EVOLVE STAFF

Our dedicated team of experienced coaches are always on the ball, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of our Organization forward. We’re always pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and striving to perfect our programs. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.

 

MIKE BRENNAN

President & Co-founder

Mike Brennan is the President and Co-Founder of Evolve 14:23. He graduated from Clyde High School in 2005 and spent his freshman year at Hardin Simmons University studying business. After a year at HSU, Mike decided to finish his college basic credits at Cisco College. He then attended the Fire Academy program at South Plains College in Lubbock, TX in 2011. After graduating in 2012, he moved back to Abilene to be with his soon to be wife as she finished her degree at HSU. In May of 2013 Mike and his wife Maggie celebrated the birth of their daughter, Addison Grace. Mike continued to work in Abilene at various jobs, searching for his passion. He soon found it in working for a small insurance office. After there a few months he realized he wanted to have his own agency with a large company. He decided to work go to work for a local agency that was already growing rapidly and he spent two and a half years working for and learning from the owner of that agency. In December of 2018 he signed a contract with Farmers Insurance to become the owner of two agencies in Durango, Colorado, and in March of 2019 he officially took over his new businesses. Mike's passion for insurance enabled him to pursue his real dream which was to own a youth sports development organization. His favorite sport for most of his life was basketball. Before moving to Durango, he had coached various youth leagues in Abilene. While in Durango Mike founded a select basketball program titled SouthWest Select. This program specialized in developing youth basketball for local youth. Soon after Mike founded SouthWest Select, he and his wife made a decision to move back to Abilene to be closer to family. Mike decided to continue to oversee operations at SouthWest Select from Texas while the co-founders took over the main responsibilities. Mike was ready to fulfill his dream of providing a youth sports organization to cities and communities all across the state of Texas. When he decided to move back to Abilene, he started looking for like-minded individuals to partner with. It wasn't long before he spoke with co-founder Kyle Roberts out of Abilene about working together to make his dream a reality. That is when they founded the new nonprofit youth sports organization "Evolve 14:23." Now Mike and Kyle, along with the help of the chapter presidents, have not only established an Evolve 14:23 chapter in Abilene, but also in Lubbock, Amarillo, Round Rock, Houston and San Antonio, with plans to add even more chapters in 2021!

KYLE ROBERTS

Co-founder and Abilene Chapter President

Kyle Roberts is the Co-Founder and Abilene Chapter President of EVOLVE 14:23. He brings the principle EVOLVE runs by which is the focus of bettering young athletes as players and as people. Kyle is currently a Youth Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Abilene. He played varsity basketball at Wylie for 3 years. Kyle is also a former player at Hardin-Simmons University. He has had the opportunity to play for and be around great trainers and coaches who have even worked with NBA players. Last year Kyle took a trip with HSU Basketball to Nebraska where he was able to be at Creighton University’s and University of Nebraska’s practice facilities. Kyle was able to get some of the drills and workout that they do as Division 1 basketball programs. He also brings things that he has learned from the Texas Tech basketball program, as well as the things instilled in the basketball program at HSU to the table. There will be a huge emphasis on skill work and college style/level workouts in the gym and in the weight room with everything that Kyle does. We truly believe that anyone that buys in and works hard will greatly improve if they would be willing to put in the work and play for EVOLVE. Kyle’s focus and promise is that you will get faster, you will get stronger, you will get smarter, and you will leave a much better player than when you came. 

OSITA EZIGBO

Round Rock Chapter President

Osita Ezigbo was born in Austin, TX. He grew up spending time in the Austin and Dallas areas. Osita developed a passion for sports at a very young age, with basketball quickly becoming his favorite. Osita quickly became an above average player at a very young age and spent his youth and high school years competing on some of Texas' elite AAU basketball programs, including the Austin Jayhawks, Killeen Cobras, Georgetown Fury and the Georgian Jammers. Osita and his AAU teams competed all over the state of Texas and were invited to the AAU nationals in Las Vegas on several occasions. In his sophomore year in High School Osita and his team placed in the top 10 out of over 50 nationally ranked teams in the 2008 Las Vegas Nationals. Osita moved to Lubbock, TX in 2010 to study biology while majoring in chemistry at Texas Tech University. It was in Lubbock where Osita met our owner and founder Mike Brennan. Their love for the basketball and their desire to give back to their local youth and community connected them. In addition to sports Osita has always been into technology and in 2013 returned to the Austin area to work for Apple. He currently resides in Round Rock with his fiancé Kristin and their dogs Chance and Bailey.

DARIUS DAVIS

Amarillo Chapter President

Darius Davis was born in Newport, North Carolina where his father was stationed while serving in the United States Navy. He was 7 years old they when they moved to Abilene. Darius and his brothers attended Abilene Wylie high school where he competed in several sports, basketball being his main focus. Darius was the point guard for Wylie during several deep playoff runs including a state championship appearance in 2007, and a state semi-finalist in 2008. After high school Darius spent his freshman year of college at Hardin Simmons University as a walk-on basketball player. From his time as a young boy to after he finished competing in college, Darius developed a passion for the game of basketball, for sports in general, and for giving back to his community by volunteering. He began coaching at various local youth leagues such as AYBA and the YMCA while also working on his degree. At Hardin Simmons Darius studied Business Management and in 2015 received his bachelors degree from the university.  In 2018 he moved to Amarillo, TX and currently resides there with his wife Ansley and their three children. He is currently a representative for PNC Bank there in Amarillo, and while Darius continues to pursue business opportunities in banking, he has remained heavily involved in his community by volunteering and coaching youth sports.

RODERICK ANSLEY

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Roderick Ansley is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Evolve 14:23. He was born and raised in Plainview, TX. He developed a passion for sports at a young age and played several sports growing up in West Texas. Roderick graduated from Plainview High School in 2000. Roderick continued to pursue his passion to play football and in 2005 he enrolled at West Texas A&M. While attending he studied psychology and played on the football team there. Roderick has since lived in Abilene, TX with his wife Angela and they have been married for 18 years. They live with their three children Hailee, Braylon, and Ashton. Roderick's passion for sports carried over to coaching as he has been coaching his children for the majority of their lives, as well as training and coaching other Abilene youth. Roderick has also been coaching at the YMCA youth basketball program since 2013. In addition, Roderick spent a summer coaching for the DC Kings & Queens basketball program. Roderick uses his knowledge and experience in strength and conditioning to maximize the results of the drills and workouts his athletes perform and is able to formulate workouts to each specific sport offered by Evolve 14:23.

THOMAS MYERS

Skills Trainer- Abilene

Thomas Myers is a Skills Trainer for Evolve 14:23. He was born and raised in Abilene, Texas. He played basketball on varsity for 2 years at Abilene Christian Schools. Thomas has had the opportunity to learn from many great trainers and coaches over the years. He brings to the table the important principles of sport and life that have been poured into him from trainers and coaches while he was an athlete. Thomas is currently a student at Hardin-Simmons University pursuing a degree in exercise science with a focus of being on the path to Physical Therapy. Thomas has always had a drive for helping youth. The key reason for following the path of Physical Therapy is because he aspires to be a Pediatric Physical Therapist.Thomas brings his experience and knowledge of excersice science to the table in his skills training as well.

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