Meet the BCB Staff
Coach Sam Allen
• All-State PG for school record 28-3 Brookwood High School his senior year under legendary 7-time Georgia HS State Champion Eddie Martin
• Starting PG for school record 125 consecutive games at Reinhardt University
• Compiled over 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, and 400 assists during 4-year college career
• All-Conference and All-Academic honors at Reinhardt
• Led school to first ever National Tournament Appearance
• 8 years at the collegiate level
• Coached, developed, and mentored 5 players at college level who went on to play professionally
• Worked under 2 National Championship Head Coaches
• Coached, developed, and recruited leading scorer in the country at 29ppg, 12 All-Conference players and 6 All-Freshman athletes
• Worked with over 40 teams including middle school, high school and college from various states as well as 2 international teams
• Coached and trained multiple Region Players of the year and all-state selections
Coach Sam Allen is the owner, founder, and coach at Blue Collar Basketball. Since BCB’s inception in 2011, Sam has worked with players from a variety of levels including middle school, high school, college, and professional. Prior to founding Blue Collar Basketball, Sam spent eight years coaching at the collegiate level. In addition to running BCB, he also works with highly acclaimed and world-renowned PGC (Point Guard College), where he directs “Essentials” and “Shooting College” courses. Sam’s unique ability to teach the game and infectious energy have afforded him the opportunity to speak at Better Basketball, PGC/Glazier, high school, and college coaching clinics. He graduated from Reinhardt University with a B.A in History and holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Georgia State University.
Coach Christi Thomas
Thomas joined the BCB team in the Fall of 2017. Christi helps with high school & middle school team training, working with both boys and girls teams. She also leads BCB individual and small group sessions.
Thomas was a former Ms. GA Basketball her senior year at Buford HS. She continued her collegiate career at the University of Georgia where she finished in the top 10 for career points, rebounds, and blocks. She was then drafted #12 by the L.A. Sparks in the WNBA. She recently retired after 7 years in the WNBA and 9 professional seasons across several different countries. Upon her return to the U.S. and back in her home state of Georgia, she was named 2015-16 Community Coach of the Year while at Northview HS. She was an assistant coach at Flowery Branch HS in the 2016-17 season, helping lead them to the Final Four.
Sam Allen on the addition of Christi:
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Christi be a part of our team. Christi and I had met a couple of times over the last few years since she retired from playing. However, when we worked together during the summer at a PGC course, I knew we had to find a way to get her involved with Blue Collar. Christi’s got a great presence on the court as a teacher. She loves the game and loves helping kids. She connects well and commands respect. I’m fired up about her continuing to impact all the players we get to work with.”
Coach Mason Ambler
Coach Mason Ambler grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia where he attended Parkview High School. Upon graduation from Parkview, Mason played one season at Hiwassee Junior College before finishing his final three years of eligibility at Coker College (NCAA Division. II). At Coker, Mason was a three-time All-Conference team member, including his senior season in which he was an NABC All-Region selection. He was recently named as a member of the Coker College All-Time Team and still ranks Top Ten in career scoring and rebounding. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Mason played one professional season in the Irish Super League (Moycullen, Ireland).
Mason began his coaching career in 2011 when he joined Sharman White at the prestigious Miller Grove High School (Lithonia, Georgia) and served as an Assistant Coach with an emphasis on post player development. During his five years with Miller Grove, they won four GHSA State Championships, played national schedules and competed in the 2016 Dick’s National Championship.
Mason continues to utilize his degree in business where he serves as a national sales rep covering the Southeastern United States and as of the Fall of 2016, Coach Ambler joined the team at Blue Collar to share his passion and love for the game. Mason serves in a variety of roles with BCB. He provides on court teaching with BCB’s team training and travel ball teams. Mason will also help provide leadership to Blue Collar Basketball Showcase Events in the 2017-18 HS season. The HS showcases annually feature some of the top HS teams in the peach state and Southeast.
Coach Mark Isenhour
Mark Isenhour was a part of Blue Collar’s original travel ball coaching staff. Mark and BCB founder, Sam Allen, were HS teammates and have remained close friends ever since. Isenhour’s role with BCB is with the BCB travel ball teams. Isenhour’s coaching style lends itself to transformational experiences with BCB athletes that he works with.
Isenhour is the younger brother of the late Michael Isenhour, who played at Georgia Tech. Isenhour has had a diverse and successful coaching career, working with both boys and girls players. After finishing a 4-year playing career at LaGrange College where he was a 4-year starter and 1,000 point scorer, he was an assistant men’s coach at two different colleges for three years. He spent one of those seasons learning under the legendary NAIA Hall of Fame member coach in Steve Ridder at Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach. As a 24 year old, he then became one of the youngest coaches in the country at his alma mater, taking over the women’s program. Taking over a program that had never had consecutive winning seasons, Isenhour led the Panthers to 5 consecutive winning seasons, including the three most successful seasons in program history. After leaving LaGrange, Isenhour returned to another rebuild at his alma mater, Brookwood High School, inheriting a team that went 3-23 in the year prior to his arrival. He quickly turned around the program by posting 9, 16, and 21 wins in the subsequent three seasons. Isenhour stepped away from his leadership post after the 2016-17 season to pursue an opportunity to lead his own business.
BCB athlete, Brandon Fletcher on Coach Isenhour:
“Coach Mark is one of the best coaches I’ve ever been coached by. He’s taught me so much about the game ever since I first came to BCB. He showed me what it’s like to be smart big man and to always hustle on every play. Also, he has taught me how to be a great teammate and help energize them. I could’ve never been the player I am today without him.”
Coach Milt Travis
In his 34 years of coaching, Coach Travis has taken 3 different schools to the state tournament multiple times. He has rebuilt 4 different HS programs based on the principles of fundamentals and intensity. He has taken teams to multiple state final fours, but some of his proudest accomplishments are the relationships he has built and that former players of his are successful adults as spouses and parents working in different professions such as lawyers, teachers, bankers, doctors, ministers, armed forces and more.
“Coach Travis’s experience and wisdom has been so valuable to what we are doing. His experience in developing players at the HS level for almost 35 years as well as running highly successful camps has helped us improve our approach. When I first got into coaching, I spent time learning from him the importance of developing strong relationships with your players. He lives that out in a very real way. Coach Travis has been able to help us improve our skill development progressions while also reinforcing the thread that runs through all of our teachings – a blue collar, toughness approach.”
“I would highly endorse Blue Collar Basketball and Sam Allen for individual and team training for basketball. I have known Sam as a high school and college player and as a coach. He has become quite a student of the game as well as having a tremendous work ethic. He not only knows how to play the game, but has become very adept in teaching the game.”
Coach Eddie Martin, Greater Atlanta Christian, 5 time GA high school state champion
“Coach Sam Allen is the hardest working person I know. As a teammate of his in college no one worked harder to be the best he could be, and this has carried over to coaching. The name Blue Collar Basketball is a true representation of who Coach Allen truly is.”
Coach Jeremy Adams, Sequoyah High School, 2011 Region 7AAAA Champions