Nashville Basketball Coaches

  • Jamie Allee - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Proverbs 27:17 "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."

    Experience:
    Youth basketball - football - baseball coach for 7 years, AAU, Travel, Upward Stars

    Personal Fact:
    United States Marine Corp. Active (1995 to 1997); Reserve (1997 to 2003) Honorable Discharge; College Baseball - Highlands University (1992 to 1995); Major- Accounting

    Why I love to coach:
    A great coach once told me "When you are done learning, your are done playing or coaching." This holds the essence of how I look at life as a Christian, Husband, Father, and Coach. God has given us many gifts. One of those gifts is the ability to learn, and to teach what we learn to our greatest gift, our youth. Through coaching, I am able to impact my players in a positive way on and off the court.

  • Gary Barnes

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Timothy 1:7 - For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

    Experience:
    Played football at MTSU 1995-1997; Played football at the University of Alabama 1997-2001; Bachelor of Arts & Science with Major in Criminal Justice, Minor - Sociology; Coached HS football at Whites Creek for two years; Over the past five years, Gary has coached in various youth sports, including a championship basketball team, a national championship football team, and a national champion track athlete.

    Personal Fact:
    Gary is the founder of True Life Sports; an organization dedicated to youth and their families using sports and education as a foundation for success on and off the court.

    Why I love to coach:
    Sports has been an influential part of my life. The places its taken me, and the lessons I've learned have molded me into who I am. To now have the opportunity to teach what I have learned, and to watch young athletes grow, is an honor and priveledge that I take very seriously.

  • Damien Brown - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Romans 12:2: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    Experience:
    Playing: Averett University (2005-2009), 4 Consecutive USA South Conference Championships, Pre-Season All-American (2007), All-Time Leading Rebounder Club and 1,000 Career Points Club Member; Played professionally in the ABA (2010-2012), for USA Select in the United Kingdom (2009), and professionally in Japan (2012-2014) Coaching: Currently serving as Freshman Boys Head Coach and Varsity Boys Assistant Coach at Fred J. Page High School

    Personal Fact:
    Graduate of Averett University (2009); Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

    Why I love to coach:
    I genuinely enjoy interacting with kids and building a strong relationship with them by gaining their trust and respect. I've had multiple mentors and coaches help guide and mold me during my growth as a young man. Each one of those experiences were so valuable and I still rely on them as I continue in my walk of faith as a Christian. I love giving back my wisdom and knowledge from previous experiences to assist young players work towards and achieve their goals. Through basketball I hope to develop players into well-rounded, high integrity individuals as they mature. The game of basketball has been such a huge blessing in my life, so I can only hope and pray that I can be just as much of a blessing to the next generation of athletes.

  • Kaila Carter - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Jeremiah 29:11 - “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    Experience:
    Head Coach- AAU TN Starz 7th & 8th Grade Girls (2016), Central Magnet Middle School- Assistant Girls Coach (2015-present)

    Personal Fact:
    United States Air Force (2010-2013) Honorable Discharge; Currently a full time student at Middle Tennessee State University studying Physical Education.

    Why I love to coach:
    I love the game of basketball and getting the chance to share my passion with kids is something that I take great pride in. Coaching gives you a unique opportunity to teach kids life lessons that they will be able to use on and off the court and carry with them for the rest of their lives.

  • Reece Chamberlain - (NORTH Nashville)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Colossians 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

    Experience:
    Playing: Belmont University (2010-2015); All OVC Team Member; Coaching: Club Basketball (4 years)

    Personal Fact:
    Graduate of Belmont University (2015); Major - Finance and Marketing

    Why I love to coach:
    I love coaching because it allows me to teach kids about a game I have loved for so long - just like many people were able to teach me and help me become a successful player. I enjoy seeing kids have fun and teaching life lessons that can be taught and learned through basketball.

  • Thomas (Trey) O. Chappelle III - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Psalm 121: 1-2 - I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

    Experience:
    10+ Years at Middle School or High School Level; AAU and Club Basketball: Upward Stars (2015), TN Rams (2011-14)

    Personal Fact:
    University of Oklahoma (1996) - Bachelor of Science; Tennessee State University (2000) - Master of Education; TSU (2004)

    Why I love to coach:
    Through basketball, I love working with student/athletes to help better prepare them on and off the court.

