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The St. Louis Christian Homeschool Knights offer competitive and developmental basketball teams for homeschool boys and girls ages 8-18. Competitive teams play a robust schedule full of MSHSAA public and private schools each season along with competing against the best homeschool teams across the nation. Track, Cross County, Cheer and Dance teams provide opportunities for middle school and high school homeschool athletes.

Ed Liliensek, Director of Basketball Operations - 18U Boys
Coach Ed was a 4 year starter at Missouri State University in Springfield before playing professionally in Brazil. Ed coached in the public school system for 25 years (Hazelwood Central, Timberland, St. Dominic, Wentzville South Middle) including being named MSHSAA Large School Coach of the Year for the State of Missouri after leading Hazelwood Central to the Class 4A Championship Game. Coach Ed has coached more than 30 players who have gone on to play in college at Mizzou, Alabama, Creighton, NWMSU, CMSU and many more. Even beyond basketball Coach Ed's passion is helping Jesus follow Jesus. Ed has served as a leader at Strong Tower Ranch, St. Charles and St. Louis Prison Ministry, Kamp Kannakuk and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Ed is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Jeff Duncan - 16U Boys
Coach Duncan strives for excellence in everything he does on and off the court. Jeff has been coaching for more than 15 years following his Baseball and Basketball careers in High School. Coach Duncan's team have won the Missouri Homeschool State Championships in 2018, 2019, 2020 along with finishing 2nd in the Heartland Region in 2018 and 2020 losing to perennial National Champs OKC Storm in the Championship game. Jeff has served as Student Pastor, Young Adult Leader, Deacon and Executive Leadership Team of his church. Jeff and his wife, Brandi have 3 boys.

Rick Tucker, AD - 14U Boys
Coach Rick has won more than 180 games as a Varsity Boys Head Coach including National Bronze Ball Championship, Missouri State Championship and multiple other awards. During his time as Knights Coach and AD Coach Rick has led the Knights organization from 3 teams competing against small christian schools and other homeschool teams to 13 teams competing against MSHSAA public and private schools. Several player Rick coached have gone on to play in college. After serving as a Student Pastor for 25 years Rick planted Red Tree Church in 2016 where he currently serves as Pastor. Rick and his wife, Candy have 8 children and 2 grandchildren.

Patrick Baalman - 12U Boys
After finishing his career as the Knights All Time Career Leading Scorer along with multiple other awards Patrick is currently a member of the Missouri Baptist University Basketball team. Patrick has played basketball since the 2nd grade and is excited to share his faith and basketball knowledge with his players.

Joe Linneman - 16U/18U Girls
This is the second season Joe has coached the varsity girls team. Coach Joe resides in Troy, Missouri with his wife Ebony and their 4 children. He and his wife have homeschooled their children since 2010. He has coached all of their children in multiple sports starting with soccer, baseball, softball, and, of course, basketball. Coach Joe has been a Missouri State High School Basketball official for 18 years officiating games from the junior high through Varsity levels.

Matt Haynes - 12U/14U Girls
Coach Matt was named All-Confernce, All-Region and pre-season All American at Meramac Community College before transferring to Emporia State University. Matt has coached for 15 years along with teaching Leadership in Sports and Weight Training at Fort Zumwalt West High. Matt serves as a director for the Gateway Area Bible Camp, organizes youth activities, speaks at youth conferences, teaches Bible classes and preaches monthly. Matt and his wife, Michelle have 3 daughters.

Hannah Riggs, Director of Track Operations - Head Coach
Coach Riggs, who was born in Montana, attended high school in Sumner Washington, but spent the majority of her childhood in Missouri and Illinois. Though her childhood was nomadic, her love for athletics rooted her wherever she was. She played whatever sport was offered at the schools she attended and was a 3-sport athlete in high school participating in soccer, basketball, and track. Track was always an area she excelled in, breaking multiple school records, winning the district competition and placing in the top 10 at the state level her sophomore year in high school. Due to injury her junior and senior year in high school, she was unable to get a scholarship to run track at the collegiate level but was determined to do the best she could as a walk on to the cross-country and track team at Eastern Washington University. Through dedication and perseverance, Hanna became part of the top 5 on their cross-country team and then went on to break 2 school records in track & field at The Big Sky Track and Field Conference Championship the spring of her freshman year. Her time in the 1500 held for 9 years. Coach Riggs believes that the life skills an athlete develops are invaluable when he or she strives to glorify God with the talents they have been given. It was her vision for the development of athletes that lead her to start the Blue Knights Track team and encourage a cross country team. Through the Blue Knights Track and Cross-country teams, athletes have the opportunity to glorify God with the gifts God has given them.

