Bruins Basketball

Boys Head Coach: Oliver Simmons

Rosters and Schedules

Clinics, Camps and Training

Basketball Facilities

Player Accomplishments

2016-17 Post Season Recognition:

Brandon Craig

  • TSWA All state team
  • All District Team

Harrison Homberg

  • All District team

Ryan Davis

  • All district honorable mention

Amir Kaveh

  • All district honorable mention

2015-16 Post Season Recognition:

Brandon Craig:

  • All District Team
  • 2nd team All West Tennessee

Clayton Hughes:

  • District Co-MVP

George Markos:

  • All District Team
  • Honorable Mention All West Tennessee

Ryan Davis:

  • All District Honorable Mention

Holland Hawks:

  • All District Honorable Mention

2014-15 Post Season Recognition:

Clayton Hughes:

  • TSWA Boys All-State Team
  • All District Team
  • All West Tennessee Second Team

Nigel Peeples:

  • All District Team
  • All West Tennessee Honorable Mention

Jonathan Adkins:

  • All District Team

George Markos:

  • All District Honorable Mention
  • All West Tennessee Honorable Mention

Brandon Craig:

  • All District Honorable Mention
  • All West Tennessee Honorable Mention

2013-2014 Post Season Recognition:

Clayton Hughes:

  • TSWA All-State Team for Division 2
  • 3rd team All West Tennessee boys basketball
  • All-District Team

Nigel Peeples:

  • Honorable mention AWT boys basketball
  • All-District Team

Jonathan Adkins:

  • Honorable mention AWT boys basketball
  • Honorable mention All-District team

Varsity Head Coach Oliver Simmons

Coaching Experience

Coach Simmons was named the Boys Basketball Coach of the year by the Basketball Coaches Acssociation of Tennessee (BCAT) for the 2015-16 season.

Head Coach, USJ, 2013-Present
Head Coach, Poinciana High School (Poinciana, FL), 2011-2013
Head Coach, Springstead High School (Spring Hill, FL), 2010-2011
Head Coach, East Central High School (Sandstone, MN), 2009-2010
Director of Basketball, Windermere Preparatory School (Windermere FL), 2008-2009
Head Basketball Trainer, Champions Sports Complex (Orlando, FL), 2008  
Assistant Men's Coach, Lamar State College-Port Arthur (Port Arthur, TX), 2007
Head Coach, Olympia High School (Orlando, FL), 2005-2007
Head Coach, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School (Orange, TX), 2002-2005
Assistant Coach, Tipton Rosemark Academy (Millington, TN)2001-2002

Coaching Records

USJ, 2016-17 19-10, Sweet 16
USJ, 2015-16 23-9, Co-District Champs/Elite 8
USJ, 2014-2015, 21-8, Sweet 16
USJ, 2013-2014, 18-9, Sweet 16
Poinciana High School, 2012-2013, 12-13                                               
Poincana High School, 2011-12, 20-10, District Champs/Sweet 16
Springstead High School, 2010-2011, 12-13
East Central High School, 2009-2010, 11-16, 1st Round
Olympia High School, 2006-2007, 21-9, Elite 8
Olympia High School, 2005-2006, 18-13, 1st Round
LCM, 2004-2005, 18-12, Play-in Game
LCM, 2003-2004, 15-16                                         
LCM, 2002-2003, 11-19                                         

Total Record for his 13 years as a Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach: 219-157        

Playing Experience

FIBA, NTNT Tornados (Den Haag, Holland), 2002
IBA, Des Moines Dragons (Des Moines, IA), 2001
FIBA, KFUM Jamtland Basket (Ostersund, Sweden), 2000

Florida State University Seminoles, 1997-2000, 1998 NCAA Tournament
University of Kentucky Wildcats, 1995-1997, 1996 NCAA Tournament Champion

High School:
David Lipscomb High School Mustangs (Nashville, TN), 1991-1995, 1993 TSSAA State Champion

  • Two-time TSSAA Mr. Basketball: 1994 and 1995

Former Players Who Played College Basketball

Isaiah Moody, Northland Community & Technical College
Brandon Murat, Northland Community & Technical College
Nate Louis, South Georgia State College
Marquise Strickland, Tennessee Wesleyan University
Nigel Peeples, University School of Jackson, Bethel University
Matt Hein, Winderemere Prep, Illinois State University
Stefan Moody, Poinciana High School, FAU/ Univ. of Mississippi
James Nicholson, Poinciana High School, Webber International Univ.
Will Hall, Springstead High School, Ozark Christian College
NaQuan Inniss, Springstead High School, Warner Univ.
Martell Buie, Olympia High School, Tenn. State/ Univ. of West Florida
Jamel Marshall, Olympia High School, Morehead State/ Flagler College
William Green, Olympia High School, WKU/ Stetson Univ.
Dexter Fields, Olympia High School, UAB/ Murray State Univ.
Vinson Myers, Olympia High School, Polk State College
Josh Click, LCM High School, Southern Nazarene Univ.
Seth Harley, LCM High School, Lamar State College-Port Arthur
Trey Landry, LCM High School, UT Permian Basin
Stephen Mckenzie, LCM High School, UT Permian Basin
Cameron Spencer, LCM High School, SMU/ Univ. North Texas
David Sanders, LCM High School, Louisiana College
Randy Hammerly, LCM High School, Brookhaven College
Robert Click, LCM High School, Southern Nazarene Univ.
John Mertz, LCM High School, Lamar
Clayton Hughes, Indiana State University

Richard Kemper - Assistant Varsity and Head JV Coach


Richard Kemper comes to USJ having spent the past four years at Crockett County High School. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he has 11 years coaching experience at the high school and college level. Kemper began his coaching career at the NAIA level and has coached at the NCAA Division II and Division I level as well as Junior College.

Lucas Pyron - Assistant Varsity and Head Freshmen Coach


Lucas Pyron graduated from Jackson Christian in 2013. Coach Pyron was a 4-year varsity basketball player and was an All-State selection his senior year at JCS. He got into coaching becuase of his passion for the game and his desire to positively impact the lives of young men. Coach Pyron was the varsity assistant coach at JCS from 2013-15 as well as the head JV coach. He is currently enrolled at Union University with plans to attend Med School and become an orthopedic surgeon.