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JULY 2014

Coaches Information

James Frey James Frey

James Frey is the Athletic Director and Lady Jets head women’s basketball coach. He was named head women’s basketball on June 18, 2012. In his first year as the Lady Jets head coach they posted a 20 – 12 record and made it to the conference tournament final four. The Lady Jets earned a sweet 16 berth to the National Tournament in Salina, Kansas during his second season.

Frey was a member of the Coastal Georgia men’s basketball staff for over 20 years, serving as a recruiter and assistant coach. During his time with the Mariners, the team won three regular season championships in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and one tournament championship before leaving the league following the 2010 – 2011 season to start competing as a four-year program in the NAIA.

Frey was responsible for many facets of the basketball program including scheduling, purchasing, overseeing individual player workouts, scouting opponents and preparing scouting reports, organizing and running summer youth and high school team camps and monitoring the academic progress of Coastal Georgia players.

In addition to working with the Coastal Georgia men’s team, Frey was also the assistant coach for the Mariners women’s team which played its first season in 2011 – 2012. The team finished 19 – 10.

A graduate of Glynn Academy high school in Brunswick, Georgia, Frey earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports and Fitness Management from Troy University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Sports and Fitness Management from Troy University.

Frey and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Lindsey and Will.

To contact Coach Frey:
Phone: 229-931-2039

Douglas J. Byrd Douglas Byrd

Douglas J. Byrd joined the Jets coaching staff in November 2011 as Assistant Coach after spending the previous two seasons as Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach/Director of Basketball Operations at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek, Georgia. He was named head men’s basketball coach at South Georgia Technical College on May 12, 2014.

During Douglas’ previous three seasons with SGTC, his duties included working with skill development, overseeing recruitment of student-athletes, directing individual and group workouts, preparing scouting reports, exchange of game film, and assisting with team travel arrangements. He also helped guide the Jets to a sweet 16 berth at the National Tournament during the 2013 – 2014 season.

In his first year at Mount Pisgah, the school won more games than the previous 3 years combined. Pisgah upset two top 10 teams in the 2009 – 2010 season and it was posted their first non-losing record since moving to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) in 2006. It was also the first time Pisgah posted double-digit wins in a single season in GHSA.

In his second year, the Patriots posted the first winning season (16-9) in Pisgah history with a school record for most wins.

Other coaching experiences include being part of the varsity staff at state perennial power Whitfield Academy and winning the GHSA 1A state championship in 2003 & 2009. Byrd has also coached elite level AAU teams in Georgia and California.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Douglas and his wife Renita are the proud parents of five sons, John, Mike, Doug, Jerry, and Jesse.

To contact Coach Byrd:
Phone: 229-931-2025

Kezia Conyers Kezia Conyers

Kezia Conyers is entering her second year as assistant women’s basketball coach at South Georgia Tech. In her first season with the Lady Jets, Kezia helped guide the ladies to a sweet 16 berth at the National Tournament held in Salina, KS.

Kezia holds a Bachelor of Science degree 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. Kezia 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 is currently ranked 13th in all-time scoring at Appalachian State University with 1,211 points. She was also a member of the WBCA Nike’s “So You Want To Be a Coach” program in April 2007.

In addition to her outstanding career as a women’s basketball player, Conyers also has both high school and college coaching experience. She previously worked as the guard development coach at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, FL. 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.

At Converse College she was also the intramural coordinator and has been involved with numerous community service organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, Soul Santa, and the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.

In addition to her coaching duties, Kezia will also be working as an instructor as well as overseeing intramurals and other campus life activities.

To contact Coach Conyers:
Phone: 229-931-2545

Chris Ballauer Chris Ballauer

Chris Ballauer is entering his first year as assistant men’s basketball coach. He was previously an assistant coach with the Lady Jets and helped guide the ladies to a sweet 16 berth in the National Tournament in Salina, Kansas during the 2013 – 2014 season.

Chris comes to South Georgia Tech from the College of Coastal Georgia where he was an assistant under Mariners Head Coach Gerald Cox for 14 years. He graduated from Central Gwinnett High School in 1995 and moved to Brunswick, Georgia to play basketball at Brunswick Junior College.

Chris received his Associates of Liberal Arts from the College of Coastal Georgia and is currently pursuing his Bachelors of General Studies with a Minor in education. He has also earned his Personal Training certification.

In addition to his coaching duties, Chris will also be working as an instructor as well as overseeing intramurals and other campus life activities.

To contact Coach Ballauer:
Phone: 229-931-2545

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