  • Glen Clem - (NORTH Nashville)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

    Experience:
    Four Year Letterman, Vanderbilt University (1983 - 1987), 5th Round Draft Choice New York Knicks 1987. Played three years professional basketball in the Continental Basketball Association (1987-1990). Coached 3 years in the North Nashville Hoops League. T. W. Hunter 6th Grade Basketball Coach 2015-'16.

    Personal Fact:
    B.A. Economics, Vanderbilt University 1987. Glen grew up in a basketball household as his father was the Head Basketball Coach at Walker Junior College in Jasper, AL, winning 500+ games during his career.

    Why I love to coach:
    Basketball and playing sports teaches you valuable life lessons: establish a goal and try your best every day to achieve the goal; work with others on the team to achieve a common goal; help others on your team succeed; don't worry about what you can't control; do your job and never criticize others; take accountability for your mistakes; be humble in victory and lose with class. Helping young men improve their basketball skills and learning about life in the process gives me great joy. I love seeing kids improve, and learn the importance of setting goals and following a plan to achieve them.

  • Homer Drew - (NORTH Nashville)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Matthew 6:33 - But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

    Experience:
    Collegiate basketball coach for over 45 years (Washington University-St. Louis; Washington State University; LSU; Bethel College; IU-South Bend; Valparaiso: 1988-2011)

    Personal Fact:
    Graduate of William Jewel College, Masters at Washington University (St. Louis) in Educational Administration, Doctorate from Andrews University in Educational Administration

    Why I love to coach:
    Coaching presents a great opportunity to invest and build into the lives of our future leaders. Sports teaches hard work, perseverance, and teamwork which are life long skills.

  • Greg Eubanks - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Colossians 3:17 - And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. and Proverbs 3:3-4 - Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

    Experience:
    Ensworth High School Boys: Varsity (Acting Head Coach); JV coach, 9th grade coach, & camp instructor (2009-present); Faulkner University: Assistant Men's Coach (1993-1996); Lipscomb Bison Basketball Camp Coach (1986-1991, 2015); Played collegiately at Lipscomb University (1988-1992)

    Personal Fact:
    Bachelors degree from Lipscomb University (1992) and MBA from Auburn University-Montgomery (1996); Father of two daughters and one son.

    Why I love to coach:
    I love to see the personal development and growth of players and create an atmosphere of a team where people learn to think of others before themselves.

  • Todd Gerlach - (NORTH Nashville)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

    Experience:
    I have coached within the school system for the last four years, as well as through various AAU programs at the highest levels; with 3 of the last 4 years coaching in the AAU Nationals with a 6th place finish nationally in 2014. Led the 16U Upward Stars Premier Team to a 13th place finish in the AAU Division II National Tournament.

    Personal Fact:
    In my professional life, I coach and mentor employees to develop and improve them and our business. I believe this translates really well to the basketball court and to the young men in our organization. My role, both on the court and at work, is to coach individuals to “sharpen” their skill sets to prosper both individually as well as in a group.

    Why I love to coach:
    Coaching allows me the avenue to have a positive impact in a young man’s life. I was very fortunate to have a coach reach me at a young age and teach me life lessons that still direct me today. I see it as my responsibility to “multiply” these lessons into young men today.

  • Doug Gold - (North Nashville)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Micah 6:8 - “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

    Experience:
    I was fortunate to grow up the son of a coach. My father played and coached at Mississippi State and several other college and high school programs. I have always said basketball was in my blood. I personally played at Murray State University (Racers) and was very fortunate to be a part of 4 OVC Conference Championship teams. Additionally, I have coached my son and daughter for over 9 years in youth basketball, baseball, and golf. Finally, I have been a JV official in Kentucky and Tennessee at different times over the years.

    Personal Fact:
    Graduate of Murray State University (91). During my time at Murray State, in addition to winning the OVC 4 times, I was fortunate to go to 2 NCAA tournaments and one N.I.T. I currently am a VP, Commercial Lender at Wilson Bank & Trust.

    Why I love to coach:
    I have always said that I learned as much from playing sports and specifically from basketball as I did from the classroom. The life lessons from working hard with one purpose or goal with teammates from different backgrounds and experiences has been invaluable. I have a passion for basketball and I love it, but, most important to me is the opportunity to coach in a positive way and help develop young men both on the court and off the court by honoring God in everything we do.

