Basketball Boys- Richie Alfred

Richie Alfred
Head Boys Basketball Coach
Dean of Athletics

Coach Alfred inherited a Grace Prep basketball program coming off of a four-win season and in need of a new direction.  During his tenure, the Lions have averaged 24 wins per season, qualified for the post season consistently, won three district titles, two regional championships and made appearance at the 2014 and 2018 TAPPS Final Four. The Lions were the 4A state runner-up in 2018 concluding a 33-win season.

Coach Alfred served as the Head Basketball Coach at Mansfield High School, Arlington Martin High School and Richland High School prior to his arrival at Grace Preparatory Academy. He has over 550 victories, taken 16 teams to the playoffs, has been named “Coach of the Year” eleven times, and has had over 45 players that have gone on to compete at the collegiate level.

In 2011 Coach Alfred was honored to be selected as a Head Coach for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All Star Game in San Antonio. He and his wife Christie have two daughters, Amanda and Ashley.

“Grace Prep is a unique opportunity to coach the game I love and use it as a tool to teach the many valuable life lessons that can be learned through athletics from an eternal perspective.”

Tennis- Jordan Dvoracek

Jordan Dvoracek
Head Boys and Girls Tennis Coach

Jordan is in his fourth year as head tennis coach at Grace Prep. He grew up in Arlington and began playing tennis at a very young age. Tennis has always been a large part of his life as his whole family played the sport. Jordan played varsity tennis during his time at Martin High School where he was All-District, represented his school at regionals and played #1 singles and doubles his senior year. He played tennis competitively in junior USTA tournaments as well. Jordan is a graduate of Texas Tech University where he received a BA in Management. He and his wife, Melissa, have one son, Jackson.

“I am very excited to get back in the game of tennis and look forward to teaching the students skills that will aid them on the court and off the court as well.”

Tammy Evans
Head Girls Basketball Coach

Tammy Evans comes to Grace Prep after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Kennedale High School, where the Wildcats advanced to the area playoffs this season. Prior to that she was an assistant at Godley High School.

Throughout her career, Coach Evans has 10 years of head basketball coaching experience at various public and private high schools in both Texas and Florida. She led Granbury Happy Hill Farm on their way to back-to-back TAPPS 1A State Championships in 2011 and 2012; she was also named TAPPS Coach of the Year in each of those seasons.

Additionally, Evans has coached cross country and track. In 2006, she helped lead the Happy Hill Farm boys track team to a TAPPS 1A championship, and did the same for the 2011 Happy Hill girls cross country team.

Evans is married to Dr. Marc Evans, and they are the parents of four grown children and have two granddaughters.

“Grace Prep has given me this opportunity to coach young ladies in an environment where the truth can be interjected in dealing with life challenges both on and off the court.”

Brandon Helm
Head Baseball Coach

Coach Helm brings a unique blend of experience, stability and the spiritual background necessary to mentor our athletes. After originally signing at Arizona State University, Brandon opted for a four-year stint in the military.  Brandon spent time at Camp Humphreys and Fort Hood before serving in Afghanistan. Upon his return, Brandon enrolled at Southwestern University where he developed into an outstanding leader on the baseball field.  Completing his undergraduate degree in Religion and Communications at Liberty University, Brandon went on to receive his Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas.

Coach Helm has over ten years of coaching experience including a stint as the Head Coach at North Hills Christian School in Arizona.  Brandon spent a year distinguishing himself as an assistant in the GPA baseball program. Off the field Brandon has served in ministry for over 15 years.  He has been a youth minister, executive minister as well as serving in other staff positions.  Brandon also served as the Territory Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Arlington.

Brandon and his wife, Courtney, have three children, Samuel, Jack and Landry all of whom attend Grace Prep.  They are active members at the Community at Lakeridge in Mansfield.

Melcon Jones
Head Cross Country Coach

Melcon Jones has added “cross country coach” to his list of titles at Grace Prep in 2018. In addition to his coaching roles with the GPA Cross Country and Boys Basketball teams, Coach Jones is the GPA choir director and study hall teacher. Prior to coming to Grace Prep, Coach Jones spent time coaching at Lake Country Christian School and Nolan Catholic.

Jones is married to Cometra, and they have three children.

Prentice Lewis
Head Volleyball Coach

Prentice Lewis comes to Grace Prep from the University of Dallas where she served as the head women’s volleyball coach for the 2016-17 season.

Coach Lewis spent 13 years (2002-2014) at Division I TCU, where she is the winningest coach in school history, compiling a 245-174 overall record while competing in the Big XII, Mountain West, and Conference USA.  Lewis coached the Horned Frogs to 10 winning seasons, with six of them being 20 win seasons.  Her 2009 squad had the greatest season in school history, reaching the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament while earning a 27-7 record.

Coach Lewis has served as an assistant coach in the SEC (The University of Florida, 2000-02), PAC 10 (The University of Oregon, 1999-000), and Big West (The University of California Irvine, 1996-99).

As a student-athlete, she attended and competed at Cal State University, Long Beach.  During her time at CSULB, she competed in four NCAA Tournaments, including three trips to the Final Four, culminating in a National Championship in 1993.  Prentice also participated in the U.S. Olympic Festival in ’93, and was named Big West Scholar Athlete of the Year in ’94.

Coach Lewis married Jeff Lewis in 2000 and they have a daughter named Landry.

“My family has always been very important in my success as a coach and the move to Grace Prep is a blessing.  I look forward to continuing the success the program has had and developing these young ladies.  Go Lions!”

Chad Pegues
Head Boys and Girls Track and Field Coach

Chad Pegues graduated from Gainesville High in 1995 and then went on to the University of Miami “:THE U” where he was a 3 year starter on the football team. His senior year he transferred to Illinois State University and finished his college football career earning honors for Burger King All American/AFCA First Team, All American Associated Press/Third Team, Football Gazette All American/Honorable Mention and Gateway First Team All Conference. Chad played in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1999-2000. He also played professionally in the XFL and Arena football leagues from 2001-2007.

“Coach P” has been at Grace since 2008.  He currently serves as the head track coach as well as the defensive line coach. Chad has trained for impact companies like Performance Course, Pride Performance and Fast Twitch, which help improve athletic ability for sports performance. He has extensive experience training athletes in a group or personal training. His knowledge of the different methods of training such as aerobic, metabolic, plyometric, strength and speed has provided many athletes the proper training to excel in there perspective sports.

David Reese
Head Football Coach

January 2018 marked the return of Coach David Reese and his family to Grace Prep. He served the Lions from 1999-2008 in a variety of capacities within the athletics department.

Reese was on the coaching staff of four state championship football teams at Grace Prep (1999, 2002, 2003, 2005), and served as interim head coach in 2001 before becoming head football coach in 2006. He was named Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2006. Additionally, Reese was at the helm of the Grace Prep baseball team when it captured its 2001 state title.

Coach Reese left Grace Prep in 2008 to serve as head football coach and athletics director at Monte Vista Christian School. While at the Watsonville, California private school, his teams won their first league title in school history (2011), reached the playoffs six of the last seven years, and he earned Coach of the Year honors in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

Reese is married to Leslye, and they are the parents of two sons and have six grandchildren.

“We want to be known as a great football team, but more importantly, to be men of great character!”

GPA partners with parents to provide a Christ-centered, college preparatory education where students are allowed to further develop their God-given talents and virtues and become college-worthy character witnesses for Christ.