brown.  At Oregon State University, he was instrumental in building the Beavers into a PAC-10 powerhouse and spurring them to 3 consecutive NCAA tournaments, their first such appearances in thirteen years. Coach Michael then turned CSU-Northridge a perennial Division I doormat, into a NCAA tournament team in 4 short seasons, helping the Matadors to their first ever NCAA tournament bid in 1998.   Nearly 20 of his former players have played professional basketball in either the WNBA of the former ABL.  Many more have played professionally overseas.

Coach Michael spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA in 2006 and 2007.  Working under NBA greats Joe Bryant (Kobe Bryant's father) and Laker legend Michael Cooper, Coach Michael worked with the world's best players, including Lisa Leslie, Chamique Holdsclaw and Taj McWilliams Franklin, to name a few.  His knowledge and experience were instrumental to the Sparks' success.  However, the time with the WNBA was time away from Team Concept and his family and Coach Michael resigned his post with the Sparks in the spring of 2008 to devote more time to TC and his four children.

Coach Michael and his wife, Trisonya, founded and developed TTM Management, a sports agency that represents many WNBA and overseas-bound professional athletes. TTM Management is one of the WNBA's most influential women's professional basketball representation agencies and currently lists over 50 players that have played professionally as clients, including WNBA stars Kara Braxton, Vanessa Hayden,Charde Houstonand Edniesha Curry to name a few.

TTM Management and Team Concept are headquartered in Portland, Oregon, where Trisonya and Michael reside. The Abrahams have four children, Amirah, 14 years old, Michael Jr., 12 years old, and Tiana, 9 years old and Amari, 6 years old.