Jamal Edwards                                 

Head Coach

Founder of Taylor Made Prep Academy

 

College Basketball Player:

Alpena Community College  |  University of Minnesota Crookston  |  University of Windsor

 

International Basketball Player:

Bavaria Cup (Germany)

 

Coaching Experience:

University of Windsor (Assistant Coach)  |  TMP Elite (AAU)  |  Taylor Made Prep

 

Education:

University of Windsor - Bachelor’s Degree in Communications

Coach Edwards is a native of Taylor, MI and founder of Taylor Made Prep Academy.

 

As a standout student-athlete at John F. Kennedy High School in Taylor, Jamal earned All-Conference and All-Metro basketball accolades multiple times and lettered in three sports.  His true passion was basketball which led to a successful collegiate and professional career as a player in the United States and internationally. 

 

During a basketball course in his senior year of college, Jamal had an assignment to teach one offensive drill and one defensive drill to a group of classmates. His group consisted of international students with no basketball experience and English was their second language.  He enjoyed the challenge of instructing this group on the basketball court, and it was from that experience he realized his true calling was “coaching.” 

 

Coach Edwards formed valuable relationships throughout the world during his professional career overseas prior to being hired as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Windsor, where he made an immediate impact.  His ability to recruit secured a top 5 recruiting class in his first year and he lead Windsor to two 2nd Place finishes in the prestigious St. Cecilia Summer Pro-Am in Detroit, MI.

 

Edwards has coached at multiple levels including AAU and Nike Elite programs, trained and developed multiple NCAA Division I athletes, and directed various basketball camps throughout the United States and Canada.

 

Having a desire to give back to the community that gave so much to him, Coach Edwards started the Taylor Made Basketball Academy in 2005 to provide the kids in his hometown of Taylor, MI with academic and athletic opportunities.  Taylor Made Prep Academy was established in 2014 to provide the same opportunities in the Phoenix area.

 

Taylor Made Prep Academy’s mission is to provide student-athletes in underserved communities, both domestically and abroad, exposure opportunities for college athletics through a multi-sport and academic prep program.

 

jedwards@taylormadeprep.org

 

Gabe Chapa

Assistant Coach

 

William Coleman Jr.

Assistant Coach

 

Coach Chapa has been coaching high school basketball for over three years.  He was a varsity assistant at Washington High School in Phoenix, AZ.  The varsity program made two consecutive state playoff appearances and earned coaching staff of the year in 2018.  During his time at Washington High School, Coach Chapa was also awarded the "Volunteer of the Year" by the Glendale Union High School District in recognition of his outstanding leadership and exceptional accomplishments both on and off the court.  

Chapa has extensive playing experience, he was a three-sport athlete at Moon Valley High School in Phoenix, AZ.  He pursued an academic scholarship at Arizona State University where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering.

Coach Chapa enters his second season with Taylor Made Prep.  His coaching philosophy: An athlete's character is more important than their talent.  My goal is to create well-rounded players on the court, as well as in the community and classroom.  I strive to enhance the basketball skills of Taylor Made Prep athletes, while developing their leadership skills, self-discipline, and work ethic.

 

Coach Coleman’s basketball journey kicked off at Washington High School in Phoenix, AZ in 2006.  He was one of the top leading scorers in Arizona in 2008-09 with 26.2 ppg.

 

Coleman received a postgraduate scholarship in 2010 and then a scholarship to attend NJCAA D1 Northwest College in Wyoming.  After completing his Associate's Degree at Northwest College, Coleman received a scholarship from NCAA Division II University of Minnesota Duluth.  At Duluth, Coleman played in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and a minor in Coaching.

 

After graduation, Coleman returned to Arizona and picked up a love for coaching.  He returned to Washington High School serving as an Assistant Coach with the men’s basketball program.  Coleman successfully coached 4 seasons while helping build a foundation and a program focused on hard work and determination.  Coleman helped lead Washington High to back-to-back playoff appearances and the coaching staff earned “Coaching Staff of the Year” honors in 2018.

 

Coach Coleman will be entering his first year with Taylor Made Prep.

 

Brian McMillen

Director of Basketball Operations

Brian assists Taylor Made Prep's basketball program by breaking down video and statistics for scouting.

He has extensive experience in scouting, recruiting, and advanced analytics.  Brian developed products for a sports technology company that breaksdown basketball and baseball video for professional and college teams.  He used the advanced analytics to assist coaching staffs and helped create scouting reports for media outlets like CBS Sports and NBA.com.  Brian also managed grassroots-level basketball events for Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour with the top NCAA Division I college basketball coaches in attendance for recruiting.  

 

Previously, Brian worked in minor league baseball for the Reno Aces (Triple-A affiliate for the Arizona Diamondbacks) and Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Double-A affiliate for the Kansas City Royals).

Brian earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Kansas School of Law with a Certificate in Sports Law & Policy.

In addition to his duties as the Director of Basketball Operations, Brian handles the legal work and ensures Taylor Made Prep Academy is in compliance as a non-profit organization and meets NCAA requirements.

Taylor Made Prep Academy

5757 N Central Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85012

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