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MEET THE STAFF

 

 

MATT SAYMAN - DIRECTOR OF EVENTS 

 

HOST OF THE MGBASKETBALL JAMODI PODCAST

Matt serves as the Director of MGBasketball summer events.  Along with serving as the head boys basketball coach at Grapevine Faith High School. Matt is a nationally known speaker and author.  Sayman released his book titled, The Leftovers: Basketball, Betrayal, Baylor & Beyond, describing his journey to college athletics. It’s a remarkable story of personal loss, tragedy and perseverance through his senior season at Baylor University.  Matt’s teams at Grapevine Faith High School have become well known for their offensive accomplishments, including leading the the nation in 3-point field goals made each of the last two years.

Matt was a three-year letterman at The Colony High School in The Colony, Texas. He was also a two-year Team MVP, elected Honorable Mention All-USA by USA Today, and a McDonald’s All-American nominee as a senior. He was the ninth-ranked recruit in the state by Texas Hoops and also received District 5-5A MVP following a stellar senior season. Other high school accolades include being selected Second-Team All-State and First-Team All-Region 1 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.  After his high school career, Matt signed a scholarship with Baylor University where he played all four years. He was a valuable member of his college team and contributed in many ways both on and off the court. While playing at Baylor, he set the record for the most games played in Baylor history – 118 games.  After college, Matt played professionally in Iceland, winning the Icelandic championship for Njardvik in 2005.

Matt lives in Keller, Texas, with his wife, Jana, and their two sons, Landon and Cade.

His life motto is “Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.” 

“Coach Matt Sayman is one of the best teachers of the game in the country.  His passion for the game is evident, and he has the special ability to connect and inspire young athletes to give their best and improve each day.”

- Matt Garnett, Owner / Lead Director MGBasketball Instruction

 

JAMON COPELAND - LEAD CLINICIAN 

Jamon currently serves as the Head Basketball Coach at Ave Maria University.  Prior to his return to Ave Maria, Copeland served as the Head Basketball Coach at UT-Tyler.  In 2017-18, Copeland has led the Patriots to the program's first postseason victory, its first victory over a nationally ranked opponent, the second and third, and fourth-most wins in a season in school history, while also finishing with the most wins in a season for a first year head coach.  Copeland also served as the Interim Director of Compliance in 2017 for the UT Tyler Athletic Department.

During his four years at the helm of the Ave Maria  program, Copeland increased the program’s wins in a season every year, going from 14 to 23.  His teams were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 on numerous occasions, reaching as high as number 14 in the country.  Copeland also served as the assistant men’s coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas State University in San Marcos.  Copeland helped sign three McDonald’s All-American candidates, four players ranked in the Top 40 in the state of Texas, and helped the Bobcats improve their win totals in each of his three seasons.  During the 2005-06 season, Copeland was the assistant men's and women’s coach at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas where he helped lead the Lady Cardinals to a Region XIV Championship and a NJCAA National Tournament appearance.

Copeland began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Keller Central High School.  Additionally, Copeland is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is also a CrossFit Level I Trainer.

Copeland and his wife Jessica have five children.

“Coach Jamon Copeland is a proven winner.  He is a master teacher of the game that helps young players get more excited about their development not only as players; but also as young men and women."

- Matt Garnett, Owner / Lead Director MGBasketball Instruction

 

SHAD REED - TEAM TRAINING CAMP COORDINATOR

Shad has been in education for 20 years and is a graduate of Texas Tech University and Vega High School. For 13 years, he was a Head Basketball coach at three schools where he amassed over 250 wins. He spent the last seven years of his coaching career in Franklin where his teams made deep playoff runs and compiled an overall record of 156-49. He is currently an administrator at Martin’s Mill I.S.D. and was formerly an administrator at Nazareth I.S.D. in the Texas Panhandle. Throughout his career he has served on the Texas Association of Basketball coaches board of directors and has served on the basketball advisory committee for THSCA. He is also actively involved in developing youth through Christ, character, and sports. He started Rycore Athletics in 2011 and has conducted numerous camps throughout the state. Coach Reed also serves on the executive board for Still Creek Ranch which rescues kids from crisis situations and provides them with a home and an education. He has also been actively involved in leading men’s bible studies and helped start IMEN ministries in Franklin which serves the immediate needs of the community. Coach Reed continues to stay connected to the game by giving his time in the summers and offseason to help players develop their game.

Shad has been married to his beautiful wife Keva for 15 years. Keva is a writing teacher at Martin’s Mill. They have two boys, Riley 12 and Kolden 9.

“Coach Reed has the ability to inspire kids to find more in themselves than they thought was possible.  Simply put, he makes an impact on young athletes that goes far beyond the basketball court."

- Matt Garnett, Owner / Lead Director MGBasketball Instruction

 

VERONICA SNOW - EVENT COORDINATOR / LEAD CLINICIAN 

Veronica currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Angelo State University.   Prior to her time at Angelo State University, Coach Snow served as the Head Women's Basketball Coach at McMurry University.  Snow produced a career coaching record of 114-77 at McMurry over her seven seasons.

Prior to taking over as head women's basketball coach at McMurry, Snow spent six years at Hardin-Simmons where she was an assistant professor of fitness and sports sciences. Her previous head coaching experience came at the high school level from 1993-1996 where she served as the Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach at Merkel High School. She was also an assistant under Nichols at Abilene High School from 1987-1993.

“Coach Veronica Snow is simply the best.  She has the gift of inspiring young people                                                          to find their best each and every day both on and off the court. 

   - Matt Garnett, Owner / Lead Director MGBasketball Instruction

 

BRIAN WANAMAKER - SUMMER EVENT CLINICIAN

Brian currently serves as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Texas Wesleyan University.   Prior to his coaching career, he played professional basketball overseas for eight seasons overseas.  His successful career included time in Lithuania and Germany.  His career also included a stint in the NBA G-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.   After stops at Central Connecticut University and Lon Morris College, Brian finished his college career at Texas Wesleyan University where he was named a NAIA All American his senior season.

 

"Coach Wanamaker is one of the brightest basketball minds you will find in the profession.  His experiences as a player and coach allow him to impact young athletes on and off the court."                                                                                                  

- Matt Garnett, Owner / Lead Director MGBasketball Instruction