Chris Starks - Lindsey Wilson
Starks has helped the Blue Raiders win three Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament titles reaching the 30-win plateau three times. In fourteen seasons as an assistant, Starks achieved thirteen winning seasons, the program’s first NAIA National Tournament, national semifinals, and a third place national ranking. His teams have reached one semifinal and two national quarterfinals and a number one national ranking. Starks also served as assistant coach at Cumberland, Hutchinson CC and Middle Tennessee State.
Rick McCormick - Southwest Christian
McCormick has assisted HC Bliss in putting together a NCCAA DI National Championship finals run where SCU posted the best record in school history as an NAIA member Institution. Pulling double duty, as Director of Athletic Services, McCormick also works closely with their Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics seeing further in all areas of the overall growth and management of the athletic department. A well-respected coach and administrator.
Rob Goodrow - Westmont
The former Director of Basketball Operations at D1Utah Valley for Kentucky star Mark Pope develops both character and competitive performance. A true leader, his example of striving for excellence in all facets of life is easily reflected and expected by his players. The evidence that his kids buy in is exemplified best through their current top twelve ranking.
Brad Davis - Vanguard
Six years in at Vanguard, his successes have duplicated from what he accomplished at Concordia. Assisting the Lions in their 2014 NAIA National Championship and winning the 2013-2014 Golden State Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles, the twenty-two year veteran has ushered in the Holy Spirit’s work in student’s lives on and off the court.
Scott Day - Arizona Christian
Day assisted both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs at UCLA as an academic coordinator before taking his talents to Sioux Falls where he assisted
head coach Jim Hayford (Eastern Washington). After adding an extensive high school career to the resume, he joined the NAIA ranks where his outstanding playing career, combined with experiences on multiple NCAA levels, and the ability to surrounded himself with talented players and coaches all contribute to his appearance on our list.
Tomas Brock - Columbia
From high school to NCAA DII East Central University to the NAIA at Columbia, Brock leads innovation transitioning all his teams to winning seasons,and conference tournament bids. Individually, he signs and develops All-Conference, First-team performers and All-region performers. The community consciences Brock has organized several service opportunities to engage fans driving donation opportunities and game attendance as well as the servants duty to better his surroundings.
Robbie Harman - Oklahoma City University
Harman comes to the Stars after serving as assistant at his alma mater Central Michigan (where they won a MAC Championship), and Minnesota-Crookston under HC Danny Weisse. One of the good guys in the game, he is a pleasure to work with and continues to impact culture. The one time unheard of walk-on continues his selfless work to make everyone around him better.
James Jackson - Georgetown
The one time Louisville staffer learned valuable lessons from Rick Pitino that would serve him well throughout his career. Starting at Kentucky Wesley he further developed under 2010 Regional COY Todd Lee (Grand Canyon) putting together a remarkable 29-5 record and multiple school records. He continues his winning ways at Georgetown currently sitting in the top three NAIA polls further developing individual and team success.
Jay Smith - LSU Alexandria
In roughly ten seasons between high school and now NAIA, Smith has helped develop a number of All District Players, six All Acadiana players, two All District MVPs, two All-Acadiana MVPs, five All-State performers (one First Team, two Second Team, and two Honorable Mentions) and one McDonald's All American Nominee.
Landon Hughey - Wayland Baptist
It all began in Oklahoma working as a student assist during Blake Griffin’s all-American, Elite Eight career. Hughey took advantage of the opportunity being very active on the court learning from the best coaches and players. He continued cutting his teeth as an assistant leading Fort Scott CC to a third-place finish in Region VI and a home playoff game for only the second time in school history. The hard working up and comer just completed year two at Wayland.
Jonathan Stanley - Bethel
His on court coaching improves overall and individual skill development of players while implementing strength and conditioning. As a former DII assistant he coached First Team All-Region and All-Americans as well as a team offense that led DII and DI in scoring with 103 points per game. Perhaps his most notable NAIA work to date was with Mike Strobbe; NAIA DI First Team All-American post player who led the nation in rebounding.
Drew Wilson - Faulkner
Before he arrived at Faulkner, he spent two years at Snead State (the last year as the associate head coach). In those two years, as a result of Wilson’s tutelage, nine players continued their careers at four-year institutions. He developed three to the the NCAA DI level including four all-conference performers and best finish in seven years in the ACCC's North Division. It has been a seemless transition to Faulkner as thier strong tradition continues.
Adam Hepker - Grand View
Currenlty in his first season with the Grand View, he spent the last five seasons in MidAmerica Nazarene where he compiled an overall record of 102-64, including three appearances at the NAIA D1 National Tournament. In 2011-2012 they were conference champs, 2012-2013 his teams finished in the Elite 8 and in 2013-2014, the Final Four. Hepker continually exceeds expectations.
Brandon Dunn - Graceland
Now working with one of the best in the business (Craig Doty), Dunn enters his first season at Graceland. He comes from rival Culver Stockton where he helped lead the Wildcats to a 26-9 record and a NAIA Elite 8 finish, the best season in the history of the program. Dunn worked five years at Synergy Sports Technology and also spent time as an assistant at Ohio University Chillicothe (2011-2012) and at Adena High School (2006-2011).
