STARS Basketball Club

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Our basketball club is blessed to have a deep bench of COACHES, which includes a long list of current high school coaches, middle school coaches, and several former college players.

  • 5 coaches played professionally
  • 25 coaches played collegiately
  • 40+ coaches on staff with High Schools and/or Middle Schools

We have retained and/or hired “TRANSFORMATIONAL COACHES” for the 2023 Spring Travel Team Season – Leaders that are intentional in their efforts to impact athletes both ON and OFF the court!

We truly have a “MORE THAN” vibe as a club; this culture flows through our coaching staff as we strive to be a “community of difference-makers” (like-minded leaders who love Christ, kids, and basketball).

Our coaches are “trained, equipped, and empowered” to “Plant seeds for Christ through the game of basketball.


Austin Bell

Favorite Bible Verse:

 Matthew 19:26 “With God all things are possible.”


Basketball Experience:

 WHHS Assistant Girls Varsity Basketball Coach (1989-1992); HCA Assistant Girls Varsity Softball Coach (2014); Davidson Academy 6th grade Assistant Boys Basketball Coach. Several Years various age levels girls and boys basketball AAU, Upward Flag Football Coach, STARS Basketball Coach (2018-Present)


Personal Fact: 

Western Kentucky Business Management, Married for 28 years (Wife-Melanie; 4 children -Avery, Morgan, Reed, Riley). TSSAA Official (Basketball. Softball, Volleyball) 26 years


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? Love the game and teaching kids how to compete. Most importantly love teaching the life skills through basketball these kids will hopefully take with them long after their playing days are over.

Craig Brown

Favorite Bible 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.”

Basketball Experience:

 Head Coach North Nashville 5th and 6th grade girls and 6th grade boysfor five years working with Ellis Middle School Students- Assistant Coach AAU two years coached youth basketball of some kind since 2000

Personal Fact: 

High Point University 1994, B.S in Business and Economics as well as Accounting, Belmont University (2005), MBA Certified Public Accountant Children- Eli, Silas and Chloe

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I really enjoy helping young players build skill as well as confidence in that skill and then adding the knowledge of how to use it. My measure of success is whether or not the players I coach want to keep playing.

Jason McGehee

Favorite Bible Verse: James 1:17 “Every generous act and every perfect gift is from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.”


Basketball Experience: Current Head JV Boys’ Coach (2020-present) at Davidson Academy and Varsity Boys’ Asst Coach at Davidson Academy (2011-2014; 2020-present); STARS North HS Girls’ Coach (2020-present) STARS 7th Grade Girls (2019-2020); Davidson Academy – Varsity Girls Asst. Coach (2013-2018); Davidson Academy Middle School Boys’ Head Coach (2012-2013) and TNT State Tournament Final Four (2012).; 5th/6th Grade Boys Head Coach (2015-2017); Middle School Girls Head Coach (2017-2108); 4-year letterman at Davidson Academy and earned team’s “Mr. Basketball” award as a senior (also team captain). Helped lead Varsity Girls’ teams at Davidson Academy to back-to-back 20+ win seasons (2015-2017).


Personal Facts: Graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University – Masters of Organizational Leadership (2015); Samford University – B.S. Physical Education (1995); Married for 26 years (Wife – Shelly; 2 Children – Anna Marie (sophomore at Samford University) and AJ (junior at Davidson Academy)


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: The game of basketball teaches so many valuable life lessons. Student athletes can learn how to set goals, challenge themselves to achieve more than they ever thought possible, overcome adversity, the value and benefits of teamwork, and so much more. The process of teaching and helping each player go from where they are to where they can be is such a rewarding experience. Basketball has taught me so many life lessons that I enjoy passing on to my players. Many of my best friendships were created through basketball and those connections remain strong even to this day. It is just a wonderful vehicle to help young people succeed in life.

Picasso Simmons

Favorite Bible Verse:
Proverbs 16:9

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Basketball Experience:
Player- Murray State University, Murray, KY (2007-2011), STARS AAU (2014-2016), Rucker Stewart Girls Head Coach (2017-2019), Gallatin High School Boys Assistant Coach (2019-2020), Beech High School Boys Assistant Coach (2020-Current)

Personal Fact:
B.A. in Physical Education and History (2012), Married for 1 year (Wife- Kimiil Simmons). Teacher at Rucker Stewart Middle School (2014-2019), Beech High School (2020-Current)

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball?

