Missouri State Reps attend official State Qualifier tournaments to award Golden Ticket invites to the top two finishing teams at each grade and to answer any questions from coaches and families. Please say "hello" when you see them!
Woody lives in North Kansas City MO but was born and raised in Flint, MI. This Michigan State graduate has watched a lot of quality basketball play. He has collaborated with the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield MA, on projects that explored careers in sports and sportsmanship awareness. Woody created/taught, Community Service Learning for Sport Managers at both UMass, Amherst MA and St John Fisher College in Rochester NY, in their Sports Studies Department. He has also managed basketball leagues, organized an athletic testing combine and coached various youth sports teams. His favorite activities include conducting parent/child sportsmanship charter building workshops for YMCA programs, youth sports leagues and middle school classrooms.
Landon is a student at Missouri State University, majoring in Dietetics with a minor in Biomedical Sciences. He and his family lived on a small farm outside of Willow Springs, where he graduated from Willow Springs High class of 2018. Growing up, he developed a love for basketball, serving as captain of the Willow Springs Varsity team, and dedicating his summers to the sport. At MSU, he has continued his career playing intramural basketball on campus. When he isn’t studying or playing basketball, he serves as a volunteer for multiple causes in the Springfield area.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Secah currently resides in Kansas City alongside an amazing life partner, three beautiful children, and two grandchildren. Secah is the proud parent of a sixteen-year-old basketball player, (named “Kobe” in honor of his favorite LA Laker,) and has coached and officiated for numerous youth basketball teams and leagues. A basketball fan through and through, Secah supports teams at every level, from youth to pro, and names Phil Jackson and Mike Kryzewski as his favorite coaches of all time. Outside of his many basketball engagements, Secah is the Founder and Golf Coach at “From the Green to the Tee Golf Academy,” which provides young people with physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual development through the game of golf.
Antonio grew up in Portageville Missouri, where he was an elite basketball player winning 3 state titles. In 2001 he graduated from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri with a BS in Recreation Administration. He was an All-America, All conference basketball player for the CMU Running Eagles basketball team. From there, Antonio went on to play Professional Basketball, and coached many teams in the Central Missouri area at the college, high school, and youth/AAU levels. Currently, Antonio resides in Columbia, MO and works for University of Missouri. He's looking forward to getting more involved with the State Basketball community.
Claire was a standout high school basketball player and former member of the Central Methodist University Women’s Reserve team. She is currently a Physical Education major at Missouri State University, and is working towards her NASM Personal Training Certification. Claire aspires to be a high school girls basketball coach one day so that she can share her passion for the game with other young women.
Over the last twenty-five years, Dan coached every age of basketball from 6U through High School. Currently, he coaches two youth basketball teams and serves as director of the Grandview Redbird Rookies baseball league. Outside of youth sports, Dan runs his own fence installation business. He and his wife are blessed with three great boys of their own.
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Aleeya was raised in Hale, Missouri, and graduated from Tina-Avalon High School in 2018. She received her Associates degree from North Central Missouri College last year and is currently studying at the University of Missouri. A basketball player since the age of 8, Aleeya still channels her love for the game as a member of the Club Basketball Team at Mizzou.
Darris is a resident of Saint Charles, MO and works as a Financial Advisor at Executive Financial Group. Raised in Hazelwood, he was the all-time leading scorer and all-time leader in 3-pointers at Hazelwood West High School. He continued his basketball career at Lindenwood University and is a member of the school’s 1,000 Point Club. Nowadays, Darris channels his love for the game by coaching youth teams and providing skills training to local athletes.
Girard resides in Columbia, MO, where he and his fiancée run a youth basketball program. During the day Girard works as a Senior Mortgage Banker. He was the captain of his high school basketball team and earned all-state honors two years in a row. He has coached at many levels and won a State Championship in Michigan. Girard also officiates basketball at all levels. It’s safe to say Ball Is Life for his family.