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Ted Young Basketball Coach in Clarksville TN

Ted Young

Basketball Director

Not only a Clarksville native, Ted Young is also an internationally accomplished, professional basketball player and coach. He first achieved notable success in being named a High School All-American Player during his time as a student athlete at Clarksville High School, where his jersey remains officially retired. After a four-year starting career with the Vanderbilt University Commodores, Ted toured throughout Asia and the Pacific as both a professional player and coach. Ted Young is truly inspired to commit his inexhaustible expertise to the growth of Clarksville’s basketball community at Acme Athletics.



  • Thirteen Coach-of-the-Year Honor & Awards
  • Nine District Titles
  • Six Region Titles
  • Six State Tournament appearances
  • Named High School All-American Player
  • Four-year starter at Vanderbilt University in the SEC (Class of 1983)
  • Nine-year professional career in Japan and 3 years as player/coach
  • Trained 3 player-of-the-year candidates
Volleyball Coach Jen Garinger

Jen Garinger

Volleyball Director

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Jen Garinger has exhaustive experience in volleyball. She first came to Clarksville with her family in 2006, by way of Ft. Campbell. Since then, she has spent much of her time coaching high school and club volleyball in the Clarksville area, where her teams competed in district and regional championships. Jen was twice named District 10AAA Coach of the Year, in 2012 & 2013. Coach Garinger hopes to continually grow Clarksville’s commitment to excellent volleyball through her expert guidance at Acme Athletics.



  • Various Adult indoor and sand tournaments (2000-present)
  • USAV, Adult Nationals (Minneapolis, Atlanta, New Orleans, & Phoenix)
  • University of Louisiana Lafayette (1996-97)
  • Scottsdale Community College (1994-95)
  • Arizona Juniors Volleyball Club (1990-94)
  • Central High School (1990-93)


  • Art of Coaching Volleyball Member  (December 2015 – Present)
  • CrossFit Trainer – Level 2 (Certified February 2015)
  • CF Kids (Certified 2012)
  • Clarksville Volleyball Club (2015 – Present)
  • Clarksville Volleyball Youth League, Clinics & Camps (2012 – Present)
  • Davidson Academy, Lady Pumas (2014-15)
  • Pat Powers Camp, Assistant Coach (2014)
  • Club West VBC, Clarksville Club Director (2012-14)
  • Kerri Walsh-Jennings Camp, Volunteer Coach (2013)
  • Alliance VBC, Clarksville Club Director (2009-12)
  • Rossview High School, Head Volleyball Coach (2006-07 & 2011-13)
  • Club Red 15U (AZ), Assistant Coach (2007-08)
  • AZ Sky 15U, Assistant Coach (2009-10)
  • AZ Sky VBC, Club Director (2005-06)
  • Mid South Volleyball Academy 18U, Head Coach (2006)
  • NJCAA DII Championship, Site Director (2005)
  • FAVA VBC (NC), Volunteer Coach (2005)
  • Scottsdale Community College, Assistant Coach (2003-05)
  • Arizona Juniors VBC 12U, Head Coach & Tournament Director (2002-04)
  • Rocky Mountain VBC, Director & Head Coach (1999-02)
Softball Coaches In Clarksville TN

Courtney Elrod

Softball Director

Courtney Elrod is a Clarksville native with years of softball experience, both as a player and as a coach. Starting with the little league program in Clarksville's own St. Bethlehem, Courtney broadened to play travel ball, then high school ball, ultimately playing for the Belmont University Bruins in softball's highest collegiate level, Division 1. After graduating college, Courtney continued her passion for softball as a coach at Maryville College. Courtney is excited to contribute as a coach and give back to her hometown community as a member of the elite Acme Athletics staff!



  • Player & Record Holder at Rossview High School (2006-2009)
  • Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Softball Team (2011, 2012)
  • Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2012, 2013)
  • 4-Year Letter Winner at Belmont University (2009-2013)


  • Camp Instructor at Belmont University (2009-2013, 2015)
  • Camp Instructor at High School Softball Exposure Camp (July 2015, November 2015)
  • Camp Instructor at University of Tennessee (December 2014)
  • Softball Camp Assistant Coach at Rossview High School (Summer 2013)
  • Assistant Softball Coach at Maryville College (2014-Present)
  • Private Pitching Instructor in Maryville, TN (2014-Present)


Baseball Coaches in Clarksville TN

Caleb Slaughter

Baseball Coach

Caleb Slaughter is a Clarksville native with an apparent passion for baseball. He graduated from Northwest High School 1992 and began his college baseball career by signing with Austin Peay State University. He has since played professionally for various organizations, including locally for Clarksville Coyotes. Caleb is a husband of 20 years to his wife, Brandy, and a father to two sons. Caleb is excited to use his extensive baseball experience and expertise to give back to the city in which he was born and raised!



