Updated: Oct 9, 2019
"Although I haven’t been an official basketball coach. I’ve had the opportunity to be apart of the leadership of a non-profit 501C (3) basketball program named Yulee Basketball Association (YBA) in Yulee, Florida. YBA was developed in January of 2010, having only six teams; it currently has grown to over 16 teams in Nassau County. The league under the leadership of Raymond Albury III, gives the players an opportunity to play competitive basketball without the necessary traveling. It’s a local program developed in Nassau, and all games are hosted in Nassau County." -- Ms. Ashanta Albury, 2019
Ashanta Albury graduated from Daytona Beach's Bethune Cookman University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She began her career in 2000 with the Department of Children and Families child protection division. She completed her graduate studies with Argosy University (Santa Ana, California) in 2012, earning a Master of Arts degree in forensic psychology. Ashanta participated in Bethune Cookman's marching band for four years during her undergraduate studies and has always had a love for sports.
In her years with Child Protection in the State of Florida, Ashanta has earned several awards for her dedication to produce quality work. These awards include CPS Supervisor of the year (2013) and Quality Assurance Specialist (2014). Ashanta has been a major part in the lives of children adopted in Northeast Florida's foster care program throughout her career.
Ashanta's son R.J. is a sophomore at Trinity Christian Academy, and he is very involved with TCA sports, particularly basketball and baseball. Ashanta wanted to be a part of the growth process at TCA by lending a helping hand to the Trinity basketball program as the basketball secretary for head coach Marreo Thomas. Ashanta is eager to see the program succeed and has dedicated her time in ensuring that TCA Basketball connects with the community and students.
Ashanta's philosophy in life will be the leading foundation for the TCA basketball program. Her vision is to bring electrifying energy to the program while providing the players with the knowledge and information they will need to play the game of basketball at the next level.
She cites Matthew 19:26 as her vision for the program because with God all things are possible. “Faith remains my foundation in everything I do," she says. "We lean on God for all the answers and keeping the faith throughout life, and everything is possible for all the right reasons.”
Ashanta and her husband have always instilled in their children the importance of giving back to others and their community. In addition to R.J. (whose full first name is Raymond), Ashanta has one adult child, Ray’shia Albury, a sophomore at Florida Agriculture Mechanical University majoring in nursing. Their love for God and her family remains her foundation in everything she does.