Stars Basketball Club

WILCO: BOYS COACHES

Myles Thrash - 4th Grade Boys Premier Head Coach

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: Coaching Experience: 2017- Present 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.

Andrew Johnson - 5th Grade Boys Premier Head Coach

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).

Personal Fact:

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.

Josh Graves - 5th Grade Boys Premier Assistant Coach

Favorite Verse: John 10:10 "But I came that you would have life and life to the full."

Basketball Experience: played basketball for Rochester University (1997-2002; MI) and coached for Abilene Christian University (2003-04).
Personal Fact: B.S. History (Rochester University); Master of Divinity (Lipscomb University); Doctor of Ministry (Columbia Theological Seminary). I am the teaching minister Otter Creek Church in the Nashville area (Brentwood and West End).
Why I choose to coach youth basketball: I love to help student-athletes face their fears and use basketball as a way of competing and getting better. Almost everything about basketball mirrors real life: team, adversity, competition, suffering, confidence, grace, and hope.

James Morrison - 5th Grade Boys Select Head Coach

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).
Personal Fact - I'm excited about moving back to Nashville for many reasons but one of the biggest ones is the opportunity to help direct the start of Stars Triple Threat. To bring the impact that Stars Basketball has had on so many kids in Williamson County to Davidson County and give kids equal opportunities for growth in several different areas of need.
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!

Sam Martin - 5th Grade Boys Select Head Coach

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.

Joshua Lester - 6th Grade Boys Premier Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 - "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Basketball Experience: 2nd Year with STARS Basketball Club coaching youth boys (2020-present); Varsity Assistant/Head JV Boys Basketball Coach at Brentwood Academy (2020-present); Head Men's Basketball Coach at Cincinnati Christian University (2019-2020); Graduate Assistant for Belmont University Men's Basketball (2017-2019); Played Basketball for Belmont University (2013-2017); Played Basketball at Brentwood Academy (2009-2013);

Personal Fact: Graduate of Belmont University in both 2017 [B.S. in Exercise Science and Marketing] as well as 2019 [Master of Sport Administration, M.S.A.]; A member of two NCAA tournaments trips with Belmont University Men's Basketball; Youngest son of three children by parents George and Darlene Lester; Nashville Native who loves God, loves people, and loves Chipotle.

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I choose to coach youth basketball with STARS Basketball Club because I get the opportunity to be a bridge to Jesus Christ and lead the athletes on my teams towards God through my Christ-centered relationships with them and their families. My WHY is bigger than basketball. I believe the positive impact I can have on youth athletes for the Kingdom of God is powerful beyond measure.

Sam Martin - 6th Grade Boys Select Head Coach

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.

Wayne Smith - 7th Grade Boys Premier Head Coach

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 Upward Stars.

Other coaching and instructional experiences include working Nike Camp, Belmont Team Camps and Instructional Basketball Camps, Vanderbilt Basketball Camp, Franklin Christian Academy Clinics, Upward 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!

Ryan Sharpe - 7th Grade Select Head Coach

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: Davidson Academy Head JV and Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach (2019-Present), Upward 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)

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.

Cornelius Allen: 7th Grade Select Boys Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalms 23:1 - "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want."

Coaching Experience: JV Head Boys Basketball 08-09' (Sunset MS); Asst Boys Basketball Coach 09-10' (Cameron MS); Asst Boys Basketball Coach 10-11' (East Literature Magnet HS); Head Boys Basketball Coach 11-12' (Rose Park Magnet MS); Head Girls Basketball Coach 12-13' (Bailey MS); Head Boys Basketball Coach 14-15' (Antioch MS); Head Girls Basketball Coach 15-pres. (Moses McKissack MS)

Coaching Accomplishments: Metro AA Assistant Coach of the Year 10-11' (East Nashville Magnet HS)

Personal Fact: I have marched in the Presidential Inauguration Parade twice as a member of the "World-Renown" Tennessee State University "Aristocrat of Bands" (1993 & 1997).

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: Youth basketball affords me the opportunity, through sports, to teach children qualities and characteristics that they will need to succeed in life. The successes and failures that they will experience on the court will be blueprints for navigating life's many different highs and lows.

Andrew Greer - 8th Grade Boys Premier Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Peter 4:10: As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace

Basketball Experience: Assistant Coach- Richland High School, Richland MS (2011-2013); Head Coach- Culleoka Unit School (2013-2014); Head Coach- East Hickman Middle School (2014-2015); Head Coach- East Hickman High School (2015-2017); Assistant Coach- Lipscomb Academy (2017-Present); Coach- Upward Stars (2015-Present)

Personal Fact: Tennessee-Martin (2009), B.S in Education Western Kentucky University (2015), Masters in Athletic Administration and Coaching; Children- Emma

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I love having the opportunity to help young athletes learn how to play the game of basketball the right way while also teaching them how to be lights in their community and a reflection of Christ in all they do.

Ted Quinn - 8th Grade Boys Select Head Coach

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-Present); Upward 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.

Jeff Ladig - 2024 Premier Head Coach

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: Upward 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.

Braxton Bonds - 2024 Select Head Coach

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.

Sam Moran - 2023 Premier Head Coach

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!

Trey Chappelle - 2023 Select Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians: 15:58 - Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Basketball Experience: (2004-2011) Middle/High School Coach; (2011-2014) Tn. Rams Travel 14U /15U; (2015 - Present) Upward Stars Travel 15U (2015-Present).

Personal Fact: Graduate of: B.S. University of Oklahoma (1996); M.A.Ed. Tennessee State University (2000); Ed.S. Tennessee State University (2004); Work as: Educator Administrator Metro Nashville Public Schools; 1 Child- Justin Webb Chappelle

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: Relationships and Competitive Teamwork. I enjoy working with the youth helping them to develop on the court and off the court the skills needed to help foster success and competitive greatness.

Aaron Morrison - 2022 Premier Head Coach

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.