I choose youth basketball because of my passion for teaching and making a positive impact on the youth. I feel that the game of basketball can teach students the game of life and how to set/reach goals. My favorite quote when it comes to teaching and coaching is by Frederick Douglas, “It’s easier to build strong children than fix broken men”.


Reece Chamberlain

Favorite Bible Verse:

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.


Basketball Experience:

 Player- Belmont University, Nashville, TN (2010-2015) Assistant Coach- Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN (2018-2020); Assistant Coach- Goodpasture Christian School, Madison, TN (2020-Present); Head Coach- STARS (2014-Present)


Personal Fact: 

B.B.A in Finance and Marketing Belmont University (2015), Wife- Kimber Chamberlain

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I love being around the game of basketball and the mission of Stars to share and show the gospel of Jesus. I believe through Stars I am able to help build a strong foundation of hoops and Christ and hopefully be a good example of how Christianity and sports can be brought together.

Dominique McDonald

Favorite Bible Verse: 

Isaiah 54:17- No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.


Basketball Experience: 
Assistant Coach/Video Coordinator- Tennessee State University (2017-2019); Assistant Coach-  STARS (2018-2020); Head Coach- 6th Grade Station Camp Middle school (2020-2021); Head 7th Grade Coach & Varsity Assistant at Ellis Middle School (2021-Current)
Personal Fact:
A.A at South Central Community & Technical College (2011-2013); B.S in Sport Management Western Kentucky University (2013-2016); M.A in Sport Administration Tennessee State University (2017-2019).
Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I love to give back to the youth in any way I can and the best way I found doing so is coaching the game I have a true passion for.

Bill McAllister

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 12:18  The words of the reckless pierce like swords but the tongue of the wise brings healing.


Basketball Experience:  Coach-Assistant Middle School Boys (JV) Pope Prep (2021-2022); Head Middle School Boys St. Joseph School (2020-2021); Head Boys North Nashville Hoops (2010-2018); Official-TSSAA Basketball Referee (2018-2020); Player-Hiram College, Hiram, OH (1989-1992)


Personal Fact:  Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch; M.S. Communication, Purdue University; B.A. Communication, Hiram College; Assistant High School and Head Middle School Golf Coach, Pope Prep; married for 25 years to Amy with 3 children, Lizzy 22, Matt 18, and Ryan 14.  


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball?  Helping others to reach their fullest potential, whether that’s in their financial lives, on the golf course, or on the basketball court is a foundational value in my life. Sharing the blessings and gifts that God has given me with those around me drives me to continuously learn and try to grow each day in my abilities as a coach. I have chosen to be a STARS coach (as well as allow my son Ryan to be a part of the STARS program as a player) because of the blend of values and competence I’ve found in the STARS Basketball Club.

Bobby Moore

Favorite Bible Verse:

 Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the lord with all your heart. Lean not unto your own understanding, in all ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.


Basketball Experience:

 Assistant coach: Station Camp Middle School (2016- current) Assistant coach – Portland High School (6 years), Ellis middle school Assistant Coach(2 years), Lipscomb High School assistant coach (2 years), AAU nationals 8th grade (2018)11th grade (2017), Stars Head Coach for multiple teams since 2016, MTOBA official (4 years), Sumner Elite and Bison feeder teams in North Nashville league for multiple years.


Personal Fact:

Berea College (1996-2000) Major: Physical Education, Minor – Spanish; Played basketball at Berea College (1996). Head Coach Ellis Middle School (2021-Present); I have 3 boys that are STARS Alumni!


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball?  Basketball provides me the opportunity to teach young people character and life lessons while also teaching the game. I enjoy how the STARS basketball club provides an opportunity to share Christ and challenge players to be better athletes, teammates, and Christian role models in their environment.

James Morrison

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.


Basketball Experience: Played 1 season at Guilford College (2013). Was a student manager for University of South Carolina Men’s Basketball from (2014-2017). Interned with the Philadelphia 76ers (2016). Head Coach of USC’s club team (2015-2017). Assistant Coach at Huntingdon College Men’s Basketball (2017-2018). Assistant Coach at Trevecca Nazarene University Men’s Basketball (2018-2019). Head Coach at Stars Basketball (2019). Head Coach at D1 Minnesota (2020). Head Coach at Prior Lake School (2020-2021). Assistant Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach at Franklin Road Academy (2021-Current)


Personal Fact: from Hendersonville, NC and graduated from University of South Carolina. Passionate about helping athletes find their purpose by loving others like God loves us and making disciples of all nations.


