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2021-2022 Coaching Staff

Meet Our Staff

We are here to provide you and your family with the best youth basketball experience possible!  We are proud to bring you a group of highly accomplished coaches.  Read the bios below to learn more about your coaches.

Jesse Brand

Head Coach - 2nd Grade 

Email: [email protected]  

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 Jesse has been coaching basketball for the past 12 years from recreational to high school aged AAU.  Jesse has coached with the JLK program for the past 3 years and with the SDK program 5 years prior to that.  Jesse is an excellent fundamentals coach.  His main goals for this season is teaching the basics and following through with the basics in the game setting.

Assistant - Mike Shumaker

Mike Shumaker

Head Coach - 3rd Grade

Phone: 937-716-5757
Email: [email protected]




Mike has lived in the greater Dayton area for 15 years now after attending UD for grad school. He and his wife, Julia have 3 kids.  Lana 11, Mya 9, and Cora 7 that attend Incarnation and participate with JLK

This is Mike's first year as a head coach after serving as an assistant the past two seasons.  He will also be assisting this year's second grade team.

Assistant- Jake Gibbs

James Davis

Head Coach - 4th Grade Gold

Phone: 937-321-2617
Email: [email protected]

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James has been involved with the Junior Lady Knights for several years with his oldest daughter now in the junior high program and his youngest participating as a fourth grader. If you see someone sitting on the baseline at games snapping photos, it’s a good chance it’s Coach James. He has assisted Dave Ireton with coaching the Lil’ Dribblers and is very excited to have the opportunity to introduce this year’s fourth grade team. With five children of his own, James has been coaching youth sports for a decade, including soccer, baseball, and softball, in addition to basketball. For the last several years he has coached multiple CYO basketball teams.

Assistants - Joe McAbee

Dave Baldetti

Head Coach - 4th Grade White

Phone: 937-974-3841
Email: [email protected]

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Dave Baldetti is a lifelong athlete and sports fan. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri he played high school basketball, baseball and collegiate baseball.  He has three kids, ages 14, 13 and 9 who all play one or more sports.  For the last ten years Dave has coached basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball and track & field, primarily for CYO.  He is really looking forward to joining the JLK coaching staff and working with this group of fourth grade girls. 

Assistants - Jim Graham

Mickey Nuzzolese

Head Coach - 5th Grade

Phone: 517-990-2746
Email: [email protected]

Mickey returns to JLK for her 3rd year with the Class of 2029.  Mickey is originally from Jackson, Michigan and moved to Dayton to pursue her undergraduate degree. She went to the University of Dayton to run cross country and track and field and completed a bachelors degree. She then decided she loved the University of Dayton and did not want to leave! She now works in the Athletics Department at UD as the Assistant Director of Compliance. She has coached several teams since high school of grades ranging 3rd to 8th of boys and girls with the most recent being with Dayton Metro and Team Ohio.

Assistants - Angie Petrovic

Dave Ireton

Head Coach - 6th Grade

Phone: 937-231-8000
Email: [email protected]

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Dave Ireton is returning for a 6th year coaching with JLK.  Last season Dave was the 5th Grade coach and has previoulsy worked witht the 8th grade team.  Prior to JLK, Dave has been involved in youth sports as a coach for soccer or basketball for the past 10 years.  He also has 6 years of officiating experience in both baseball and basketball at various age levels.  Dave is looking forward to working with this age group again.

Assistants - Jesse Brand

Rob Carruth / Mickey Nuzzolese

Co-Head Coaches - 7th & 8th Grade

Phone: 513-884-6548
Email:[email protected]

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Rob returns this year for his 9th season coaching with the program. Rob has coached basketball, soccer, and baseball from youth recreational levels through high school for over 25 years.  Rob is President of the Junior Lady Knights, a Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach, and a USA Basketball Licensed Coach.  Rob has also coached for Dayton Lady Hoopstars and Dayton Metro, including a 2019 3rd Grade AAU National Final Four.  This is Rob's 12th year in the program.  Rob is looking forward to working again with the Class of 2026 and to meeting the Class of 2027!

Mickey is also the coach of our 5th Grade Team this season.

Assistants - Abby Carruth, Irina Overman

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