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Leonard Epps

Leonard Epps

  Head Coach
  E-mail: lepps@yellowstonechristian.edu
  Office Phone: 406-656-9950

Coach Epps will be entering his Third year as Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball coach at Yellowstone Christian College.

2014-2015

In His first year of duties Coach Epps was responsible of Recruiting, Scheduling, Fund raising and all aspects of structuring the Athletics program at YCC.

In Coach Epps's first year he was able to Guide the program into the Highly respected NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association). It is with this accomplishment that YCC gained national recognition. YCC was granted provisional status for year one to compete in the NCCAA Division 1 level of the West Coast Region. Coach Epps was able to use his tight recruiting ties to assemble the first recruiting class in school history that was made up of 23 players from an amazing 5 countries and 8 states that included (Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Alaska, Texas, Washington, Brazil, Africa, Chile, Germany, and Serbia).

2015-2016

Coach Epps Led his young first year bunch into the programs inaugural season with all freshman and 1 Junior. The season started slow playing against NAIA powerhouse programs; with a schedule that consisted of 13 NAIA opponents some of which being nationally ranked. After starting the year going 2-13 the Young group found their legs after the Christmas break winning all but 1 game in the second half of the year. Finishing the regular season 13-14 was a huge mark. The Team was invited to compete In the CCNIT (Christian College National Invitational) held in Indiana. Finishing 6th out of 8 teams invited was a huge accomplishment picking up the schools first post season win in history while beating their first NAIA opponent. The Centurions Finished the year with a record of 14-16.


Awards for the season are as followed.

-West Coast Region Coach of the Year Finalist
-2 players named to All West Coast Region First Team
-Player selected as West Coast Region New Comer of the year
-Player selected as West Coast Region Player of the year
-Finished 1
st in West Coast Region

Graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in the fall of 2011. Prior to finishing his Degree Coach Epps spent 3
Seasons playing at York College (Nebraska) where he was a two year starter and Captain. In his final season he
was a part of a NCCAA semi-finalist team. During that season he posted stats of 9ppg, 4reb, and 3 asst with season
highs of 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. After a successful collegiate playing career he was then chosen to be a part of
Christian based basketball traveling team “News Release Basketball”. While taking part in two different years of
touring Europe in the country of Germany he had the opportunity to spread the gospel and bring kids closer to the
Lord. While being abroad an opportunity to play in one of the host cities “Loerrach” was offered to him as he played
for the local team CVJM Loerrach where he lead the team and league in scoring with 24 ppg. Coach Epps got his Coaching
start at York College as an Assistant on a team that was ranked nationally top 25 of the NAIA and finished in the conference finals. He then went on to be the Head Coach of two youth programs in Germany.

”Once I received the news that I would be the Head Coach of YCC I literally jumped for joy. This has been a lifetime dream of
mine to become the Head Coach of a collegiate program and being able to build from the ground up with YCC is a blessing.
Some one told me that I was very lucky to have this opportunity and I responded with “Christians don't believe in luck we
believe in being blessed and I truly feel that this is all a part of Gods Plan and I will continue to walk by faith. There is a lot
of potential of the things we can do here at YCC and im just excited to be apart of it all.”

Coach resides in Billings with wife Rabea, and daughter Malia (3) and son Jayden (1).


Isaiah Boxell

Isaiah Boxell

  Assistant Coach
  E-mail: iboxell@yellowstonechristian.edu

Isaiah Boxell enters his first season as a member of the Yellowstone Christian College men’s basketball coaching staff.

During the 2015-2016 season, Boxell was an assistant men’s basketball coach at Union College (NAIA Division II) in Barbourville, Kentucky. They were conference champions, conference tournament champions, national tournament finalist (1st round), held a final record of 28-7, and finished the year ranked 11th in the country.

During the 2014-15 season, he was a volunteer men’s basketball coach for Eastern Nazarene College (NCAA Division III) in Quincy, Mass. They were conference semifinalists, while finishing with an overall record of 22-5.

In the fall of 2013, he was a volunteer men’s basketball coach at Hawaii Pacific University (NCAA Division II) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In the summer of 2012, Boxell served as a strength and conditioning intern at the College of Charleston (S.C.), where he assisted with the men’s basketball strength program.

The Ponder, Texas native earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from University of the Ozarks (Ark.), where he was a four-year member of the basketball team. In addition, he earned his Master of Science in Health and Human Performance from Sul Ross State University.


Theodius "Coach T" Johnson III

  Strength and Conditioning/Assistant Coach
  E-mail: tjohnson@yellowstonechristian.edu
  Office Phone: 406-850-5571

My Focus is to help bring elite athletic training to competitive athletes from the high school to collegiate and even professional levels. I focus on developing the mind in an intense and competitive environment for my athletes while at the same time educating them on the mechanics of the body, when and how the muscles and body will fail during the course of competition and how to overcome those moments of muscle failure or physical short comings. I too want to help educate my athletes on the difference between in season and off season training; how to prevent injuries; and better nutritional targets for their nutritional plans.

Univeristy of Arkansas
Finance major; English minor –degree N/A
Was a walk on football player for the U of A


Contra Costa College
Two year player defensive back

Certified Fitness Trainer Yellowstone Fitness Feb 2014 - Nov. 2014

Ground Zero Training | Owner and Chief Operator Jul. 2013- Feb. 2014

Billings Outlaws (IFL) Defensive Backs and Special Teams Coach- Won Championship

Billings Outlaws (NIFL) Starting Defensive back; Wide Receiver; Special Teams- went to playoffs but was traded to Big Sky Thunder team which folded before seasons ends

Tri-City Diesel (NIFL) Starting Defensive Back; Wide Receiver; Special Teams- was ranked #8 in the league at the end of the season with 9 int’s; 12 passes defended; and 62 tackles

I currently have my CFT (Certified Fitness Training) certification. I am working on receiving my Sports Nutrition certification both are from ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association). I will later be going after my national strength and conditioning coach certification through CSCS(Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). For the last 3-5 years since my last days coaching with the Billings Outlaws I have trained in the private sector working with an array of athletes. I have worked with a professional boxer who ended up winning Montana’s Welterweight belt. I worked with a hockey player who went off to a college in Minnesota on scholarship. A baseball player who recently left for a junior college in Oregon. Two football players Zach Gratton who became 2
nd string safety for Univ. of Montana and JT Fitzgerald out of Rocky who at the 2013 Univ. of Montana pro day ran the fastest time with a 4.29 in the 40yd dash and was last noted to be playing Arena Football for the Spokane Shock. My largest crop of players have been my basketball players who my two biggest accomplishments came from Antione Proctor who went to Europe after training with me all summer and not only lead his team in scoring but also 2nd runner up for MVP of the league which he lost by 2 votes; and Jurell who like Antione trained with me the summer after graduating from Montana State Billings and won a spot on a team in Germany where he started the whole season.

Other than my athletes, my greatest achievements off the field are being a partner with my wife Traci Johnson in raising our kids Savannah “STAKKS” Taylor-Johnson (15); Tavion “BUGG” Johnson (6); and Kyrie “PNUTT” Johnson(2).


Mike Rose

  Assistant Coach