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? Basketball is such a beautiful game and if played/coached the right way you can make an impact on someone that can last for years… especially coaching at the youth level!

Picasso Simmons

Favorite Bible Verse:
Proverbs 16:9

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.


Basketball Experience:
Player- Murray State University, Murray, KY (2007-2011), STARS AAU (2014-2016), Rucker Stewart Girls Head Coach (2017-2019), Gallatin High School Boys Assistant Coach (2019-2020), Beech High School Boys Assistant Coach (2020-Current)


Personal Fact:
B.A. in Physical Education and History (2012), Married for 1 year (Wife- Kimiil Simmons). Teacher at Rucker Stewart Middle School (2014-2019), Beech High School (2020-Current)


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball?

I choose youth basketball because of my passion for teaching and making a positive impact on the youth. I feel that the game of basketball can teach students the game of life and how to set/reach goals. My favorite quote when it comes to teaching and coaching is by Frederick Douglas, “It’s easier to build strong children than fix broken men”.


Jamie Allee

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


Basketball Experience: Head JV and Assistant Girls Basketball Coach for Grassland Middle School (2017-2020); JV Head Coach and Varsity Asst. TSMS (2020-21); AAU – Travel Ball coach- Boys (2008-2014) STARS Coach-Girls (2014 – Present)


Personal Fact: New Mexico Highlands Univ. – Baseball (1992-1994); Mesa Univ. – finance (1994-1996); USMC Active Duty (1996-1998); Reserves (1998-2004); President – Allee Insurance Agency (1999-present); Married 22 Years (Wife-Angie, 3 Children – Ryan (19), Bergen (18) and Bridget (14)


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I have a passion for improving kids lives through sports. Coaching offers the opportunity and responsibility to teach, shape and impact people in a positive and meaningful manner.  “Encourage your team to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations on and off the court, so they may grow into productive people in society”

Luke Brasel

Favorite Bible Verse: John 10:10b “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”


Basketball Experience: Playing: Battle Ground Academy (1997-2001); Coaching: Head Baseball Coach Franklin Road Academy MS (2007-2013); Assistant Coach Brentwood Middle (2006); Youth Basketball (2016-Present); Youth Softball (2015-2021); STARS Basketball Coach (2018-Present)


Personal Fact: I coached and taught in area schools for eight years before opening a counseling practice. Now I counsel during the day and coach in the evenings and on weekends.


Why do you coach youth basketball? I love God, kids, and the game of basketball. STARS brings all three together. Over the course of my life, basketball has been a great source of joy. It has created opportunities to build my character and make lasting friendships. Coaching with STARS allows me to pass on the many blessings this game has given me. Even more, STARS offers the chance to share the love, grace, and delight of Christ in the lives of kids.

Chris Clark

Favorite Bible Verse: 

Jeremiah 29:11 contains a precious promise … In this verse, Jeremiah affirms that God is in control, and moreover, He has good things in store: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”


Basketball Experience: Playing: Glendora High School (1995-1999); Westmont College (2000-2003); Dandenong Basketball Club (2005) Coaching- Glendora High School (2006-2008); Youth Basketball (2015-Present)


Personal Fact:

My wife Cara holds the all time assist record at Northeastern State in Oklahoma. I am from Michigan and love the Spartans!


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I love having the opportunity to help young athletes develop confidence, both in basketball and in their faith, that they can carry with them as they continue to grow into young adults.

Callie Lester

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 16:11 You have made known to me the path of life. 

Basketball Experience: Washington High School Varsity: Softball, Volleyball, Tennis and Basketball; College Basketball – 2014/2015 North Central College – 2015/2016 Monmouth College; College Tennis – 2015 Monmouth College; Coaching – youth basketball (4 year AAU/Travel); STARS Coach 2018 – Present; Assistant Women’s Varsity Coach at Battle Ground Academy High School (2019-2021)

Personal Fact: Graduated, Bachelor of Arts, Monmouth College (2018); Major- Business Administration; Assistant Club Director at STARS Basketball Club (2019-2021); Currently – Development Coordinator at Barefoot Republic Camp & Retreat Center. 

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I know that I will not change the world by coaching. Jesus will do that. I can, however, plant a seed and live out The Kingdom of God. So if, one player, sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth every minute of my time spent.

