COMMITTED TO RECOVERING THE HEART OF YOUTH THROUGH SPORTS
STAFF LEADERSHIP TEAM
Jeff McGinnis grew up in a small central Florida town no stranger to the world of sports. He spent weekends either watching his dad play softball or making up games with his older brother to stay occupied and out of trouble. Being younger and smaller than his brother and older friends honed his competitive edge and work ethic toward any sport with a ball. It also created in him a performance-oriented, and often love-hate relationship with athletics. On the first day of high school, when a teacher asked him, “Are you as good as your brother in baseball?” he decided to focus all his effort and time on basketball. This led to a scholarship to play basketball at Central Florida Community College, where his college career took a completely different turn. A severely broken ankle on the second day of practice showed him there may be more to life than just sports. After crutches, healing, and rehab, he continued playing and eventually accepted a scholarship to Belmont University, where he was a member of one Elite 8 and two Final Four NAIA teams.
His success at Belmont reinforced equating good performance with attention, but thankfully, Jeff had coaches and professors who helped him see a different perspective on his athletic ability. While there he became a Christian and enjoyed the opportunity to travel overseas teaching basketball and sharing his story. The experience gave him a new meaning in life, allowing him to see that sports was about more than just gaining personal acceptance, it was an open door to impacting people’s lives for eternity.
Since then, Jeff has spent his career coaching and teaching on and off the court. He has worked in the banking industry and has served at several non-profit organizations in Middle Tennessee. His athletic claim to fame was once throwing a no-hitter, yet still losing, a high school baseball game. Now his win column includes smoking meats, dinner with friends, and most of all spending time with his wife Amy, daughters, Leah and Sydney, and son-in-law Caleb. “I’m excited to join the NCC staff and impact the lives of coaches and players throughout Tennessee. The thought of sharing my story and influencing coaches to impact the next generation feels like the right next step in my journey.”
Alyssa Visbeen Bailey
Alyssa Visbeen Bailey grew up in a suburb of Greensboro, North Carolina. Alyssa had a love for all sports from a very young age and “competed” against her two older brothers for much of her early years. Alyssa and her family moved to Nashville during her sophomore year in high school when she enrolled at Brentwood Academy. Following a high school career that included being a three sport varsity athlete in basketball, volleyball, and track, she ultimately accepted a Division 1 scholarship to continue her basketball career at Belmont University.
Upon graduating from Belmont University with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing, Alyssa began her working career with the Nashville Predators. Her focus was Human Resources, specifically developing their college internship program. After three years in this role she transitioned to healthcare recruiting for Premise Health. During this time in her career, she developed her basketball coaching/mentoring skills working with top level AAU girls basketball teams. Her passion for the game kept calling and in 2017 she was fortunate enough to be offered a college level coaching opportunity. Alyssa accepted the role of assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of the South/Sewanee where she spent three seasons. Recently, she again had an opportunity to focus on leadership development and her passion for investing in people through her role as People and Culture Business Partner for AbilisHealth.
Alyssa and her husband Preston, a Nashville native, enjoy being surrounded by their friends and family. More than likely you can catch them at home watching whatever sports are on TV, but most likely cheering on the Michigan State Spartans!
Business Development Coordinator
Alison Bloodworth grew up in south Georgia in a small town “where everybody knows your name.” With two older brothers in a family who loves sports, she was raised on various ball fields and began playing at an early age. From tennis to dance, she enjoyed the community she found in sports and learned many life lessons along the way.
After graduating with a degree in Cross-cultural ministry and Public Relations from Oklahoma Baptist University, Alison began working with a nonprofit based in Orlando that focused on leadership development of students and youth leaders across the nation. She saw firsthand how important it is for young people to have solid mentors who invest in their lives. She eventually moved back to Georgia where she continued working with middle school and high school students, as well as young adults, through the local church. She also helped lead a post-grad Fellows Program which develops leaders in the community.
A move to Nashville in 2014 allowed her to indulge her love of music as she worked with students and youth leaders in the city. In all of these interactions, she saw more and more how sports can have a positive or negative impact. Once she was introduced to NCC, she knew the potential they had to create a culture of influencers in an area that so many students gravitate towards and began working with them in 2019.
Alison and her husband Drew enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking the hills of Tennessee, and going to concerts and sporting events. In the fall, they spend many Saturdays in Athens cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs!
Scott Hearon is a native Nashvillian who grew up playing youth sports in the gyms and fields all over Middle Tennessee. A remarkably average athlete, Scott did not make a big impact in the high school stat columns, but he found his niche as a gifted leader and communicator among his teammates and coaches. Scott attended Baylor University and earned a degree in Communications and a minor in Business. While at Baylor, he met new football coach, Art Briles, during football tryouts when Coach Briles informed him that his 5.0 second 40 yard dash time was not quite good enough to be a slot receiver for the Bears.
After returning from Texas, Scott took a ministry job working with high school students and their families and coaching in his spare time. He found a lot of success in his day job, but repeatedly watched his worst self come out on the playing field. One afternoon after a particularly detrimental exchange with a player, Scott came to the realization that his paradigm for athletics flowed from his own fear, shame, and performance based identity that was passed on from many of the coaches he played for. With a clear desire for something more for himself and the young people he led, Scott set out on a recovery journey to become a full-hearted leader and to develop opportunities to help other coaches come along and do the same. Scott co-found the Nashville Coaching Coalition in 2015 and begin as the Executive Director full-time in 2016 with the goal of creating a growth and support community where Middle Tennessee’s most important youth influencers, athletic coaches, can become the very best version of themselves.
Scott’s most rewarding and challenging roles in his life are being a husband to Allison, father to his son, Fisher, and daughter, Hart. In his spare time, Scott loves to sweat, read, or be outside learning something new…usually with his black lab, Ranger.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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DR. ALEX DIAMOND
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Sidekick Therapy Partners
Valley Packaging Corp
Sage Hill Counseling
OUR TEAM BRINGS THE MISSION TO LIFE
Our work would not be possible without this incredible team of people committed to shifting sports culture and changing lives.