Patriot Basketball


Patriot basketball

coaching staff


The Patriots coaching staff are made up entirely of Volunteer coaches. Many with athletic backgrounds, our coaches find purpose in leading the future generations through their student athletic careers. The majority of the coaching staff are made up of parents of Patriot Student Athletes. Below is more information on our coaching staff. Feel free to contact any of our staff directly with any questions or inquiries.

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varsity/JV head coach

John Calhoun

John just finished his second year as coach for the Middle School Boys team and is starting his first year as the head JV coach of the high school boys.  

John is originally from upstate New York, but has lived in Tennessee since 1996.  He graduated from Tennessee Temple University and currently works at McKee Foods Corporation (Little Debbie) as the Sales Systems Technology Manager.

John is married to Heather Calhoun and they have two kids;  Gavin (12) and Jenna (9).

This is his first year in the MHAC conference.


assistant varsity coach

jon land

Jon has been a basketball coach with the Chattanooga Patriots since the 2013-14 season in which he was Assistant Coach to the Middle School Boys teams; followed by the position as Head Coach of the Varsity Middle School Boys team in the 2014-15 season.  He was also Head Coach of the JV high school team from 2015 - 2018.  He was also entering his 3rd year as the assistant coach of the varsity boys team.  He is entering his 3rd year as the CSTHEA Basketball program director.

Jon has been involved with youth ministry at City Church of Chattanooga for the last 11 years.  He has been married to his wife Sheneka for 28 years. After selling their Sonic Drive-in which they were franchisees for 29 years, they moved to Cleveland TN to be near their boys at Lee University and to for Sheneka to pursue her calling as a writer and a teacher..

Jon & Sheneka have four sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

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co head COACH

kevin daves

Kevin has been a basketball player and coach for many years. Through his time coaching with the Patriots Program, he has been been with both the middle school and high school Lady Patriots Teams. Kevin has three daughters who play basketball, as well as two sons. As a coach in the ladies program, he feels that young ladies being involved with  team helps biold character, confidence and the ability to compete in all areas of life. 

He is a work-from-home dad as the Lead Developer for ADP (Automatic Data Processing. Kevin is also an avid tennis player. His strong faith in God helps guide his leadership decisions and provides a way to have a positive impact in the lives of developing youth.

Kevin co-coaches the high school Lady Patriots Program alongside Jada, his wife of 22 years. They have 5 children together ages 6 to 14. They are actively involved at Silverdale Baptist Church, and participate in a variety of other ministries. One of the most recent ministry opportunities they are excited about is assisting with the Deer Run Family Camp in Franklin, TN.

co head COACH

jada daves

Jada’s passion for the game of basketball began as a six-year-old playing “Junior Pro” in her small hometown. After a serious back injury that ended her high school career, Jada realized her dream in coaching and mentoring.  She had the privilege of working with AAU camps at the University of North Carolina and a variety of other summer programs.  Jada has coached internationally; teaching American basketball on various mission trips. Her coaching philosophy is based strongly on a CHRIST-centered model of leadership: (C)haracter, (H)ard Worker, (R)ole Model, (I)nitiative, (S)portsmanship, and (T)eam Player. 

As an entrepreneur, Dr. Daves is the founder and president of Positive Results, a motivational speaking, training and program development firm. She earned her doctorate from Vanderbilt University in Human Resource Development and has 24 years experience in training and education.

Jada has a passion for ministry and has utilized her many God-given talents through missionary work in several countries, teaching children and adults in the local church, writing feature articles for Christian publications, conducting a variety of Bible studies, and leading conferences for women, youth, married couples, and families. She has been married to Kevin for twenty-two years and is the mother of five children. Her greatest accomplishment thus far has been giving extended life to her critically-ill, one-year-old son by being a perfect-match donor for his kidney transplant.





Head middle school COACH


This is Ray’s second year as a coach for the Patriots program, his first as the head varsity coach. 

Ray grew up playing basketball and has coached both of his sons teams over the last several years.  Ray graduated  with a bachelors degree from Tenneessee Tech University and masters from Troy University.  Ray currently works for Unum as Director of Dental and Vision Operations.


