Travis Garrett is beginning his second season as the Jets head basketball coach. Garrett has served as the head coach at USC-Salkehatchie and Clinton Junior College in Division I in the National Junior College Athletic Association area was well as an assistant coach at Chipola College in Marianna, FL; Northeastern University at Boston, MA; and Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL.
He was responsible for building the nationally known junior college basketball program at USC Salkehatchie, where he served as head coach from 2007 through 2014. The Indians had discontinued their basketball program from 1996 until Garrett took over as head coach in 2007.
Coach Garrett led the Indians to the Region X and District X runner-up positions in both 2012 and 2013 and a regular season championship in 2008. In 2013, the Indians qualified for the NJCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas and made the first trip ever for a USC Salkehatchie athletic team to a national championship tournament. He left USC-Salkehatchie to become an assistant coach at South Carolina State University in 2014.
In addition to his success as a coach at the collegiate level, Garrett was also a standout player on the court. He was named one of the Top 100 Junior College Players in the US by Street and Smith Magazine in 1992 as a member of the College of Central Florida squad in the JUCO division and then he was named Trans America Athletic Conference All-Tournament in 1994 at Stetson University in Deland, FL.
Garrett has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management from Stetson University in Deland, FL and worked in the Sports Information Office at Stetson. He also has an Associate of Arts degree from the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida.
Chris Ballauer is entering his 4th year as Jets Men’s assistant basketball coach. He joined the coaching staff at SGTC during the 2013 season as an assistant coach for the Lady Jets where he helped guide them to the sweet sixteen in the NJCAA National Tournament. He played college basketball for Brunswick Junior College in Brunswick, Georgia. While in Brunswick, Chris earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Coastal Georgia Community College. He also became an assistant coach there, working along side his former coaches, Gerald Cox and James Frey. Chris coached the Mariners for 14 years, averaging 20 wins each season, and making a national tournament appearance in 2002.
Chris recently graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education of Health and Human Performance in Exercise Science and Wellness. He is currently working to obtain certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Chris currently resides in Americus with his wife, Ivy, and their 5 year old son, Hutch.