  • Andrew Greer - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Proverbs 27:17- As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

    Experience:
    Head Coach- East Hickman High School (2015-Present); Heach Coach- East Hickman Middle School (2014-2015); Head Coach- Culleoka High School (2013-14); Assistant Coach-Richland High School, MS (2011-13)

    Personal Fact:
    Bachelors of Science in Education- University of Tennessee-Martin (2010); Masters of Athletic Administration and Coaching- Western Kentucky University (2015)

    Why I love to coach:
    I love having the opportunity to mentor young men via the game of basketball. My life would not be the same without the influence of my past coaches and I enjoy having the opportunity to return the favor to my players.

  • Peter Guse - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    1 Peter 4:10 - Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

    Experience:
    Rutherford County Jr. Pro 3rd -5th Grade Girls (2010-2014); AAU Head Coach Lady Tigers – 4th-5th Grade Girls (2012-2013); AAU Head Coach Boro Elite - 6th Grade Girls (2014); Central Magnet Middle School – Assistant Coach Girls (2014-2015); AAU TN Starz – Assistant Coach 7th Grade Girls (2014-2015); AAU TN Starz – Assistant Coach 4th & 8th Grade Girls (2015-2016)

    Personal Fact:
    University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (1992) BBA Finance & Information Systems; Marquette University (2000) CERT - Application Development; University of North Alabama (2012) – MBA Computer Information Systems

    Why I love to coach:
    I love coaching because I want to inspire others who have a passion for the game and challenge themselves to accomplish their goals. As a coach you have the opportunity to impact kids by teaching lessons in discipline, responsibility, character, and good sportsmanship. Those are skills that last a lifetime.

  • Tyler Hickman - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV) - Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.

    Experience:
    Coaching: Current - Centennial High school Co-JV Head Coach and Varsity assistant, Previous - Centennial High School Freshman head coach, JV assistant, Varsity assistant. 2 years 6th Grade Boys Head Coach at Battle Ground Academy; 2+ years AAU (various)

    Personal Fact:
    Lipscomb University (2012); Master in Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration

    Why I love to coach:
    Sports are a very unique way of reaching people. I have learned over the years that relationships are key. The ball will go flat one day and it's what you decide to do with life at that point that matters. I was very fortunate to have a high school coach that I still communicate with regularly and a high school coach with whom I currently work with who practice the importance of growing character off the court. This is a huge part of why we do what we do. Don't get me wrong, we are all competitors, but we are all working towards impacting and growing kids for success in every aspect of life.

  • Catrice James - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    2 Corinthians 12:9 - But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

    Experience:
    Upward Stars (2015-2016); Individual lessons and past recreation level coach

    Personal Fact:
    University of Tennessee - Major: Accounting (2010); Middle Tennessee State University - Master of Accountancy with Tax Concentration (2011)

    Why I love to coach:
    I love to coach basketball because I have a relentless passion for the sport, and I strongly believe sporting programs inherently teach principles that increase long-term personal growth. Coaching allows me to help youth stay healthy and active, as well as aid them in learning teamwork, commitment, and self-confidence.

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    Jeff Laidig - Skills Coach

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

    Experience:
    Playing: Belmont University (2012-2016); Team Captain (2016); Coaching: Club Basketball (2 years)

    Personal Fact:
    Graduate of Belmont University (2016); Major – Marketing & Entrepreneurship

    Why I love to coach:
    I love to see kids work hard towards a goal. When I was 12 years old I became serious about the game of basketball & had coaches that invested in me & taught me skills to improve my game. I want to help kids work toward their goals & experience that same joy that God gave me through the game.

  • Brian Masterson - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    Experience:
    Playing: Lipscomb University; Coaching: Youth basketball coach for the past 5 years, plus summers working at Lipscomb University basketball camps during college. Also, CrossFit Level 1 Coach.

    Personal Fact:
    B.S. (Accounting) – Lipscomb University (1995); J.D., University of North Carolina (2001); LL.M., Georgetown University (2004)

    Why I love to coach:
    The greatest joy in coaching is helping a player develop the tenacity and inner discipline necessary to work daily on becoming better at his craft. Being part of a team offers an opportunity for a young player to experience working harder than he may have thought possible, making the next pass for an even better shot, playing incredible team defense and persevering through adversity. Team basketball is beautiful.

