Psalm 100:4a - Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise!

Photo Name Position Bio
Boys
B10

Tony Facione

Head Coach Tony Facione was born in Detroit, MI, grew up in Livonia and now lives in South Lyon, with his wife Erin (married in 1998), and their 7 Children. Coach Facione became a follower of Christ in 1998 and has served the Lord as a member of NorthRidge Church in Plymouth where he and his family have attended as members since 2000. He enjoys leading a “Raising a Modern Day Knight“ father & son group and has served on leadership for Bible Study Fellowship, several different roles of leadership at NorthRidge, and at a Bible Camp for kids in the past. Coach Facione grew up playing football, hockey, baseball and basketball. In high school at Livonia Franklin, he played varsity football, varsity basketball and varsity track. Coach Facione attended Wayne State University where he played football for the Tartars on a scholarship and graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Coach Facione has coached over a dozen youth baseball teams, several youth football teams and has coached for the Firebirds since 2014. Coach Facione believes that excellence honors God and inspires people. He hopes to inspire and encourage all of the players he interacts with to: honor their parents/coaches/referees/authority figures, respect their siblings and team-mates, become a valuable citizen of this great country, grow into the man/woman of God they were designed to be .. and last but not least have fun doing it!
Boys
B10

Tim Scott

Head Coach Timothy Scott grew up in Fowlerville, MI and currently lives in South Lyon, MI with his wife Lori and their 5 children. Coach Scott grew up playing soccer, ice hockey, football, basketball, baseball, and running track. In high school at Fowlerville he played Varsity football, basketball, and track where he was the Division 2 State Champion in the 100 meter dash his senior year and still holds his school records in the 100m and 200m dash at 10.5, and 22.0 seconds respectively. He went on to run collegiate track at Michigan State University for 2 years before “retiring” to focus on his education in medicine. He finished is Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Florida and then Master’s degree in medicine Physician Assistant Studies at Wayne State University. He currently practices medicine in Novi and Brighton, MI as an Orthopedic Sports medicine physician assistant. Coach Scott has been coaching Youth sports and basketball for over 3 years. He was the head coach for youth Grades 1-2 basketball team at St. Patrick School, assistant coach for Grades 2-3 Brighton rec basketball team and assistant coach for Grades 4-5 youth travel basketball team. He is currently the assistant coach for B10 HEA Firebirds Red team, and head coach of B10 HEA Firebirds Orange team. Coach Scott played high school basketball at Fowlerville High School as a guard. As a coach, I believe in teaching virtue, forming good habits, and forming servant leaders on a path to becoming Disciples of Christ. Tim and his wife Lori are very proud parents of 5 beautiful children; Christian, Lucas, Jude, Lianna, and Dominic. They enjoy spending their time together playing all sports and recreational activities and they attend Traditional Latin Mass at St. Joseph Shrine in Detroit.
Boys
B10

Luke Barnard

Assistant Coach I am homeschooling dad of seven children, four of the oldest which are now playing on teams from B14 and lower. Been a part of the firebirds nation for a four years and love the Christian leadership & families. Looking to glorify God through the leading of the Holy Spirit with the interactions of players, parents, and others.
Boys
B10

Christian Sellers

Assistant Coach
Boys
B12

Kevin Breuker

Head Coach Kevin lives in Commerce Township. He is married to Stephanie Breuker and they have 4 children: Sierra, Lesli, Isaac and Renae. Our family has been involved with Firebirds for two years in both girls volleyball and boys and girls basketball. We are committed to raising our kids to model Christ and impact our community for Him.
Boys
B12

Evin Hutton

Assistant Coach Evin Hutton – I graduated from Bob Jones University and was saved at the age of 7. I rededicated my life to Christ in my Freshman Year at Bob Jones and have enjoyed my daily walk with Him since. I met my lovely wife in college and have been married for 22 years. We have been blessed with two kids that also enjoy playing sports. I truly enjoy all sports and have been blessed to play several of them. I’ve coached sports over the past several years which include baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and volleyball. As a coach, I believe teaching kids how to be honoring to Christ and being good leaders while playing sports is very important. One of my favorite verses, is 1 Peter 5:6-7; it helps ground me during games and everyday life when I really want to win.
Boys
B14

