GAINESVILLE MIGHTY OAKS HIRE HEAD COACH

 

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(Orlando, FL) – The Gainesville Mighty Oaks have signed AJ Stallworth as the first coach in franchise history.

Stallworth brings an exceptional playing resume that includes championships at the High School (Wenonah High School, Alabama), college (Life University, NAIA 1), and minor league level (Decatur Court Kings, WBA). Most recently, he was the Head Coach of the ABA’s St. Augustine Glory.

Stallworth will assume both the role of Head Coach and General Manager, and will play a vital, public role in building the team’s presence in Gainesville.

“AJ’s enthusiasm and credentials made this an easy decision for me,” said Mighty Oaks Owner David Smith. “If you want to build a winning, championship-caliber team, you find a leader who has won. AJ is a winner.”

The team has tentatively scheduled their first open tryout in June, but Stallworth intends to rely on recruiting to build their inaugural team.

“This is such a great opportunity to build a minor league team in a place like Gainesville,” said Stallworth. “I’m blessed to have a lot of connections in the industry that helps with recruiting, but Gainesville has plenty of talent already. We should have no issue building a strong basketball program right away.”

Preparations are underway for the 2020 FBA season, but it is unknown when the Mighty Oaks will host their first home game in Gainesville, given the safety and health concerns stemming from COVID-19.

“It’s certainly a tough time to build a professional sports team, that’s for sure,” said Smith. “I’m optimistic though. The FBA has some great things planned, with lots of exciting things on the horizon. We’ll do our best with what we have, build a competitive team, and certainly represent Gainesville with pride and might!”

For more information about the Mighty Oaks, the team can be found on all social media platforms. You can also visit www.gainesvillemightyoaks.com.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.

FBA APPROVES GAINESVILLE MIGHTY OAKS FOR 2020 EXPANSION

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has approved the Gainesville Mighty Oaks of Gainesville, Florida as an expansion team for the upcoming 2020 season.

The Mighty Oaks will be owned by David Smith, a veteran to minor league sports. Smith, a minority partner for the Twin City Cyclones of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), worked as a scout for the Brooklyn Aviators and Augusta Riverhawks. He remains a Head Scout for the Federal Prospects Hockey League (FHL).

 

The Mighty Oaks are one of two expansion teams joining the FBA for the 2020 season. FBA Commissioner Greg Kite heralded the city of Gainesville as a top tier prospective city for FBA growth.

“Gainesville has a rich basketball history,” said Kite. “The Mighty Oaks will provide a nice landing spot not only for the University of Florida, but also for Santa Fe college players seeking to continue playing basketball professionally.”

As with all FBA teams, the Mighty Oaks will use a mix of sports agents, scouting, recruiting and open tryouts to build their roster for their inaugural season. The team plans to host a free, open tryout after the restrictions due to COVID-19 are lifted.

“I was instantly impressed with Commissioner Kite and the growth, direction and sustainability of the FBA business model,” said Smith. “I’m excited to become a member team, and looking forward to bringing a fun, high-quality, affordable basketball entertainment product to the good people of Alachua County.”

The free tryout event is tentatively scheduled for June 7th from 2-6pm at the Legacy Park Multipurpose Center located in Alachua, Florida, pending updates from officials monitoring COVID-19 protocol. Interested players can email GainesvilleMightyOaks@gmail.com, call 206-304-3332, or message the team on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Gainesville-Mighty-Oaks.

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball career.