FOUNDER & CEO

LaQuanda Brandon

AKA "Coach Q"

COACH Q is an experienced youth basketball coach, certified licensed USA Basketball coach, former division 1 collegiate athlete, and well known international fitness model. From a very young age, Q was considered a self proclaimed fitness enthusiast. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Q began playing basketball at the age of 6.  

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HISTORY

During her youth, COACH Q played at rec leagues, school leagues, and AAU leagues. In 2001, she attended Dunbar SHS in Washington DC, and was as a member of the Varsity Women's Basketball team from freshman to senior year. Q was awarded Oustanding Freshman, during her first year at Dunbar SHS.  Her sophomore year, she was named Honorable Mention in The Washington Post.  As a senior she was named to the Washington Post DCIAA West first team and the 2004 winter All-Met honorable mention team and led the Lady Tiders to the 2nd round of the playoffs. She was also a four-year captain at Dunbar, a 1,000-point scorer and competed at the adidas Top 10 All-American summer camp in 2002 and 2003. She started point guard all 4 years at Dunbar SHS and during her senior year, was ranked #48 overall basketball player in the nation, and #10 in point guards in the nation.  Q, attended the University of Rhode Island from 2005 to 2008.  In 2008 to 2009, Q joined the UDC Lady Firebirds women's basketball team.  The following year, she joined the coaching staff as an assistant women's basketball coach.  

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LEGACY

After coaching at UDC, COACH Q, moved to NYC in 2010 to pursue a career in fashion modeling.  During her 8 year career, Q has worked with some of the top designers in the world and has been signed to the top modeling agencies in the world including Wilhelmina Models, State MGMT, and Images NYC to name a few.  She's made several runway appearances at New York Fashion Week and has worked with some of the top cosmetic and fashion brands in the world. Q was also fortunate enough to travel across the globe on modeling contracts to some of the top fashion markets in the world such as Capetown South Africa, London, Miami, and Los Angeles.  She has graced top fashion editorial magazines and fitness magazine covers, and has even made a few international television commercial & print appearances.  In 2015, Q appeared in her very 1st fitness AD campaign for PROPEL Water.  Thereafter, she continued to soar in the fitness modeling world, having been featured in AD campaigns for NIKE, EastBay, FitBit, & Starter, to name a few.

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STAY READY WITH Q

While pursuing modeling in NYC, Q started the company, Stay Ready With Q, in 2015.   During this time, she began training adults and children.  She branched out sectors of the business to focus on team & individual skills development at other basketball academies, AAU teams, & non profit organizations, aiding in the enrichment and progress of those programs around NYC.  Q received her ACE Personal Training certification & USA Basketball Coaching License in late 2015.  And after furthering her education, she graduated from Penn Foster University with a certificate in Sports Nutrition Coaching. Q began to develop a new approach to athletic curriculum's, dieting, & training, and is sharing all of it, right here, on Stay Ready.

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