James Frey, Kezia Conyers, and Christopher Allen Ballauer
SGTC names new athletic director and assistant coaches for Lady Jets and Jets
Tuesday July 1, 2014
South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets head basketball coach James Frey has been named Athletic Director for the college effective July 1, 2014, announced South Georgia Technical College President Sparky Reeves. Frey will continue to serve as the Lady Jets head basketball coach as well as work as a Recreation and Leisure Management instructor. President Reeves also announced that Kezia Conyers and Chris Ballauer have been hired as full-time instructors and assistant basketball coaches for the Lady Jets and Jets.
“I hope each of you will join me in congratulating Coach Frey on his expanded job duties and congratulate Kezia Conyers and Chris Ballauer on their new full-time positions,” said President Reeves. “Coach Frey has been an excellent addition to the faculty and staff at South Georgia Technical College and has done an exceptional job as the head coach of the Lady Jets. We look forward to his continued success as a head coach and now as the Athletic Director for the Jets and Lady Jets. I am also expecting great things from Kezia Conyers and Chris Ballauer in their new roles.”
“I appreciate President Reeves giving me this opportunity. I’ve worked for two very good athletic directors in my career, Coach Gerald Cox at the College of Coastal Georgia and Coach Steven Wright here at South Georgia Tech. They were both great examples of how to run an athletic department the right way. I look forward to taking what I’ve learned from both of these men and applying it along with some of my own ideas as we continue to try and build on the success we’ve had here,” said Lady Jets head coach and new athletic director James Frey.
Frey was named head coach of the Lady Jets basketball team in July of 2011. He replaced Brandan Harrell, who accepted a position as the head coach of the new Georgia Highlands College women’s basketball team in Rome, GA. Frey and Harrell are the only two individuals to serve as head coaches for the Lady Jets.
During his two seasons at the helm of the Lady Jets, Frey has compiled a 50 – 16 overall record. He was named 2013 – 2014 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year and guided the Lady Jets to the 2013 – 2014 GCAA regular season conference title, the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 tournament championship, the NJCAA District J title and earned a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kansas as a second year head coach at SGTC.
Prior to coming to South Georgia Tech in 2012, Frey served as the associate coach of the College of Coastal Georgia Mariners for 17 years under head coach Gerald Cox and as an assistant women’s coach at Coastal for their inaugural Lady Mariners team. He had been with the College of Coastal Georgia for a total of 20 years. He had also served as a recruiter for the men’s teams for three years prior to being named an assistant coach.
Frey has a BS in Sports/Fitness Management from Troy University in Troy, Alabama and is currently completing his Masters of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University. Frey is married to Lisa Frey and they have two children, Lindsey and Will.
In addition to naming Frey as the new athletic director for SGTC, President Reeves also announced that
Kezia Conyers of Tallahassee, Florida, and Christopher Allen Ballauer of Brunswick, GA, will be returning for the 2014 – 2015 basketball season as full-time employees.
Both Conyers and Ballauer were hired last season on a temporary basis to work as assistant coaches with the Lady Jets and help with student activities. Conyers will be returning this season as the Lady Jets assistant coach and as well as working as an instructor. Ballauer will be stepping into a new role as the Jets assistant basketball coach. Douglas Byrd, the former assistant coach for the Jets last season, moved into the head coach position for the 2014 – 2015 season. Ballauer also will be working as an instructor, and he and Conyers will both have additional responsibilities with the intramural activities.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer full-time positions to both Kezia Conyers and Chris Ballauer this year,” said South Georgia Technical College President Sparky Reeves. “They both did an awesome job with the Lady Jets last season. We are fortunate to have them return this season and be associated with our college and our intercollegiate basketball program on a full-time basis.”
Kezia Conyers has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She had an outstanding basketball career as a player at Appalachian State. She was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year for 2002 – 2003, was the ASU Women’s Basketball MVP for 2004 – 2005 and again in 2005 – 2006. She was also the Southern Conference Player of the Month in February 2006, named an All Southern Conference Selection for 2005 – 2006, and was selected to the NCCSIA All-State team. She was ranked 13th in all-time scoring at Appalachian State University with 1,211 points and was a member of the WBCA Nike’s “So You Want to Be a Coach” program.
In addition to her outstanding career as a women’s basketball player, Conyers also has both high school and college coaching experience. She worked as the guard development coach at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, FL, before coming to South Georgia Tech last season. She was also an assistant coach at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC and has served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Maclay High School and FAMU High School in Tallahassee, FL.
Chris Ballauer had an outstanding basketball career at the College of Coastal Georgia and he has an Associate of Liberal Arts from the College of Coastal Georgia. He has also earned his Personal Training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of General Science with a minor in Physical Education. Ballauer worked as the Assistant Basketball Coach at the College of Coastal Georgia for 14 years before coming to South Georgia Tech.
Lady Jets head coach and new athletic director James Frey said, “Both Chris and Kezia did a good job for me last season and I think that having them both back this season will be a tremendous asset. They know the program and what is expected and they know how to win. I believe we are in for another year of exciting basketball.”
New Jets head coach Douglas J. Byrd is also excited about having Chris Ballauer as his new men’s assistant coach. “Chris worked with the men’s program at Coastal Georgia for many years. He did a great job last year helping the Lady Jets. We can utilize his past experience as both a player and an assistant coach as we rebuild the Jets program this season,” said Byrd, who is putting together a team that he hopes can equal or better the performance recorded by the Jets last season. Byrd served as the assistant coach on a team that finished the year with 29 wins, the most ever for the men’s program, and earned the GCAA title, the Region XVII conference title as well as a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.