Melvin Williams Brings Years of Experience to the Lady Hawks

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy has named Melvin Williams as the new Head Coach of the Hamilton Heights Girls Basketball Program. 

Williams brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Lady Hawks, at all levels of High School, and College Basketball, including multiple years of coaching at the Division I level. 

Prior to arriving at HHCA, Coach Williams was assistant womens’ basketball coach at Mississippi Valley State University for 2 years. That two-year stint at MVSU followed after a three-year stint at SWAC counterpart Alabama A&M where he served as an assistant coach for the Lady Bulldogs from 2010-13. From April to May of 2013, Williams worked as the team’s interim head coach. In his time at A&M, he helped the Lady Bulldogs excel on the court and in the classroom, as the team was recognized for having the highest grade point average in the SWAC in consecutive years. The team’s biggest win came in December 2010 when the Lady Bulldogs upset the University of Minnesota.

Prior to his time at A&M, he served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Georgia Perimeter during the 2009-10 season. There, he coached two student-athletes who would go on to be named All-Conference.

His time at Georgia Perimeter was preceded by a two-year stint as head women’s basketball coach at Tennessee Temple University. At the private Christian liberal arts school, Williams led the team to an 18-12 record and to the semifinals of the South Region in his first year at the helm. His team was ranked 12th in the National Christina College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Two student-athletes were named All-Region and one was tabbed All-American.

Prior to arriving at Tennessee Temple, Williams served as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Cumberland University under Lonnie Thompson for one season from 2006-07. He also spent time as senior recruiting coordinator at Tennessee State for two seasons (2004-06) and head men’s and women’s basketball coach at Chattanooga State for six years (1998-2004). He began his head coaching tenure at Chattanooga State in 1999 after a one-year stint as an assistant with the men’s team.

Under Williams’ guidance, the CSCC men’s team reached the semifinals of the TJCAA Tournament three consecutive seasons. In 2003, the men’s team advanced to the TJCAA championship. During that span, the Tigers posted back-to-back 20-win seasons. In 2002, the Lady Tigers finished fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Tournament after dominating their region and finishing with a 30-5 record. Williams produced several All-American and All-Region selections as well as NJCAA MVP honorees.

For his efforts, he was named the Region VII Coach of the Year (2001-02). He also had the honor of being voted by his peers to coach the All-Star game four straight years (2001-04).

After graduating from high school, Williams began a career with the U.S. Navy where he was a four-year letter winner for the basketball team. He was tabbed to the All-Tournament team in 1985.

He officially began his coaching career in 1992 on the high school level in Georgia under Hall of Fame coach Lawanza Crutcher.

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering technology. He is married to Gale Williams and they have one daughter, Lauren.  Lauren is an Alumni (’17) of Hamilton Heights and was a member of the Lady Hawks Basketball team during her time at HHCA. 

Coach Williams’ College Coaching Resume


Mississippi Valley State University

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach


Alabama A&M

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach


Georgia Perimeter College

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach


Tennessee Temple University

Head Women’s Basketball Coach


Cumberland University

Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach


Tennessee State

Senior Recruiting Coordinator


Chattanooga State College

Head Men’s & Women’s Basketball Coach

Hawks Secure 5th NACA National Championship

FORT BLUFF, Tenn., February 24, 2023 – The Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Boys Basketball team defeated Arlington Christian School 49-47 to claim the NACA Division 1 National Championship.

In the final 3 games of the 2022-2023 season, the Hawks played some of their best team basketball of the season against some very tough competition.

Game 1: Hamilton Heights 70 – Shabach Christian Academy 68

Game 2: Hamilton Heights 68 – Life Center Academy 60

Game 3: Hamilton Heights 49 – Arlington Christian School 47

Dumont Drops 40 Against East Hamilton

The Hawks, led by Villanova Signee Jordann Dumont, knocked off East Hamilton 87-67 on Friday night in a battle of 2 very talented squads.

The Hawks led by 9 at the half and stretched that lead to 20 to close out the contest. Dumont scored 40 for the Hawks, eclipsing his career high and setting a new single-game scoring record in the process.

