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Ted Young Basketball Coach in Clarksville TN

Ted Young

Basketball Director

Not only a Clarksville native, Ted Young is also an internationally accomplished, professional basketball player and coach. He first achieved notable success in being named a High School All-American Player during his time as a student athlete at Clarksville High School, where his jersey remains officially retired. After a four-year starting career with the Vanderbilt University Commodores, Ted toured throughout Asia and the Pacific as both a professional player and coach. Ted Young is truly inspired to commit his inexhaustible expertise to the growth of Clarksville’s basketball community at Acme Athletics.


  • Thirteen Coach-of-the-Year Honor & Awards
  • Nine District Titles
  • Six Region Titles
  • Six State Tournament appearances
  • Named High School All-American Player
  • Four-year starter at Vanderbilt University in the SEC (Class of 1983)
  • Nine-year professional career in Japan and 3 years as player/coach
  • Trained 3 player-of-the-year candidates
Performance Training Coach Sarah Kluttz

Sara Kluttz

Strength and Conditioning Director

A Chattanooga native with a passion for health and human performance, Sara came to Clarksville in 2008 to play soccer for Austin Peay State University. It was there she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science and later went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in the field with a concentration in Sport and Wellness Leadership. Sara is currently the owner and operator of Prime Fitness Clarksville. She has trained athletes of every sport from the professional and collegiate level to developmental programs at Prime Fitness. Acme Athletics is proud to utilize Sara’s catalogue of experience and education to perfect athletic strength and conditioning.


  • Division 1 Soccer 2008-2013
  • APSU Women’s Soccer Team Captain 2009-2013
  • Most Valuable Player 2009/2010
  • Scholar Athlete 2008-2012


  • B.S. Health and Human Performance
  • M.S. Sport and Wellness Leadership
  • F.M.S.-CP, C.P.T.
  • Owner, Operator at Prime Fitness Clarksville
  • Research based Program Design/Execution
  • Division 1 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning 2016
  • Female Athletic Development Program 2014-2016
Volleyball Coach Jen Garinger

Jen Garinger

Volleyball Director

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Jen Garinger has exhaustive experience in volleyball. She first came to Clarksville with her family in 2006, by way of Ft. Campbell. Since then, she has spent much of her time coaching high school and club volleyball in the Clarksville area, where her teams competed in district and regional championships. Jen was twice named District 10AAA Coach of the Year, in 2012 & 2013. Coach Garinger hopes to continually grow Clarksville’s commitment to excellent volleyball through her expert guidance at Acme Athletics.


  • Various Adult indoor and sand tournaments (2000-present)
  • USAV, Adult Nationals (Minneapolis, Atlanta, New Orleans, & Phoenix)
  • University of Louisiana Lafayette (1996-97)
  • Scottsdale Community College (1994-95)
  • Arizona Juniors Volleyball Club (1990-94)
  • Central High School (1990-93)


  • Art of Coaching Volleyball Member  (December 2015 – Present)
  • CrossFit Trainer – Level 2 (Certified February 2015)
  • CF Kids (Certified 2012)
  • Clarksville Volleyball Club (2015 – Present)
  • Clarksville Volleyball Youth League, Clinics & Camps (2012 – Present)
  • Davidson Academy, Lady Pumas (2014-15)
  • Pat Powers Camp, Assistant Coach (2014)
  • Club West VBC, Clarksville Club Director (2012-14)
  • Kerri Walsh-Jennings Camp, Volunteer Coach (2013)
  • Alliance VBC, Clarksville Club Director (2009-12)
  • Rossview High School, Head Volleyball Coach (2006-07 & 2011-13)
  • Club Red 15U (AZ), Assistant Coach (2007-08)
  • AZ Sky 15U, Assistant Coach (2009-10)
  • AZ Sky VBC, Club Director (2005-06)
  • Mid South Volleyball Academy 18U, Head Coach (2006)
  • NJCAA DII Championship, Site Director (2005)
  • FAVA VBC (NC), Volunteer Coach (2005)
  • Scottsdale Community College, Assistant Coach (2003-05)
  • Arizona Juniors VBC 12U, Head Coach & Tournament Director (2002-04)
  • Rocky Mountain VBC, Director & Head Coach (1999-02)
Softball Coaches In Clarksville TN

Courtney Elrod

Softball Director

Courtney Elrod is a Clarksville native with years of softball experience, both as a player and as a coach. Starting with the little league program in Clarksville's own St. Bethlehem, Courtney broadened to play travel ball, then high school ball, ultimately playing for the Belmont University Bruins in softball's highest collegiate level, Division 1. After graduating college, Courtney continued her passion for softball as a coach at Maryville College. Courtney is excited to contribute as a coach and give back to her hometown community as a member of the elite Acme Athletics staff!


  • Player & Record Holder at Rossview High School (2006-2009)
  • Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Softball Team (2011, 2012)
  • Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2012, 2013)
  • 4-Year Letter Winner at Belmont University (2009-2013)


  • Camp Instructor at Belmont University (2009-2013, 2015)
  • Camp Instructor at High School Softball Exposure Camp (July 2015, November 2015)
  • Camp Instructor at University of Tennessee (December 2014)
  • Softball Camp Assistant Coach at Rossview High School (Summer 2013)
  • Assistant Softball Coach at Maryville College (2014-Present)
  • Private Pitching Instructor in Maryville, TN (2014-Present)


Baseball Coaches in Clarksville TN

Caleb Slaughter

Baseball Coach

Caleb Slaughter is a Clarksville native with an apparent passion for baseball. He graduated from Northwest High School 1992 and began his college baseball career by signing with Austin Peay State University. He has since played professionally for various organizations, including locally for Clarksville Coyotes. Caleb is a husband of 20 years to his wife, Brandy, and a father to two sons. Caleb is excited to use his extensive baseball experience and expertise to give back to the city in which he was born and raised!