  • Northwest HS grad (1992)
  • Signed with Austin Peay (1992)
  • Rend Lake Community College (1993)
  • Vol-State Community College (1994-1995)
  • Junior College World Series (1995)
  • Lincoln Memorial University (1996)
  • Played professionally for five different organizations (1996-1999)


  • Coached hitters/catchers in Vol-State CC World Series (1998 -1999)
  • Private Instructor (2000- 2011)
  • Batters Box Indoor Facility (2012-2013)
  • Northwest High School Assistant Coach (2013)
  • Sports Dr. Sports Facility (2013-2016)
  • ACME Training Facility (2016 -Present)
  • Associate Scout San Diego Padres / Tennessee & Southern Kentucky (2012-Present)
Baseball Coaches in Clarksville TN

Mike Markuson

Football Coach

35 Years professional and collegiate offensive line coach
  • (4) time Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year award nominee
  • Developed (2) 1st Round draft picks and (3) 2nd Round Draft Picks
  • Coached (11) All-Americans
  • Coached (15) All SEC Offensive Linemen
  • Part of (3) SEC Western Division Titles
  • Coached in (2) SEC Championship Game
Accomplished while coaching Offensive Line at Arkansas and Ole Miss
  • (10) times in 14 years their teams went to Bowl Games including (5) Cotton Bowls, The Capital One Bowl, The Citrus Bowl, The Independence Bowl and The Las Vegas Bowl
  • They had (5) Wins versus teams that were ranked in the top 5 (Florida, LSU, Auburn, Texas, South Carolina). In all (5) games, they were unranked and (4) of these came on the road. Florida and LSU went on to win the National Championship the season they beat them.
  • They have a total of (15) wins versus the following coaches that have won National Championships: Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz, Les Miles, Mack Brown, Phillip Fulmer
  • 2008-09 at Ole Miss produced consecutive nine-win seasons and back-to-back January bowl victories for the first time since 1962
  • Arkansas led the SEC in rushing in 2002-03, 2005-07, While finishing 2nd in 2004
  • Extensively recruited for Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas
Coaching History
  • 2016-Present Hamilton Tiger-Cats Offensive Line
  • 2015 Texas – San Antonio Offensive Line
  • 2014 Eastern Illinois Offensive Line/AHC
  • 2013 N.E Mississippi CC Offensive Line/OC
  • 2012 Wisconsin Offensive Line
  • 2008-2011 Ole Miss Offensive Line/RGC
  • 1998-2007 Arkansas Offensive Line/RGC
  • 1997 Boise State Offensive Line/OC
  • 1993-1996 Murray State Offensive Line/OC
  • 1991-1992 Alabama A&M Offensive Line/OC
  • 1990 Austin Peay Offensive Line
  • 1989 Notre Dame Graduate Assistant
  • 1987-1988 Oklahoma State Graduate Assistant
  • 1986 Hamline University Assistant Coach
  • 1984-1985 South Dakota State Assistant Coach
Developed 15 All SEC Offensive Linemen
  • Johnathan Luigs
  • Shawn Andrews
  • Michael Oher
Baseball Coaches in Clarksville TN

Adam Polston

Baseball Coach

Born and raised in Clarksville, TN and graduated from Montgomery Central in 2007. Attended Bryan College down in Dayton, TN from 2007-2010 on a baseball scholarship. I pitched at Bryan for 3 years before moving on to play professionally in the Independent Leagues in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Illinois. I played professionally for 2 seasons before an arm injury ended my career in 2012 and moved back to Clarksville.

Ever since my injury and no longer being able to play, I have had a calling to get back into baseball and give back in any way I could. The best way I know to do that is to help anyone I can with the game of baseball. I was blessed with experiences and people that taught me more about the game than I ever imagined and it is only right that I pass on what I learned to others to help them improve their game and knowledge of the game. In the past I have worked with ball players of all ages, grade school all the way up to college and pro ball players. All I care about is, if I can help you, I will.

Ted Young Basketball Coach in Clarksville TN

KJ Storz

Softball Coach

Originally from Salem, WI, Coach KJ Storz comes to Acme Athletics with several years of both playing and coaching experience. She played college softball for the University of West Alabama (UWA) from 1997-2001. Then while completing her Masters Degree in Physical Education she was the pitching and outfield coach for UWA. She then moved to Elon, NC where she was the Assistant Coach for Division 1 Elon University. There she worked with pitchers, catchers, slappers and outfield. After spending 10 year coaching college softball she moved to Clarksville in 2009 and became the head coach of the West Creek High School softball team. Coach Kj is currently a PE teacher at Carmel Elementary and continues her passion and love for the game and teaching young athletes by coaching at Clarksville National Softball League. She is excited to work with Acme Athletics to continue to grow softball athletes.



  • Westosha Central High School (CHS) - 1993-1997
  • University of West Alabama - 1997-2001
  • 4 Year letter winner at UWA
  • Inducted into CHS Athletic Hall of Fame - 2017
  • Assistant Softball Coach/Pitching Coach at the University of West Alabama - 2001-2004
  • Assistant Softball Coach Pitching, Slapping, Outfield Elon University 2004-2009
  • Head Softball Coach West Creek High School 2009-2011
  • Clarksville Nationals Coach 2016-2019