TDA Welcomes Dennis Aldy as our basketball coach for the 2017-18 School Year!! Dennis Aldy and his family are originally from MS. After high school, he played basketball at Holmes Junior College, in Goodman, MS. In 1988 he married his wife, Dara. The following year he graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and began engineering work in the Power Field. At the age of 22, he was asked to coach a local highschool boys’ basketball team for Starkville Academy. This was his first experience as a coach and he immediately fell in love with teaching young athletes the fundamentals of basketball.
With the birth of their 3rd son in 1996, he began coaching baseball. By the time their 5th son was ready to play, he had coached baseball for all ages a total of 10 years. In 2006, he started the Hattiesburg Forerunners, a homeschool high school sports organization. He served as both the athletic director and head coach of the baseball and basketball teams.
Realizing the powerful role his coaches played in his life as a student athlete, Dennis pioneered the opportunity for competitive sports for home educated students in the state of MS. He helped organize other teams, equipped coaches from other cities, and developed a statewide Home School Championship Tournament in basketball for MS. His Forerunners team won that state championship 2 of the 5 years that he served. As a coach, Dennis stresses the requirement of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fundamental skill development. He believes that discipline, desire, and diligence are the necessary attitudes to become great in any sport. Dennis sees sports as a tool to reach the hearts of young people, giving them vital life skills and opportunities to practically walk in Godly Christian character.
After moving to the Kansas City area, he helped coach the Kansas City East Lions High School Boys’ team for one year. The following year he took over the program and served as head coach for JV Girls, V Girls, JV Boys, and V Boys. The V Boys team ended the season ranked 20th in the nation in home school basketball. He coaching experience covers 10 years of competitive baseball and 9 years competitive basketball, while winning state championships in both sports.
Dennis, his wife Dara, and 5 of their 7 children live in the South Kansas City area where they lead Turning Hearts Ministries. As a couple, Dennis and Dara love teaching and encouraging families through marriage classes, parenting classes, and one on one family coaching. Dennis also enjoys mentoring young men, teaching basketball, and teaching archery to youth and young adults through various programs and personal instruction.