Professional Athletes

One of the hallmarks of USJ is excellence in athletics. Students often earn individual and team recognition, and many have played at higher levels after graduation, including the pros.

We are equally proud of the following athletes — veterans of professional sports teams — who have decided to educate their children and grandchildren at USJ.

Joshua McNatt, A USJ alumni drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 6th Round of the 1996 MLB draft. Inducted into the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Class. His sons Ethans and Riley McNatt are current students at USJ.

Don Coffey, USJ grandparent and former USJ Head of School, played wide receiver for the Denver Broncos. His granddaughter, Victoria Farnsworth, is a 2008 USJ graduate, and a younger granddaughter, Savannah Tabor, is in sixth grade.

Ronnie Giddens, a USJ alumni parent, was inducted into the Union University Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. In 1983, Giddens was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. His children, Aly and Anna Katherine, graduated from USJ in 2009 and 2011, respectively.

Jabari Greer, a USJ parent, is a former NFL football cornerback who played for the Buffalo Bills. He went on to play for the New Orleans Saints and was a member of the team when it won Super Bowl XLIV. He has two children at USJ: Jeremiah, fifth grade, and Jada, sixth grade.

Artis Hicks, a USJ parent, received the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame honor for his football career. Hicks began his 11-year NFL career in 2002 with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in Superbowl XXXIX against the New England Patriots and retired in 2012 with the Miami Dolphins. He has three childen at USJ: Rhian is in second grade, Rheagan is in first grade, and Rhylee is a Jr. Cub.

Stu Hirstein, USJ Head of School, was a minor league left-fielder for the Boise Hawks. His daughters, Ansley Hirstein and Phoebe Larkins, are in the eighth grade.

Ben Howard, a USJ parent, was a major league baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres and the Florida Marlins. His son, Corben, is a USJ second grader, and his daughter, Abigail, is a Jr. Cub.

Jack Peel, USJ Facilities Director and Varsity Baseball Coach, is a former University of Memphis baseball standout. He also played baseball for the Chicago White Sox and later for the Texas Rangers. His son, Rhett, is a sophomore.

Oliver Simmons, USJ parent and Varsity Basketball Coach, was a member of the University of Kentucky 1996 NCAA championship basketball team under coach Rick Pitino. He went on to play in Sweden and Holland in the International Basketball Federation and later in the International Basketball League in the United States. His son, Dexter, is a USJ Cub, and his daughter, Gabriella is a Jr. Cub.

Trey Teague, a USJ parent and 1993 USJ graduate, was an offensive lineman for the University of Tennessee football team. He was drafted in 1998 by the Denver Broncos; he also played for the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. His daughter, Lilly, is in kindergarten, and his son, Everette, is a Cub.