Coach Lee Larkins, Executive Director, Midwest Finest Basketball
2019 Lic #41753401
Midwest Finest 2020
Midwest Finest 2021
Coach Lee Larkins, founder and main architect of Midwest Finest Basketball, graduated from Purdue University in 1978 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, specializing in recreation and health. He returned to school in 1985 to earn his Master's in Guidance and Counseling at New Mexico Highlands University.
Coach Larkins has over 40 years of professional experience as a coach, counselor, athletic director, mental health clinician, social worker and speed & agility trainer for all sports.
As a Purdue University student/athlete, Coach Larkins was a three-year letterman for the Boilermaker football team, earning All-Big Ten Honors during the 1978 season as an outside linebacker.
Coach Larkins first collegiate coaching job was with Purdue's football coaching staff in 1979 soon after graduation. Coach Larkins was quickly elevated to Purdue University's top recruiter back in the early 80's. He developed three All-Big Ten Linebackers and coached in three bowl games. This was followed by numerous high school football and college basketball coaching positions, including coaching positions at IPFW in Fort Wayne, IN and at IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN.
Currently Coach Larkins is employed as a guidance counselor and provides sports performance training/Nutritional tips to athletes at the elementary school, middle school, high school and college levels in the Indianapolis area.
Coach Larkins is a high-energy, high-character individual with a tremendous amount of passion to teach the game of life though sports. His diverse resume of education and experience makes Lee much, much more than just a coach.
"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
- - Coach John Wooden
Coach Jim Surface
2019 Lic #41751359
Midwest Finest 2020
Midwest Finest 2021
Coach Jim Surface has been involved in coaching youth sports for over 40 years. His basketball coaching resume includes time with several club basketball organizations, including Queens-of-the-Court, HGBL, Indiana Explosion, Indiana Elite, Hoosier Elite and now Midwest Finest. His association with girl's basketball and coach Larkins began over 15 years ago and continues today through the Midwest Finest Basketball program.
"I've always loved the sport of basketball and realized early on that when the game is coached properly, it is one of the best vehicles available to teach young people life's lesson in a way that can resonate with them," says Coach Surface. "Coaching brings me a great deal of satisfaction when you see those players who come to you with a desire to put in the time and work hard to improve their basketball skill set, and become a better, more confident athlete." "It is our job as coaches to put in the time and give our athletes everything they need to succeed as an athlete and as a young adult." This is a fundamental element of the Midwest Finest Basketball program.
"If you only give the minimum requirement, you can only expect minimum results."
- J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans
Coach Amie Cowell
2019 Lic #41769184
Midwest Finest 2022
Coach Amie Cowell has been involved in sports her whole life. She attended Fishers High School and was a three-year letter winner as a member of the girls’ basketball team. During her senior year season, she was named as an All-Conference honorable mention, was the team’s defensive MVP, and was an East/West All-Star. After graduating from high school in 2009, Coach Amie continued her basketball career at Marian University in Indianapolis.
As a freshman she started in seven of the 33 games she played in for the Knights. Unfortunately, following her freshman season Coach Amie suffered two back to back knee injuries and an ankle injury which hindered her ability to finish out her collegiate basketball career strongly.
Coach Amie was a student assistant during her senior season (5th year) under former Indiana Miss Basketball and Purdue University standout, Katie Geralds. “Having the opportunity to coach under such a knowledgeable basketball legend really helped me to not only expand my basketball knowledge, but helped me develop as a better person in general”. Coach Amie was given the opportunity to come back after her senior year at Marian and work under Geralds as an assistant coach.
Coach Amie Cowell graduated from Marian in 2014 with a double major in Management and Finance with a concentration in Human Resources. She also holds her Master’s Degree in Finance and is working towards her elementary teaching license. She currently is a fifth grade teacher in Lawrence Township and is the Head Varsity Girls’ basketball coach at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis.
Coach Amie brings a fresh, high-energy, compassionate level of understanding to her coaching style. She was a player her whole life and went through many of the trials and tribulations that come along with the game of basketball.
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
- – Michael Jordan
Coach Sara Larkins
2019 Lic #41806345
Coach Sara Larkins has been involved with sports her whole life. From soccer to basketball many weekdays and weekends as a child were spent playing the sports she loved. She attended Fishers High School (Graduating in 2011) where she focused on the sport of basketball all four years. Following her senior year, she decided to pursue the academic route and focus solely on her academics. In December 2015, Coach Sara graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Coach Sara is very excited to be a part of the Midwest Finest Family. As a first-year coach, she is excited to bring a fresh, passionate, high-energy style of coaching. For so many years basketball brought her successes, obstacles to overcome, the best of friends and more importantly a love for herself. It is her goal for her players to the love of the game, become student athletes, build new relationships and achieve their goals.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou
Coach Kelli Witt
2019 Lic #41806346
Coach Kelli Witt has been involved in sports her whole life. She graduated Fishers High School in 2011. She played basketball her freshman and sophomore year while lettering all four years in golf.
Unfortunately, Coach Kelli broke her hand in her sophomore year during a summer camp. Knowing that she wanted to play college golf, she had to leave basketball behind. Shortly after making it to the ISHAA State tournament, she decided to continue her education and golf career at IUPUI.
During her four years at IUPUI, she was able to achieve success on and off the course. “My parents and brothers played a huge part in my success. They were constantly pushing me to be a better athlete.” Coach Kelli graduated from IUPUI in 2015 with a major in Education. She is currently teaching first grade at a school located just outside of Indianapolis.
Coach Kelli is ready to bring a fun and energetic attitude to the team. She is excited to encourage her team to love the game of basketball and everything it brings to the table.
“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”
- Michael Jordan