Jeff Arenz

Head Coach Jeff was born in Milwaukee, WI but grew up in Novi, Michigan. He currently resides in Whitmore Lake, Michigan with his wife and five children, two of whom are Firebirds. Coach Arenz played high school basketball at Northville High School and played one year of basketball at Kalamazoo College where he received an undergraduate degree in Business with a minor in Religion. Prior to having kids he coached both middle school and high school basketball in Fowlerville, MI. His love for playing basketball continues as he still plays on a weekly basis. In addition to coaching the B10 and B12 Firebirds, coach Arenz assists coach Mark Brandel with the Sports Academy coaching for basketball, baseball and soccer as well. Coach Arenz enjoys not only teaching the young Firebirds the game of basketball, but also hopes to instill life lessons, including how to serve the Lord on the basketball court.
Boys
B14N

Adam Rebandt

Head Coach Adam started his athletic career in his youth playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. As a high school athlete he received an All-State honor and league MVP at Southfield Christian in baseball before pitching at Taylor University (IN) and then Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Following a semi professional baseball season in Australia, he returned to the US to begin a career as a mortgage broker. He currently owns a small mortgage company in Livonia, Michigan Financial Mortgage Company that he started in 2006. He has coached youth basketball at Plymouth Christian, South Farmington Baseball, and youth soccer in Farmington Hills. He has attended church at Oakland Hills Community Church since 1987. He and his wife Sarah (married 2002) live in Farmington Hills with their 6 children - Caleb, Justin, Levi, Luke, Sadie, and Adeline.
Boys
B14N

Roger Opsommer

Assistant Coach Roger lives in Clarkston, MI with his beautiful wife Jackie and their 5 blessings: Grace 15 (G18), Roman 13 (B14), Ella 10 (G12), Luke 8 (B10), and Isaac 3 (he thinks he is in the NBA).
Coach Opsommer grew playing basketball as a kid and continued playing in high school and community college He attended Central Michigan University and majored in education. He currently serves as a Middle School Principal in Waterford. Roger has also coached basketball for 18 years. Everything from 1st graders to Varsity with a variety of boys and girls teams. He looks forward to serving the Firebirds community.
Boys
B16

Charlie Koopman

Head Coach Charlie loved basketball from an early age. From watching Iowa Hawkeyes games with my dad from as early as I can remember, to a player who helped lead his team to an Iowa High School State final, and now, to coaching the game I have always loved. I married a basketball girl from a basketball family so as you can imagine how intense we are when March roles around. By day (and by night) I serve as a pastor at Oak Pointe church in Novi with my wife Martha. We have four children: Cooper, Claire, Christian and Caleb. Caleb "Koop" Koopman is a 9th grader in his fourth season with the Firebirds. I started coaching when my two youngest were in a rec league and they were short coaches. Coaching is much like pastoring; you teach, apply, repeat, and over time, people grow whether it's in their faith or basketball skills. In my case, it's both! I have a passion to see these players grow not only in their skills as basketball players, but as teammates, friends and followers of Christ.
Boys
B18

Jim Wolf

Head Coach Jim was born in Waukegan, IL (near Chicago) and has moved 11 times, including Illinois (three times), Kansas, Georgia, New York, Ohio (twice), North Carolina, South Carolina, and Michigan.  He and his wife and 7 kids currently reside in Novi, MI.  Coach Wolf went to high school at St. Joseph\'s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY, where he played Varsity Basketball all 4 years.  During that time, his teams won 3 NY State Class B Catholic State Championships, and finished Runner-up for the Overall State Championship twice.  He obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Dayton, where he met his wife, Debi. Since 2008, he has coached various levels of youth sports.  Coach Wolf believes the game of basketball teaches many life lessons that will benefit the Firebird players their entire lives, including work ethic, how to be a good teammate, sportsmanship, and winning/losing with dignity.  5 of his 7 children are Firebirds, and he greatly enjoys coaching and participating in their overall basketball experience.
Boys
B18

