Stars Basketball Club

WILCO: GIRLS COACHES

Luke Brasel - 4th Grade Girls Premier Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 4:23 - Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Basketball Experience: Playing: Battle Ground Academy (1997-2001); Coaching: Head Baseball Coach Franklin Road Academy MS (2007-2013); Assistant at Brentwood Middle (2006); Youth Basketball (Coach 2016-Present; current Upward Stars 4th Grade Girls Winter Team Coach; Youth Softball (2015-Present)

Personal Fact: I coached and taught for eight years before opening a counseling practice. I now counsel and write to help adults, couples, and adolescents recover themselves, know God, and live with heart.

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: The hardest part of leaving my first career was saying goodbye to coaching. I love the game, I love to teach, and I love building and encouraging people. Coaching involves all three. Sports creates the context for us to push ourselves, and in doing so we experience our gifts and limitations. Competition has a way of revealing who we are and giving us the opportunity to grow our character. The chance to engage kids in these moments and share the love, grace, and delight of Christ is, win or lose, a win-win.

Natalie Busscher - 5th Grade Girls Premier Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understandings; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Basketball Experience: Mundelein High School Varsity Basketball 2011-2015; College Basketball: Webster University 2015-2018

Personal Fact: Graduate of Webster University- B.S. in Exercise Science (2019); Belmont University- Master of Sport Administration (Current)

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: My youth coaches made a huge impact on the person I am today, and I would love to be that coach to somebody else. I enjoy teaching the game that brings so many life lessons to an individual as well as see young players grow.

Kaylah Keys - 5th Grade Girls Select Head Coach

Jamie Allee - 6th Grade Girls Premier Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Phillippians 4:13: I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Basketball Experience: Head JV and Assistant Girls Basketball Coach for Grassland Middle School (2017-2020) AAU - Travel Ball coach-Boys (2008-2014) Upward Stars coach-Girls (2014 - Present)

Personal Fact: New Mexico Highlands Univ. - Baseball (1992-1994) Mesa Univ. - finance (1994-1996) USMC Active Duty (1996-1998) Reserves (1998-2004) President - Allee Insurance Agency (1999-present) Married 20+ Years (Wife-Angie, 3 Children - Ryan (17), Bergen (16) and Bridget (12)

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I have a passion for improving kids lives through sports. Coaching offers the opportunity and responsibility to teach, shape and impact people in a positive and meaningful manner.

Cassi Whitworth - 6th Grade Girls Select Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Mark 12:31: The second is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Basketball Experience: Cumberland University Basketball Player (2016-Present); Watertown Coach (2018); Upward Stars (2018-Present)

Personal Fact: Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management at Cumberland University (2016-Present)

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: As a player it is important to me to keep the passion alive in the youth. I strive to instill a love in children so they can develop the life skills that can be taken away from the game of basketball.

Callie Cook - 7th Grade Girls Premier Head Coach

Favorite Bible 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."

Basketball Experience: Washington High School Varsity: Softball, Volleyball, Tennis and Basketball; College Basketball - 2014/2015 North Central College - 2015/2016 Monmouth College; College Tennis - 2015 Monmouth College; Coaching - youth basketball (2 year AAU/Travel); Upward Stars Coach 2018 - Present; Assistant Women's Varsity Coach at Battle Ground Academy High School.

Personal Fact: Graduated, Bachelor of Arts, Monmouth College 2018; Major- Business Administration; Currently, Assistant Club Director at Upward Stars Nashville

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I know that I will not change the world by coaching. Jesus will do that. I can, however, change the world for one player. So if that one player sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth every minute of my time spent.

Darin Williams - 7th Grade Girls Premier Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through him who strengthens me."

Basketball Experience: Brentwood High School Class of 1989: Varsity Basketball and Varsity Baseball; DePauw University Class of 1993 - Basketball (1989-1991); Youth/AAU/Travel Basketball Coach - 2013 to present

Personal Fact: Graduated from DePauw University in 1993 with a B.A in Economics. Graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1999 with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Married for almost 20 years (Wife - Emily; 2 Children - Paul and Anna). Currently the director of Compliance and Software Development for the Commercial Lending division of Jack Henry & Associates.

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I enjoy working with kids to improve their skills on the court which, in my opinion, builds their confidence off the court. I believe that kids nowadays need more exercise and I take pride in being a part of getting them in motion. Most of all I love to see young people (my kids included) grow and prosper through sports.

Madeline Welch - 7th Grade Girls Select Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 2:19-Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his."

Basketball Experience: Nashville Christian AAU (2016-2017), Lipscomb Academy Stampede (2017-2019), Lipscomb Academy High School Assistant (2017-2019), Arete 5th Grade (2019), Lipscomb Academy Middle School (2017-2020) Upward Stars 7th Grade Select (2020).

Personal Fact: Born and raised in Manhattan Beach California, Graduated from Lipscomb University (2019) Majored in Sports Management

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: The most influential people in my life growing up were my basketball coaches. Due to their influence, I decided that it was my responsibility to do the same. I believe basketball is the perfect platform to create trust with kids on the court to teach life lessons that apply to every aspect of their life. My favorite part about coaching is getting to walk through life with my kids many years after they've played for me.

