Jose Edwards (Coach Edwards)
Jose A. Edwards is a Boston native who grew up playing basketball for some of Boston’s most prestigious teams, such as the Cooper Comets, Barracudas (Roxbury Boys and Girls Club), and BABC. Later at Thayer Academy, Jose played varsity basketball for four years under Rob Dixon. Jose was on the I.S.L all tournament team for three years and was an I.S.L Champion for two years. During his senior year his team was ranked Twenty fifth in the Nation by USA Today. Jose then spent one year at Ferrum College in Virginia and two years at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He later returned to Thayer Academy to work as Rob Dixon’s assistant coach for the Boy’s Basketball team. As administrator he coached the Solomon Lewenberg Middle School Boy’s Basketball team to an undefeated 2006-2007 season and Middle School Championship.After successfully completing his bachelor degree, Jose continued and earned his Masters in Administrative Education. In addition to his designated role as a behavior specialist for the Boston Public Schools, Jose Edwards has established non-profits, a mentoring organization designed to support inner city youth. He has worked as administrator for Boston Public Schools for the last 10 years.
Kenneth H. Grubbs (Coach Grubbs)
Kenneth H. Grubbs (Grubbs) is a proud supporter and coach of The Boston Showstoppers Girls Basketball Program. He is was born and raised in Boston and a proud father of 2 boys and 2 girls. He is also a Boston Police Officer who reinforces one of the Boston Police Departments missions of being proactive in fostering and developing positive relationship with the youth.Coach Grubbs has been coaching for many years. Some of his basketball coaching accomplishments include 2 National Police Athletic League (PAL) Basketball Masterpiece Basketball Championships. A Girls High School Division Championship. Two 13 and under and two 15 and under Boston Neighborhood Basketball League (BNBL) Girls Championships. And also an International Championship in Montreal, Canada at the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Basketball tournament in the Girls high school division.Some of Grubbs’s hobbies include producing cable shows on the Boston Neighborhood Network on Comcast Channel 23 and performing as Master of Ceremonies (MC) and Disc Jockey (DJ) at various community events. He also loves to Sing Karaoke, read an occasional issue of the Incredible Hulk comic book and watch Japanese Anime. One of Grubbs’s coaching motto’s to the Girls is “Don’t Make Excuses, Make Adjustments”.
Shanika Smart is a Native of Boston who Attended the John D O’ Bryant School of Math and Science from the Seventh through twelfth grades. During her tenure, Shanika excelled in academics and in sports as a Starting player for the Varsity Basketball team from the eighth grade on. Shanika was team captain, and some of her achievements included the MVP award, and the All Star Team. Shanika’s injury as a junior prevented her from attending North Eastern University on a partial athletic scholarship. However, Shanika was still awarded a partial athletic scholarship to Emanuel College where she achieved Unsung Hero and Defensive Threat status for 2 years.Shanika has been working with youth groups since 1995 and is currently the Athletic Director for Madison Park High School. She is an assistant coach of the John D. O’ Bryant Lady Tigers, a personal trainer and conditioning coach for MYCW AAU Boys team, as well as a mentor to young men and women.