Kris Hooper

Favorite Bible Verse: 

Galatians 6:9 So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.


Basketball Experience: Assistant Coach: Columbia College, Columbia, MO (1992-1994); Hastings College, Hastings, NE (1995); Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN (1995-1998, 2002-2004); Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN (1998-99);  Motlow State Community College, Tullahoma, TN (1999-2002); Birmingham Southern University, Birmingham, AL (2000); La Vergne High School, La Vergne, TN (2012-2015); Ravenwood High School (2018-Present) Head Coach: Central Jr. High School (girls), Fayetteville, TN (1998); Harris Middle School (boys), Shelbyville, TN (1999); Hillwood High School Varsity Boys, Nashville, TN (2006-2008); Portland High School Varsity boys, Portland, TN (2008-2012); Franklin Knights, WBA Summer Pro League, Franklin, TN (2010); Stewarts Creek High School Varsity Boys, Smyrna, TN (2015-2018)


Personal Fact: 

University of Missouri BA degree in History and English (1993), Tennessee State University MA (1998) and Ed.D (2006) degree in Education; Married 21 years to the former Karen Anneken. Children- Seth, Gavin, Reagan, Libby


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I love being able to develop lifelong relationships with young athletes and having the ability to assist them in becoming better equipped to grow into great husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers for their future families.

Rick Kaye

Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7 – For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.


Basketball Experience: Played at Eastern Illinois University on a full Division I Scholarship (1994-1998). Ranked 10th all time at E.I.U. in single season scoring, 6th in career steals, 13th all time in career scoring and 10th all time in career 3 pointers made. First team Ohio Valley Conference senior year, averaging 21.1 points per game (22nd in the nation). Ranked in the top 20 all time E.I.U. athletes in the OVC era. Played 3 years professionally in Spain, Italy, Belgium, France and the Dominican Republic. Coached 3 years for East Williamson Athletics Association, 2 years at the Brentwood Summer league and 4 years currently with STARS.


Personal Fact: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Communication at Eastern Illinois University (1998)


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? Coaching provides me the opportunity to prepare young athletes for success on the court as high-level basketball players and off the court as successful leaders in our community. As a coach, you have the ability to deliver impactful life lessons through servant leadership. I am truly passionate to pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of athletes.

Josh Kelly

Favorite Bible Verse: Luke 1:37 – For with God nothing shall be impossible.


Basketball Experience: Assistant Girls Basketball Coach at Apollo Middle School (2014 – 2017); Head Coach/Trainer for Tennessee Extreme Hooperz Girls 16U Travel Teams (2017 – 2019); Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at Jere Baxter Middle School (2019 – 2020); Player at Vol State (1997 – 1999)


Personal Fact: Graduate of MTSU – B.S. Mass Communication (2004)


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I enjoy giving back to the youth! Playing basketball since a child made me into who I am today. I love coaching because it gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge of the game and help kids grow on and off the court.

Abigail Kendrick

Favorite Bible Verse:

 Ephesians 1:7-8: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.


Basketball Experience:

Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach for Faith Academy in Manila, Philippines (2014-2016); Head Middle School Basketball Coach for Hendersonville Christian (2017-2018); Head Middle School Basketball Coach for Wright Middle School (2018-2019); STARS Basketball Club (2018-Present); 6th Grade Coach at Lipscomb Academy (2021-Present). Played basketball for John Brown University (2012-2014).


Personal Fact: 

Graduated John Brown University with a B.S. in Kinesiology (2014). Earned my teaching certificate from Welch College (2017). Currently teaching P.E. at Eakin Elementary. I love coffee, hiking, board games, and anything outdoorsy!


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I love combining my passion for youth with my love of basketball. I enjoy seeing the improvement on the court throughout the season and getting to build meaningful relationships with my athletes.

Kaylah Keys

Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”


Basketball Experience: High Point University Women’s Basketball alum (2013-2017); Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach at Harding Academy of Memphis (2017-2019); Graduate Assistant Coach Belmont University Women’s Basketball (2019-2021); STARS Girls Basketball Coach (2020-Present)


Personal Fact: I’m originally from Memphis, TN. I hold the all-time leading scoring record at both my high school (Harding Academy of Memphis) and my college (High Point University) Receiving my Master of Sport Administration at Belmont University


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? Young kids are the future of our world. My goal is to help instill discipline, confidence, humility, servanthood and passion through basketball. Creating lifelong relationships through sport is something I’m extremely passionate about and I’m grateful for the opportunity to coach and to make a difference in young people’s lives.