Demetrius Moore - Stillman College
Growing daily as a college coach, Moore is now in his third season with Stillman. Previously he spent thirteen seasons as an AAU coach for the Milwaukee Running Rebels (one the of the elite AAU programs in the country) where he developed NBA player Kevon Looney, as well as the 2016 Pac-12 Tournament MVP Elgin Cook. His efforts led to several players going on to play NCAA DI basketball, and a number of players playing professionally overseas.
James Hays - William Woods
In his three years, Hays has recruited three AMC All-Conference selections and one NAIA All-American. He helped lead the team to the most wins in a single season in program history and to earn the Owls first ever NAIA Top 25 ranking.Previously at Fort Scott Community College, he led the team to its first conference title since 1967, first Region 6 title and an Elite 8 appearance at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.
Matt Garnett - Texas Wesleyan
With five seasons of collegiate head coaching experience for an overall record of 96-59, he sees further than most assistants. In four years with Wesleyan he led them to a Sooner Athletic Conference Championship and two appearances in the NAIA National Tournament. In 2015, his team won the SAC Tournament and he was named SAC Coach of the Year. His Texas Wesleyan team currently sit as a top ten team in the polls.
Kevin Smith - Great Falls
In his third year at Great Falls, Smith comes from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. While at UMA, Smith developed Conference POY's, All-Region and Division II All-Americans. The Falcons won the Peach Belt West Division championship and reached the NCAA Division II Sweet 16. Smith sets himself apart with unique experience serving a number of administrative roles with various international teams.
Rodney Clarke - University of the Cumberlands
Clarke has taken to coaching good and proper right out of his playing days. First in the high school ranks he established an astonishing 106-17 record. He developed two NCAA DI athletes including Alabama standout Andrew Steele. At the Cumberlands, Clarke has been instrumental in earning three consecutive trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament in 2014, 2015, and 2016 that saw a Sweet 16 run in 2015, while the 2016 team made it to the Elite 8.
Trey Hendon - Langston
Making an immediate impact the Lions won the Red River Athletic Conference tournament, and earned a birth to the schools fourth National Tournament. Previously, Hendon spent two seasons at Oklahoma State University, serving as a graduate assistant under head coach Travis Ford. While at Oklahoma State, he assisted the development of future NBA players, such as, Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics) & Markel Brown (Brooklyn Nets).
Denver Cobb - Rocky Mountain
All told, Cobb, has developed eight all-conference players, a 2nd Team-All American (NAIA DII), and a two-time Conference Defensive POY. The former USF GA got a taste of the big time working with Big East COY Stan Heath qualifying for the NCAA’s and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. As an assistant at Embry-Riddle, he helped that team to a 29-5 record and a conference tournament championship while leading the country in defensive field goal percentage.
William Bell - Our Lady of the Lake
All told, he has coached several NAIA All-Americans,All-Conference, NBA Development League, ABA, and other international professional league players. He captured three Red River Athletic Conference Championships, two Sweet 16 and one Elite 8 appearances. During his time at OLLU the team continually rankings at the top in scoring, steals, assists, forced turnovers, and offensive rebounds. He has also assisted Saints players become leaders in scoring, assists and steals in the NAIA and RRAC.
Mac “Rodney” McConnell - Wiley College
First at Ranger College he posted a head coaching record of 78-38 and coached twenty-one players on to four-year universities. His assistant stops include
Angelo State, Tarelton State, Hill College, and DI schools McNeese State and Montana. Overall, he brings twelve years of coaching experience at various levels that saw the development of numerous All-Conference players and two NBA draft picks in Marcus Hubbard and David Bell.
Ethan Faulkner - University of the Cumberlands
Entering his first season to establish a strong one two punch with fellow Cumberlands top 25 assistant Clarke, the more experienced Faulkner was an NKU standout both as a player and coach. He developed DI A-Sun Freshman of the Year and two second Team All-Conference players. After landing at Mount Vernon Nazarene that program suddenly developed all conference third team and an All-Newcomer Team players.
Julious "JuCo" Coleman - Biola
Well on his way to the top, his diligence in recruiting lead to a 30-4 overall record, top-5 national ranking and trip to the NAIA National Tournament in 2015-16. The former California Baptist assistant also spent time at Northern Arizona where he was developed All-Big Sky performers. At Boise State, his academic coordinating efforts placed thirteen Broncos on the Western Athletic Conference All-Academic Team enroute to WAC championships, NCAA Tournaments, NIT’s, All-Conference players, future NBA players and more. The interdisciplinary master has a wide breath of accomplishments at every level of the game.
These Assistants have a huge impact on their programs while demonstrating success in
athletics development, coaching, professional and ethical conduct, academic development, recruiting, practice/game planning, management and more.
For NAIA consideration, equal emphasIs was placed on character driven athletics.