Stars Basketball Club


Girls Coaches

4th Grade Gold

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.

4th Grade Silver

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.

5th Grade Gold & Silver

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.

6th Grade Gold

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 choose to 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?

6th Grade Silver

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.

Boys Coaches

4th Grade Gold & Silver

Trey Stevenson

Favorite Bible Verse: "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it". (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)

Basketball Experience:

2020-2021 | Head JV & Assistant Varsity Coach at BGA in Franklin, TN;

2019 - Current | Head Coach for 4th/7th/8th grade Stars Basketball Club & Flight League in Franklin/Brentwood TN;

2018-2019 | Head JV Coach at Walton Middle School in Marietta, GA;

2014 - 2019 | Coach & Director of Skills Devlopment for the Georgia Kings in Marietta, GA;

2012 -2015 | Head & Assistant Coach 10u ,12u , & 13u YBOA League in Marietta, GA

2012-2019 | Coach & Sports Director at Mt.Zion UMC in Marietta, GA;

Personal Fact: I am the owner/founder of Train'Em Up youth sports development in GA & TN. I am also the husband of ZaQuayla Stevenson and Father to 3 beautiful girls and 3 handsome boys.

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: It's not all about winning because losing can teach a valuable lesson as well. Teaching players the game of basketball is a plus, but helping them build a firm foundation on Jesus Christ that will take them further in life than Basketball can.

5th Grade Gold

Myles Thrash

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.

Basketball 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

Basketball 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 do you choose to coach youth basketball: I choose to coach youth basketball to help our youth develop as athletes and as well rounded individuals in life.

5th Grade Silver

CJ Herbert

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."‍

Basketball Experience: I played high school basketball for the NCC Warriors and three years college basketball for Trevecca Nazarene University.

Why do you choose to coach youth basketball: I coach to give back to the youth and the future of the game of basketball.

5th Grade Silver

Ted Quinn

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.

6th Grade Gold & Silver

Andrew Johnson

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).

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.

Braxton Bonds

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, because basketball is the best sport and it's fun.

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