Richie Alfred
Head Boys Basketball Coach
Dean of Athletics

ralfred@graceprep.org

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 nearly 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.”

Tennis- Jordan Dvoracek

Jordan Dvoracek
Head Boys and Girls Tennis Coach

jdvoracek@graceprep.org

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.”

Tammy Evans
Head Girls Basketball Coach

tevans@graceprep.org

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

bhelm@graceprep.org

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.

Sumer Jordan
Head Cross Country Coach

sjordan@graceprep.org

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.

Prentice Lewis
Head Volleyball Coach

plewis@graceprep.org

Prentice Lewis is in her third season at Grace Prep. Her squads have won back-to-back district titles, and in 2018 captured the TAPPS 4A state crown.

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. She also spent a year as head women’s volleyball coach at University of Dallas.

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, 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!”

Dan Nieboer
Head Boys and Girls Track & Field Coach

dnieboer@graceprep.org

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.

David Reese
Head Football Coach

dreese@graceprep.org

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.