Rick Kaye - 8th Grade Girls Premier Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7 - For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline

Basketball Experience: Played at Eastern Illinois University on a full Division I Scholarship (1994-1998). Ranked 10th all time at E.I.U. in single season scoring, 6th in career steals, 13th all time in career scoring and 10th all time in career 3 pointers made. First team Ohio Valley Conference senior year, averaging 21.1 points per game (22nd in the nation). Ranked in the top 20 all time E.I.U. athletes in the OVC era. Played 3 years professionally in Spain, Italy, Belgium, France and the Dominican Republic. Coached 3 years for East Williamson Athletics Association, 2 years at the Brentwood Summer league and 2 years currently with Upward Stars.

Personal Fact: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Communication at Eastern Illinois University (1998)

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: Coaching provides me the opportunity to prepare young athletes for success on the court as high level basketball players and off the court as successful leaders in our community. As a coach, you have the ability to deliver impactful life lessons through servant leadership. I am truly passionate to pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of athletes.

Chelsia Lymon - 8th Grade Girls Select Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake...

Basketball Experience: Head JV coach for Ensworth middle school (2019-present); Six years as an Div 1 assistant college women's basketabll coach (2013-2019); Played Women's basketball for Middle Tennessee State University (2006-2010)

Personal Fact: Graduate of Middle Tennessee State University- B.S. in Business Marketing (2010); Tennessee State University-Master of Sports Administration (2017)

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I love giving back the knowledge that I've gained over the years while coaching and playing basketball. God placed some many people around me to help me develop a love and knowledge of the game, now I want to take the blessing that I've been given and give it to the youth.

Tony McLeod - 15U Girls Premier Head Coach

Favorite Bible 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.

Basketball Experience: Head Varsity Girls Coach Grace Christian Academy (2017-Present); Assistant Girls Coach Ravenwood High School (2013-2017); Head Varsity Boys Coach McClain Christian Academy (2011-2013); Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Cumberland University (2005-2007); Upward Stars Girls (2015-Present)

Personal Fact: Graduated from Lee University BS in Telecommunications; Master's Degree from Cumberland University in Education; Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio (Kings HS '00). Wife Kendall; 2 Children - Caleigh and Brandon.

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: Basketball is a game that I love but more important than that it is a game that has the ability to teach many life lessons. We are called to make an impact on others and coaching is a great avenue to do so, especially when it comes to building confidence in somebody both on and off the court. The relationships you build is also something that is very special. Thankful to be able to coach this game, and thankful for the opportunity to make an impact.

Abigail Warren - 15U/16U Girls Select Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 1:7-8: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight

Basketball Experience: Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach for Faith Academy in Manila, Philippines (2014-2016); Head Middle School Basketball Coach for Hendersonville Christian (2017-2018); Head Middle School Basketball Coach for Wright Middle School (2018-2019); Upward Stars Girls (2018, Present). Played basketball for John Brown University (2012-2014).

Personal Fact: Graduated John Brown University with a B.S. in Kinesiology (2014). Earned a P.E. Teaching certificate from Welch College (2017). Currently teach P.E. at Eakin Elementary. Currently in a committed relationship with Starbucks coffee :)

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I love combining my passion for youth with my love of basketball. I enjoy seeing the improvement on the court throughout the season and getting to build relationships with my athletes.

Seth Poston - 16U/17U Girls Premier Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Basketball Experience: Assistant Varsity Coach, Ravenwood High School (2013-2019); Assistant Varsity Coach p, McClain Christian Academy (2011-2013); Upward Stars Head Coach 16u, (2016-Present) Lee University Student Assistant (2003-2004)

Personal Fact: Graduated B.A. History, Lee University (2007); Masters in Teaching, WGU (2020); Married 2015 to Ashley; One Beautiful Baby Girl, Harper Mae Poston

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I love the opportunity to mentor these young women on and off the court. I'm blessed with the opportunity each day to help build confidence within each and every athlete I get to coach. I love the opportunity to help each individual find what drives them and pushes them to be the best version of themselves not only on the court, but in their daily lives. Being able to Coach and be a part of these young ladies lives is a privilege and one that I'm thankful for each and every day.

Josh Kelly - 16U/17U Girls Select Head Coach

Favorite Bible Verse: Luke 1:37 - For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Basketball Experience: Assistant Girls Basketball Coach at Apollo Middle School (2014 - 2017); Head Coach/Trainer for Tennessee Extreme Hooperz Girls 16U Travel Teams (2017 - 2019); Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at Jere Baxter Middle School (2019 - Present); Played Basketball at Vol State (1997 - 1999)

Personal Fact: Graduate of MTSU - B.S. Mass Communication (2004)

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I enjoy giving back to the youth

Tony McLeod - 17U Girls Premier Head Coach

Favorite Bible 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.

Basketball Experience: Head Varsity Girls Coach Grace Christian Academy (2017-Present); Assistant Girls Coach Ravenwood High School (2013-2017); Head Varsity Boys Coach McClain Christian Academy (2011-2013); Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Cumberland University (2005-2007); Upward Stars Girls (2015-Present)

Personal Fact: Graduated from Lee University BS in Telecommunications; Master's Degree from Cumberland University in Education; Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio (Kings HS '00). Wife Kendall; 2 Children - Caleigh and Brandon.

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: Basketball is a game that I love but more important than that it is a game that has the ability to teach many life lessons. We are called to make an impact on others and coaching is a great avenue to do so, especially when it comes to building confidence in somebody both on and off the court. The relationships you build is also something that is very special. Thankful to be able to coach this game, and thankful for the opportunity to make an impact.