Stars Basketball Club


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 - 2017, 2017 - 2018; MS Girls Basketball Coach Davidson Academy 2018 - 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.

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: 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.

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, 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.