Upward Stars Nashville

STAFF

Lance Akridge - Club Director

Favorite Verse:

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

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)

Tony McLeod - Director of Girls' Programming and Special Projects (Williamson County)

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-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

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)

Callie Rae Cook - Assistant Club Director

Favorite Verse:

Psalm 18:2 - "The Lord is my ROCK, my FORTRESS, my DELIVERER, my GOD, my STRONGHOLD, in whom I take refuge, my SHIELD, the GLORY of my salvation, and my HIGH TOWER."

Experience:

Washington High School (2014); Varsity Softball, Volleyball, Tennis and Basketball; College Basketball - 2014/2015 North Central College; College Basketball - 2015/2016 Monmouth College; College Tennis - 2015 Monmouth College; Coaching - youth basketball (2 year AAU/Travel); Upward Stars Coach (Aug. 2018 -current); Currently, the Battle Ground Academy Women's High School Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach & Assistant Club Director at Upward Stars Nashville

Personal Fact:

Graduated, Bachelor of Arts, Monmouth College 2018; Major- Business Administration

Bryce Gerlach - College Recruiting Coordinator

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 16:8: "I have set the lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Basketball Expereince: Station Camp High School basketball (2014-2018); Upward Stars (2016-2018); Belmont men's basketball student assistant (2019-present); Upward Stars Coach (2018-present)

Personal Fact: Graduate of Station Camp High School (2018); current student at Belmont University (class of 22)