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Matt Ferrell (pictured above) is the program director for Tennessee Rush Basketball. He started the program in 2009 to offer an affordable place for girls in the Upper Cumberland area to excel and develop in the game of basketball. Since then, the program has expanded rapidly and now includes most boys and girls age groups, and over 120 kids per year.  He now personally coaches 3 Rush teams, including the 7th, 8th, and 11th grade girls teams. He also coaches jr. high girls basketball at Pickett County Elementary and is coming off 6 straight trips to the Final 4 in the TNT State Tournament, as well as 8 straight Final 4 appearances in the James C. Haile Jr. High state tournament in Murfreesboro, where they finished as state Runner up in 2014, and won the James C. Haile Class A State Championship in 2016 and again in 2017, as well as finishing State Runner up again in 2018. In AAU ball, he has coached to two D2 AAU State Championships, an AAU Division 1 state runner-up, and a D2 AAU state runner-up  and he coached the Tennessee Rush 7th grade girls in 2013 to the YBOA State Championship in Murfreesboro, TN. He has also took teams to both the Adidas and AAU National Tournaments since starting Tennessee Rush.  Most recent trips include New Orleans (2016--5th grade tie for 13th D1 AAU Nationals), Kings Island (2017-- 5th Grade 6th place in D2 AAU Nationals), Rockford, IL (2018--6th Grade 5th place in D2 AAU Nationals), Kinsport, TN (2018--7th Grade 5th place in D2 AAU Nationals).



Josh Agee (pictured above) is the Tennessee Rush 7th Grade girls coach. In 2013, he won a YBOA State Championship in the 4th grade girls division in Murfreesboro, TN. Coach Agee is an asset to the Tennessee Rush program and looks forward to build on the successes he has already had. In 2015, his Dekalb County team finished as the Class AAA James C. Haile State Runner up and the Class 4A TNT State Runner up.  In 2016, he coached the Dekalb County girls to a Class AAA James C. Haile State Championship in Murfreesboro, TN. Also in 2016, Coach Agee coached the Tennessee Rush 7th grade girls to 5 tournament championships, including the TN AAU D2 State Championship, and the D2 AAU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!






Pictured above is Jayna Ferrell. She is the latest edition to the Rush coaching staff and assisted this year with Coach Kelli Reed on both of her age groups! Jayna is the first Rush player to turn coach. She was the first member of the Tennessee Rush 1,000 point club, and also ended her prep career as a top 5 ALL TIME scorer at Pickett County High School where she led her team to two straight TSSAA state tournament appearances, two straight region finals, two straight district finals, one Region championship, and one district championship. She comes to the Rush coaching staff with knowledge well beyond her years from many years playing for some of the best coaches around the area, including Coach Brent Smith (Pickett County), Coach Michael Dodgen (White County HS/TN Flight), and Coach Joey Williams (Livingston Middle School, longtime TN Rush coach). Jayna plans to major in nursing, but will hopefully be a part of the long term success of the Tennessee Rush program. Currently, she is the head coach of the TN Rush 5th grade girls team



Coach Lee Amonett (pictured above) is the current assistant coach with the 7th and 8th grade girls teams. He comes to the Rush program with a wealth of basketball knowledge. In 2015, he helped coach the TN Rush 4th grade girls team that went on to win the Division 2 State Championship! In 2016, the team that Coach Lee assisted with was an AAU Division 1 State Tournament Final Four team and tied for 13th in the nation at the AAU Division 1 National Tournament, and has attended several National Tournaments since then. 



Coach Layne Bussell (not pictured) is the current coach for the 6th grade girls team, which finished last year as the AAU D1 State/District Runner Up and finished #9 in the nation at the 2018 D1 AAU National Tournament in Gatlinburg, TN! Coach Layne also coached the same team to the USAB National Championship in 2018 at Gatlinburg as well. Currently, Layne is an assistant coach to Coach Jamie Gillies at Cookeville High School. 


Coach Scott Gillies (not pictured) is the current coach for the 3rd Grade girls team. Scott is an assistant to his wife, Jamie, at Cookeville High School and brings tons of basketball knowledge and experience to the Rush program! 


Coach Phillip Matthews (not pictured) is the current coach for the 10th grade girls team. Phillip and his team won the D2 AAU State Championship in Chattanooga last year and he has also coached middle school teams at Celina K-8 to multiple state championships (one in 8th and one in 6th). He is currently the assistant coach at Red Boiling Springs High School.


Coach Dustin McKinney (not pictured) is the current coach of the 9th grade girls team. Dustin is the 2019 District 6A Coach of the Year and has led Red Boiling Springs High School for several years. 


Coach Mike Johnson (not pictured) will be coaching one of the 8th grade girls teams this year. He has a long history of basketball knowledge and is a valued piece of the coaching puzzle for Rush (he has helped Coach Agee with the 10th grade group for several years now). Coach Mike previously coached at York Elementary where he led them to an undefeated season and state championship. 

Coach Bryce Shockley (not pictured) is the coach for the TN Rush 8th and 9th grade boys teams. He has coached this team for a few years now, and each year they have been very successful. 


Coach Chad Leffew (not pictured) is the coach for the 7th Grade boys team this year. Coach Leffew has had this group together for three years now and wants to continue to build on the previous years successes. 


Coach Shawn Garrett (not pictured) is the coach for the 5th grade boys team this year. Coach Garrett has coached girls and boys for the Rush program in the last couple of years and will continue to help with 4th grade boys, as well as coaching 5th grade boys this season. Currently, he is the head coach at Allons Elementary for the boys basketball program, where they are coming off a runner-up finish in their county tournament for this school year. 




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