Tennessee Temple welcomes Jeff Haarlow as the new head coach of the men's basketball program. Haarlow arrives to Temple with an impressive resume. This past summer Coach Haarlow was part of the Point Guard College Staff. Coach Haarlow grew up in Pinehurst, NC. After graduating from The O'Neal School, Haarlow attended Berry College from 1992 to 1996. During his college career, Haarlow played two years of basketball and two years of golf, and he earned an All-American award in golf and finished second at nationals his senior year.
After graduating from Berry College, Coach Haarlow transitioned into the Assistant Basketball Coach, which lead into the head coaching position at Berry College. During Coach Haarlow's time as the Head Basketball Coach at Berry College, he was named TranSouth Coach of the year for 2002-2003 season, and he finished his eleven year career with a record of 137/181. Also, within Coach Haarlow's career at Berry, all of his student athletes, who finished eligibility, graduated; his team, as a whole, maintained over a 3.0 GPA, and the student athletes have gone on to be coaches, teachers, doctors, and businessmen. Finally, During his time at Berry, Coach Haarlow and his teams were two time Champion of Character Award winners for the NAIA.
Along with his amazing career, Coach Haarlow is married to Casey Haarlow, and he is a father of two childern, Molly, eight years old, and Will, four years old.
Tennessee Temple Athletes is excited to have Coach Haarlow lead the men's basketball team.
"Tennessee Temple University is going in the right direction with the leadership of Dr. Echols and his administrative team. I was impressed with the vision they have for the college and the leadership of Coach Liburd. I am very blessed to have the opportunity to lead a tradition rich program and I only hope to make it better and better. Chattanooga is a wonderful place to raise a family and I am excited to make TN Temple a better place."-Jeff Haarlow.
TTU announces the hiring of Ezell Dodd as men's basketball assistant coach. Ezell come to Temple from Lee University where he has served as Director of Basketball Operations since 2008. His duties while at Lee included film exchange, travel arrangements, ordering of equipment and assisting with scheduling. Dodd's past work experience includes time spent as an assistant within the Lee University Athletics, assistant football coach at Lake Forest middle school and working in Guest Relations for the Atlanta Braves. Ezell is on track to earn his bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in recreation.
"I want to thank Coach Lee for the opportunity to join the Crusader family. I will always be in debt to Coach Tommy Brown for giving me a chance and being a life mentor and also want to thank President Paul Conn and Mr. Larry Carpenter for supporting my work while at Lee. I only wish the best to Lee University.
Ezell Dodd – newly hired Assistant Basketball Coach Tennessee Temple University
"Ezell will be instrumental in our future success here at Temple. His attention to detail and approach will allow us to be more efficient and pay immediate dividends within our basketball program. His work for us will focus on the administrative but will also expand into community relations, fund development and recruiting. I'm excited to have someone with his experience joining my staff and look forward to working with him."
Randy Lee – Head Basketball Coach Tennessee Temple University
"Ezell worked hard for the Lee University Men's basketball program. His knowledge of the game and his ability to get things done on and off the court will take him far in his career. I wish him only the best."
Tommy Brown – Head Basketball Coach Lee University
Steve Edwards is in his first year as a Graduate Assistant for the men's basketball team. Originally, Edwards is from Newton, Mississippi, where he attended Newton High School. During high school, Edwards was a four sport athlete, won state in basketball in 2008, and named one of the top 50 players in Mississippi (2008). After graduating high school, Edwards attended East Central CC for two years, and then he transferred to Spring Hill College, in Mobile, Alabama, to play two years of basketball. Edwards graduated from Spring Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Not only was Edwards an athlete before entering into Tennessee Temple, but he also helped coach at Newton High School and at East Central CC.
Edwards is also heavily involved in Word of Faith Ministries, and he is a Youth Speaker.
" I am very excited and thrilled to be a part of the Tennessee Temple family and I am looking forward to having a great year."-Steve Edwards
Ryan Sharpe, from Ball Ground, Georgia, is in his first year as a Graduate Assistant for the Tennessee Temple men's basketball team. Sharpe graduated from Cherokee High School, in Canton, Georgia, where he was a three sport athlete; he played basketball, baseball, and golf. After high school, Sharpe attended the University of North Georgia, where he played basketball for four years. Not only is Sharpe a great athlete, but he has also began working on his coaching career. During the summer workouts and summer league, he has helped coach Cherokee High School. He has also worked multiple basketball camps around the country, included the world renown Point Guard College.
Sharpe grew up as a coach's son, so naturally sports come to him like second nature; however, God has always come first in Sharpe's life. He is heavily involved in his church, and he has been involved in multiple mission trips and service projects.
"I am very thankful and excited to be a member of the Tennessee Temple family! I can't wait to see how God blesses the University and the Basketball program."-Ryan Sharpe