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Zach Ferrell  /  Head Coach

Phone: (423) 834-0475; Email: [email protected]

Coach Zach is entering into his 5th year as Head Coach of the Hawks. He currently holds a 123-22 career record over the last 4 years. He was a 4 year letter winner at the  University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he was a 2-year captain and a senior on the 2009 Southern Conference Championship Team. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Management. He has a great amount of camp experience at camps such as Stephen Curry Skills Academy and Paul Biancardi Complete Player Camp. Coach Zach has also coached in the Nike EYBL. He is a Certified USA Youth Basketball Coach and a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT). 


Why I coach at Hamilton Heights:

I am entering my 5th year as Head Coach and it has been an amazing journey. I coach at Hamilton Heights because God has called me to use basketball to impact players from around the world for His purposes. I get to build relationships with players and families from all over the world and serve them while they pursue their dreams. The simple purpose of Hamilton Heights Basketball of "Loving others through Basketball" is demonstrated by how we serve and work for our players and their families. I truly believe that Hamilton Heights is a place that coaches and develops the whole player so that when they leave here they can be better prepared for the next level of basketball but also the next stage of life. 

Coach Zach grew up in Nashville, TN and attended Christ Presbyterian Academy. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Rachel - they have a boy, Peyton, and a daughter, Lily. 

You can follow Coach Zach on twitter @coachzach323 and @HHhawksbball


Tre High  /  Assistant Coach

Phone:  (423) 508-4301 

Coach Tre is entering into his 4th year as Assistant Coach at Hamilton Heights. Tre High is a native of Chattanooga and a 1995 graduate of Brainerd High School. In 1997, he earned a degree in Sports Medicine from Wabash Valley College. Tre graduated from Bethel University in 2006 with a degree in Organizational Management. This year marks Tre's 17th year of service for Hamilton County Department of Education. The first 7 years were served at his alma mater, Brainerd High School, and then 8 years at The Howard School. Now, Tre serves as a Computer Technician for Hamilton County Department of Education. Since 2005, Tre has provided his coaching expertise to the Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL). He now serves as an Assistant Coach for the Kentucky Travelers Basketball Club of the EYBL. Tre has served as the Varsity Assistant Basketball Coach from 1999-2005, the Head Coach for Cross Country 2000-2005, and the Head Freshman Basketball Coach and Assistant Coach from 2000-2012 at Brainerd High School. Currently, Tre is the Head Basketball Coach at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Navy Varsity Boys) and Assistant Coach for the Gold team.

Why I coach at Hamilton Heights:  

Three years ago, I was coaching a local high school that had a student body of over 500 students.  My previous Basketball Program was very talented and successful.  However, I had the opportunity to do the same thing, coaching; but just at a smaller scale.  I went in on “Blind Faith” of the talent that I would be working with.  That was the least of my challenges.  My next challenge was I had a culturally diverse group of athletes.  The diversity of the group entailed athletes who were from 8 different countries including Nigeria, Canada, Bahrain, Serbia, Bahamas, Montenegro, and Dominican Republic.  Sometimes the language can and has been somewhat challenging but it has allowed me to learn some of the words in each language and help them with the English language.  Having this experience of different cultures, has taught me that although there are many miles apart from their homelands we have a lot of things in common without knowing it.

Hamilton Height’s vision for all of their students regardless of athletics or academics is the “Pursuit of Excellence and Loving others through Basketball.” The young men I coach and have coached has helped me understand this vision and together we achieve success.  Hamilton Heights is a family-within-a-family.  When one of our players is struggling we all struggle together.  We are constantly challenging each other to “raise the bar” and we give the feedback whether positive or negative, we embrace it and respect it as well as each other.   The “Pursuit of Excellence and Loving others through Basketball” vision is to become resilient, confident, mentally tough but also Coaching here at Hamilton Heights has truly made me a better coach because despite the challenges we have individually, but when we come together, we can achieve anything TOGETHER!'

Ben Cribbs  /  Assistant Coach

Coach Cribbs is entering his 2nd year with the Hawks program. Last year he served as the Head JV coach and this year will be assisting in a variety of efforts. Coach Cribbs will be directing "The Heights" audio and video podcast this season. 

Why I coach at Hamilton Heights: 

I coach at Hamilton Heights because we do not just coach basketball.  We are also investing in the lives of kids to further their lives as people through teaching them about Christ.  I love being part of a program that cares about our kids beyond basketball.  I also enjoy working with coaches and staff that care about me as a person and share common goals.

Michael Pulice  /   Assistant Coach

Coach Mike is entering into his first season with the Hawks after coming from Dawson Christian Academy. Coach Mike will be coaching with both the Gold and Navy teams, as well as heading up our Media and Communications.

Why I coach at Hamilton Heights: 

As both a lover of God and an enthusiast of basketball, I love sharing my passions with young men. Hamilton Heights has given me both the opportunity and platform to share these passions. I appreciate the infinite Godly and life principles demonstrated in basketball such as hard work, dedication, discipline, sportsmanship, respect and honor. I hope to encourage these young men to pursue basketball in a manner that honors God. My prayers are that I can sow into each of these young men's lives and help them reach their potential both on and off the court. I hope that the below verses become a foundation for their spiritual journey and basketball careers: 

John 13:34
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." 

Col. 3:23
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; "

Mar 10:27
"And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."