“East Hamilton is always a tough matchup, but our guys were prepared and stepped up to the challenge even in the face of some adversity. A couple of our guys got in foul trouble early, by we didn’t let that deter us and we were able to secure the W.” – Coach Stephen Cook

Full Stats and Highlights are available HERE

NEXT UP: The Hawks travel to Chattanooga Christian School on Tuesday night. Navy plays at 4:30 PM EST vs CCS JV and then Columbia plays at 7:00 PM EST against CCS Varsity.

-Stat Recap

Jordann Dumont – 40 Points (77% FG%), 15 Rebounds, 2 Blocks

Ogbonna Agbo – 16 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Blocks

Casper Pohto – 13 Points

Hawks Drop Season Opener in Mississippi

The Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Hawks Boys Basketball team traveled to Columbus, MS on Saturday for a season-opening matchup against powerhouse, Tupelo High School at the SSP Tip-Off Classic.

The Hawks led by 3 at the half and by as much as 18 early in the 4th but ultimately fell by a final score of 89-88, falling to 0-1 on the season.

“We have a very talented group of guys and they did a lot of great things for us tonight. Unfortunately, we just made too many mistakes late in the game and let them back in it. We will use this game to learn and improve. WE WILL BE BETTER.” – Coach Stephen Cook

Full Stats and Highlights are available HERE

NEXT UP: The Hawks travel to Murfreesboro where the Boys and Girls teams will both face off against Franklin Road Christian Academy on Friday night. The Girls play at 4:30 PM CST and then the Boys play at 6:30 PM CST

-Stat Recap

Jordann Dumont – 28 Points (7/13 3FG), 9 Rebounds, 5 Assists

Ogbonna Agbo – 17 Points, 7 Rebounds

Cam Andrews – 13 Points, 5 Assists

Casper Pohto – 12 Points in 9 minutes

Mathieu Nader-Kalombo – 10 Points, 4 Assists

Matchups Set for 9th Annual Hawks Havoc

Elite high school basketball returns to Chattanooga for the 9th Annual Hawks Havoc Classic on November 18th and 19th at East Ridge High School.

This year’s schedule is 6 games featuring some of the best boys and girls basketball programs in the Chattanooga area, and beyond.

The boy’s field will include:

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy – Chattanooga, TN – The Hawks return for Coach Steve Cook’s 3rd year at the helm and kick off their National Schedule in style and in front of the home fans. The Hawks have won 6 NACA National Championships and countless Hawks Alumni have gone on to play at the college level and beyond, including current NBA Stars, Shai Gilgeous-A

lexander and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

Carolina Basketball Academy – Atlanta, GA

Moc Valley Prep – Chattanooga, TN

Wesley Christian School – Allen, KY

Girl’s teams will include:

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy – Chattanooga, TN – The Lady Hawks return after a two-year layoff and are reloaded with a talented roster ready to return to national prominence. The Lady Hawks have produced 10 NACA National Championships, 3 Geico National Championship Appearances, and 4 McDonald’s All-Americans. Hamilton Heights Alum Filipe Congalves leads the Lady Hawks as they kick off what is bound to be a magical 2022-2023 season.

Boyd Buchanan School – Chattanooga, TN – Lady Bucs

Brainerd High School – Chattanooga, TN – Lady Panthers


Friday, November 18

5:00 PM – HHCA Lady Hawks vs Boyd Buchanan

6:30 PM – CBA Prep vs Moc Valley Prep

8:00 PM – HHCA vs Wesley Christian

Saturday, November 19

5:00 PM – HHCA Lady Hawks vs Brainerd

6:30 PM – Wesley Chrisitan vs CBA Prep

8:00 PM – HHCA vs Moc Valley Prep

Former Hawk Filipe Gonçalves Named New Lady Hawks Head Coach

Filipe Gonçalves began his basketball career as a student-athlete at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in 2011, when he left his home in Franca, Sao Paulo, Brazil to join the Hawks Boys Basketball team here in Chattanooga.

