Meet the Staff

Program Director

Donnell "Mookie" Dobbins

Donnell “Mookie” Dobbins was a high quality student-athlete at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP,) under former University of Kentucky and Texas AM coach, Billy Gillispie, before transferring to Pikeville College where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Communications in 2007.  He then attended Towson University, where he received his Masters Degree in Professional Writing.  Being an avid lover and player of the game, he uses his skills and experiences to instill the importance of academic excellence, community commitment, and good sportsmanship to current players.  Over the last nine (9) years, he has coached and mentored dozens of young athletes in Baltimore City and surrounding areas.  He is a very passionate coach whose motivation is driven by his children and his desire to succeed.

Donnell’s responsibilities as Program Director go beyond recruiting and developing talent. He also mentors the adolescent boys and young men in his program.  Because of the level of success within his program, he, according to the Buckeye Prep Report, “has built a reputation as one of the most prolific grassroots basketball coaches in the country.”  Under his leadership, Team Thrill has grown into one of the premier youth programs in the country.  The program is currently made up of nearly 200 student athletes, and continues to grow each year.

As an AAU coach, Donnell has many notable accomplishments. Among one of the most noteworthy was winning two (2) national championships in 2016.  This past season, his c/o 2021 won several tournaments including the Adidas President’s Day Tournament and Elevate Hoops Proving Grounds League. In addition, his 16U team made it to the Under Armour Association (UAA) Elite 8 in its first year of competition.  This proved to be a significant accomplishment as the UAA is one of the three major AAU circuits in the country.

The excitement and passion for the game of basketball is the driving force behind his commitment to the Team Thrill program. He strives to be the best, and challenges the participants of his program to do the same.

Donald Thomas

Assistant Director

Serving as the second in command and head coach of the Class of 2019 UAA team, Donald is a valuable asset to the Team Thrill organization.  He obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from University of Pikeville, and brings his savvy business and basketball knowledge to our program.

Donald has played basketball all of his life, and has six years of coaching and recruiting experience at a college level. He has coached at the University of Pikeville (2010-2011 and 2014-2017), Pfeiffer (2011-2012), and NC Central (2012-2013).  In his coaching tenure, he has several major accomplishments which includes, but is not limited to: winning the 2011 National Championship and making an Elite 8 appearance in both 2014 and 2016 at his alma mater.  He has also coached and mentored several All Stars and professional basketball players including Stanton Kidd, Jeremy Ingram, Jamar Briscoe, Trevor Setty, Kenny Manigault, Vance Cooksey, KK Simmons and Macari Brooks.

Donald’s motivation behind working with Team Thrill is his desire to help kids reach their full potential not only as student athletes, but also as well- rounded individuals who can contribute in a positive way to the communities in which they live.  He realizes that many inner- city youth simply lack proper guidance.  He intends to focus his efforts on making sure each student athlete achieve the goals that they have set for themselves.

Genelle McCoy

Director of Logistics

Genelle McCoy known as the Bea Gaddy of Baltimore basketball and co-founder of Team Thrill, graduated from Baltimore City College in 2001. She was the JV Head coach at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School from 2006-2008. She began coaching her peers at the tender age of 14 and hasn’t looked back since. Passionate about the youth in Baltimore City, Genelle has been a role model and mentor to many inner-city youth. With a defined eye for young talent and a tremendous work ethic, Genelle specializes in the development of basic fundamental skills for the Jr NBA In-House Program that enrolls over 100 kids from ages 4-14 yearly. She is very valuable to the Thrill family as she is the Director of Logistics, in other words she makes us “GO”. Genelle is responsible for coordinating with all departments and directors including those in our expansion states to keep the program functioning.

Tonya Williams

Director of Fundraising

Holding a B.A. in sociology, and a B.S. and M.S. in biological sciences from University of Baltimore County Honors College, Tonya has spent over 10 years working in the Development capacity in clinical trials, real estate, and human services.  She joined Team Thrill in the Fall of 2016 as the Director of Fundraising and brings her expertise in fundraising, grant writing, and event planning to the program.

Brian Scott

College Recruiting Liasion

Brian Scott is currently the associate head coach at Mount Zion Prep School located in Baltimore, Maryland. Mt Zion Prep is a program that Brian Scott started in 2012 with Rodrick Harrison. Since 2012 Mt Zion Prep has produced 25 Division 1 athletes and over 50 NCAA student athletes. Brian was also a part of the UA sponsored Baltimore’s Finest program from 2010 through 2015. Brian served multiple roles within the program including Assistant Program Director for  2014-15 season. From 2009-2012, Scott was an assistant coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Kendall Peace Able

Director of Education

Coach Peace-Able is entering her 15th Season as the Lady Engineers Head Coach, 16th overall.  Under her leadership Poly's Women's Basketball program won the 4A, 3A and 2A Region Championships 7 times. She has also led the Varsity Volleyball Program to 9 City Championships. She is dedicated to the athletic and academic development of young women. After graduating from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1996, she attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with honors in 2000. She later furthered her education in a Master's Degree Program at Howard University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Mechanical Engineering. She has worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado and the Army Research Lab in Adelphi, Maryland. She is currently an educator at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Engineering where she teaches Mechanics, 3D CAD, and the CISCO Networking Academy. It is her fervor to see the outcomes of "Uniting Theory and Practice".

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