Chantilly Facility Manager
2 Years Coaching Experience
2 Years Training Experience
- Paul W. Bryant High School, 2014
- University of Southern Mississippi, BA Business Administration, 2017
- University of Southern Mississippi, MA Sports Management, 2019
- Paul W. Bryant High School, 2014
- University of Souther Mississippi (NCAA Division I)
I always knew that I was meant to be a basketball player because this game played such a big part in my childhood. My father was a Division I basketball coach, my brother had already discovered his love for the game, and my mother was our General Manager trying to keep up with three different basketball schedules. Living in several different cities as a child, I had opportunities to play other sports, but quickly found out that I was happiest on a hardwood floor..
After moving from San Diego, California, I played my first organized basketball game in Athens, Georgia. I was only 7 years old butI was already a fierce competitor who was prepared for anybody that stood in my way.. That mindset came from endless evenings in our driveway, losing to my brother who was 5 years older than me. He was my first motivator and consistently pushed me to excel throughout my entire basketball career.
At the age of 12, I was preparing to make my first school basketball team in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Looking back, I realize how seriously I was already taking the game. I would show up at the University of Alabama to workout with my dad with the hope of just making the 7th grade team. I worked on my game throughout middle and high school, driven by my goal to be the best player on the team. My hard work paid off as I became a top ten player in the state of Alabama and the all-time leading scorer at my high school with over 1,600 points.
When I signed my letter of intent to play Division I basketball at the University of Southern Mississippi in Conference-USA, I had no idea what my five-year journey had in store for me. After struggling through the first half of my freshman season, I quickly discovered that I had to work much harder, become more consistent, and learn how to be a leader. The good news was that I had full control over those three things. I gave Southern Miss everything I had during my career. I started 109 consecutive games, which ranks as the 5th most in school history. During my junior season, after spending countless hours in the gym, I led the conference with a three-point field goal percentage of 41%. I followed that up by shooting 52% during conference play my senior season, which also ranked 1st in C-USA. Even though I spent a lot of time working on my game, I never neglected the classroom. I am very proud to have qualified for the Commissioner’s Honor Roll five consecutive years, received NABC Honors Court recognition, and been named to the 2019 C-USA All-Academic team. By redshirting my sophomore season, I was able to complete both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees during those five years.
By the end of my senior season, I was ready to begin a new chapter in my life. Due to my experience and a love for the game, I knew I wanted to share my knowledge and help young players make their dreams a reality. It started with helping a few of my teammates achieve their goal of playing overseas. It continued with my move to Charlotte, North Carolina where I began training players as young as eight years old and as advanced as those playing professionally. Now with this opportunity to work with Evolution, I believe I am getting the chance to do something that most people never achieve. That is working in a position in my field (Sport Management) and teaching a game that I love!! I am so excited to take everything that I have learned and give back to the game of basketball by sharing my knowledge with other aspiring l players.