The Kentucky Mavericks (www.mavup.com) are a Professional basketball franchise located in Owensboro, KY and are a member of the Premier Basketball League (www.thepbl.com) The Kentucky Mavericks are owned by native Texan, Mr Jerry Nelson of Winnie, TX. Mr Nelson and Head Coach Steve Tucker started the Mavericks franchise back in 2008 and were a member of the American Basketball Association (www.abaliveaction.com) . Originally named the Southeast Texas Mavericks based in Winnie, TX (2008 – 2012) , and then the Shreveport Bossier Mavericks , Shreveport, LA ( 2013 – 2014) , the Mavericks won 4 National titles while in the ABA . The Mavericks currently hold the record for most Championships in the ABA.
Post season 2014 , Mr Nelson decided to step it up a bit, by not only relocating his team, but purchasing 50% of the Premier Basketball League ownership as well.
After several months of research and travel to potential host cities, Owensboro KY was chosen in May of 2015. The City of Owensboro, KY and the Mavericks organization negotiated a multi year contract that provides excellent conditions for the Mavericks including their own training facility. The Mavericks Training Center , is located at 817 West First Street , Owensboro, KY, (Ohio River Front) and utilizes the former Executive Tennis Center facility. Additionally, the Mavericks play all home games in the Owensboro Sports Center located at 1215 Hickman Ave in Owensboro, KY.
The Mavericks are lead by Head Coach Steve Tucker, who is a native of Long Beach, Mississippi and was one of the youngest college coaches when he was named Head Coach at Phillips College, Mississippi, at age 22. Tucker has been named Coach of the Year 6 times and has won 9 League or Conference Championships during his coaching career. Tucker has a reputation for building and rebuilding pro basketball franchises. His Overall Coaching Record is 507 Wins - 276 Losses (.647%) and his Head Coaching Record is 430 Wins – 235 Losses (.646%)
The Kentucky Mavericks regular season consist of 12 home games and 12 away games. Home schedule runs from January to mid April with post season the last two weeks of April. The Kentucky Mavericks offer many levels of sponsorship that incorporate preseason and on-site season packages. Kentucky Mavericks are a family friendly affordable environment that offer season tickets starting at just $150 and general admission single game tickets starting at just $6.00 for kids 12 and under and $11 for adults 13 and up. All home games are played at the Owensboro Sports Center located at 1215 Hickman Ave, Owensboro, KY.
In off season, the Kentucky Mavericks host summer camps, private training, birthday party events, and facility leasing for School teams. Additionally, the Mavericks will be opening an indoor Family Fun Center that will initially operate each weekend from May through December. Visit us at www.mavup.com , or visit our Training Center at 817 West First Street, Owensboro, KY or call 270-240-2705.
While owner, Jerry Nelson has enjoyed much success in his many entrepreneurial endeavors, he is quick to tell you that his greatest accomplishment is his family. Jerry and his wife Beverly were married 40 years in June of 2016. They have two children Candace and Jerry III and four grandchildren. Mr Nelson also participates in pastoral work in his local church and is involved in numerous charitable events throughout the year.
Still just as industrious as yesteryear, he enjoys 12 to 14 hour workdays at Maverick International, and credits his grandmother, his mother, and his father as the most influential people in his life. He would most like to be remembered as someone who helped those in need, a man who strived for the impossible, and a man of his word.
Nelson also raises rodeo bulls and horses. He has been featured the front page of the Washington Post & the Wall Street Journal for his achievements in the rodeo industry. He has owned many championship bulls and horses in his many years in the rodeo/bull riding business.