Loren Kirklin

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 28:20- “For surely I am with you always, even until the end of the age.” 


Basketball Experience: I’ve played basketball since I was a little girl! I played middle and high school basketball at Lipscomb Academy and then continuing playing basketball at Lipscomb University! After I graduated, I coached the 6th grade girls basketball team at LA.  

Personal Fact: I am just moving back to Nashville from Texas! I have lived in Nashville my whole life but this last year my family has been in a Texas for my husband’s job, but we are so excited to be back in Nashville. We have one daughter, Camryn, who is about to be one year old. 


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? : I love coaching, but I especially love youth coaching because you get to teach and connect in more ways than basketball. Basketball is more than than just skills and wins and losses. You build character and learn lessons along the way and I love that being a coach brings those opportunities. 

Tony McLeod

Favorite Bible 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.


Basketball Experience: 

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Cumberland University (2005-2007); Head Varsity Boys Coach McClain Christian Academy (2011-2013);  Assistant Girls Coach Ravenwood High School (2013-2017); Head Varsity Girls Coach Grace Christian Academy (2017-2020); STARS High School Girls Coach (2015-Present); Head Varsity Girls Coach Father Ryan High School (2020-Present)


Personal Fact: Graduated from Lee University BS in Telecommunications; Master’s Degree from Cumberland University in Education; Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio (Kings HS ’00). Wife Kendall; 2 Children – Caleigh and Brandon.


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? Basketball is a game that I love but more important than that it is a game that has the ability to teach many life lessons. We are called to make an impact on others and coaching is a great avenue to do so, especially when it comes to building confidence in somebody both on and off the court. The relationships you build is also something that is very special. Thankful to be able to coach this game, and thankful for the opportunity to make an impact.

Seth Poston

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.


Basketball Experience: Assistant Varsity Coach, Green Hill High School (2021-Present), Assistant Varsity Coach, Ravenwood High School (2013-2019); Assistant Varsity Coach, McClain Christian Academy (2011-2013); STARS Head Coach 16u, (2016-Present) Lee University Student Assistant (2003-2004)


Personal Fact: Graduated B.A. History, Lee University (2007); Masters in Teaching, WGU (2020); Married 2015 to Ashley; Two Beautiful Baby Girls, Harper and Charlie


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I love the opportunity to mentor these young women on and off the court. I’m blessed with the opportunity each day to help build confidence within each and every athlete I get to coach. I love the opportunity to help each individual find what drives them and pushes them to be the best version of themselves not only on the court, but in their daily lives. Being able to Coach and be a part of these young ladies lives is a privilege and one that I’m thankful for each and every day.

L. Michelle Toney

Favorite Bible Verse: Lamentations 3:22-23  The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”

Basketball Experience: 5th 6th Girls Basketball Coach Davidson Academy (2016-2018); MS Girls Basketball Coach Davidson Academy (2018 – Present); Davidson Academy HS Girls Basketball Assistant Coach (2021 – Present)

Personal Fact: Taylor University (2015), B.S in Education, Carson Newman University (2020), Masters in Curriculum Design and Instruction; College XC/Track – Taylor University

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? Coaching students in life and sports is a great passion of mine. I love to see the growth of the individual and the team as the season progresses. The relationships made throughout my time in coaching is what I cherish the most. I love and live by the STARS motto – More Than Basketball. For me, coaching is about more than the game – it’s about the individual.

Heather Ullig

Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Basketball Experience: Playing: Hillwood High School, Nashville, TN (1994-1998). First Team All-Metro (1998), 11-AAA All-District Team (1998). Averaged 17 points/game. Scored 1,000 career points, including a career-high game with 29 points and the game winning 3-pointer! Coaching: I’ve coached boys and girls basketball in various recreational programs (2012-2019). Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Legacy Middle School (2020 to present). STARS Basketball Club (2020 to present).


Personal Fact: Bachelors Business Administration (MTSU 2003). Currently the Chief People Officer for a local healthcare technology company in Franklin, TN. Hold both a PHR and SHRM-CP. Named HR Professional of the Year by Middle Tennessee SHRM (2015). Married to Brian for 17 years and have two children (Madison and Blake).


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I want to share my gift with student-athletes; it’s my calling to serve. I have a deep passion for sharing my love for the game through coaching and instilling values (work hard, have a good attitude, be a good teammate and be intentional) that translate on and off the court.


