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 23 wins per season, qualified for the post season consistently, won a district and a regional championship and made an appearance at the 2014 TAPPS Final Four.
Coach Alfred has 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 450 victories, taken 14 teams to the playoffs, has been named “Coach of the Year” nine times, and has had over 40 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.”
Head Baseball Coach
Coach Darjean is a graduate of Dallas Baptist where he majored in Christian Studies. He was a four year member of the highly successful Patriot baseball team and was the recipient of a Golden Glove award presented at the 2000 College World Series. He spent three seasons (2001-04) playing professional baseball. From 2005-07 he served as the Assistant Chaplain for the Fort Worth Cats organization where he was responsible for organizing and preaching Chapel services before games as well counseling and developing relationships with players and coaches.
Coach Darjean is currently coaching with, and helping manage, the Texas Lions Select baseball organization as well as conducting private skills training.
Head Boys and Girls Tennis Coach
Jordan is in his first 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.”
Head Football Coach
Head Boys and Girls Golf Coach
Mike joined Grace Prep in 2016.
He was raised in Northern California and then attended Trinity Bible College in North Dakota after high school graduation. He has been married to his wife, Jackie, for close to 25 years. They have two children, Melody, age 23 and Mason age 20. Mike and Jackie have lived in the Dallas area since 1996, and currently live in Duncanville Texas.
Coach Helmer has been coaching high school football for 23 years at three different Texas Private Schools, with a collective 9 State Championship appearances. He has dedicated his career to motivating young men on and off the field and building competitive teams to give every player an opportunity for athletic achievement. He believes that building character and integrity through sportsmanship will lead to success both on the field and into their future. His coaching motto is ‘a good coach gets players to see what they can be, rather than what they are’.
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!”
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/head junior varsity football coach. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Grace Prep. Chad has trained for impact company’s 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, ployometric, strength and speed has provided many athletes the proper training to excel in there perspective sports.
Head Cross Country Coach
Cedric Stewart has been coaching Middle School and High School sprints and relays for several seasons at Grace Prep. Grace Prep is pleased to announce his appointment as head cross country coach for the 2016 season.
Coach Cedric Stewart, a native of Kansas, has been a USATF and AAU coach and member for nearly two decades. He received his USATF level 1 coaching certification in 2008. He is also a member of the Southwestern Association of Track and Field Officials Apprentice program and holds AAU’s positive coaching alliance level 1 & 2 certifications. Coach Stewart founded Legendary Track in 2007. Since Legendary’s conception, Coach Stewart has been central in the production of multiple Jr. Olympic 4X100M and 4X400M National Championship teams and a host of elite level performances on the local, regional and national stage. In 2014, Legendary Track experienced great success under Coach C’s instruction, reigning in a total of 32 medals at the USATF National & AAU Jr. Olympic meets, including 4 National Championships (USATF 400M 15-16 Boys, AAU 400M 15-16 Boys, 200M 15-16 Boys, 4X400M Relay 15-16 Boys), and 2 runner up National Championships (200M 15-16 Boys, 400M 13-14 Boys). In 2015 Legendary more than matched their performance from the prior year adding to the list of Jr. Olympic medals a bronze in the 3000M run and had a 400M sprinter selected to the 2015 USA World Youth Team. In July 2015, Stewart coached an elite USA youth athlete to a 3rd place finish in the 400M at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia. Coach Stewart has goals of coaching on the Collegiate and Olympic levels.
Coach Stewart was a multi-sport athlete in high school competing in basketball, football and track. He went on to play college basketball at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, KS before transferring to the University of North Texas in Denton, TX with studies in Music Education and Composition. Coach Stewart played Arena Football with the Rio Grande Valley Dorado’s in 2002 and 2003 and eventually made his way back to the sport of Track and Field while training with Pioneer Track and Field Elite.
Cedric Stewart has served in numerous areas of ministry including youth and teen minister at Agape Christian Fellowship and Destiny Center, Children’s and Youth Pastor at North Dallas Fellowship, a pianist on the worship ministry band at Grace Fellowship Church, and is currently serving in the area of youth and as a True Group leader at Word of Truth Family Church in Mansfield, TX where he and his family attend church. Coach C and his beautiful wife of 20 years, Shawn, reside in Arlington, TX and have 7 children (Jaylan, Kimberlyn, Cedric II, Makenzie, Cameron, Kobe and Ezra). Mr. Stewart is employed by Herzog Transit and has been a Locomotive Engineer for Trinity Railway Express since 1998.
Head Girls Basketball Coach
Assistant to the Dean of Athletics
Coach Smith played basketball locally at Martin High School and went on to spend a year in the basketball program at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Coach Smith began her career as an assistant coach at Mansfield High School. She joined the Grace Prep coaching staff in 2010 as an assistant in both the basketball and volleyball programs. She currently serves as our Athletic Assistant, Head Girls Basketball Coach as well as our Spanish 3 and 4 teacher. She also has served as the Upward Sports director at her church as well as running an adult sports ministry.
“The experience I have had working at Grace Prep has been unlike any other I have ever had growing up and working in the public school system. I love the greater connection I can have with these young people as we work together to develop them both physically and spiritually”.