Always 100 Staff

ALWAYS 100 Staff


Vernard Hollins-Director

“Nard” Hollins, Always 100 President/CEO, was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and attended Bloomingdale Elementary, Lane Middle, and North Side High School. He has received various basketball accolades including All-SAC recognition, All-State Honors, the Tiffany Gooden Award, as well as participation in the Indiana All-Star Game amongst the state’s elite players. Vernard went on to play basketball on the collegiate level at Wright State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. Upon graduation, he began to explore a professional basketball career on an international stage in Mexico, Germany, Macedonia, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Hungary, and Austria. Some of his highest professional acknowledgments include a career high of 59 points while in Mexico, leading his team to the first ever Hungary Cup Championship, making the Hungarian All-Tournament Team, and was also honored as Switzerland’s Player of the Year. In the summer of 2011, Always 100, Inc. was established as a non-profit triggering the development of the “Always 100 Basketball Academy”, which conducts pro-level, high-intensity group and individual workouts with area youth and high school teams. He was also able to publish a biographical book: The Disease Didn’t Kill the Dream and has been a featured motivational speaker at various youth conferences and forums. His ultimate goal is to continue allowing an exceptional basketball experience with minimal costs obligation to parents of our area youth. Through numerous partnerships and donors, he is able to inspect, direct, and correct area athletes as they give “Always 100”.. Visit his website at for more information.

David Goodwell-Trainer/Coach

David is a Fort Wayne native and graduate of Harding High School, where he played basketball and football.  He went on to play football at Lindenwood College. He is currently the assistant coach for girl’s Varsity at South Side High School. The three things David does best as a trainer are motivate the kids, demonstrate and work to build their confidence. The reason that David does this is to help kids grow on and off the court. The workouts that he holds require discipline, motivation, and effort. In life you need all these things to be successful. David was at Always 100 from day 1.  He has been with Vernard from the start.  The two of them used to work in a small gym, training up to 50 kids by themselves.  He and Vernard share the same vison of helping kids become successful on and off the court. David’s role within the business is to help kids improve in everyday life. On the court he will motivate, demonstrate and build confidence. Off the court he will be that big brother that will share his life experiences on getting where he is today. Some of the best players that he ever coached are..   Shala Jackson….. Indiana all-star    Illinois State   Sydney Weinert….. Indiana all-star   IPFW/ University of Indianapolis   Ariana Simmons….. Indiana all-star   IPFW   Lakyn Gulley ….. Cal State Fullerton   Brittni Clopton….. Walsh University   Brittany Johnson……Georgia State

Reggie Tharp-Trainer

Reggie is a Fort Wayne native and graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School and Indiana Institute of Technology, where he played basketball for two years. In the past he has coached at Bethlehem Lutheran School and worked as an AAU coach for the Fort Wayne Hawks. As a trainer, Reggie loves to motivate kids, identify their strengths and weaknesses and build on those strengths and weaknesses.  He strives to give kids a better knowledge and understanding of the game. The reason why Reggie puts so much of his heart into coaching is he just loves helping these kids, watching them grow on and off the court.