  • Tony McLeod - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Psalm 23:4 - Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

    Experience:
    Cumberland University Women's Team (2005-2007); Texas Showtime AAU (2008-2011); McClain Christian High School (2011-2013); Currently serving as Assistant Varsity Girls' Coach for Ravenwood High School

    Personal Fact:
    Coached Upward Stars class of 2019 Premier Girls to 2016 USSSA Division I National Championship; Lee University (2005); Major - Telecommunications; Minor - Bible; Cumberland University (2007) - Masters in Education

    Why I love to coach:
    I love to teach the game of basketball and am extremely passionate about doing so, I also love to create a culture that's positive both on and off the court. Watching young athletes learn, understand, and enjoy the game means a lot to me as a coach.

  • Malik Mims - (NORTH Nashville)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Ephesians 3:20 - Now to him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think, according to the power that works within us

    Experience:
    Middle School Boys Varsity and JV coach new Athlete intake at Hendersonville Christian Academy (2016-present); Head JV coach and Assistant Varsity girls coach at White House Middle School (2012-2015); First official coaching job was as an assistant boy’s freshman and varsity coach for the basketball program at Gallatin High School(2011-12); AAU recruiter and personal basketball trainer (2011); Recreation/ AAU coach (2006-2008)

    Personal Fact:
    Graduate of Gallatin High School; While attending Gallatin High School, I played both basketball and football. As a member of the basketball team, I was a three year letter winner and a two time Discipline Attitude and Leadership Award winner. I accepted a basketball scholarship to Columbia State Community College. I was named a team captain going into my second year. At Columbia State, I also received my first opportunity to coach.

    Why I love to coach:
    I believe that as a coach and as a teacher, our first responsibility is to be an example. I believe our example isn’t the most important thing, but the only thing. In coaching, I see my job as a mentor and role model more important than the "X’s and O’s." A successful coach and teacher is able to impact the lives of the players/students long after they leave the court. Of course it is a priority to be successful in competition; I feel that the winning happens as a result of proper planning and preparation. If we are molding youth with the right values and work ethic, then they will want to prepare the way necessary to be successful. I like to build relationships with my student athletes. I feel it is a coach’s responsibility to take an interest in other activities that your student athletes participate in. My wife and I love to support plays, band, and other sports. I think building that atmosphere, where we all support each other, makes the decision to go the extra mile for your team that much more attractive. I have players who have come through my programs that are now playing college basketball. It is awesome to still be able to have a relationship with them. I am able to lend advice and just be an ear for them to talk to.

  • Megan Mims - (NORTH Nashville)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Isaiah 41:10 - Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

    Experience:
    Head Coach at White House Middle School (2012-2015); Produced 5 all county players and a host of honorable mentions.

    Personal Fact:
    Coach Mims is a graduate of MTSU.

    Why I love to coach:
    I fell in love with basketball at an early age and am passionate about teaching life lessons through the game of basketball.

  • Andres Montana - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

    Experience:
    18 Years High School-Varsity Level; 11 Years - Youth Level

    Personal Fact:
    Vanderbilt University (1998); Double Major in Psychology & Religious Studies; Northcentral University-AZ (2014) - Masters of Education

    Why I love to coach:
    I love building teams that play with a distinct unity and tenacity. I also love to build character. Virtues like hard work, determination, perseverance, and courage, among many others, can be forged in players through quality coaching.

  • Marcus Kinnon - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Isaiah 7:9 - .....If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand tall at all.

    Experience:
    Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS)-Middle School (11 years); MNPS- High School (3 years)

    Personal Fact:
    Tennessee State University (2002) - Human Performance and Sport Sciences; TSU (2005) - Master Degree in Elem. Education; Univ. of Tenn.-Knoxville (2013-Current) - Administrative Licensure

    Why I love to coach:
    I love coaching because the hard work put forth on the court also impacts every aspect of life. Discipline and perseverance are skills that every young person needs.

