Midstate Ballerz AAU: Our Founder

Tuesday, January 18
Founder of Midstate Ballerz Basketball Jeremy Shulman


Current Brevard CC Head basketball coach and founder of Midstate Ballerz basketball has more than a decade’s worth of experience as a highly motivated and respected AAU coach, Shulman has been instrumental in the resurgence of East Mississippi Community College among the national junior college basketball circles. Capped by last year’s program-first NJCAA Tournament appearance and first-ever MACJC North Division regular-season men’s title, Shulman has played a major role in EMCC’s recent three-year composite record of 55-32.

Following steadily improving overall records of 11-14 in 2007-08 to 17-11 a year la
ter, the East Mississippi men’s basketball program continued its emergence onto the national scene with a history-making 27-7 campaign a year ago. On the heels of semifinal-round state and regional tournament showings the year prior, the 2009-10 Lions punched the school’s first-ever ticket to the men’s national tournament in Kansas by capturing the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament title. Last year’s EMCC squad also finished as state tournament runners-up to Pearl River. 

Shulman arrived on the EMCC campus in 2007 in the midst of a successful affiliation as head basketball coach and program director of the Tennessee-based Midstate Ballerz AAU basketball club. During the past dozen years, the Ballerz program under Shulman’s direction collected three national top-12 finishes, including a national fourth-place effort in 2005, and three state championships. Shulman posted 415 wins during his stretch as head coach and helped compile more than 800 victories for the program overall, including a program-record 43 wins in 2007.

The Ballerz AAU program has produced 60 NCAA Division I scholarship players and 126 players who have gone on to receive basketball scholarships at the collegiate level. Among those standout collegiate players groomed by Shulman in the Ballerz program have been 2010 NBA draft pick Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State as well as former MSU standout Barry Stewart. Most recently, 2007-08 McDonald’s All-American Scotty Hopson is currently a junior at the University of Tennessee and is joined on the Vols’ roster by Ballerz alum Skylar McBee. Other former Midstate Ballerz standouts who are either currently competing or have recently competed for NCAA Division I programs include Reginald Delk (Louisville), Richard Delk (Troy), Courtney Pigram (East Tennessee State), Nicchaeus Doaks (Chattanooga), Tyshwan Edmunson (St. John’s), Tyrone Caldwell (Austin Peay), Xavier Hansbro (Georgia State), and Nathan Parker (Wofford).

A native of Nashville, Tenn., Shulman earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a double minor in athletic coaching and psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003. He played high school basketball at Nashville’s University School.