Director – Deion Sims
Deion Sims is a basketball instructor who teaches how to play the game of basketball the right way! Sims is a 31-year-old native of Georgia and a proud alumnus of the University of West Georgia. He studied criminal justice and played basketball for the Wolves on a full scholarship for four years. During his senior year, Sims was named team captain and led his team in numerous statistical categories. After graduating from UWG, Sims signed contracts to play and work for the Newcastle Basketball Association and Dubbo Basketball Association in Australia. He says that playing in basketball in Australia and working with Australian youth was a unique learning experience.
Sims has over 6 years of coaching experience at the high school level and over 10 years of experience in conducting individual basketball camps and training. He has successfully organized and conducted nine youth basketball camps, including camps for the Atlanta Dream and the Newcastle Basketball Association. Sims is the former head coach for the boys’ basketball team at Central High School in Carrollton, Georgia. Sims graduated with honors from Central High School in 2007.
Sims has a strong passion for the game of basketball and his expertise in basketball is outstanding. Whether he is playing or teaching it is a special moment each time he steps onto the court. He strives to help every player develop an excellent work ethic, determination, commitment, focus, mental toughness, perseverance, and a positive attitude. “There are no shortcuts to success; in order to become a great basketball player you must work hard to improve your overall basketball skill-set”.
Mario Mason has acquired over 2 years of coaching experience, including work at the collegiate level. He served one year as the women’s head assistant basketball coach at West Georgia Technical College. Mason’s philosophy as a coach is to demand every member of the team give effort and play with intensity. Though the style of basketball he teaches is a fast pace, it is based on sound fundamentals.
Mason was a standout basketball player at Central High School and his performances on the court led to a basketball scholarship to Snead State Community College. After completing 2 years at Snead, he transferred to Reinhardt College to play and study education.
Mason is a native of Carrollton and works as an athletic director for boys and girls club of Hall County.
Assistant Director – JaDechia Hill
JaDechia Hill, a native of Carrollton, Georgia, has been a member of Basketball Sisterhood since August 2016. Coach Hill graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology(2014) and a Masters in Art of Teaching in Special Education (2017) from the University of West Georgia. Coach Hill was a four-year starter for the Lady Wolves. Despite two season-ending injuries during her career, Hill proved to herself and others that she was a fighter. She never gave up! Her love for the game was stronger than her injuries.
Coach Hill has trained and coached in various capacities ranging from high school to AAU for over 5 years. She is currently the head girls’ coach at Carrollton Junior High School. Her philosophy is centered around establishing a culture of excellence. Players will be known for their academics, commitment, resilience, character, and teamwork. Coach Hill believes it is important that these young women win on the court and in life.
Coach Hill has an unmeasurable love and passion for the game of basketball. She loves her community and works diligently to share her love for the game with others.
JaDechia is a special education teacher at Carrollton Upper Elementary School. She is engaged to Jeremy Reid and we have a daughter named Jordyn.
Basketball Brotherhood trainers are more than coaches, they are mentors that stress the importance of athletic and academic excellence.