As any coach or athlete knows, no one succeeds on their own – whether on or off the court. Lasting success depends on the talent, drive, commitment, and passion of multiple individuals coming together as a team to accomplish something bigger than themselves.
Nations of Coaches is blessed to have a team of highly talented professionals who work together to help coaches and athletes across the country achieve a higher level of play in sports… and in life.
Tommy has served with Nations of Coaches since 2008. As executive director, he oversees the implementation of Nations of Coaches’ core vision: to help coaches achieve their higher calling of shaping the character of the next generation of young men. Kyle played basketball collegiately at Tennessee Temple University, where he first began working with SCORE International – a global sports ministry that reaches the nations for Christ through short-term mission trips. Kyle later worked full-time with SCORE as the national college basketball director. Between 1996 and 2007, Kyle served as the head boys basketball coach at Decatur Heritage Christian Academy, where he led the Golden Eagles to three trips to the state basketball’s final four and won five area titles. Kyle and his wife Heather live in Decatur and have seven children.
Chief Operating Officer
Jack has served with Nations of Coaches since 2009. Formerly, he served as a senior pastor for several churches across Alabama, as well as a student and recreation minister. Jack’s heart for helping young athletes become upstanding young men stems from his days playing college baseball, where he experienced firsthand the formative role coaches play in an athlete’s life. He brings to his role at Nations of Coaches a contagious passion to see coaches and student-athletes transformed by the love of Jesus so that their lives reflect His glory. Jack and his wife Jess live in Decatur and have two children.
Vice President of Coaches’ Ministries
Dale is a 45-year veteran of college basketball coaching and athletic administration. He served as president of both the Black Coaches Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. With 23 years of collegiate basketball coaching experience, Dale is perfect for his role as vice president of coaches’ ministries for Nations of Coaches, a position he’s filled since 2012. Dale has a tremendous heart for encouraging other coaches to leave a legacy of impacting athletes both on and off the court. He and his wife Pamela live in Nashville and have one daughter and three beautiful grandchildren.
Director of Development
J. T. joined the team at Nations of Coaches in 2017. Prior to that, he worked as an executive in a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Family & Children’s Place where he helped build a state-of-the-art child advocacy center to help protect and heal children from abuse. J. T. has also served as an assistant basketball coach at Western Kentucky University and the University of Georgia, as well as under Hall of Fame Coach Don Meyer at Lipscomb University. He holds an MA in Business Communication and has received several honors in the state of Kentucky for his contributions to building healthy relationships between businesses and local communities. He and his wife Dr. Natalie Henderson live in Louisville and have four sons.
Director of Marketing & Communication
Kathy joined the Nations of Coaches team as director of marketing & communication in 2017. A graduate of Auburn University with a BFA in Art/Graphic Design, Kathy has more than 30 years of experience in marketing and design, including a tenure at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center. In her role with Nations of Coaches, Kathy oversees the design and production of visual branding materials, website elements, social media outlets, and targeted emails. Kathy and her husband, Lt. George Silvestri with the Decatur Police Department, live in Decatur and have four grown children.
Nikki Sprader joined Nations of Coaches in January 2012 as the executive assistant. After 12 years I the manufacturing engineering sector, Nikki brings managerial, standardizations, and financial and budget planning skills to the ministry. As an added dimension to the ministry, she has a proven record in program and project management and performance management based on data driven results. Nikki and her husband live in Mooresville and have one child.
Melissa Woodruff joined Nations of Coaches in May 2013 as the office assistant and personal assistant to Executive Director Tommy Kyle. With 5 years of experience in data management, 5 years experience as an athletic assistance and 10 years of experience as an insurance analyst/research in medical business office, Melissa brings the functional capabilities of all facets of office managerial standardization still to the ministry. Melissa and her husband live in Decatur and have one child.
Ted has served with Nations of Coaches since 2013. A veteran college basketball coach of 17 years, Ted leads Nations of Coaches’ efforts in the Tennessee/Kentucky region, in addition to directing the annual Legacy Summit. He has been a Nations of Coaches Advisory Board member, and he currently serves as an Executive Board member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Ministry Team. He and his wife Jackie live in Nashville and are the proud parents of a daughter and a son.
Pete joined Nations of Coaches in 2013 after serving as the head basketball coach and athletic director at Northland International University in Dunbar. Before Northland, Pete and his wife Lisa spent 19 years ministering in local churches and coaching high school students in Connecticut, Florida, and Indiana. Pete and Lisa have two sons, and they are also blessed with two grandsons.
Roger has 40 years of experience as a coach and pastor, including 28 years as the chaplain for Marshall University’s men’s basketball team. He’s served with Nations of Coaches since 2014, most recently as a regional director over Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, and parts of North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Through this role, Roger plays an integral part in equipping coaches to help their players make the connection between character and sport. Roger and his wife Carol live in Lewisburg, West Virginia and have a son and a daughter.
Mike joined Nations of Coaches in 2017. As head basketball coach at Bethel University, he won seven national championships, 18 conference titles, and received seven National Coach of the Year honors. He is in the NAIA Hall of Fame, NCCAA Hall of Fame, and the Bethel University Hall of Fame. Mike brings tremendous experience to his role at Nations of Coaches, helping coaches across Indiana and Michigan build up players who show character on and off the court. Mike and his wife Jacci live in Wakarusa, Indiana and have two married sons.
