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TBA - 5th Grade Girls Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse:

Basketball Experience:

Personal Fact:

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball:

JT Jones - 6th Grade Girls Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8: 38 - " And I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love."

Basketball Experience: Head JV and Assistant Girls Basketball Coach for White House High School (2018-2019); Upward Stars Boys (2018-present) ; Played Basketball for the University of Valley Forge (2013); Welch College (2014-2018) - 3 year captain and scored over 1700 points.

Personal Fact: Graduated from Welch College (2018)-Majored in Business Administration; Currently in Masters of Teaching program at Welch College. Currently, a Middle School Educator at The Edison School in Gallatin, Tennesse. Also, the Head Varsity Girls and Middle School Coach for Christian Community School.

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: Basketball has always been a love of mine. It has always kept me out of trouble and always gave me something to work for. My high school coaches made a huge difference in my life. Every coach, over the years, shaped me into the man that I am today. I have a passion for basketball and a passion for kids. Just as my coaches impacted my life, I too hope that I might impact a player's life. I always had a dream of playing pro ball, but my biggest dream is helping kids pursue their goals and dreams. I am also a believer, and basketball gives me the platform to be able to share the gospel with kids.

Jason McGehee - 7th Grade Girls Head Coach

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: Upward Stars 7th Grade Girls (2019-present); Davidson Academy - Varsity Girls Asst. Coach (2013-2018); Varsity Boys Asst. Coach (2011-2014); Middle School Boys Head Coach (2012-2013); 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). Led middle school boys to TNT State Tournament Final Four (2012).

Personal Fact: Graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University - Masters of Organizational Leadership (2015); Samford University - B.S. Physical Education (1995); Married for 24 years (Wife - Shelly; 2 Children - Anna Marie and AJ)

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, to 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. 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.

Kia Perry - 8th Grade Girls Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 91: ...He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Basketball Experience: Upward Stars Girls (2019-present) ; Graduate Assistant at Valdosta State (2017-2018); Played Basketball at Belmont University (2013-2017)

Personal Fact: Graduated from Belmont University. Currently back in school to become a Dental Hygienist.

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I love to coach youth basketball because over the years had so many of coaches pouring into me on and off the court. I want to do the same for other young athletes and help them pursue their dreams - collegiate athlete, a doctor, firefighter, etc.

Austin Bell - High School Girls Head Coach

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, Upward Stars Basketball Coach 2018-Present.

Personal Fact: Western Kentucky Business Management, Married for 25 years (Wife-Melanie; 4 children -Avery, Morgan, Reed, Riley). TSSAA Official (Basketball. Softball, Volleyball) 21 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.