"For me, it is being a part of accomplishing God's purpose for the game of basketball. You see, basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith, whose vision was 'to win men for the Master through the gym'. I personally believe that Nations of Coaches is here today to help coaches take back the game God created."-Tommy Kyle, Executive Director Nations of Coaches
Equipping Coaches To Leave a Legacy of Excellence
Coaches play a vital role in shaping and influencing the world we live in. Think about it. Athletes begin playing organized sports as young as age five - and that means a coach's influence starts early.
Coaches come from all walks of life. Some are motivated by a calling to the sport. Others competed as players and thrive in the heat of competition. The thrill of winning is in their blood. Some are born to teach the games they know and love. To many coaches, it is more than a job. It is a way of life.
At the same time, the coaching world is full of challenges. The pressure to succeed, to train, and to produce results creates an intense and often isolating atmosphere. Job turnover, family pressures, even physical health issues come into play. Coaches can begin to feel like they are on an island…all of this while trying to balance their commitment to their players.
How do you handle tough times? Where do you turn for guidance and support? Whom do you lean on?
A steadfast and trusted friend is often the answer. Just as players need the support of their coaches and teammates, coaches also need a network of people they can trust.
Nations of Coaches is a place where a coach can go for support, whether it is about the technical aspects of the game or help with a player problem or spiritual guidance.
nations of coaches Staff
Tommy Kyle has served as the Executive Director for Nations of Coaches since 2008. A successful high school coach and former NAIA shooting guard, Tommy has a passion for reaching the 18-22 year old college athlete. He executes that passion through his vision and leadership of the ministry.
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Brooks has recently joined the staff of Nations of Coaches as chief operating officer. Prior to joining NOC, he had concluded a career that spans over 30 years of service to Christian higher education and healthcare. Larry served in senior-level administrative positions at several higher education institutions including Azusa Pacific University (CA), John Brown University (AR), Crichton College (TN), Memphis Theological Seminary (TN), and Asbury Theological Seminary (KY). He earned a doctoral degree from the University of Arkansas in higher education administration. Prior to his retirement in January, 2014, Larry was the vice president of marketing for the community hospital in Goshen, Indiana. Larry and his wife, Susan, have been married for 42 years and have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Larry and Susan are in the process of relocating from Indiana to Decatur, Alabama.
Vice President of Coaches Ministry
Dale Clayton is the Nations of Coaches' Vice President of Coaches Ministry in Jan 2012. He is the former Head Basketball Coach and Associate Director of Athletics at Carson Newman College. Clayton has served as the president of both the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Black Coaches Association. His responsibilities include discipleship of coaches across the country. Clayton's vast experience plays an important role in opening the doors of ministry for Nations of Coaches.
Vice President of Character Coaching
Jack Lovelace has served as the Vice President for Nations of Coaches since 2009. A pastor with a pastoral heart (and a former college baseball pitcher), Jack longs to see coaches have a safe outlet for their spiritual growth. He brings his heart and passion to fruit through his ministry to coaches and his shepherding of the NOC Regional Pastors.
Director of Coaches Programs
Ted Quinn comes to Nations of Coaches after seventeen seasons on the sidelines. A coaching career that saw him serve at Wakonda High School(SD), Mount Marty College(SD), Graceland Univerisity(IA) and Nyack College(NY). In addition to his coaching career, Quinn has also served as an Executive Board Member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches(NABC) Ministry Team and an Advisory Board Member of Nations of Coaches. He and his wife Jackie have been married for eighteen years and are the proud parents of ten-year-old daughter Jenna and seven-year-old son Kellen.
Nikki Sprader joined Nations of Coaches in Jan 2012 as the Executive Assistant. With 12 years experience in the manufacturing engineering sector, Nikki brings managerial, standardization, and financial & budget planning skills to the ministry. As an added dimension to the ministry, she has a proven record in project management and performance management based on data driven results.
Zach Woodruff joined Nations of Coaches in May 2012 as a Marketing Intern. His experience playing college basketball allows him to connect to many critical aspects of the Nations of Coaches ministry in collegiate athletic programs. Zach's responsibility is to handle all aspects of social media, graphic design, website media, and brand expansion.
Melissa Woodruff joined Nations of Coaches in May 2013 as Office Assistant. With experience in Data Management, athletic assistant for 5 years at a local highschool, and as an Insurance Analyst for Hospital Medical Office for 15 years. Melissa brings the functional capabilities of day to day operational skills to the ministry.
National Board of Directors
Skip Thompson, is an investor and partner in various privately owned finance related companies. Previously he was the President and CEO of First American Bank. Skip currently serves on the boards of Decatur Utilities, Decatur Heritage Christian Academy, Decatur Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center, and is an Elder at Decatur Presbyterian Church. Previously he served on the boards of First American Bank and Gray Research, Inc.
Steve Berryman, General Counsel and later as President of this multi-national holding company Circle "S" Industries, Inc. . He now practices law and does business consulting from his Florence, AL office.
Brett Fuller, is the Senior Pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia- a suburb of Washington, DC. He also oversees another church planted from his congregation in downtown Washington, D.C. He currently serves as Chaplain of the Washington Redskins, and Chaplain of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). From 2007-2009 he served on President George Bush's Advisory Board for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He has a lovely bride of 26 years, Cynthia, and they have 7 children.
Jim Haney, is beginning his third decade as executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. His vision led to adopting the national awareness and education program "Guardians of the Game" and Coaches vs. Cancer, a partnership with the American Cancer Society which has raised more than $85 million.
Ed Shilling, is currently an assistant men's basketball coach for the UCLA bruins. Prior to that he was the Executive Director and Trainer for Champions Academy and also head coach of Adidas Nations (all-american highschool team). He has been successful at every level of basketball from highscool to the NBA.
Florida Regional Director
With experience as an NCCAA men's head basketball coach as well as multiple high school coaching positions, Peter Wehry continues to mentor and disciple young men using the avenue of athletics. In his first year with Nations of Coaches, Peter Wehry continues to have opportunities to use his passion for reaching college age athletes with the Gospel.
Texas Regional Director
Scott Brewer joined Nations of Coaches as a Regional Director in November 2012. He enjoyed success as a top NAIA shooting guard in the mid-90's and as a high school coach in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Scott is deeply committed to being a safe outlet unto coaches and players throughout the state of Texas as he shepherds them unto greater spiritual wholeness.
West Virginia Regional Director
Roger has volunteered at Nations of Coaches since 2009. He officially joins our team with many years of experience as a Pastor, Campus Minister, and Youth Director. Most recently, Roger planted and has served as the Church Pastor for Crossroads Community Chapel & Clear View Fellowship since 1999. He joined the men's basketball program as the Character Coach at Marshall University in 1987, transferred as the Character Coach to the University of Charleston in 2002 and returned to Marshall in 2006 to present. He is a graduate from Marshall University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.