Jacob Adcock

Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


Basketball Experience: played basketball at BHS for first State Tournament appearance and upset vs Blackman. Studied Kinesiology at Belmont University and worked with Belmont’s WBB team as practice player. I’ve been a Coach and referee for many youth basketball games throughout college and beyond.


Personal Fact: My favorite basketball shoes are the Kyrie 4’s.


Why do I choose to coach youth basketball? My freshman year basketball coach taught me more about life from coaching basketball than any youth pastor ever did. Instilling confidence, being a good teammate, and learning how to push yourself are valuable lessons that I learned from my coaches growing up and I wish to pass those lessons on.

Braxton Bonds

Favorite Bible Verse: Colossians 3:23-24 “”Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”


Basketball Experience: Player: Univ of Tennessee (2014-15); Columbus State CC (2015-16); Houston Baptist University (2016-19)

Coach: Freedom Middle Head Junior Varisty and Asst.Varsity Coach (2019-Present)


Personal Fact: I have my Masters Degree in Christian Leadership from Houston Baptist University


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I choose to coach youth basketball for the relationships you can build with the kids and hopefully the impact you can make on them to help them grow in their relationship with the Lord, with others, and help them become future men and women who look to glorify God in all the do. Also, cause basketball is the best sport and its fun.

John Bybee

Favorite Bible Verse:

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


Basketball Experience:

Playing: Dickson County High School (1998-2001); Martin Methodist College (2001-2004)

Coaching: Dickson Middle School Head Coach (2018-2021); BGA Middle School Assistant Coach (2021-Present)


Personal Fact: 

I am a technology entrepreneur by day.


 Why do you choose to coach youth basketball?

It’s simple… to give back in all aspects of basketball and life! I believe in our kids, I love our kids, and I want to do my part to help them succeed and strive to become the best person they can be.  

Andrew Johnson

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 2:2 – “Turn your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding.”


Basketball Experience: Santa Rosa Junior College Basketball Manager (2013-2014), Columbia State Basketball Manager/Assistant Coach (2015-2016); Basketball Skills Coach at Life Time Fitness (2017-2018); Belmont Basketball Manager (2016 – 2018).


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I absolutely love the sport of basketball, and love to influence and help others. Growing up I had many coaches who impacted my life in so many ways and I hope to be able to have that same type of impact. There is nothing greater than watching kids grow and mature into better basketball players and better people.

Jeff Laidig

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 16:25: For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.


Basketball Experience: STARS Boys (2019-Present); Played for Belmont University (2012-2016); Captain, Allstate Goodworks Award Winner


Personal Fact: Graduate of Belmont University (2016); Sales Consultant for Patterson Dental (2017-Present); Married wife Corey in May 2019


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? When I first started playing the game of basketball, my coaches helped me develop a love for it. I still remember each coach and their style. I hope to do the same for my team this year. Watching players improve their interest and skill in the game of basketball is what I love most.

Sam Martin

Favorite Bible Verse: Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”


Basketball Experience: Playing – 1 year at Birmingham Southern College (2014-15); 3 years at Martin Methodist College (2017-2020); 1 year professionally in Lithuania (2021)

Coaching – 2 years with EAB (Summer 2017 and Summer 2018). Half season with BGA (before leaving for Lithuania) (2020-2021)


Personal Fact: Soon to be Certified Personal Trainer. Bachelors of Science (Major – Sports Management) at Martin Methodist College.


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I believe sports, basketball especially, is a great tool to prepare kids for life. Basketball is a game of runs -ups and downs, hills and valleys, green pastures and dark patches: just like life. If we can empower kids to get through a tough segment of practice or withstand runs during games, they will be more equipped to fight through adversity in the real world. I’m also big on “letting your light shine.” I believe everyone has a unique light to them that the universe needs them to illuminate. This requires people to find their “voice” and confidence early in life. I truly believe youth sports is the best way to help kids find their “light,” especially if they have leaders who lead by FAITH and strive to lead and live in a Christ-like manner.

Aaron Morrison

Favorite Bible Verse: Hebrews 12:1-3: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.


Basketball Experience: Head JV and Assistant Boys Basketball Coach for Grace Christian Academy (2018-Present); STARS Boys (2018-Present); Graduate Assistant for Lipscomb University Men’s Basketball (2015-2016) Head Boys Coach at Middle Tennessee Christian School (2021-Present)


Personal Fact: Graduate of Lipscomb University – B.B.A. in Marketing (2013)


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I feel that coaching basketball is one of the greatest forms of ministry. The opportunity to impact lives for Christ through the adversity and through the joy that comes with sport is unmatched.

