Stars Basketball Club

WILCO: GIRLS COACHES

Madeline Welch

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.

Kris Hooper

Favorite Bible Verse: Galatians 6:9 So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don't give up

Basketball Experience: Assistant Coach: Columbia College, Columbia, MO (1992-1994), Hastings College, Hastings, NE (1995), Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN (1995-1998, 2002-2004), Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN (1998-99), Motlow State Community College, Tullahoma, TN (1999-2002), Birmingham Southern University, Birmingham, AL (2000), La Vergne High School, La Vergne, TN (2012-2015), Ravenwood High School (2018-Present)

Head Coach: Central Jr. High School (girls), Fayetteville, TN (1998), Harris Middle School (boys), Shelbyville, TN (1999), Hillwood High School Varsity Boys, Nashville, TN (2006-2008), Portland High School Varsity boys, Portland, TN (2008-2012), Franklin Knights, WBA Summer Pro League, Franklin, TN (2010), Stewarts Creek High School Varsity Boys, Smyrna, TN (2015-2018)

Personal Fact: University of Missouri BA degree in History and English (1993), Tennessee State University MA (1998) and Ed.D (2006) degree in Education; Married 21 years to the former Karen Anneken. Children- Seth, Gavin, Reagan, Libby

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I love being able to develop lifelong relationships with young athletes and having the ability to assist them in becoming better equipped to grow into great husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers for their future families.

Luke Brasel

Favorite Bible Verse: John 10:10b "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
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 (2016-Present); Stars Basketball Coach (2018-Present); Youth Softball (2015-Present)
Personal Fact: I coached and taught for eight years before opening a counseling practice. Now I counsel during the day and coach in the evenings and on weekends.
Why do you coach youth basketball? I love God, kids, and the game of basketball. Stars brings all three together. Over the course of my life, basketball has been a great source of joy. It has created opportunities to build my character and make lasting friendships. Coaching with Stars allows me to pass on the many blessings this game has given me. Even more, Stars offers the chance to share the love, grace, and delight of Christ in the lives of kids. What could be more fun?!

Chris Clark

Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 contains a precious promise ... In this verse, Jeremiah affirms that God is in control, and moreover, He has good things in store: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Basketball Experience: Playing: Glendora High School (1995-1999); Westmont College (2000-2003); Dandenong Basketball Club (2005) Coaching- Glendora High School (2006-2008), Youth Basketball (2015-current)

Personal Fact: My wife Cara holds the all time assist record at Northeastern State in Oklahoma. I am from Michigan and love the Spartans!

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I love having the opportunity to help young athletes develop confidence, both in basketball and in their faith, that they can carry with them as they continue to grow into young adults.

Callie Cook

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 (3 year AAU/Travel); STARS Coach 2018 - Present; Assistant Women's Varsity Coach at Battle Ground Academy High School 2019-Present.

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

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, plant a seed and live out The Kingdom of God. So if, one player, sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth every minute of my time spent.

Abigail Warren

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 my teaching certificate from Welch College (2017). Currently teaching P.E. at Eakin Elementary. I love coffee, hiking, board games, and anything outdoorsy!

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 meaningful relationships with my athletes.

Jamie Allee

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); JV Head Coach and Varsity Asst. TSMS 2020-21; 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 (18),Bergen (17) and Bridget (13)

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.

Heather Ullig

Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Basketball Experience: Playing: Hillwood High School, Nashville, TN (1994-1998). First Team All-Metro (1998), 11-AAA All-District Team (1998). Averaged 17 points/game. Scored 1,000 career points, including a career-high game with 29 points and the game winning 3-pointer! Coaching: I've coached boys and girls basketball in various recreational programs (2012-2019). Head JV and Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Legacy Middle School (2020 to present). STARS Basketball Club (2020 to present).
Personal Fact: Bachelors Business Administration (MTSU 2003). Currently the Chief People Officer for a local healthcare technology company in Franklin, TN. Hold both a PHR and SHRM-CP. Named HR Professional of the Year by Middle Tennessee SHRM (2015). Married to Brian for 16 years and have two children (Madison and Blake).
Why do you choose to coach youth basketball? I want to share my gift with student-athletes; it's my calling to serve. I have a deep passion for sharing my love for the game through coaching and instilling values (work hard, have a good attitude, be a good teammate and be intentional) that translate on and off the court.

Katie Shewmon

Favorite Verse: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as for the Lord, and not for men." - Colossians 3:23

Experience: 6th Grade Girls' Basketball Coach for Brentwood Middle School (2 years), Head Coach for STEM Prep High School Varsity Girls' Basketball (2 years), Head Coach for Logan High School Girls' Basketball (2 years), Basketball Shooting and Skill Development Coach through Church Sports Ministry (4 years), AAU Coach for Wisconsin Blaze Basketball Program (1 year), YMCA Youth Sports Coach (3 years), Founder and Athlete of UW-La Crosse Women's Club Basketball (2014-2016), Athlete of UW-La Crosse Women's Basketball (2012-2014)

Personal Fact: Graduated from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2016) majoring in Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education in Math and Science. Moved to Nashville, TN upon graduation to start my teaching career and in search of warmer weather! My now-husband was kind enough to follow me here, and we got married last summer! Our little family includes our Australian Shepherd puppy named Jax.

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: Throughout my life, I cannot believe the opportunities that God has granted me through the sport of basketball. Because of my love of playing and coaching basketball, I have had 6 amazing jobs working with young athletes teaching them the game of life through the game of basketball. I am enthused every day to share my passions with young athletes; the reason I coach is to provide a fun, competitive opportunity for girls to grow as athletes and young women just as I was able to grow through sport.

Rick Kaye

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 4 years currently with 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

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

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.

Josh Kelly

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 - 2020); Player 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! Playing basketball since a child made me into who I am today. I love coaching because it gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge of the game and help kids grow on and off the court.

Kaylah Keys

Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 4:2 "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."

Basketball Experience: High Point University Women's Basketball alum (2013-2017) Assistant Girls' Basketball Coach at Harding Academy of Memphis (2017-2019) Graduate Assistant Coach Belmont University Women's Basketball (2019-2021) Upward Stars Girls Basketball Coach (2020-Present)

Personal Fact: I'm originally from Memphis, TN. I hold the all-time leading scoring record at both my high school (Harding Academy of Memphis) and my college (High Point University) Receiving my Master of Sport Administration at Belmont University

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: Young kids are the future of our world. My goal is to help instill discipline, confidence, humility, servanthood and passion through basketball. Creating lifelong relationships through sport is something I'm extremely passionate about and I'm grateful for the opportunity to coach and to make a difference in young people's lives.

Seth Poston

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.

Tony McLeod

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.

Emily Bro

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Basketball Experience: Omaha Stampede (2017-2018), Omaha Concordia Varsity Assistant (2017-2019), Platteview Jr. Trojans (2019-2020)

Personal Fact: Originally from Omaha, Nebraska. Graduated from the University of Nebraska - Omaha in 2020 with a B. A. in History. Go Big Red!

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: Growing up in sports, I experienced some of the best and worst coaches out there. The worst coaches led me to turn away from some sports, while the best inspired me to want better for myself and those around me. I want to be the example for young athletes that inspires them to work hard and love one another, and reminds them of who sustains them through it all.