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OUR MISSION

The mission of the Fort Worth Young Warriors is to develop fundamentally sound basketball players on the court and citizens of high character off the court. We further believe that true character is rooted in the pursuit of a life that imitates our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We accept participation from players of all skill levels with the expectation that the player will be committed to progress.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

The Young Warriors were formed when Coach Stallings, who had been volunteering as a coach through the YMCA winter basketball league, decided that he wanted to coach a group of kids during the summer. With the help of Coach Ryan, they were able to put together two teams to compete in summer tournaments. Due to the positive experience by both the coaches and the players, the Young Warriors will continue to play in tournaments throughout the school year. The coaching staff has expanded and now includes multiple skills trainers willing to work one on one or in groups with players interested in getting better at basketball.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The 4:1 mindset was made famous by Texas Tech's Coach Beard, and is essential to the Fort Worth Young Warriors program. As Beard explains, “The mental is to the physical as four is to one—mental toughness in basketball just like in life, overcoming adversity.” 

OUR LEADERSHIP

Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas

Co-Founder, President, Head MS Boys Coach

Victoria Dedeaux

Victoria Dedeaux

Girls Program Director, Coach

Corbin Thomas

Corbin Thomas

Head HS Boys Coach

Alex Stallings

Alex Stallings

Co-Founder

JK Childers

JK Childers

Girls Coach

Kyle Walsh

Kyle Walsh

Boys Coach

Carzell Wells

Carzell Wells

Boys Coach

Claire Lancaster

Claire Lancaster

Girls Coach

Ricky Gonzales

Ricky Gonzales

Director of Player Development, Coach

Ashlyn Mattingly

Ashlyn Mattingly

Public Relations Director, Coach

Ashley Crenshaw

Ashley Crenshaw

Team Manager

DJ Cuthbertson

DJ Cuthbertson

Boys Coach

Thaddeus Iwuji

Thaddeus Iwuji

Boys Coach

Brandon Torok

Brandon Torok

Boys Coach

Frankie Serra

Frankie Serra

Boys Coach

Delonte Deeton

Delonte Deeton

Boys Coach

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Paige Morton, Aaron Scarbrough, Donna Vallance, Jime Dixon