Ray is married to Marti Russell and they have four kids; Patrick (13), Samuel (12), Caitlin (8), and Morgan (5).







JV middle school coach

assistant varsity ms coach

Doug is a first year coach within the Patriots' program.  Growing up just outside Cleveland, Ohio, he was a three-sport athlete in High School (Basketball, Golf & Track) and competed two years of D-II Indoor/Outdoor Track (Ferris State).

 Doug graduated from Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI) with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.  He currently works for McLemore Club, a new, golf resort community on Lookout Mtn, as a PGA Professional and General Manager.

 Doug and his wife Shannon have been married for 17 years, have three children- Olivia (13), Andrew (12) & Emelia (7) and attend Calvary Chapel Chattanooga.


assistant middle shool coach

rich kramer

This is Rich’s first year coaching with the program. He played high school basketball in Wichita Falls, TX.

His son, Garrett, is playin his third year with the CSTHEA Patriots.

He and his wife Judy have been married for 30 years and they have five children.

Rich is the manager of the parts department for Kenco Toyota Lift.



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head coach



     Tim Meyer played sports at Grace Baptist Academy where he was chosen all-state for soccer and basketball in TACS competition in his junior year.  He graduated in 1992 during the school's transition to TSSAA competition and was chosen as all-city in soccer and basketball.  Tim played soccer at Bryan College before transferring to Coastal Bend College upon acquiring a choir scholarship. 

He met his wife, Melissa, in Beeville, Texas, and after marriage, they moved to Central Mexico as missionaries from 1995 - 2007 where they homeschooled their five children.  Upon a return move to Texas, Tim restarted a home remodeling business while coaching Boys and Girls Club basketball for five seasons and soccer for two seasons.  He also led a junior high traveling basketball team; the Eclipse. 

Tim continues to do mission work as chairman of E-VAN Ministries and is excited to be back in his home town of Chattanooga and cites the CSTHEA sports programs as a contributing factor in his return to the area.  He served as the Patriots varsity boys assistant coach in 2015 and jut finished his first season as head coach of teh middle school girls team.  He also is currently assisting on the High School girls team.




assistant varsity coach


Deken returns for his second year as JV Coach for the Middle School Girls team.

Deken's love for coaching grew as his children grew.    He has coached many different sports of the past 9 years.   He now uses sports as a ministry to pour love, encouragement, and confidence into his players on and off the court.   

He is a Civil  Engineering Technician at TVA. He attended UTC where he received at Bachelor in Education and Chattanooga State where he received an Associates in Civil Engineering Technology. 

In his spare time, he enjoys fishing.  He is married to Kristy and they have three children Logan, Kylie and Titus. 




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 Coach Johnson is starting his first year as coach of the elementary boys.     

Nate is an owner and partner at L2D an interactive Design company in downtown Chattanooga that he and his brother founded in 2007. He has coached youth basketball and soccer for the past 5 years. He is also involved in the basketball prison ministry to Walker State Federal Penitentiary through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Nate and his wife Rachel have been married for 12 years and have 4 kids - Phillip, Gracie, Micah and Asher. They have been members of North Shore Fellowship Church since 2006. He graduated from UTC in 2004 and has lived in Chattanooga for 18 years.



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This is Coach Cohen’s second season as the elementary girl’s coach.

 Ian Cohen is a Product Marketing Manager at Cority Software and is responsible for marketing campaigns and working with clients and Product Development to build and enhance the company’s Environmental and Safety modules to meet the ever-changing regulatory environment. Ian has also worked at Florida Power & Light Company and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

 Ian lives in Hixson, Tennessee with his wife, Allison, and 10-year old daughter, Ella.

Ian has been playing and studying the game of basketball since he was a kid. Ian grew up in Durham, North Carolina during Duke University’s back-to-back national championships and has been a fan of the game ever since. This will be Ian’s first year as a 

 Ian holds a Master’s in Environmental Science and bachelor’s in biology, both from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.