McKinstry, Borman working together again

Former District 38 icons Russ McKinstry and John Borman have teamed up at Championship Basketball Academy

Former Lewis-Palmer High School basketball coach Russ McKinstry, is the president of Championship Basketball Academy, based in Centennial.
Danny Summers

Former Lewis-Palmer High School boys’ basketball coach Russ McKinstry is the president of Championship Basketball Academy in Centennial.

CBA provides all services relating to the game of basketball, the business of basketball and the building of future champions through basketball.

McKinstry left Lewis-Palmer in June after leading the Rangers to back-to-back Class 4A state championships. He was also the school’s athletic director.

The long-time coach resigned to accept a position athletic director at Chaparral in Parker. But McKinstry never worked for Chaparral, instead taking a position with the start-up company.

According to its web site, CBA specializes in training, developing and teaching players using the most effective and current basketball techniques.

The company also specializes in the development and implementation of leadership programs and basketball education for student athletes and coaches.

McKinstry writes an occasional blog for the company’s web site. His main focus is on defense.

“Being a defensive stopper is a demanding role, but it is a role that can truly take a team to another level,” McKinstry said.

McKinstry is working with his former District 38 boss, John Borman. Earlier this month, Borman started his position as vice president of operations for CBA. Borman stepped down as the District’s superintendent at the end of December.

Borman said the organization plans to build athletic facilities that will reach out to underprivileged kids and offer basketball clinics, coaching clinics and sports leagues.

Borman also mentioned that a facility with at least six basketball courts is set to break ground near Interstate-25 and Interquest Parkway.

McKinstry enjoyed a long and storied career as a basketball coach. He accumulated an overall record of 418-171 in 25 years.

During his combined eight-year stint at Lewis-Palmer, the Rangers went to seven state Final Fours, including five consecutive years from 2008 to 2013.

McKinstry won multiple Coach of the Year honors including being named Coach of the Year for the State of Colorado in 2012 and the State of Kansas in 1987.

More than 35 of McKinstry’s former players have gone on to play at the collegiate level and several have advanced on to play professionally. Currently playing Division I is Josh Scott (University of Colorado), Justin Smith (Idaho State) and Jordan Scott (Idaho).

Smith also coached long-time NBA forward Pat Garrity when Garrity attended Lewis-Palmer in the mid 1990s.