  • Bobby Moore - (NORTH Nashville)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

    Experience:
    Playing: Berea College (KY); Coaching: Lipscomb High School-Assistant Coach (2001-2003); Ellis Middle School-Assistant Coach (1 yr.); Portland High School-Assistant Coach (6 yrs.); Boys' travel team coach (2005-current); MTBOA High school official (2003-2007)

    Personal Fact:
    Berea College - Physical Education, Minor: Spanish

    Why I love to coach:
    I love having a part in developing young men on and off the court. I was fortunate to have great coaches that taught me how to be a good teammate, the importance of a strong work ethic, and how to apply those values to life. I enjoy passing those values and basketball knowledge on to others.

  • Brian Moragne - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

    Experience:
    Coaching: Current Varsity Boys' Coach at Thurgood Marshall Middle School; Boys/Girls Middle School - Metro Nashville Public Schools (12 years); Boys/Girls AAU/Club Basketball (9 years)

    Personal Fact:
    Tennessee State University (2003); Major: Marketing; Trevecca Nazarene University (2010) - Masters in Education

    Why I love to coach:
    I love working with youth. I love diversity and building teams from the ground up, developing athletes spiritually, mentally, and physically, to achieve desired team goals.

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    Rick Nute

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Isaiah 40:31 - “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

    Experience:
    18 years at Middle School or High School Level; AAU and Club Basketball TN Irish Basketball (2012-2015); Head Coach for Girls and Boys Teams at Overbrook School (2014-present)

    Personal Fact:
    Bachelor’s Degree from Union University (1997); Master’s Degree from Trevecca (2012); Wife (Erica) of 17 years / 2 sons and 1 daughter

    Why I love to coach:
    “I love to teach the game of basketball to today’s youth, to have a positive effect on the lives of young athletes, and to be a positive role model. The game of basketball is about so much more than just basketball. As a school teacher and coach, I have learned that we can have such a huge impact on the lives of young athletes, even more than we realize.”

  • John Paul Nyadaro - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

    Experience:
    Playing: Semi Pro CBA – Bowling Green Hornets (2014 – 2015); Saint John Millrats (2014); Trevecca University (2009 – 2013); Maseno High School (2004 – 2007) – selected G-MAC all-conference second team, named NCCAA Mid-East all-region honorable mention and was the team MVP in 2013

    Personal Fact:
    Youth Basketball Coach – 3rd Grade (2016), Trevecca University Men’s Basketball Coach (2015 – 2017)

    Why I love to coach:
    Basketball is my passion because it helped me become the person I am today. I want to share the skills I have with others and help them develop their game. Nothing makes me happier than seeing young athletes attain their goals and seeing their dreams come true. I love and want to take that journey with them.

  • Chase Ogden - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

    Experience:
    Player: Jacksonville State University (Collegiate Level); Central Park Christian School (Varsity High School Coach) 2012-2013; Above the Rim Gym (Aau Basketball) 9th grade boys;

    Personal Fact:
    I graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and Wellness with a minor in Nutrition.

    Why I love to coach:
    I love coaching because I strongly believe in sowing seeds that were planted in me at a young age. One of the ways I sow seeds is by showing and coaching basketball skills which is a sport that I have a passion for and am very knowledgeable. I not only sow seeds by showing and coaching basketball skills but by being a woman of God with strong faith, beliefs, and integrity. I have a strong desire and heart that I believe in people when they sometimes doubt themselves.

  • Isaiah Parks - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Psalms 23 2-6 - The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

    Experience:
    Playing: Robert Morris University (2012-2014); William Rainey Harper College (2014-2015); Guilford High School (2008-2012) – 1 time Most Improved, 1 time Team defensive MVP; Coaching: Upward 4th grade Blue Team (2016-2017); Big 3 Basketball (AAU); Student Assistant/Manager with TSU Men’s Basketball

    Personal Fact:
    Tennessee State University: (Major) Marketing; TSU Men's Basketball Team (Student Assistant/Team Manager)

    Why I love to coach:
    Coaching is the greatest job out there. Interacting with young adults while teaching a game that I love is a dream for me. I want players to gain the experience that I wish I could have been taught earlier in life. I also love seeing the progression of players and making to the next level plus saving their families thousands of dollars can change someone’s outlook on life. I come from hard times and this game is an outlet to better life and taking someone out of their situation to a bright future is a blessing.

