Barnstormers Founder and Executive Director
Coach Johnson is the founder and Executive Director of Barnstormers Basketball and also the owner of Elite Sports, USA. Through Elite Sports, Jamie organizes basketball events throughout Iowa, including spring individual “Showcases”, and team tournaments. Prior to coaching with the Barnstormers, Jamie assisted in the operation of events for FutureStars Basketball, while also working as a national talent scout and recruiting analyst. Through his experience in scouting, coach Johnson has developed relationships with countless college coaches at a variety of playing levels. He has also written for online publications like Hoopmasters.com, and Rivals.com, among others. Jamie is a graduate of the University of Iowa, with a degree in Media. Jamie is an administrator at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, and lives in Solon with his wife, Makenzie and three boys, Drayden, Logan and Landon.
Jamie organizes hosted events for the Barnstormers, and maintains control of the logistical functions as well as player selection, travel, and sponsorships. He assists at all of the high school age groups.
HS Program Director and 16u Gold Coach
← Coach Pettigrew with the Barnstormers Class of 2020 in Atlanta at the adidas Gauntlet
Coach Pettigrew joined the ‘Stormers in 2008 after spending 3 years as the founder/director of the Iowa Triple Threat Hoops AAU program. In addition to his coaching duties with the Barnstormers, Coach Pettigrew also is in charge of the HS programs scheduling, travel, communication and coaching staff and also spends a lot of time helping our recruiting coordinator with college recruiting efforts for all our young men. Jamie is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelors degree in Sports Management. He lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife Annie and is a proud father of five; including two boys who played for the Barnstormers (Alex Coleman, 2006-2009 and Jo Coleman, 2007-2011).
Coach Pettigrew will coach the 10th grade boys for the 2020-21 season.
Recruiting Coordinator/15u Gold Coach
Tanner was the Director of Sauk Valley Magic for 8+ years and was also the 17U Elite Coach. He is also the Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at Central City High School.
Tanner scored over 2,000 career high school points (Annawan High School and Lincoln Trail Conference’s career points record holder), and was named All-State 3 years. He played college basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Knox College. He was awarded All-Conference recognition for 2 years as a Point Guard for Knox College.
Tanner joined the Stormers in 2018 and has made a huge impact in a very short time helping a multitude of players get recruited at all collegiate levels from high-major to D2/D3 & NAIA as our recruiting coordinator, helping to recruit players into the program and being a great coach/mentor to young men from all walks of life!
Coach Tanner lives with his wife Nichole & daughter Rose and will coach the 9th grade gold team this spring/summer and continue his outstanding efforts helping our young men achieve their collegiate basketball dreams!
Coach Kelly is in his ninth year as a member of the Barnstormers coaching staff. This season, Coach Kelly will transition into a skills coach role working with both our youth and HS programs. Ryan has worked for several years in skill development with Dubuque area athletes so this is a natural progression as Coach Kelly grows in his HS coaching career as he was recently promoted to the co-head varsity Basketball coach at Iowa City Liberty High School for the 2020-21 season and will be the sole head coach after this season.
Ryan graduated from Clarke University with a major in Math and Education, where he was a standout on the Clarke College Baseball team. Originally from the south side of Chicago, Ryan currently lives in Coralville where he is a math teacher at Liberty High School and recently married his wife Allie (sister to Stormer Alum Trey Hutcheson).
17u Gold Coach
Coach Schmitty is a long-time member of the Stormer family coaching our 2020 class from 5th-8th grade and then transitioning into the HS coaching ranks coaching our 2020 black teams for 2 years and then moving over to our 2022 gold team which he will coach as the 17u gold coach this year. Coach Schmitt is also the unofficial, “social director” of the Stormers as he is beloved by everyone and always is willing and ready to strike up a great conversation.
Tom is married to Donna Schmitt & has had two sons don the Stormers uniforms in Josh and Cael who both went on to play at Coe College Josh graduating in 2020 and Cael beginning his freshman year in the 2020-2021 season.
8th Grade Black Coach
Coach Shipp joined the program in 2020-21 and is a welcome addition to the Stormers Staff. Reggie is a former player at Iowa Wesleyan College & former Varsity Head coach at Burlington Community HS and a current Assistant Varsity Coach at Iowa City High as well as an educator in the school district where he resides with his daughter.
7th Gold Coach
Coach Schauf is entering his 3rd year as a Stormers coach leading our 7th grade Gold team. Coach Schauff is the long-time Head Varsity Coach at Oelwein HS and his son Conley is a member of the class of 2026.
17u Black Coach
Coach TJ is entering his second year on the Barnstormers Staff. TJ is a young energetic coach who recently finished his playing career at Coe College graduating in 2020. TJ is in his first year as a collegiate assistant coach at Cornell University working under an Iowa coaching mainstay in Coach Dave Schlabaugh.
Coach TJ will be coaching our 17 Black team this spring/summer.
16u Black Coach
Coach Buss is in his second year coaching w/the Stormers but no stranger to the program. Nate is a Stormer Alum who went on to have a very successful playing career at UNI and professionally overseas. Nate is a student of the game and loves to talk X’s & O’s and is always willing to workout players who want to put in some extra work. Nate is very keen on the details of the game and is a great asset to the program and our student-athletes.
Nate currently resides in Cedar Falls with his wife, Alexis and will be coaching our 16u Black team this spring/summer.
15u Black Coach
Coach Sharp is entering his second year as a member of the Stormers Staff. Coach Sharp is the Head Coach at Sauk Valley Community College a Division 1 Junior College in Dixon, IL. Coach Sharp brings a valued coaching and recruiting perspective as a college head coach that is an invaluable insight for our program and our young men.
Coach AJ will lead our 15u black team this spring/summer!
13u Black Coach
Rick comes to the Stormers Staff with a plethora of coaching experience at many different levels. Rick is a former College Assistant of 4 years at the University of Dubuque, High school head coach of 10 years as well as many years of experience in Youth coaching.Rick is Married to Wendy, and they have 3 children, Erica, Cameron (current 7th grade Stormer) and Carson. Rick enjoy sports & spending time with his family and is a long-time educator employed as a Special Education and At-Risk teacher at Bellevue Community Schools for the past 20 years.