Deion Sims is a basketball instructor who teaches how to play the game of basketball the right way! Sims is a 29-year-old native of Carrollton, 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 2 years of coaching experience at the high school level and over 6 years of experience 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 an assistant 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 of 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 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 enters the Basketball Sisterhood after completing her playing year at the University of West Georgia. Hill, a four-year starter for the Wolves, had a career full of setbacks caused by season-ending injuries that were equally matched by comebacks. After tearing her Achilles tendon in 2011, followed by an ACL tear in 2013, 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, and she refused to let go.
Hill was honored at both the 2015 and 2016 Westpys Award Program at UWG. Hill received the Comeback Player of the Year in 2015 and in 2016, she was named Miss Wolf, an award given to the student-athlete who represented West Georgia in an outstanding way on the field/court, in the classroom, and in the community. The highest award any athlete can receive.
Hill brings a wealth of knowledge to the game. She has trained and coached for over four years, working in camps and coaching AAU.
Hill, a standout from Villa Rica High School, 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.
As assistant director of Basketball Sisterhood, she hopes to use basketball as a bridge to facilitate and to educate. Hill loves the quote that “Champions never complain because they are too busy trying to get better.” Coach Hill hopes to help young people reach championship mode in the classroom and on the court. She is excited about the future of Basketball Sisterhood.
Basketball Brotherhood trainers are more than coaches, they are mentors that stress the importance of athletic and academic excellence.