Lexie Gerson: Owner and Lead Trainer
Lexie Gerson is Philadelphia's premier professional basketball trainer and AAU Director. "Coach Lex" founded Lexie Gerson Basketball in 2016, to provide an elite training program for serious players who want to take their game to a higher level.
Gerson knows all about playing at the highest of levels. After a
decorated playing career as a four-year starter at the University
of Virginia, Gerson spent two years playing professionally
overseas in the top division in Israel. Currently, she develops the
best male and female players in the Mid Atlantic region, while
preparing and mentoring them for the next phase of their
A shooting guard by trade, Gerson has perfected a unique methodology for shooting instruction. She is an expert shooting coach, transforming her students into confident and proficient scorers. Her training sessions also place an emphasis on basketball IQ, strategic in-game decision making, rhythm-based movement and leadership. Coach Lex is known for her infectious energy, and parents often seek her out simply because she "makes it fun" and is great with athletes of all ages.
From 2017-2020, in addition to launching her private training business and AAU program, Gerson devoted her time to the Harcum College Women's Basketball team, where she served as the Head Coach from 2018-2020. During her inaugural season as Harcum's Head Coach in 2019, she lead the Bears to a 20-8 record and significantly changed the culture, as evidenced by raising the cumulative team GPA to a 3.46, an all-time program high. Prior to her hire as the Head Coach in August of 2018, she served as the First Assistant for one season. Before her tenure began at Harcum, she served as the top Assistant at Arcadia University (2015-2016) where she oversaw guard play, player and skill development, and the team's defensive strategy.
A product of Fort Washington, PA, and the Philadelphia Belles AAU organization, Gerson has remained heavily involved in the local basketball community. Upon returning from her professional playing career in 2016, Gerson spent two seasons as the Head Coach for the 15U Philadelphia Belles AAU team. During the 2017 and 2018 seasons, the Belles retained Gerson to direct their year-round group training sessions, while she continued to grow her own private training business in the Philadelphia area.
Gerson spent 2014-2016 playing professionally overseas in the top division in Israel. During her rookie season in 2014-2015, she played for Elitzur Ramla and was part of the runner up championship team. In 2015-2016 Lexie was the starting shooting guard for ASA Jerusalem, where she led her team in steals and assists. She was subsequently inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
While earning two degrees at The University of Virginia, Gerson was a starter during all four years of her career and earned the badge of captain in her final season. Gerson proved her worth as a defensive-minded guard, earning the ACC All Defensive Team accolade during her junior and senior campaigns. While leading the ACC in steals during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons, she was also ranked in the top 10 nationally for steals. She is ranked fifth all time at UVA with 257 steals. She won the Thomas J Ryan Scholarship her junior and senior years. The scholarship is presented to a hard-working player committed to success; a team player who shuns the spotlight in favor of her teammates; a player who believes in family values and shares those values with her team. Gerson was also named to the ACC All-Academic Team her senior year. While at UVA, she received a B.A. in Women Gender and Sexuality Studies and a M.A. in Higher Education with a concentration in Collegiate Athletic Administration. Based on the considerable community service she performed throughout her college career, Gerson was nominated to the WBCA Good Works Team.
Gerson attended high school at the Peddie School in N.J. where she started on the nationally ranked girls’ basketball team all four years. At Peddie, she was a captain and a 1,000 point scorer. She garnered national attention and was ranked as the 24th best girls player in the nation and ranked 6th in her position during her senior year. She was invited with a select group of girls to attend the United States Olympic Development Camp in Colorado Springs. She was also named to the 2008 and 2012 USA Maccabi Open Women’s Basketball Team, where in 2008, she was the only high school player chosen.
Gerson currently resides in Plymouth Meeting, PA with her Fiancé Kate Henwood and their dog, Jumper Gerson.