Alyssa Ward - Assistant Coach, Track Events
Coach Ward is originally from Burlington, Vermont. Alyssa has been active in dance since the age of two, Varsity Cheerleading for eight seasons (both basketball and football) in high school, and four years of Varsity Track and Field. In high school she primarily competed in hurdles and javelin. However, Coach Ward was trained in all three throwing events and has competed in shot put, javelin, and discus. Alyssa lives in Lake St Louis, Missouri with her husband and six children. She was a Cheerleading coach for three years at Lutheran High school south. She was in the leadership position in the homeschool gym program from 2013-2017, as well as being the director from 2016-2017. Alyssa has also held other coaching positions throughout the St Louis region over the last two decades. She believes in looking for the strengths that each child has already been gifted from God and helping them achieve their goals!

Tijuanna Bryant - Assistant Coach
Coach Bryant is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. Her track and field career began at the age of 13 when she began running for her local high school, Summerville High School. During her junior year at Fort Dorchester High School, she became the state champion in the long jump and placed 2nd in her senior year. She still holds the meet record in long jump at the Outback Track and Field Classic. Coach Bryant received a full athletic scholarship to the University of South Carolina - Columbia where she continued to improve in her speed and long jump abilities, placing 8th at the NCAA Track and Field sectional championships. In 2006, she was inducted to Fort Dorchester’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She currently resides in St. Charles, Missouri with her husband and 8 children. She continues to run in various 5k’s and half marathons and loves weightlifting as well. Coach Bryant has been a track and field coach with the St. Louis Blue Knights for 2 years and is excited for the growth of the program and the excellent student athletes she is able to coach. She credits the Lord Jesus for any athletic ability that He gives to His children and sees athletics as another way of glorifying Him.

Cross Country
Marv Meyers, Director of Cross Country Operations - Head Coach
Coach Marv led the launch of the Blue Knights high school cross country program in 2018 and, in 2019, its expansion to include a middle school team and great assistant coaches. In only its second year the program had several top 10 finishes against some of the top private and public school runners in the St. Louis metro area. And two runners finished in first place in both the Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls National Homeschool Invitational Cross Country Championships. More importantly, many new runners were introduced to the sport, some having never run long distances before. He encourages each team member to be the best athlete and team member that they can be—to glorify God by pushing themselves to do their best. Coach Marv is a chemistry professor at Saint Louis University. He and his wife Kim have four children.

Jane Criswell, Assistant Coach
Coach Criswell was born and raised in Indiana and moved to St Louis in 1997 with her husband, Scott.  She started running in middle school track and XC and has been running ever since.  Over the years, she has been known to spread this love for running to many others in her life, to include her husband and many other close friends.  Her two children, Lynn and Grant, also run for the middle school Blue Knights track and XC teams. Jane coaches the long distance runners for track and assists in coaching XC.  She is excited to give back to the homeschool community by sharing her passion for running through coaching and helping others achieve their goals.  She still enjoys testing her own limits in local 5ks, 10ks, Half and Full Marathons.

Dance & Cheer
Lacey Malawey - Dance Team Coach
Lacey Malawey is the Dance Team Coach. She was a part of the Dance Team last year and is excited to be back. She recently graduated from William Woods University with a degree in American Sign Language (ASL) - English Interpreting and is hoping to use this in a religious setting soon. Coach Lacey was a part of her college dance team and was co-captain her senior year.

Rebecca Lacky - Cheer Team Coach
Coach Bex is excited to be joining the Blue Knights as the Cheer coach. This is her first year coaching cheer but she was a Varsity cheerleader all four years of High School, placing at MO State Competition two years in a row. Coach Bex works as an ASL-English interpreter in the downtown area. Random fact: her favorite drink is a decaf caramel latte.
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