  • Northwest HS grad (1992)
  • Signed with Austin Peay (1992)
  • Rend Lake Community College (1993)
  • Vol-State Community College (1994-1995)
  • Junior College World Series (1995)
  • Lincoln Memorial University (1996)
  • Played professionally for five different organizations (1996-1999)


  • Coached hitters/catchers in Vol-State CC World Series (1998 -1999)
  • Private Instructor (2000- 2011)
  • Batters Box Indoor Facility (2012-2013)
  • Northwest High School Assistant Coach (2013)
  • Sports Dr. Sports Facility (2013-2016)
  • ACME Training Facility (2016 -Present)
  • Associate Scout San Diego Padres / Tennessee & Southern Kentucky (2012-Present)
Baseball Coaches in Clarksville TN

Coach Smith

Baseball Coach

Former Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau associate scout for Tennessee and Kentucky.  Major League Baseball discontinued the scouting component of the bureau this past month (March 2018).  Previously served as an associate scout for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim responsible for scouting and evaluating amateur talent in the Carolinas and Virginia for eight years.  Credits five Major League Baseball scouts for his professional development as a bird dog scout (John Tumminia, Tom Burns, Chris McAlpin, Brandon McArthur, and Nick Gorneault).  Serves as the website manager for the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association (MASA), which is a professional baseball group comprised of more than 162 former and current Major League Baseball scouts and front office personnel.



Major League Baseball | Associate Scout ('09-'18)
· Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau
· Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
NCAA D1 | Assistant Baseball Coach ('01)
· Fordham University – Atlantic 10
NCAA D3 | Assistant Baseball Coach ('00)
· UMASS Boston – Little East
Independent Minor League Baseball | Pitcher ('95-'00)
· Johnstown Johnnies – Frontier
· Alexandria Aces – Texas-Louisiana
· Elmira Pioneers – Northern
· Ohio-Valley Redcoats – Frontier
· Elmira Pioneers – Northeast
· Newburgh Nighthawks – Northeast



International Baseball Federation Pitcher ('97-'00)
· Zurich Barracudas – Switzerland Baseball Federation: Nationalliga A
· Perth Baseball Club – Australian Baseball Federation: Western Australia State League
· Mainz Athletics – German Baseball Federation: Baseball-Bundesliga Sud
· Leksand Lumberjacks – Swedish Baseball Federation: Elitserien
NCAA D1 | Scholarship Pitcher ('92-'95)
· La Salle University – Midwestern Collegiate
· Stetson University – Trans America Athletic
Professional Baseball Instructor | Pitching ('09-Pres.)
· ACME Athletics (Clarksville, TN)
· The Hit’n Mill (Hope Mills, NC)
· ECBA – USA (Fort Bragg, NC)
· 360 Elite Baseball Academy (Fayetteville, NC)
· Hitter’s Park (Lawrence, MA)

Baseball Coaches in Clarksville TN

Mike Markuson

Football Coach

35 Years professional and collegiate offensive line coach
  • (4) time Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year award nominee
  • Developed (2) 1st Round draft picks and (3) 2nd Round Draft Picks
  • Coached (11) All-Americans
  • Coached (15) All SEC Offensive Linemen
  • Part of (3) SEC Western Division Titles
  • Coached in (2) SEC Championship Game 
Accomplished the following while coaching Offensive Line at Arkansas and Ole Miss 
  • (10) times in 14 years their teams went to Bowl Games including (5) Cotton Bowls, The Capital One Bowl, The Citrus Bowl, The Independence Bowl and The Las Vegas Bowl
  • They had (5) Wins versus teams that were ranked in the top 5 (Florida, LSU, Auburn, Texas, South Carolina). In all (5) games, they were unranked and (4) of these came on the road. Florida and LSU went on to win the National Championship the season they beat them.
  • They have a total of (15) wins versus the following coaches that have won National Championships: Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz, Les Miles, Mack Brown, Phillip Fulmer
  • 2008-09 at Ole Miss produced consecutive nine-win seasons and back-to-back January bowl victories for the first time since 1962
  • Arkansas led the SEC in rushing in 2002-03, 2005-07, While finishing 2nd in 2004
  • Extensively recruited for Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas
Coaching History
  • 2016-Present Hamilton Tiger-Cats Offensive Line
  • 2015 Texas – San Antonio Offensive Line
  • 2014 Eastern Illinois Offensive Line/AHC
  • 2013 N.E Mississippi CC Offensive Line/OC
  • 2012 Wisconsin Offensive Line
  • 2008-2011 Ole Miss Offensive Line/RGC
  • 1998-2007 Arkansas Offensive Line/RGC
  • 1997 Boise State Offensive Line/OC
  • 1993-1996 Murray State Offensive Line/OC
  • 1991-1992 Alabama A&M Offensive Line/OC
  • 1990 Austin Peay Offensive Line
  • 1989 Notre Dame Graduate Assistant
  • 1987-1988 Oklahoma State Graduate Assistant
  • 1986 Hamline University Assistant Coach
  • 1984-1985 South Dakota State Assistant Coach
Developed 15 All SEC Offensive Linemen
  • Johnathan Luigs
  • Shawn Andrews
  • Michael Oher