Basketball Coaching Staff

Men's Basketball

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Dru Powell

Head Men's Basketball Coach

Coach Powell is entering his fourth year at Thompson High School and thirteenth 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.  The 2019-2020 season saw the Warriors win 15 games in a season cut short due to Covid-19.  That team had a most impressive team GPA of 4.11.  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:  57-32 (2 Seasons)

  • Career Record:  250-128 (12 Seasons)

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DJ Black 

Assistant Varsity Coach

Coach Black is entering his second 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.

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Jesse Wukasch

Head JV Coach/ Assistant Varsity Coach

Jesse Wukasch enters his third 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 two daughters (Lily and Lydia).

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Kevin McGhee

Assistant JV Coach

Kevin McGhee was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He played at and graduated from Holy Family High School in 2004. Coach McGhee has bee coaching for over fourteen (14) years, he began as an Assistant Coach at Holy Family Catholic High School in 2008. He served as Assistant Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach at Holy Family Catholic High School in 2018. He has extensive coaching experience on the AAU circuit, which includes the development of players going on to play at Alabama, Middle Tennessee, Samford, UAB, and Lawson State. 

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Mike Sadler

Head Freshmen Coach

Coach Sadler is entering his second season at THS and will serve as the Head Freshmen Coach.  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.