Will Spradling - Director & Coach

Will Spradling - Director & Coach

Mission: To help young men and women reach their full potential both on and off the court.

Will Spradling grew up in Overland Park, Kansas where he attended Shawnee Mission South High School.  He then attended Kansas State University on a full ride scholarship where he received his degree in Business Management.  While at K-State he was a part of a program that reached the NCAA Tournament all 4 years and won a Big 12 regular season title.  He is 1 of 4 players in K-State history to produce 1,000 points, 300 assists, 300 rebounds, and 100 steals.  Will is now a teacher and the head boys basketball coach at St. Marys High School. 

With Will's love and passion for the game he began Spradling Skills Academy in 2014 with the goal to help young men and women reach their full potential on and off the court.  Currently Will is the head coach of the 15U Elite Black but is consistently seen throughout the program.  He also oversees all clinics and lessons.

AJ Vinent - Coach & Skills Instructor

AJ Vinent - Coach & Skills Instructor

Mission: Inspire youth to take their game to the next level, and work hard to reach their full potential.

AJ Vinent grew up in Miami, Florida where he went to high school at Center of LIfe Academy where he played varsity basketball.  He knew coaching was his passion so he decided to attend college at Kansas State as a Manager for the basketball team.  AJ was a manager for K-State for four years while receiving his degree in secondary education.  Now AJ is the Athletic Director at St. Xavier in Junction City and the Head Boys Basketball Coach.

AJ started coaching for SSA in 2015 with the goal to help inspire youth to take their game to the next level.  Currently AJ is the head coach of the 16U Elite Black.  He helps run many of the clinics and lessons for the Skills Academy.  

 

Christian Ulsaker - Coach & Skills Instructor

Christian Ulsaker - Coach & Skills Instructor

Mision: To instill life lessons through the game of basketball.  Unity, passion, appreciation, integrity, and diligence.

Christian grew up in McPherson, Kansas.  He broke the scoring record with over 1,500 career points and led McPherson High School to a state championship his senior year with a 24-1 record.  His accolades in high school include 3 first team 5A, 3 time AVCTL Division 2 MVP, 1st team all class in both football and basketball his senior year, and Mr. Basketball in the state of Kansas.  He signed with Washburn University, on a full scholarship to play basketball.  He helped his team win the MIAA Championship his Freshman year.  Christian majored in History and now coaches at Shawnee Heights High School in Topeka.  

Christian started coaching with SSA in 2017.  He is currently the head coach of 17U Elite White and also is an instructor for the Skills Academy. 

 

Max Sollars - Coach

Mission Statement: “To prepare your son to be the best man he can be while playing the greatest game in the world.”

Coach Sollars graduated from Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, Missouri where he won 3 District Championships and in 2011 took his team to the Missouri Class 4 State Final 4. He then attended Northwest Missouri State University where he obtained a degree in Special Education & Elementary Education. He began his coaching career assisting at his alma mater St. Joe Lafayette under head coach Chris Neff. Coach Sollars has also worked Snow Valley Basketball School since 2011 in both Iowa and Missouri. He then assisted at Van Horn High School during the 2016-2017 season before becoming the head Varsity Basketball Coach this year. He coached with MOKAN basketball club for one year before joining SSA hoops.

Coach Sollars will be the head coach of 15U Elite Black.

 

 

Josh Pedersen - Coach & Skills Instructor

Mission: To help youth players achieve their goals, push them to strive for more, and prepare them for the future.

Josh Pedersen grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, where he attended Shawnee Mission South High School. At South he was part of a team that went 25-0 and won a 5a state championship. He also received all-league, all-metro and all-state honors that year. He went on to play four years as a forward at Emporia State University and graduated with a degree in Economics. Josh is currently enrolled at Kansas State University pursuing a second degree in civil engineering. 

This is Josh's first Spring/Summer coaching with SSA.  He will be the head coach of 15U SSA Elite White. 

Steve Fritz - Coach

Mission:  To pass along my knowledge and enthusiasm for the game of Basketball to young players by teaching them to play with energy, passion and teamwork.

Steve played two years of basketball at Hutchison Community College, where he won a National Championship in 1988.  He was selected as a member of the National All Tournament Team.  After Hutch, Steve lettered two years at Kansas State playing for Lon Kruger and Dana Altman.  Steve has 3 years of experience as a Head Varsity High School Coach and 6 years of experience coaching Spring/Summer teams.  

This is Steve's second year coaching in the SSA Program.  He will be the head coach of 14U SSA Elite White.

Chelvin Webb - Coach & Skills Instructor

Mission: To help the youth develop the necessary skills needed to be the best basketball players they can be. I also want to pass along my knowledge and enthusiasm for the game by teaching them to play with energy, passion, and to always have fun while doing it. 

Bio: Chelvin Webb grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and attended high school in Moore, Oklahoma at Southmoore High School where he was a 6A Honorable Mention All State PG in 2014. He went on to play two years of junior college at Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa where he was apart of back to back Region 2 runner up teams. He now is playing basketball at Manhattan Christian College and will graduate in 2020 with a bachelors in Bible & Leadership from Manhattan Christian College and a bachelors in Kinesiology from Kansas State University. He looks to pursue basketball after college and getting his masters degree in kinesiology. 

Chelvin will be coaching the 14U Elite Grey Team.

Justin Matthews - Coach

Mission: To give young players the knowledge, guidance, and encouragement needed to reach their basketball and life goals.

 

Justin Matthews grew up in Olathe, Kansas and played three years of varsity basketball at Olathe East High School. After high school, he decided not to pursue college basketball and came to Kansas State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a minor in business in three and half years. This is Justin’s first year coaching with SSA and his goal is to provide players with the tools they need to succeed at the next level.  He will be coaching 13U elite.

Contact Us

Program Director: Will Spradling

Phone #: (913) 515-7021

ssahoops55@gmail.com

 

Coaching Alumni

Jordan Strom - Head Coach at Dallas Christian College

Dennan Morrow - Assistant Coach at Chipola Community College

Dalton Miller - Assistant Coach at Presentation College

Tanner Garver - Graduate Assistant at Wichita State University

Jarron Randle - Video Coordinator at University of Texas San Antonio