Tim Brohl

Assistant Coach Tim Brohl was born in Detroit, grew up in Wyandotte and now lives in Northville, with his wife of 18 years (Rachel) and their five children (Zach, Luke, Nathan, Isabella and Ava). Coach Brohl and his family have attended Solid Rock Church of Dearborn since 2002 where they have served in a variety of leadership and support roles, the most recent being Sunday school teachers. Coach Brohl grew up playing football, basketball, baseball and tennis. In high school at Wyandotte Roosevelt, he played Varsity football, Varsity basketball and Varsity baseball. Coach Brohl attended Wayne State University and the University of Michigan where he graduated with a BS and ME in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. Coach Brohl has coached numerous youth baseball and soccer teams and has coached for Firebirds basketball since 2016.
Girls
G12

Jason Rauhe

Head Coach Jason was born in Indianapolis, IN. He and his wife, Carrie, have 8 children, 4 boys and 4 girls. They reside in Novi, MI. Coach Rauhe has a master’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.
Girls
G12

Eric Gerwin

Assistant Coach Eric grew up in Beverly Hills, MI and now lives in Wixom, MI with his wife, Sandi and 5 kids. He exceled in football and track during his high school career at Birmingham Groves. Following high school, he played 4 years of Varsity Football at Kalamazoo College, earning League Defensive MVP in 1999. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Economics and History and has focused his talents on the sales arena. Coaching youth flag football has been his calling for the past 5 years and 2021-2022 is his first venture into coaching basketball. Sports provide kids focus and allow the development of skills learned no where else in the world. His philosophy has always been, "Do your Best and have Fun". The score will take care of itself.
Girls
G14

Jason Valentine

Head Coach Jason comes from Milwaukee, WI where he was a multi-sport athlete throughout his childhood and Highschool. Post High School, Jason began coaching Youth Basketball for a variety of organizations.  Jason's knowledge of the game and interest in developing players, lead him to coaching many teams over the last 20 years. Jason currently lives in Milford, MI with his wife Sandy and 3 children.
Girls
G14

Sandra Valentine

Assistant Coach Sandy grew up near Milwaukee, WI and currently lives in Milford, MI with her husband, Jason, and their 3 children, who all play Firebirds basketball. She played multiple sports in high school and began coaching middle school basketball while in high school, and has coached high school cross country and track and Upward basketball as well. Their whole family has found enjoyment playing, coaching, and being a part of Firebird nation because of the wonderful Christ-centered families that participate in the program.
Girls
G18

Christin Williams

Head Coach Christin, a Detroit native, graduated from Lawrence Tech. University with an architectural degree and shortly after married her highschool sweetheart, Joshua Williams, in 1999. They have 4 children: Caleb, Abigail, Hannah and Lilly. Attending Highland Park Baptist Church, they are both involved in leading the AWANA program and serving as deacon and deaconess. Christin has been around basketball since high school, along with volleyball and soccer. Although she can’t count the number of teams and years assisting on girls basketball teams, 2018 is her inaugural season as a head coach. Her goal is to be able to encourage and teach the girls both on and off the court to be AWARE so that they can ANTICIPATE what is needed in order to correctly take the ACTION needed to help her teammates on the court and her neighbors off the court. Luke 10:27 Some of Christin’s favorite things are photography, doing just about anything outside, reading to her kids, taking morning walks with Joshua, learning and trying new things, dark chocolate, watching my kids play any sports, homeschooling, tea with friends, and cooking. Some items on her bucket list in no particular order are kiteboarding, hiking in the Canadian rockies, memorizing Colossians 3, and becoming an amazing archer.
Girls
G18

Josh Williams

Assistant Coach Josh grew up in Dearborn Heights playing soccer, football and wrestling.  As an eighth grader he was 6’4” and his wrestling coach explained that he was not that good at wrestling and that he might want to try out for basketball.  Three years later Joshua eventually made the varsity team and still had a lot to learn in the game of basketball. Being 6’10” in High school and having a 37” vertical made up for his inability to dribble and shoot.  Joshua played basketball for The Naval Academy and graduated in 1999. He married the most beautiful and amazing woman that he has ever met (Current coach of the G12 team). Joshua has coached on various teams but enjoys being the assistant much more than the head coach.  Joshua and Christin have four children. Caleb, Abigail ,Hannah and Lilly. He enjoys spending time with his family in sports, playing competitive games, morning walks with Christin and dunking on people.