  • Kyle Peterson - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

    Experience:
    Playing: United States Military Academy (1978-1980); Purdue University (1980-1982); Coaching: 6+ Years (Pro-Am League; in Alabama; Franklin Christian Academy; Rec. Sports); Upward Stars (2014-current); 4 years middle school boys basketball experience, currently varsity boys basketball coach at Grassland"

    Personal Fact:
    Purdue University (1983) - Industrial Mangagement; Univ. of Louisville (1989) - MBA

    Why I love to coach:
    It's just great to be around young people, have input into their lives, help them grow, believe in themselves. I especially appreciate Upwards as it holds me, accountable higher standard than I might otherwise hold myself to. My desire is to help the kids grow in their skills and interest in basketball, but more importantly help lead them to a decision to eventually accept Christ as their savior.

  • Seth Poston - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Matthew 6:33 - But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as well.

    Experience:
    Coaching Experience: Lee University-Student Assistant (2003); Ocoee Middle School (2005); McClain Christian Academy (2011-13); Currently - Assistant Girls' Coach at Ravenwood High School

    Personal Fact:
    Lee University (2003-2007); Major - History; Minor - Economics

    Why I love to coach:
    I love to coach because it gives me the opportunity to be a positive example in every kid's life. I love the game of basketball and watching athletes develop the things you teach them is the greatest reward.

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    Chris Rhone - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord”, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    Experience:
    Playing: Morgan State University Baltimore, Md. Coaching: Douglass High School Memphis, TN. varsity girl’s Assistant Coach (2015-2016). Georgia Pistols girls AAU head coach (2016). Freedom Prep Academy, Middle School Assistant Coach (2012 -2014).

    Personal Fact:
    Trevecca Nazarene University – Masters of Education (2015); Morgan State University-Bachelors of Science of Education (2011); United States Army (1990 – 1997).

    Why I love to coach:
    My mission as a coach is to become a servant leader who provides clear leadership and guidance based on Christian values. I plan to serve as a leader, live a balanced life, and apply ethical principles to teach, motivate, and to inspire others. It is my goal to use athletics as a platform to inspire others to foster the love for learning.

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    Ted Quinn - Skills/Clinic Coach (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Romans 5:3-5: “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

    Experience:
    Collegiate basketball coach for 15 years and HS coach for 2 years. Wakonda HS (SD), Mount Marty College (SD), Graceland University (IA), Nyack College (NY). Currently the Director of Coaches’ Programs for Nations of Coaches.

    Personal Fact:
    Graduate of Mount Marty College and Masters Degree from the University of South Dakota. Married to wife Jackie and father to daughter Jenna and son Kellen.

    Why I love to coach:
    I love to watch the mental, physical and spiritual growth of a young player from the start to finish of a season and career. I love practice and the step by step process of improvement and development. I love these things about coaching because over my career, I have learned as much about myself as I have been able to teach my players.

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    Dan Ryan - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so too does one man sharpen another”

    Experience:
    Two seasons as a head coach for Kessel Heat AAU. Three seasons as a head coach for Illinois WarHawks AAU. Three years as a student manager for the men’s basketball team at Illinois State University. Current graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team at Belmont University.

    Personal Fact:
    Member of the men’s basketball team at College of Lake County [2012-2014]. Undergraduate degree from Illinois State University. Currently pursuing a master of sport administration degree at Belmont University.

    Why I love to coach:
    I have known for a long time that coaching basketball is my passion. For the past five years I have pursued this passion, and I have loved every minute of it. I love and appreciate every chance I get to work with young people, and to help them improve and compete to the best of their abilities.

  • Dana Drew Shaw – (NORTH Nashville)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    Experience:
    International Basketball (Olimpia Pesaro, San Gabrielle Milano, Mia Costamasnaga); University of Toledo (2x Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, Inducted into the Varsity “T” Hall of Fame, Jersey Retired); Camp director and youth coach

    Personal Fact:
    University of Toledo College of Law (Juris Doctorate); University of Toledo – Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)

    Why I love to coach:
    Growing up around the game of basketball has been a blessing. I literally have been in the gym since birth as my father was a basketball coach. My experiences as an athlete have taught me hard work, perseverance, and humility. Now as the wife of a coach and sister to coaches, you can say it is the family profession. I love the game of basketball, but even more I love the lessons learned and lifelong friendships that have resulted because of the game of basketball.

  • Picasso Simmons - Skills/Clinic Coach (NORTH Nashville)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Mark 8:36 - What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?

