Steve Tucker, Head Coach & President
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A native of Long Beach, Mississippi, who was one of the youngest college coaches when he was named Head Coach at Phillips College at 22. He has been named Coach of the Year 6 times and has won 9 League or Conference Championships during his coaching career. Tucker has as well become known and has the reputation for building or rebuilding pro basketball franchises.
Overall Coaching Record: 507 Wins - 276 Losses (.647%)
Head Coaching Record: 430 Wins – 235 Losses (.646%)
- 2015-Present: Kentucky Mavericks (PBL)
- 2013-2015: Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks (ABA)
- 2009-2010: Southeast Texas Mavericks (ABA)
- 2008-2009: Southeast Texas Mustangs (ABA)
- 2007-2008: Rio Grande Valley (AA), left in Dec.'07
- 2006-2007: Jacksonville Jam (ABA)
- 2006: Murfreesboro Musicians (WBA)
- 2005-2006: Fresno HeatWave (ABA) left team Nov.'05 to join the Murfreesboro WBA project
- 2004-2005: Texas Tycoons (ABA)
- 2001-2004: The Basketball Foundation Of England (UK)
- 2000-2001: Wilberforce University (NAIA)
- 1999-2000: Hazard Community College (NJCAA)
- 1998-1999: Dakota Wizards (IBA)
- 1994-1998: Birmingham Bullets (UK-BBL)
- 1992-1994: Mississippi Coast Sharks/Gamblers (GBA/USBL)
- 1988-1992: Hawaii Loa College (NAIA)
- 1982-1983: Athletes In Action (Summers)
- 1981-1988: Sam Houston State (NCAA)
- 1980-1981: Phillips College (NJCAA)
Accomplishments and Awards
- Usbasket.com All-United States Coach of the Year - 11
- ABA Champion - 10
- ABA Coach of the Year - 10
- ABA All-Southwest Coach of the Year - 10
- Pro Basketball News.com #1 Coach not in NBA - 09
- ABA Coach of the Year - 09
- ABA Semifinals - 09
- Rated as one of the Top 10 Head Coaches on the Professional Basketball Level not Coaching in the NBA (rated 4th by Pro Basketball News) - 06
- WBA Final Four - 06
- WBA West Division Runner-Up - 06
- Head Coach Of The Western All-Star Team For The ABA All-Star Game - 05
- ABA Playoffs - 05
- Eastern Regional Finals - 00
- IBA Playoffs - 99
- Set a Franchise Record for Wins in a Single Season, Won League, Cup, & Trophy Championships - 94/98
- USBL Regular Season Championship - 94
- The only Professional Head Coach to have ever coached in 5 Pro Basketball Leagues (WBA, ABA, IBA, USBL, & GBA)
- Has Won Championships on the Professional, Collegiate, & International Levels
- Has led Teams to the NCAA, NAIA, & NJCAA National Championship Tournaments
- Gold Medalist in the 1982 Micronesian Games representing AIA-USA
- All-Time Winningest Coach in Athletes In Action History
- All-Time Winningest Coach in Hawaii Loa College History
- Led Teams to 9 League or Conference Championships
- 6 Time Coach Of The Year
Sarah Gayler, Assistant Coach
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Sarah Gayler finished playing basketball at Norman High School in 2004 where she was a Regional and Area Champion, State qualifier, and selected “Big All City” in Oklahoma’s top 6A conference.
In 2006 she attended the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and acquired her Associates in Arts while on a full basketball scholarship. Here they were Conference and Regional Champions along with the National Consolation Champions.
Once fulfilling her Associates degree, she attended the University of New Orleans, a NCAA Division I school, on a full basketball scholarship. There she acquired her Bachelors degree in Business Management. After college, Sarah kept on playing the sport that she loved so much, while also coaching at Carrollton Christian Academy. There they went undefeated in their Conference, along with winning the Regional Championship.
In 2008 she earned the right to play internationally in Budapest, Hungary. Once Sarah returned from playing internationally, she began her Training Career. While her training career advanced, she also played 2 years of Semi-Pro ball in Texas with the Dallas Diesel Women’s Team in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League where they were National qualifiers.
In 2010-2011 she worked at Velocity Sports Performance and Athletes Performance where she was a Strength and Conditioning Coach for NFL, MLB, FIBA, and Collegiate athletes.
In 2011-2012 she worked as a certified (CI-CPT) personal trainer.
From 2010-2013 she worked for the NBA Developmental League - Texas Legends. She was a part of the Basketball Operations, and worked with the head athletic trainer. She also assisted in the practices and games.
In 2012-2013 she was the Co-Head Coach of the ABA's North Dallas Vandals. She operated as Head coach on all of the away games, as well as solely planned and conducted all of the teams practices. The Vandals were also the ABA Championship Finalist during this 2012-2013 season with Coach Gayler. During this time, she also sent over 20 players to play internationally.
From 2012-2014 she ran the entire Dallas Diesel Basketball Men’s program. While running the men’s program, she solely scouted, recruited, ran practices, coached games, ran player development, scheduled games, acquired sponsors, updated press releases, spoke at community engagements, and much more. Four of the men’s players received contracts to play internationally. During this time from 2012-2013, she also solely ran an AAU girls program. In the summer of 2013 she sent all 8 of her Senior players to play in College with scholarships.
In the summer of 2013 she also conducted and assisted in a Training and Player Development program. Coaching players who compete in the NBA Developmental League, select overseas players, and selected semi-pro players.
Recently, Sarah has been endorsed by Del Harris (Los Angeles Lakers Coach of the Year 1995) and Tyrone Ellis (NBA Development League Coach).
Early in 2014 Sarah began working with the ABA Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks, who are now the ABA 2014 National Champions. While working with the Mavericks, she is becoming fluent in Sportscode Pro. Sarah also continues to work independently with select athletes in Strength and Conditioning and Player Development.
Sarah now lives full time in Owensboro KY and is Assistant Coach for the Kentucky Mavericks.