Marietta Basketball Coaches

  • Greg Williams – Director of Basketball Operations / Boys Head Coach for White and Blue Teams / Skills Academy Master Coach

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

    Experience:
    Trained and coached young athletes (boys & girls) 20 + years on techniques, mechanics and the basic fundamentals of basketball to use as the building blocks for developing character, self-esteem, and leadership for our youth on and off the court. • Developed basketball & exposure camps for nearly 20 years and helped numerous (overlooked) athletes obtain college scholarships to D1, D2, NAIA, and Junior Coll• Developed the TMAC APPROACH Bball Camp for retired NBA star Tracy McGrady in 1998. This camp began serving athletes in Auburndale, FL and expanded to Houston, TX. It has helped boys and girls ages 6-18, from FLA, GA, SC, NC, ORE, D.C., TX, Colombia and China. eges.

    Personal Fact:
    Developed the TMAC APPROACH Bball Camp for retired NBA star Tracy McGrady in 1998.

    Why I love to coach:
    I am very excited about coaching with Upward Stars because it is important for me to work in a strong family oriented environment. I want to be involved with an organization that can instill all the necessary values and morals (on and off the court) for all of it's athletes.

  • Roger Haley – Head Coach Boys 7th Grade

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

    Experience:
    • Played basketball, football and baseball throughout high school• Played a year of college basketball• Had great coaches growing up that had a huge impact on my development. To this day, I still call them "coach". I would like to have that type of impact with young men to help them become better people. • My belief is that coaching should be a combination of: Teaching, Encouragement, Teamwork, Unselfishness, Determination.

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    Why I love to coach:
    I love sports and I love the Lord. Coaching Upward Stars in North Atlanta gives me the opportunity to combine both to help young athletes participating in sports.

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    Cortney Mollica - Head Coach Girls 8th Grade

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    The Lord himself goes before you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

    Experience:
    Head Coach- Pope High School 6th-8th grade girls for 3 years. Head Coach- Cross Over Middle School Basketball for 5 years. Head Coach- East Cobb Attack for 1 year.

    Personal Fact:
    Graduate of Kennesaw State University with a bachelors degree in medical sociology. Currently a case manager working with children and teenagers serving various populations including foster care and human trafficking victims

    Why I love to coach:
    I love coaching for many reasons. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know my players as athletes and as individuals. I grew up playing the game of basketball and have such a passion for the sport. I loving igniting that same passion in younger athletes and seeing them reach their goals. However, as much as I love winning games and striving for championships I have to admit that getting to mentor and be there for these young ladies off the court is the best part of the job!

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    Jonathan Tiller – Skills Academy Coach

    Sport: Basketball

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    Experience:
    Went to Wheeler High School and won a State Championship. • Graduated from the University of Missouri• Played in the elite 8 and was the big 12 DPOY and two time All-Defensive team member. • 7 year Overseas Professional. • All-Dutch team, Dutch League DPOY, All-Dutch Defensive Team

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    Why I love to coach:
    I want to coach with Upward Stars because I love teaching basketball the right way. Fundamentals are a very important key component and should be stressed as such. Also, I have a love for building relationships with the youth. Basketball is only a gateway to bigger things in life. Character and core values are the tools that will allow the next generation to shine bright - on and off the court.

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    Warren Williams – Head Coach Boys 8th Grade

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Philippians 4:13 - All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me.

    Experience:
    Played high school basketball. Played intramural basketball in college. Coaches youth basketball for 5 years.

    Personal Fact:
    I served as an officer in the United States Navy. I am married and we have one son.

    Why I love to coach:
    I LOVE basketball. As a young kid, basketball gave me so much. It taught me teamwork, leadership, integrity, ... I could go on and on. Through coaching I have the opportunity to repay the game by pouring into the lives of young athletes. I love helping young athletes establish a work ethic that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

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    Tim Pollard Assistant Coach Boys 7th Grade

    Sport: Basketball

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    Erica Gipson - Assistant Coach Boys 8th Grade

    Sport: Basketball

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    Christa Moore - Assistant Coach Boys 10th Grade Blue Team

    Sport: Basketball

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    Reese Anderson – Assistant Coach Girls 8th Grade

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

    Experience:
    • Head Coach - Pope High School 6th Grade Girls for 1 year• Assistant Coach - Pope High School 7th Grade Girls for 1 year• Head Coach - Crossover Middle School Boys Basketball for 1 year • Assistant Coach - Crossover Middle School Boys Basketball for 1 year • Assistant Coach - East Cobb Attack for 1 year

    Personal Fact:
    I was a Math Olympiad in middle school, I am a Kennesaw State University graduate, and I am huge Lebron James fan.

    Why I love to coach:
    I love coaching because it's a fun way to give back to the community using my two favorite things; working with kids and basketball. The core value of my coaching style is instilling confidence in players on and off the court.

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    Solomon Davis – Assistant Coach 7th Grade Boys

    Sport: Basketball

    Favorite Verse:
    Psalm 1: 1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

    Experience:
    3 Year Varsity starter in High school.  SEC Champion University of Alabama 2002. Coached 4 Consecutive Class 5A Regional Championships and Final Fours in State of Alabama. Over 15 years of coaching experience including Church League, YBOA, AAU and all High school levels.  Developed and coordinated basketball skills camps, and provided one-on-one training for middle, high school and college athletes.

    Personal Fact:
     Personally coached and trained multiple collegiate players.

    Why I love to coach:
    I am thrilled about the opportunity to coach with Upward Stars for several reasons. I love basketball, I love mentoring young athletes, and I love building relationships with likeminded individuals. I believe the game of basketball can teach so many life lessons and be a great tool for modeling the character of Jesus Christ. Plus it’s just plain fun to work really hard at something and try to get better every day.