    Experience:
    Playing: Murray State University (2007-2011) Coaching: 4+ Years (Upward Stars and Club/AAU; Murray Middle School)

    Personal Fact:
    Murray State University (2013); Double Major - History and Health & Physical Education; Currently - Teacher & Coach at Rucker Stewart Middle School

    Why I love to coach:
    I enjoy coaching because I love helping players reach their basketball goals by teaching them the proper way to play the game. No one really invested in me and taught me the proper skills until college; therefore, I feel teaching kids at a younger age allows players to have the correct footwork, skills, coaching, and attitude necessary to be a complete player before they reach high school.

  • Wayne Smith - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    Experience:
    Playing: Aquinas JC (1984-1986); Belmont (1987); Professionally in Portugal (1991-92); Coaching: 15+ Years (Upward Stars; Grassland Middle School; Harding Academy; AAU); Franklin Christian Academy, Head Basketball Coach 2015-Present

    Personal Fact:
    Tennessee State University (1998); Major: Health and P.E. (K-12)

    Why I love to coach:
    Coaching is teaching! I love to teach kids and young players in hopes of making an impact in them learning the game of basketball. I want to give to the game I love and this is one way that I can do it. I also want to give to others what God has blessed me with, for it is not for me to keep for myself but to share my blessing with the next generation of players.

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    Jerry Surratt - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

    Experience:
    Assistant Varsity Boys basketball for 7 years (Ravenwood High School) Youth basketball and baseball coach for 6 years.

    Personal Fact:
    Senior Sales Leader at Jumpcrew, a social media management firm in Nashville. Middle Tennessee State University: Bachelor of Business Administration. I spend my free time with my wife and 4 kids, 3 girls and 1 boy. They are all very active in sports.

    Why I love to coach:
    Coaching gives me the ability to mentor and inspire the youth. I love the game of basketball and the many life lessons it offers.

  • Jeff Tarkington - (NORTH Nashville)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Proverbs 22:6 - Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

    Experience:
    Youth basketball for 8 years including 1 year of AAU

    Personal Fact:
    I have been a police officer for 18 years in middle Tennessee and a graduate of the 265 Session of the FBI National Academy.

    Why I love to coach:
    I love to coach because it allows to me to have a positive influence on the lives of kids through basketball. Coaches are able to reach kids and teach them lessons that will stay them as they grow older. Teaching them to work together as a team with intensity and proper discipline will help them achieve their goals and help them as they grow older.

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    Spencer Turner - Skills/Clinic Coach (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    Experience:
    Playing Experience: Belmont University (2012-2015); 3 NCAA tournament appearances & 1 NIT appearance; NABC All Honors Court; 2 time Indiana High School 4A State Champion; Trester Award Winner

    Personal Fact:
    Graduate of Belmont University (2015); Major - Finance and Accounting; Currently a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

    Why I love to coach:
    I've had so many mentors that I have looked up to in my life. I desire to be a a mentor for as many kids as possible, and basketball is my expertise. I want to give back to the game in anyway I can, and this is one way of doing that. There is so much more to life then basketball; this is something that Upward Stars does well, letting me teach and coach young kids.

  • Terrance Vanlier - (Williamson County)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Proverbs 13:20 (NLT) - Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.

    Experience:
    Playing: Alabama A&M (First Team All-SWAC; Player of the Year Runner-up); Played professionally in Spain and the ABA; Coaching: 4+ years AAU/Club; Qualified for Div. I AAU National Tournament Twice

    Personal Fact:
    Alabama A&M (2000); Major - Computer Science and Minor in Mathematics

    Why I love to coach:
    I have the desire to impact young athletes' lives through basketball.

  • Christy Winter - (North Nashville)

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Isaiah 40:31 - But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

    Experience:
    Played Varsity Basketball in High School; Playing at the college level was cut short after suffering a severe injury; After recovering, I played and coached in several women's leagues throughout my 20's; 5+ years coaching rec ball, travel ball, and middle school 6th grade girls.

    Personal Fact:
    Graduated from Aquinas College. I am a charge nurse on an orthopedic, stroke, trauma step down unit. I have a very active Freshman and 7th grader that also keeps me busy.

    Why I love to coach:
    I love basketball and teaching children the fundamentals to help them grow for years to come. Through effective coaching, I can give players an opportunity to get more experience and build confidence to push themselves to the next level.