Meet Our Team

Our staff is comprised of coaches who have helped to develop hundreds of college basketball players throughout their careers. We have traveled the world playing and coaching basketball, and we know what it takes to develop kids of all skill levels and abilities, no matter what level they choose to aspire to. Our collective backgrounds as players, coaches, administrators, and parents gives us a unique perspective, as well as making us some of the most experienced in the industry.

LJ Goolsby

Director of Basketball Operations
The Drive5 Basketball Academy is under the supervision of LJ Goolsby. LJ helped coach the USA Basketball 2013 Men's 16U and 2014 Men's 17U to Gold Medals at the FIBA World Championship Tournaments.

Damon Brooks

Academy and Tournament Manager
Damon Brooks has been a coach for KC Run GMC from 2007 - Present. His 2016 15U team went undefeated and won the national championship, making them the #1 team in the country.

Tom Staats

General Manager
Tom has been involved with youth basketball for over 35 years, including coaching multiple teams to National Championships, and serving as an administrator and Assistant Director for the Biddy Basketball program.

Randy Staats

Randy grew up immersed in the game of basketball, and has an extensive and diverse background with the sport. As a player, Randy had the opportunity to play for top tier coaches at several levels. He was a coach for KC Run GMC from 2003 - 2010.

Coaching Staff

Billy Thomas

Coach Thomas played four years at KU, under Roy Williams, and professionally for 11 years. He is now the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Barstow Academy, and an assistant coach for KC Run GMC.

Caleb Holmes

Caleb was First Team Kansas City All-Metro and First Team All-State at Olathe South, and a player on the first KC Run GMC team. He went on to play at Yale University and professionally overseas.

Nick Holmes

Nick is a former McDonalds All-American nominee at Olathe South and went on to play at Yale University. He was a player on the original KC Run GMC team and now assists in coaching the 16U team.

Gordon Stubblefield

Coach Stubblefield is in his ninth season as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Park University. He is a shooting specialist who brings extensive knowledge to improve players’ perimeter game.

Jake Kupersmith

Coach Kupersmith spent five seasons working within the men’s basketball program at Kansas State University. He is currently an assistant coach at The Pembroke Hill School and a member of the coaching staff for KC Run GMC.