Head Boys Basketball Coach
Director 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 four district titles, three regional championships and made appearances at the 2014 TAPPS Final Four, and the 2018 and 2019 TAPPS State Championship games. The Lions captured the were the 4A state title in 2019 (35-2), and were runners-up in 2018 (33-7).
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 600 victories, taken 17 teams to the playoffs, has been named “Coach of the Year” twelve times, and has had over 50 players that have gone on to compete at the collegiate level. In September 2019, he was inducted into the Mansfield ISD Athletic Hall of Honor.
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.”
Head Boys and Girls Tennis Coach
Jordan Dvoraceck is in his fifth 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. Coach Dvoracek 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. Dvoraceck 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.”
Head Girls Basketball Coach
Carlee Howard joined the Grace Prep Girls Basketball staff in 2018, and moved into the role of Varsity Girls coach in November 2019. Coach Howard has an excellent basketball resume’ and background that includes four years of collegiate play at West Texas A&M University, where she holds two West Texas records: most 3-point field goals in a game as well as in a single season. She has been coached by two Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Coaches – coach Bob Schneider at West Texas A&M University, and coach Joe Lombard at Canyon High School. She was a member of the Canyon High School state championship team in 2000 as a player.
Coach Howard and her husband, Dustin, are parents to two sons, both Grace Prep students.
Head Baseball Coach
In November 2019, Eric Darjean returned to skipper the Grace Prep Baseball team after time away to successfully plant a church in Fort Worth. Coach Darjean continues to pastor his church while sharing his baseball acumen and talents with Grace Prep.
After a successful baseball career at Dallas Baptist University, where he won the 2000 NAIA Golden Glove and was named to the 2000 National Championship All-Tournament team as an outfielder, Coach Darjean played professional baseball with the Jackson Senators in the Central Baseball League. After his pro career, he turned towards coaching (Trinity Christian, Pantego Christian, Grace Prep) and founded Darjean Fundamentals where he specializes in hitting, throwing, and fielding.
Coach Darjean is married and has four children.
“I want to disciple young men and help them grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ… and we’ll win some games along the way!”
Head Cross Country Coach
Sumer Jordan takes over the helm of the Grace Prep Cross Country this year. Jordan, who also teaches physical education at GPA, brings a wealth of long-distance running knowledge to the position as she has coached 5K, 10K and marathon running groups for The Fort Worth Running Co. She has a passion for running and has competed in road races of all distances in addition to taking part in open-water swim competitions and triathalons.
Coach Jordan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s Degree from Texas Christian University. Additionally, she is a USATF Level 1 Certified coach and has completed the USATF Cross Country Coach specialty class. Jordan is married to Shaun, and the mother of two Grace Prep students.
Head Volleyball Coach
Adrienne Wiles took over the reins of the Grace Prep Volleyball team in January 2020. She spent last two seasons as the head JV coach where her squads went undefeated in district play, and marked a total overall record of 35-5-2.
Coach Wiles, in addition to her coaching duties, teaches math at GPA.
Head Boys and Girls Track & Field Coach
Dan Nieboer comes to Grace Prep as Head Boys and Girls Track & Field coach, as well as the Defensive Coordinator for the Varsity Football team. He can also be found in the classroom teaching Junior High and High School Personal Training and Junior High Technology Applications.
Coach Nieboer has more than 18 years of coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate levels. Most recently, he was an assistant coach for both football and track at Grapevine High School. He also has a strong background in strength and conditioning/sport performance.
He played football at both the University of Rochester and Ohio Northern University, where he lettered. Nieboer holds a M.S. in Sport Administration/Sport Management from Liberty University as well as a B.A. in Spanish from Ohio Northern University. He and his wife, Katelyn, are the parents of one son, Naaman.
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!”