Rashida Ray-Trainer/Coach

Rashida Ray is a Fort Wayne, IN native who graduated from Paul Harding High School in 2007. Prior to graduating as a Harding Hawk she was a four-year letter winner, a three-time All-SAC selection, two-time All-Area Team pick, twice a Hoosier Basketball All-State selection, a McDonald’s All-American nominee, Sertoma Award winner, and News Sentinel Sterling Silver Award nominee. She also led Harding to four sectional championships and one regional title. While in middle school and high school Rashida played for Lady Legit and Indiana’s Finest AAU teams, and competed at the national level while playing on both.   Rashida earned a scholarship to Valparaiso University where she played basketball for four years and obtained a bachelor of science in nursing degree. In both her junior and senior year she was voted captain by her teammates.  As a senior, she made seven three-point field goals against Milwaukee, ranking fourth on the all-time charts for triples made in a game.  Her 7-of-8 shooting in that game also set a new school mark for three-point field goal percentage in a single game.   After graduating from Valparaiso University Rashida became the graduate assistant for the team she once played for. While Rashida was the graduate assistant she had the opportunity to further her education, and earn her Master’s in Nursing Education. She currently is the Night Shift Supervisor at Lutheran Hospital on a Medical Surgical unit.   Rashida is entering her second year as the Varsity assistant coach at Northrop High School. While at Northrop some top players she coached were Aleah Swery, and Nevada Jones who both went on to play college basketball. Rashida is one of the top trainers for Always 100 always pushing the youth to do their best in whatever it is they are pursuing. Rashida excels in ball handling, shooting, and correct defensive form during her training sessions.   Rashida decided to come back to Fort Wayne to coach because she knew youth could be inspired by her work ethic, her past experiences, and the opportunity to instill foundational principles. She decided to work at Always 100 because she could do all of these things listed above while being around great young athletes. Always 100 is a positive organization that gives back to the Fort Wayne community, while teaching young athletes the fundamentals of basketball.

Julius Smith-Trainer/Coach

Julius is from South Bend In. He attended South Bend Riley HS. Where he played on one of the best basketball teams in school history. They were ranked #4 in state, Semi-State Qualifier in 1990.  Julius moved to Ft Wayne in 1993 and attended IPFW University after serving in the US Marine Corp. Julius is the Northrop Boys Varsity Associate Head Coach since 2007. The Northrop Boys were 2011-12-13 sectional champs during his time on staff and have Consistently ranked in the Top Ten in state during those years. Some of the top Players Julius Coached are: Brenton Scott, Bryson Scott, John Goodman and  DJ Balentine. Julius is a trainer and AAU coach at Always100 basketball. Three things that he specializes in as a trainer at Always100 is all fundamental aspects of shooting, attacking the basket, protecting the basketball. His greatest strength as a coach is getting kids to play hard while displaying a high bball IQ. He is happy to be a part of the Always100 family. As Double Goal Coaches at Always100 we take pride in helping kids from all over central Indiana reach their goals through hard work; while also teaching young athletes how to be successful in Life.

Dave Davis-Trainer/Coach

Dave Davis is a 25 year veteran of the coaching community.  His stops have included positions at every level in the game, ranging from elementary school to college.  Some of the schools he has coached at include: Lewis & Clark College (Godfrey, IL), Ben Davis HS (Indianapolis, IN), Carmel HS (Carmel, IN), North Side HS, (Fort Wayne, IN), South Side HS (Fort Wayne, In), Rantoul Township HS (Rantoul IL), Eater Jr HS (Rantoul, IL), St Malachy’s (Rantoul, IL) Some of the camps he has been invited to or coached at include: Nike All American Camp, Van Coleman’s Future Stars, Michigan State University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, Notre Dame University and many more. In addition to coaching, Dave has run his own AAU programs: Double D Basketball LLC (CEO), DBA “The Nap Town All Stars” TMC Inc. (Corporate Vice President) “The TMC Trites” Events Coach Davis has hosted include: The Next Level Showcase- Indianapolis The Martin Luther King Classic- Chicago, IL The TMC Back-to-School Shootout- Champaign, IL TMC Super Sophs Exposure Camps- Rantoul, IL Coach Davis is committed to the full development of each and every “Student/Athlete” he works with.  He has over 17 years working in public education.  His positions in the school system have ranged from Special Ed Assistant at the Elementary School level to High School Administration. His top four strengths during training are Communication, Commitment to Excellence, Core fundamentals and passing along college and pro level skills to kids. His role within the business include AAU Coach, Trainer, Supervisor, Administrative duties and College Networking. Some of Coach Davis’ top athletes that he has trained are: Josh Roberts (Caramel HS)- Miami Heat, McDonalds All American, Gatorade National Player of the Year, Indiana All Star; Leo Gomes (Lewis and Clarke College)- Pro Player Brazil League All Star; Stanley Barrell- Pro player Euro League MVP; Eshaunte Jones(Northside HS)- Pro Player Overseas, Indiana All Star; Justin Jordan (Northside HS)- Indiana All Star