Sam Moran

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”


Basketball Experience: BGA Basketball Coach (2009 – 2014, 2019 – Present); Special Olympics Basketball Coach (2016 – Present); STARS Basketball Coach and Camp Instructor (2016 – Present); AAU Basketball Coach (2009 – Present); FRA Basketball Coach (2014 – 2018); WNSL Gym Monitor and Camp Instructor (2011 – Present); Division II District Tournament Director (2014)


Personal Fact: Lipscomb University, Master of Business Administration, 2015. University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, 2009


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? To build confidence in young men and women through the game of basketball that they can carry over the life lessons into their every day lives now and in the future. Sports are a great tool for young people to learn about challenges in life. You have to work hard to have success and you have to get back up and work harder WHEN you fail. (FAIL – First Attempt In Learning). Love watching young people become leaders on the playing fields/courts and in the community because of their hard work!

Ryan Sharpe

Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”


Basketball Experience: Playing: University of North Georgia (2010-2013); Cherokee High School (GA) (2005-2009); Coaching: Franklin High School Head Assistant Coach and JV Head Coach (2020-Present); Davidson Academy Head JV and Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach (2019-2020);  STARS (2018-Present); Trevecca University Assistant Mens Basketball Coach (2016-2018); Cherokee High School Skill Development Coach (2015-2016);  University of West Alabama Assistant Mens Basketball Coach (2014-2015); Tennessee Temple University Assistant Mens Basketball Coach (2013-2014); Point Guard College (2013-Present).


Personal Fact: I grew up a coach’s kid, so I have always been in a gym. Studied Business Management at North Georgia. Married to my wife, Leslie, who is a nurse at Vanderbilt.


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I have been very fortunate over the years to have coaches that poured into my life. I want to give back to the younger generations. I love the game of basketball, it has been very good to me over the years, so I want to share that love of the game with others. I believe sports can teach valuable life lessons that help athletes grown on and off the court, and I feel honored to be able to help guide those athletes through that process.

Wayne Smith

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 27:17

Basketball Experience: Playing Experience: Aquinas Junior College, (84-86); played under Nashville legendary Coach Charles Anderson. Belmont College/University (86-87); played on the first team of legendary Coach, Rick Byrd. One Season professionally in Portugal, (91-92).


Coaching Experience: Currently, I am the Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Franklin Christian Academy. Upon serving, Head Girls Basketball Coach for Franklin Christian Academy, our girls basketball team won their very first conference championship in 2019.

I have over 30 years of coaching experience and over 20 years of teaching experience in Education in public and private schools in Davidson and Williamson Counties. I’ve taught and coached at the secondary level at the following schools; St. Vincent de Paul School, Harding Academy, Grassland Middle School, Stratford Middle School, Valor Collegiate Academy, Franklin Christian Academy. I’ve also coached in various AAU/Travel Programs, throughout Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee, with the majority of my success and successful team from STARS.

Other coaching and instructional experiences include working Nike Camp, Belmont Team Camps and Instructional Basketball Camps, Vanderbilt Basketball Camp, Franklin Christian Academy Clinics, STARS Clinics and Camps, and I also conduct my own Private/Small group lessons throughout the year from 5th Grade to High School players.


Personal Fact: Graduate of Tennessee State University, B. S. in Physical Education & Health, K-12, 1999. I am a father of 6 children. Married for 9 years, wife and I met on the school bus in 1978 (long story). I am a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, I am an only child. I’ve won 2 Gold and 1 Silver Medal in my age division, in the National Senior Olympics Games 3 on 3 Basketball Event.


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I love to teach the game to kids and I love to watch them develop and improve on what they have learned when applying their skills in games. I love seeing the passion in kids when they are giving 100% in everything they do because they know the work they put in and the highest effort they give will end with great results and satisfaction. I also love the fact that I get the opportunity to mentor, support, and develop them off the court. Helping them learn about character, integrity, being true to themselves and the game and watching them grow from these learning experience through sports is very rewarding to me. Coaching youth basketball should always be about the kid’s total development and never about a coaches personal gain. It’s the giving back or paying it forward. That’s WWJD!

