Stars Basketball Club

STAFF

Lance Akridge - Club Director

Favorite Verse:

2 Chronicles 16:9 "For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him."

Experience:

Lance grew up in a Godly and sports' household; he played basketball, baseball, and tennis in high school. After a failed attempt to play baseball at Murray State University, Lance later served as a Student Manager for the Racers' Basketball Team. After graduating with a degree in business administration from MSU, he received his Masters Degree in Sports Management from West Virginia University. Lance has been married to his wife Andrea for 20+ years, and they have three children: Byrce, Luke, and Elise; the family resides in Williamson County. In his free time, Lance enjoys coaching, exercising, and hanging out with his family. He is passionate about impacting athletes' lives through sports and has coached middle school basketball, travel basketball, and travel baseball teams.

Personal Fact:

Graduate of Murray State University-B.S. in Business (1991); West Virginia University-Master of Science Sport Management (1992); Certified Public Accountant (1995)

Madeline Welch-Assistant Club Director

Favorite Verse:

John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Experience:

Madeline began her coaching career immediately after graduating from high school in 2015. Coming from a basketball family, her desire to coach came from the impact her coaches have had on her throughtout her life. She started at her alma mater, Lipscomb Academy, assisting with both the high school and middle school teams. She has coached several elementary age teams, ran camps, and coached various AAU teams. Madeline is currently on staff at Lipscomb Academy with the middle school program, who has made a championship appearance four out of the last four years, winning all but one. She loves coaching younger teams as she is able to see them develop so quickly and fall in love with playing basketball!

Personal Fact:

Graduate of Lipscomb University-B.S. in Sports Management (2019)

Ted Quinn - Director of Player Development and Leadership Enhancement

Favorite Verse: 2 Timothy 2:2: "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others."

Experience: A veteran coach and growth-minded leader with more than 25 years of experience in talent development, team building, culture change, strategy execution and character growth. Coach Quinn has developed individuals and teams from club/travel, middle school, high school and college levels over the past 25 plus seasons. On and off the court, his focus on individual and team development has produced…

  • 15 Post Season Tournament Appearances
  • 27 All-Conference Players
  • 1 Conference Player of the Year
  • 1 Conference Freshman of the Year
  • 1 All State Player
  • 13 All Region Players
  • 14 Academic All-American Players
  • 6 All-American Players

Ted was a high school teacher and basketball coach for 2 years before starting a college basketball coaching career, leading programs in South Dakota, Iowa and New York over the course of 17 seasons.

Prior to joining STARS, in a full-time role, Ted served as the Director of Coaches' Programs and Regional Director for Nations of Coaches, a ministry partnering with men's college basketball programs around the country to help coaches and their players achieve a higher level of play - both on and off the court. Every year, NOC work's with 3,500+ coaches by helping their players make the connection between character and sport - equipping and encouraging them with the resources they need to build young men of high character.

Ted also serves as an Executive Board member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Ministry Team. Ted and his wife Jackie relocated to the Nashville area in 2014 and live in Nolensville. They are the proud parents of daughter, Jenna and son, Kellen.

Personal Fact: Graduate of Mount Marty College - B.A. in History Education (1997); University of South Dakota - Masters of Arts in Athletic Administration/Sports Psychology (2001)

Tony McLeod - Director of High School Girls Program

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); Ravenwood High School-Assistant Varsity Girls' Coach (2012-2017); Grace Christian Academy-Head Coach of Varsity Girls (2017-2020); Father Ryan High School-Head Coach of Varisty Girls (2020-current); Upward Stars Coach (2015-current); Coached Upward Stars Class of 2019 Premier Girls to USSSA Division I National Championship

Personal Fact:

Lee University (2005); Major - Telecommunications; Minor - Bible; Cumberland University (2008) - Masters in Education

Aaron Morrison-Director of High School Boys Program

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); Upward Stars Boys (2018-Present); Graduate Assistant for Lipscomb University Men's Basketball (2015-2016)

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.