MEET OUR COACHES
Coach Deonte Tatum is the visionary founder of Above and Beyond the Playground, a pioneering educational and athletic initiative catering to elementary, middle, high school, and early college students in Milwaukee, established in 2015. He firmly believes that by empowering others, they, in turn, contribute positively to their community, creating a powerful ripple effect evident in the transformative impact on the lives of the young athletes served by his organization.
Get better everyday! Live without Regrets! Nothing is impossible to him that believes!
Coach Mikkal Merriweather has a passion for youth mentorship and basketball. At Heritage Christian High. School, he played varsity basketball, baseball, and soccer, and is currently attending Oral Roberts University. As a teacher, Coach Merriweather knows how to draw out a student's potential, and he is able to utilize that mentality toward motivating players on the court.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path
Coach Fernando Williams knows how important being a role model can be. After making fist all-team conference and Division Player of the Year at Malcom X High School, he attended Delgado Community College. From there, he continued playing basketball and now coaches at Milwaukee Audubon. Coach Williams understands how influential playing team sports can be, and how playing with good players and coaches can show exponential growth in players.
Hard work always get rewarded
With a passion for sports and a deep desire to help aspiring athletes reach their full potential, Coach Montrell Jacobs has made it his mission to train and mentor them, guiding their path towards achieving their dreams of reaching the next level. Combining his experiences as a standout basketball player and previous coaching roles in summer league games and tournaments for Riverside University High School. His remarkable achievements earned him recognition, being named among the NBPA Top 50 players during his junior year in college.
Life is 10% what happens to you,
and 90% how you react to it.
Coach Wilethon Boyce Jr. has had a lifetime of winning experience playing for some of the most prestigious programs. These programs include Milwaukee Vincent High school, The Wisconsin Playground Warriors, Drake University and The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Driven by purpose, Coach Boyce plans to impact the game of basketball with passion, enthusiasm and a desire to win. Inspired to not only be a great coach on the sidelines, but also be a great mentor and example for the players/community.
Without sacrifice, There is no love!
With 15 years of coaching experience under his belt, Coach Larry Easley knows how to lead teams to victory. After attending Reedley Community College and Concordia University, he started a community-based youth basketball team called the Urban Life Falcons. He has coached high school basketball at Barak Obama High School, Milwaukee School of Language, and Tenor/Veritas High School, where he is currently the varsity head coach.
Live every moment
as if it's your last.
From her pivotal role in leading the Langston University Lions to conference championship victory and a ticket to the NAIA National Tournament, to her standout high school basketball career marked by accolades and a state runner-up title, she's proven her prowess both on and off the court. Having recently graduated from Langston University with a degree in Psychology, she's set to embark on a journey of combining her love for sports and her academic pursuits, with plans to attain a doctorate in clinical psychology and establish her own practice in Sports Psychology.