Associate Regional Director
Jeff joined Nations of Coaches in September of 2018. For more than two decades, he has inspired players to become the best version of themselves through the game of basketball. Most recently, he led the Berry College Vikings Men’s Basketball Team to its first ever conference championship. Prior to serving five years as the head coach for the Vikings, he led the Thomas More College Saints as the winningest men’s basketball coach in the college’s history and was twice named PAC Coach of the Year. His experience also includes coaching high school basketball in Kentucky for 10 years. Prior to that, he gained experience at the NCAA Division I level, serving at University of Missouri at Kansas City and University of Kentucky. He also served USA Basketball while working at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Internationally, he has partnered with Beyond Sports, coaching teams abroad.
Coach Rogers has experienced first-hand the power of welcoming a Nations of Coaches Character Coach on staff and frequently shares his testimony with others. He brings his “Team First” philosophy to Nations of Coaches by serving the state of Georgia. He and his wife, Stacy, live in Rome, Georgia and have three daughters.
Scott Brewer has been serving the Baylor Men’s Basketball program since 2012. Scott brings a passion to share life and the love of Jesus Christ to each individual. His invaluable leadership in the lives of the coaches, players and other supporting staff has deep impact from encouragement, in-home meals, character development and Bible studies. Scott and his wife, live in the DFW metroplex.
Antonio McKenzie serves as a Character Coach with Nations of Coaches.
Greg serves on the Dallas Baptist University men’s basketball team as a full-time Nations of Coaches character coach. Since joining Nations of Coaches in 2018, his passion for basketball and love for mentoring young men has had a powerful impact on every coach and player he’s served at DBU. Greg and his wife Keri live in Dallas.
Billy acts as a part-time Nations of Coaches character coach for the Lehigh University men’s basketball team. Having coached basketball at the high school level for 15 years, starting a sports ministry called Push The Rock, and being ordained as a minister, Billy brings a passion for the game and for investing in the lives of young men. He’s had a tremendous impact on the team at Lehigh University. Billy and his wife Cindy live in Macungie, Pennsylvania and have two children.
Board of Directors
Jim founded Nations of Coaches in 2008 to help encourage, resource, and equip coaches to handle the pressures of their position, so they can leave a legacy of personal and professional excellence in the lives of their players. Today, Jim serves as the executive director for the National Association of Basketball Coaches, where he is a leading voice in helping return college basketball to its higher calling. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and serves on the Board of Directors for USA Basketball. Jim and his wife Carol live in Kansas City, Missouri.
Brad Jeffress, Chairman
Brad is the dream coach for IMA Financial, a full-service insurance brokerage and risk-management consulting firm based out of Colorado. He’s been an integral part of IMA’s business development for more than 25 years, and recently he accepted a role as the company’s internal life coach. Brad and his wife Marla live in Centennial, Colorado and have three children.
Ed is the assistant coach at Indiana University. He formerly worked as the assistant coach at UCLA from 2013 to 2016. Ed was a four-year starting point guard at Miami from 1985 to 1988, where he helped lead the school to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths, received numerous awards, and holds multiple records. He has also coauthored two books – Guard Play and Five-Star Basketball. Ed has two daughters and one son: Christiana, Natalie, and Eddie. And Ed and his wife April have two daughters: Ava and Callie.
Sealy is the senior partner for Yates & Yates in California. Sealy helped establish the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association and served as its legal counsel for over 16 years. His awards include 26 New York Times Bestsellers, the 2007 Audio Book of the Year Award, over 19 Publishers Weekly Bestsellers, and more than 22 ECPA Gold Medallion Book Awards. Sealy and his wife of more than 50 years, Susan, live in Santa Ana, California and are the grandparents of 10 grandchildren.
Steve was formerly the general counsel and president of the multinational holding company Circle “S” Industries, Inc. He now practices law and does business consulting from his Florence, Alabama, office. He is a member of Woodmont Baptist Church and has served on the finance committee for many years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Shoals Christian School. Steve is married to Jeanette, and they are the parents to two sons.
Ron is currently the assistant coach at Longwood University. He has served as an assistant coach for DePaul and Clemson University, as well as head coach at Radford University and Eastern Nazarene. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Physical Education, and a Doctorate in Kinesiological Sciences with an emphasis in Sports Psychology. Ron and his wife Denise live in Farmville, Virginia. They have two children and seven grandchildren.
Pastor Brett Fuller
Brett is the senior pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia – a suburb of Washington, D.C. He currently serves as the North American leadership team director for Every Nation Churches, and as chaplain of the Washington Redskins. He previously served on President George W. Bush’s Advisory Board for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Brett has also written two devotional books: Live Well and Relate Well. Brett and his wife of 30 years, Cynthia, live in Chantilly, Virginia, and have raised seven children.
Jayson is the current head basketball coach at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. He previously served as head coach of the Division II Charleston Golden Eagles and as associate head coach at Division I Cleveland State. In 2015, he was awarded the John Lotz “Barnabas” Award by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jayson and his wife Lynette live in Rockhill, South Carolinaand have two sons and one daughter.
Kris Den Besten
Kris is the President/CEO of Vermeer Southeast a construction equipment company headquartered in Orlando, FL. He is the author of 3 faith based books and a frequent speaker on the topic of living your faith at work. Kris and his wife Robin reside in Windermere, Florida and have 3 children.