Basketball Coaching Staff

Men's Basketball

Dru Powell

Head Men's Basketball Coach

Coach Powell is entering his third year at Thompson High School and twelvth overall as a Head Men’s Basketball Coach.  He has guided the Warriors to consecutive 21 win seasons (1st time at THS since 1989) and a regional appearance.  During the 2019-2020 season, the Warriors were ranked in every single ASWA poll published throughout the season.  That team also finished with a 3.78 team GPA.  Prior to arriving in Alabaster, Coach Powell spent seven seasons at Spanish Fort High School.  His time there included a trip to the Final Four in 2017 and an Elite 8 appearance in 2015.  He spent two years at Gulf Shores High School after serving on the staff for one year at Tuscaloosa County High School.  While in college, Coach Powell worked with the University of Alabama Men’s Basketball team for four years under Head Coach Mark Gottfried.  He served as a team manager for three years and a graduate assistant coach for one year.  Currently, he serves as an administrative assistant for the AHSAA for the AL-MS All-Star basketball game.  He has earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama (Secondary Education / Mathematics), as well as master’s degrees from The University of Alabama (Sports Management) and The University of West Alabama (Instructional Leadership).  Coach Powell has been fortunate enough to coach many, many players that have realized their dream of playing college basketball.  Coach Powell is married to Jenilee and they have three children: Dane, Parker, and Livi Caroline.  He and Jenilee are also the founders of “Shooting 2 Change,” a statewide autism awareness event that was born after Parker was diagnosed with ASD in 2014.


  • Record at THS:  42-22 (2 Seasons)

  • Career Record:  235-118 (11 Seasons)

Jason Parrish

Assistant Varsity Coach

Jason Parrish joined the Thompson Basketball staff in 2018 when he was put in charge of the program at Thompson Middle School. In 2019, he joined the Thompson High School staff as Varsity Assistant Coach. Before his time in Alabaster, he was a college assistant coach for nearly a decade. From 2008-2011, he served at the University of Alabama-Huntsville (UAH) where they went to 2 NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the Elite 8.  His team also won 2 conference regular-season titles. Following his time at UAH, Coach Parrish served at Birmingham-Southern College until 2018. There his teams won 2 conference titles, went to 2 NCAA Tournaments including a trip to the Round of 32. While at the collegiate level, Coach Parrish played a large part in the development of 2 All-American Post Players, 4 All-American guards, 7 All-Region players, 4 Conference Players of the Year, and 21 All-Conference Players. He has been blessed to coach 7 players who went on to play professionally overseas or here in the United States. His wife, Heather, is a teacher as well. They have 3 girls: Bella, Livvy, and Audrey.

Jesse Wukasch

Head JV Coach / Assistant Varsity Coach

Jesse Wukasch enters his second season at Thompson High School after serving the previous ten at various NCAA division I, II, & III college levels.  Originally from Memphis, TN, coaching has taken him all over the country with coaching stops at Fairmont State University, Wheeling Jesuit University, Bethany College (WV), University of Southern Mississippi, University of New Orleans, and University of Memphis.  Prior to launching his coaching career, Coach Wukasch played college basketball at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.  He and his wife (Jessica) live in Alabaster and have a daughter (Lily).

DJ Black

Head Freshmen Coach / Assistant Varsity Coach

Coach Black is entering his first season at THS after spending the past six seasons on staff as the Director of Basketball Operations at UAB.  Coach Black has extensive college coaching experience having served on staffs at Penn State University, Navy, and East Stroudsburg University.  He joined the coaching profession after his playing career ended at Penn State.  Coach Black earned a bachelors degree from Penn State as well as a masters degree from UAB.  He and his wife (Amy) live in Birmingham.

Mike Sadler

Director of Player Development

Coach Sadler is entering his first season at THS and will serve as the Director of Player Development.  He is a native of Birmingham having played at and graduated from Tarrant High School in 2015.  After high school, he played collegiately at Gadsden State Community College for two years before transferring to UAB.  While at UAB, he assisted the program as a practice player and team manager.  Coach graduated in May of 2020 with a degree in Sports Communications.