Trey Stevenson

Favorite Bible Verse: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)


Basketball Experience:

2020-2021 | Head JV & Assistant Varsity Coach at BGA in Franklin, TN;

2019 – Current | Head Coach for 4th/7th/8th grade Stars Basketball Club & Flight League in Franklin/Brentwood TN;

2018-2019 | Head JV Coach at Walton Middle School in Marietta, GA;

2014 – 2019 | Coach & Director of Skills Devlopment for the Georgia Kings in Marietta, GA;

2012 -2015 | Head & Assistant Coach 10u ,12u , & 13u YBOA League in Marietta, GA

2012-2019 | Coach & Sports Director at Mt.Zion UMC in Marietta, GA;


Personal Fact: I am the owner/founder of Train’Em Up youth sports development in GA & TN. I am also the husband of ZaQuayla Stevenson and Father to 3 beautiful girls and 3 handsome boys.


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? It’s not all about winning because losing can teach a valuable lesson as well. Teaching players the game of basketball is a plus, but helping them build a firm foundation on Jesus Christ that will take them further in life than Basketball can.

Myles Thrash

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.


Coaching Experience:

(2021-Current) Head Girls Varsity Coach at Battle Ground Academy

(2017- 2021) Head Girls Varsity coach and Boys Varsity Assistant Brentwood High School; (2016-2017) Head Boys JV and Varsity Assistant Brentwood High School; (2015-2016) Head Middle School Varsity girls coach; Head 4th grade girls coach; (2015) Head Coach of Top Flight Ballers travel basketball program; (2014-2015) Head Middle School Varsity and JV head coach at BGA; (2014-2015) Assistant HS varsity girls coach at BGA; (2012-2014) Assistant HS Varsity Girls/Head JV and 9th grade at BGA; (2011) Head Coach The Basketball Academy of Tennessee; (2010) Head Coach USBA, 11U and 15U boys, AAU; (2008) Head Coach Top Flight All-Stars, AAU; (2007) Head Coach Southeast Pro-Am

Coaching Accomplishments: 2019 Brentwood High School 29-3 record District Runner Up; Regional Champions; Sub-State Champions; State Tournament Semi-Finalist; District 12 AAA Coach of the Year; 2018 Brentwood High School 21-10 record District and Regional Runner Up; 2017 Brentwood High School 23-9 record District, Regional, and Sub-State Runner Up


Personal Fact: Stillman College All-Time leader in scoring over 2000 pts scored in 4-year career.


Why coach youth basketball? I choose to coach youth basketball to help our youth develop as athletes and as well rounded individuals in life.

Ted Quinn

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 5:3-5 “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and 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.”


Basketball Experience: Sunset MS Coach (2018-2021); STARS Boys Coach and Workout Leader (2015-Present); Wakonda HS (SD) Head Coach (1997-99); 15 year career as an Assistant and Head Coach at the college level, Mount Marty College (1995-96, 1999-02, 2012-13); Graceland University (2002-08); Nyack College (2008-12).


Personal Fact: Graduate of Mount Marty College-B.A. in History (1997); University of South Dakota-Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration (2001); Regional Director for Nations of Coaches (2014-Present); Married to wife Jackie; two children-Jenna and Kellen.


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? At a time when so many young men and women have been used to win basketball games, it is important to use the game to win the hearts of young players and to point them to Christ, the ultimate source of love. The game can be used to develop so many characteristics for these future leaders, and I find that to be why I love to coach.

Spencer Turner

Favorite Bible Verse:

Philippians 4:13 — I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 


Basketball Experience:

2x Indiana HS state champion, D1 Basketball player (Belmont University)


Personal Fact:

I am a Certified Financial Planner at Merrill Lynch


Why do you choose to coach youth basketball?

I coach youth basketball for a couple reasons. 1. I love the game!! 2. These boys are at such a vulnerable age and I have a desire to be a positive and Christian impact in their lives. It is my version of giving back to the game because I remember all the coaches that had an impact in my life and I’m grateful for them. My prayer is that I can teach these boys much more than just basketball.

Terrance Vanlier

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

Basketball Experience: I earned First Team All Conference honors while playing at Alabama A&M University. This is my 11th year coaching travel basketball and my 7th with Stars.

Personal Fact: I have three sons; Terrance, Trenton and Trey

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? God blessed me with the ability to play the game I love at a high level, which afforded me an education, world travels and long-lasting relationships.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with future generations and cherish the opportunity to play a positive role in the development of our youth.