Prior to coaching for the B.L.A.S.T. organization, Kirby coached both SYC 10U Boys County and SYC 14U Girls Rec teams during the 2016 – 2017 season. He was a head coach for the Maryland Lady Heat and Team Takeover-Girls organizations from 2010 – 2014. From 2003 – 2009, he headed the Ft. Washington FORTRESS, a sports and learning organization focused on at-risk male youth. By using basketball as a tool, participants would not only play in high level basketball tournaments at major colleges and universities, such as the Charlie Weber Classic; they would also tour college campuses, be provided free onsite college application processing,
as well as career awareness seminars during the events. It is this experience that has really allowed for an impactful connection with B.L.A.S.T. Basketball, as the essence of the organization closely resembles Kirby’s experience during his time with the FORTRESS; bringing sports and learning together.
Kirby got his start in coaching as a basketball coach for the Oxon Hill Boys & Girls Club from 2000 – 2002. From 1996 – 1999, he would play semi-pro in the Eastern Basketball Alliance league. Spending his childhood years in Fort Washington, Maryland, he played basketball and baseball as a youngster for the Oxon Hill Boys & Girls Club, which would lead to a standout high school basketball career at Riverdale Baptist School, graduating in 1996.
Pamela Payne began her love for basketball career at the age of 10. She continued feeding her passion in high school leading her school to state and national championships. Pamela graduated high school as a conference MVP, tournament MVP, school scoring leader, and as a Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention player. After high school, Pamela decided not to continue a career in basketball. Pamela received a B.S. in Telecommunication from Morgan State University and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. During her college career, Pamela played for various intramural leagues and coached boys-n-girls club teams. In 2018, Pamela was inducted into Riverdale Baptist School’s Basketball Hall of Fame for her contributions to the schools’ program.
Pamela has over 15 years of experience in youth programming, mentoring, and coaching. She also has 12 years of service with the Federal Government. Pamela has a passion for mentoring and coaching youth. She has served as an AmeriCorps Member in Baltimore City Police Athletic Leagues Centers, Baltimore City Public Schools, and as a Youth Coordinator for local faith-based ministries. For the last seven years, Pamela has served as a Program Coordinator for College Bound, a program that prepares middle and high school students to enter college or vocational programs.
Pamela has a passion for coaching youth and through her previous experiences has the unique ability to tap into the players and help them develop and reach their goals. This is her second year with DMV BLAST and she enjoys coaching with the organization because we are able to teach our girls more than the game of basketball. We teach them about the game of life.
Ron King - Coach Ron has been coaching youth basketball for over 10 years. He spent four years coaching the Hoop Magic Girls AAU team. This team finished in the top ten of the country. All the girls on that team went on to play basketball in college, many of them receiving full scholarships. Coach Ron also coached in the Fairfax County High School Varsity Fall league.
Chantel Ford, has over 12 years of dedicated organization administrator experience. She experience administering soccer, T-ball, baseball (county and travel), football (county and travel) and basketball teams/leagues. Prior to joining B.L.A.S.T. she was the Lady Dragon Administrator. She coordinated uniform purchases, equipment inventory, parent apparel, practice locations, tournament planning and travel arrangements. Together with her husband Randy Ford they ran Lady Dragons for 5 years ago under MYSF, Inc. Starting with 1 middle school team and growing to several throughout the years. Lady Dragons decided to partner with B.L.A.S.T (Bringing Learning and Sports Together) because our common goals are aligned. Both non-profit organizations are about the children and the development of the players that come through the program. By moving their program and talents to B.L.A.S.T. they can ensure that all players from both organizations have a positive basketball experience and how that trancends to everday life to succeed.