Now his story has come full circle as HHCA Head of School, Chun Shen, named Gonçalves as the new Head coach of the Hamilton Heights Lady Hawks Girls Basketball program.

“After a 2 year hiatus, Lady Hawks Basketball is back and we are extremely excited for Filipe to lead our team back to success,” said Shen. “As we searched for a new head coach to lead our restart, Filipe’s resume as a collegiate and professional player stood out, but what really sealed the deal was his history with our school and his passion to ensure our program and students succeed.”

While at Hamilton Heights, Filipe helped his team become NACA National Champions in 2012.

After graduating, Filipe went on to play at the collegiate level and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology in 2019 from Truett McConnell University. While at Truett McConnell, Filipe helped his team place 2nd in the AAC Conference in 2018 and was named All-Academic in 2018 and 2019.

Filipe then briefly played at the professional level for Liga Sorocabana de Basketball of the NBB in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil the summer after graduating college.

Afterward, Filipe returned to Chattanooga and currently serves as a Bilingual Social Counselor at the Hamilton County Health Department. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

“Hamilton Height Christian Academy is a special place for me, and I am excited to be a part of the HHCA athletics family again.,” Filipe said.

Filipe lives in Hixson with his wife, Abby, who is expecting their first child in May, and their Great Dane, Kobe. 

Hawks Victorious Over Tyner Academy

The Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Hawks Boys Basketball team traveled to Tyner Academy High School on Tuesday for a cross city contest against the very talented Rams.

The Hawks were able to walk away with a 64-49 win, bringing them to 5-8 on the season and putting a stop to a 6 game slide in a tough run of national competition.

“This is a much needed win and every one of our guys deserves some credit. We got just about everybody involved in the game, moved the ball well, were unselfish, and that showed in the end result” – Coach Stephen Cook

Camden Andrews was instrumental in the Hawks win, scoring 14 points and also creating opportunities for his teammates, finishing with 8 assists.

Bryson Andrews and Jordann Dumont each scored 15 points, with Dumont also pulling down 7 rebounds.

Somto Cyril had a great night on both ends of the floor, finishing with 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 blocks.

Champ Patterson provided the Hawks with 7 points and 3 rebounds, while also being an all around team player and having 4 assists and 2 steals.

Hamilton Heights now travels to Knoxville on Thursday night (1/13) to face a very talented, Bearden squad who is currently ranked 10th in the state.

Full Stats and Highlights available HERE

-Stat Recap

Jordann Dumont – 15 Points, 7 Rebounds

Cam Andrews – 14 Points (2/2 from 3), 8 Assists

Bryson Andrews – 15 points (5/8 from 3), 2 Assists

Somto Cyril – 9 Points, 9 rebounds, 6 Blocks

Champ Patterson – 7 Points, 3 Rebounds, 4 Assists

Aries Hull – 2 Points, 7 Rebounds

Max Slavic – 2 Points, 2 Rebounds

Liu Wins Gwinnett Tennis Thanksgiving Championships

Hamilton Heights tennis had a strong showing at the Gwinnett Tennis Thanksgiving Championships this past weekend in Lawrenceville, GA.

Yike Liu took home the title in the Boys’ 18 & under draw winning all 4 of his matches over the weekend. (R16 6-0, 6-3 | Quarterfinal 6-2, 6-1 | Semifinal 6-2, 6-0 | Final 6-1, 6-0)

Shufan Cai Finished 3rd in the Girls’ 16 & under draw, finishing strong after a disappointing 3rd set semifinal loss. (R32 6-0, 6-1 | R16 6-1, 6-2 | Quarterfinal 6-0, 6-2 | Semifinal 1-6, 6-4 [4-10] | 3rd Place Match 6-2, 6-0)

Yihe Zhang Won the consolation bracket of the Boys’ 18 & under Draw, bouncing back after a tough loss in his round of 16 match (R16 1-6, 6-2 [9-11] | C-Semi 6-3, 6-2 | C-Final 6-3, 6-5)