A New Chapter: 2021
Dre Jefferson announced as Program Director, Lexi Long as Director of Operations for 2021 Season
Dre Jefferson, Club Director
Dre Jefferson has recently been named the new MN Suns Program Director. Dre is a graduate of Park Center High School and he went on to play college basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. After completing his career, he jumped right into skills training in 2009, and has also been coaching high school basketball since 2010.
In 2012, Dre joined the MN Suns family as a skills trainer and head coach. He took over our skills development sessions and transformed them into Sunday Skills academy, which is now a cornerstone of our program. With numerous players from his teams going on to play collegiate basketball, Dre has implemented a development process that works for kids and is now being applied to the entire MN Suns program. Under Dre Jefferson's leadership, the core components to the culture of MN Suns basketball will be high expectations, commitment to excellence and a work ethic that matches the goals set.
"It is an honor to take on the Club Director role for the MN Suns organization. Basketball has been my passion since I was 5 years old, now to be able to help kids chase their goals and achieve their basketball dreams is an amazing opportunity. The Suns will be a player's first program with high standards for our coaching staff, tournament operations and competition."
In addition to this new role for Dre, Lexi Long has been announced as the new Director of Operations. Lexi was a member of the inaugural Suns team in 2005 and 2x MN state champion at Maranatha Christian Academy. She went on to play college basketball at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where she finished her career as #9 and #11 all time in career 3 pointers made and assists, respectively. Lexi got her start coaching in 2012 while still in high school and coached teams at all levels while in South Dakota, including coaching the the Rapid City Christian High School girls junior varsity team and assisting with varsity. Currently, she coaches with DeLaSalle High School and Roseville Youth Traveling Association.
With her father founding the MN Suns in 2005, Lexi spent every summer wearing a MN Suns jersey from its beginning through 2012. She coached her first Suns team as a senior in high school and assisted multiple Suns teams throughout her college career. In 2018, Lexi moved home and officially re-joined the Suns family, both coaching a team and executing much of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into hosting successful events and supporting our coaches, players, and their families. Under Lexi's leadership, the Suns will maintain our family atmosphere while holding ourselves to a high standard of excellence, integrity, and honesty.
"What my parents built as the MN Suns program is something I am both extremely proud of and passionate about. I don't take for granted the the many years of hard work that they put into this program to get it to this point. As we look to start a new chapter, I am grateful and honored to take on the Director of Operations role and to build upon the foundation that has been laid."
Lexi Long, Director of Operations
In addition to these two positions, Arsenio Richardson and Kendrick Livers have been named as the new Boys Co-Directors.
Peter Long, founder of the MN Suns, along with his family has had a love of basketball for many years. When Peter’s kids were old enough, they joined the world of AAU basketball, to expand and improve their skills. This was preparation to help them reach their dreams of playing high school and college basketball. However after a few seasons of sitting on the sidelines, Peter decided it was time to start his own program. That is how the MN Suns program was started. Our mission is simple: provide an environment where basketball players can develop and improve their skills in order to achieve their basketball dreams.
Starting in 2005 with two girls basketball teams today the MN Suns program has over 20 competitive teams and we are just getting started! While the jerseys have changed, the coaching staff has grown and the teams have multiplied, our mission is still the same: we coach and encourage all of our players to believe in themselves, their basketball dreams and goals, and develop leadership skills both on and off the basketball court. We look forward to sharing our love of the game with your family. Go Suns!
MEET OUR FAMILY
Peter Long President and co-founder of the MN Suns. You will often see him on the court working with athletes or watching basketball games. This year his role will primarily consist of recruiting, talent evaluation, and directing events.
Sherilyn Long Co-founder, office manager, and the overall magic behind the MN Suns.
Alexis Long Director of Operations, specializing in behind-the-scenes work for our program.
Rachael Long Skills Academy trainer and player development director for 4th-7th grades, as well as director for 4th-7th grade teams during the season.
Abram Long Often doing much of the behind-the-scenes work for our events.