Steve Cook / Head Coach
Stephen Cook was hired as Head Boys basketball coach at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy on July 1, 2020. Prior to his hire at Hamilton Heights, Cook was an assistant coach at Life University under Kevin Easley.
During his time at Life University, Cook was able to learn from a well-respected coach who had spent more than a decade at the NCAA Division I level. For the Running Eagles, Coach Cook oversaw basketball operations as well as player development. The most notable player during his player development time was, Antwan Maxwell who is currently playing basketball overseas in Europe.
Before joining the Running Eagles basketball, Cook spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Chattanooga State Community College, under head coach, Jay Price. One of the most instrumental floor leaders in Chattanooga State history, Stephen has built a reputation for being a highly sought-after skill developer and recruiter.
In his first season at Chattanooga State, 2017-18, Cook helped oversee player development, scouting, and recruiting. Under Cook's player development responsibilities, the Chattanooga State backcourt produced TJCAA All Conference Players, Arne Morris, Lorenzo Farrell, Raekwon Long and K.J. Johnson and TJCAA second team selection, Maleek Taylor in which all players transferred on to four-year institutions.
In his second season on staff, Cook helped players see similar success with Chattanooga State backcourt producing TJCCAA Defensive Player of the Year Runner-Up, Kevion Stewart, TJCAA All Conference Player, Arne Morris and TJCAA second team selection, Donald Green in which those three players transferred on to NCAA Division I institutions.
Before joining the staff at Chattanooga State, Cook spent four seasons as an assistant at Chattanooga powerhouse basketball program, Brainerd High School. During his four seasons with The Panthers, Cook oversaw player development and scouting. The Panthers during that time went to three-straight TSSAA state tournament appearances. Brainerd lost in the 2016 state championship game to Knoxville-Fulton. During his tenure at Brainerd, the Panthers held a 136-28 (.830) record. Stephen’s strong relationships in the college coaching world helped several Brainerd Panthers receive scholarships in a variety of sports.
“Coach Cook brought unmeasurable value to our program both on and off the court. HIs attention to detail and ability to positively motivate players assisted in building championship level basketball.” - Coach Levar Brown (Brainerd High School Head Coach)
Stephen saw success at the AAU level as the head coach of Team NLP-TN. Team NLP is founded by 3-time NBA Champion and current NBA scout, Dickey Simpkins. As Head Coach of Team NLP-TN (17U), Cook was able to lead the program to its second AAU National Championship in the summer of 2017. The game was nationally broadcasted on ESPN. Cook’s player skill development helped multiple members of Team NLP-TN go on to play at the NCAA Division I level, Ikcaven Curry (South Alabama University), Patrick Urey (Mercer University), Jason Jitoboh (University of Florida), Jaylen Baker (University of Virginia), Kolby McGowan (Cornell University), and Romeo Wykle (Lafayette College). Some other notable players to play in the Team NLP program are: Jevon Carter (NBA-Phoenix Suns), Admiral Schofield (NBA-Washington Wizards), Rashaan Melvin (NFL-Detroit Lions) and Brandon Paul (NBA-San Antonio Spurs)
Cook is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was a standout basketball player at Chattanooga Christian School. He later played collegiate basketball at Chattanooga State Community College where he led the Tigers to the 2011 NJCAA National Tournament as the starting point guard.
Stephen earned an Associates Degree from Chattanooga State Community College. He later earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice in 2017 from The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
He is the son of Lisa Johnson and Eric Johnson (Step-Father) and Stephen Cook, Sr (Father). He has one son, Champ Cook (9).
Ben Cribbs / Assistant Coach / Scouting / Recruiting
Coach Cribbs has been an assistant coach with Hamilton Heights since the 2016-2017 season. In that season the Hawks finished the season with a 31-7 record led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans Pelicans).
Over the next three seasons the Hawks won 3 straight NACA Championships. During his time at Hamilton Heights Coach Cribbs has had 20 former players earn Division 1 scholarships. The Hawks have had the following records during his tenure as assistant coach: 2016-2017 Season (31-7), 2017-2018 Season (28-7), 2018-2019 (34-4), and 2019-2020 (28-3). Last season was probably the most successful in the programs history which added a signature win against Sunrise Christian. The Hawks have been ranked in the top 25 nationally in 4 of the last 5 seasons and top 50 in the remaining season.
Coach Cribbs is very passionate about the development of the young men under his leadership on and off the court. He loves to see others succeed and takes pride in seeing them go on to play basketball at higher levels and have success in all aspects of life.
Coach Cribbs has also assisted in the recruitment and scouting of players in the past few seasons. He enjoys hoops at all levels whether it be High School, College, or the NBA. He is also a connoisseur of all sports as well as movies. He loves going on vacation with his Wife and loves his family.
Cameron Russell / Assistant Coach / Strength & Conditioning
Coach Cam has been instrumental in the growth of our Men's and Women's athletes since the 2015-2016 season. He is a specialist in the area of strength & conditioning. In addition to training Hamilton Heights athletes to their peak physical status he has also trained many professional athletes across the sports world. He is known for his work with professional boxer Ryan Martin (Blue Chip).
Tony Williams / Assistant Coach / Video Coordinator
Coach Tony has been a part of the Hawks mens basketball program since the 2017-2018 season. He handles many of the technical needs for the Hawks including video and photography as well as coordinating the livestreams for home games.
A native of central Florida, Tony played Football and Baseball at Sebring High school. After graduation, Tony moved to Chattanooga where he attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and earned his Bachelors in Business Administration.
Coach Tony and his wife, Hillacy, have 3 children: Noah, Joey, & Colby and they have also been host parents for the last two years and are very passionate about helping young men reach their potential on and off the court.