Board Members

Board of Directors (L-R): JL Smith, Paul Hopp, Ben South, Paul Hudson, Michael Corder, Brad Rusher, Gordon Gerbholz, Joe Whisenhunt, Keith Pierce.

Board Member Profiles:

Michael is from Conway, AR, and his wonderful wife’s name is Amy. They have been married for 22 years, and they have 3 daughters, Shelby (21), Abbie (19) and Kinley (16). Abbie and Kinley play basketball and volleyball in the Falcon program. Michael works at Acxiom Corporation, he has been there for 22 years. Michael started coaching youth sports after graduating from Conway High in 1991, beginning with parks and rec league and then moved on to tournament/travel ball. Michael is the 14u and 18u girls basketball coach, along with his wife, Amy. “Basketball has always been my favorite sport. I believe it is a wonderful team sport that instills great work ethic and helps to learn valuable lessons by working as a team. I am proud to be a part of the Falcon program.”

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Gordon was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His parents were German immigrants to Canada after WWII. His family then immigrated to the U.S. legally when he was 5 years old. He lived in Iowa and Michigan, but grew up mostly in Nebraska where he played football and baseball. He ended up going to Harding University on a football scholarship, and there he relentlessly chased his beautiful bride Melanie. She finally said yes, and they have now been happily married for 35 years. Gordon graduated with a degree in Computer Information Systems, and currently works as a Software Development Manager at FIS. During the first 13 years they moved eight times. Four of those moves were to different states, and four were international moves. They finally settled down in Arkansas and have been working on raising four children: Jessalyn (32), Zach (26), Victoria (22), and Elli (14). All four children have played on Falcon sports teams over the years. Zach played basketball, and the girls all played basketball and volleyball.

Paul grew up in Vilonia, AR and has been married to his wife Cindy for 25 years. They have eight children: Daniel (21), Nathan (19), Nicole (17), Rebecca (16), Jason (11), Samuel (9), Maggie (8), and Reagan (5). Paul graduated from UCA with degrees in Kinesiology and Health Education (1992) and Accounting (2011). He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Student Mobilization (ministry to college students) where he has worked for 26 years. Paul played football for 12 seasons (including two seasons at UCA as a walk-on) and has coached Falcon basketball for five seasons and Upward Basketball for 10 seasons. Daniel and Nathan each played Falcon basketball for several years while Nicole has played softball. Jason and Samuel will begin playing Falcon basketball this fall.

Because of his great love for her, Paul Hudson was born at an early age, very close to his mother. Raised with a healthy respect for bacon; Paul spent his early years in the rolling wheat fields of Kansas on a hog farm. To everyone’s chagrin, Paul met and coerced Christy to marry him in Guthrie, Oklahoma (the first Capital of Oklahoma until it was stolen, but he’s not bitter). Paul and Christy have been married for 26 years and have 3 children: PJ (21), Savannah (19), and Aubrey (14), who all possess uncanny ability to be better at everything that their dad was. Paul serves the faith family at oneChurch where he is one sheep who leads other sheep to follow the True Shepherd. Paul has multiple degrees from Liberty University, including a B.S. is Biblical Studies, and a Masters of Religion in Theology . . . and upon occasion is invited to speak on behalf of the Falwell Family there in Lynchburg on subjects ranging from Verbal Plenary to Transubstantiation. In High School Paul attempted many things but found a great aptitude for Turtle Wrestling. However, because of the “Great Plains Turtle Shortage of 1984” he was relegated to play soccer and basketball. All three of Paul and Christy’s children have played Falcon Sports and upon occasion, when there is a coaching vacuum, Paul will don a coaching shirt. Paul’s favorite color is “light tan” and his favorite quote is “Faith takes God without any ‘ifs’.” D L Moody

Keith is from Little Rock and has been married to Stacy for 27 years. They have 4 children: Caitlin 24, (married to Stephen Johnson), Elijah 20, Josie 15, and John David 10. Caitlin, Elijah and John David all played basketball for the Falcons. Keith has coached falcon basketball for 13 years. Keith graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is self employed working as a handyman.

Brad was born and raised in central Arkansas and has been married to his wife Jennifer for 18 years. They have three children: Abbie (15), Braden (14), and Emma (10). Brad graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Computer Information Systems. He is currently a Systems Engineer for Edafio Technologies. Brad was a basketball and baseball star in high school, and has been involved in coaching basketball at various age levels. All three of his children are currently involved in Falcon athletics. Go Falcons!

JL is from Fordyce, AR. He has been married to his wife LeSha for 23 years. They have 3 daughters: Nicole (17), Alyssa (14), and Natalie (14). JL received his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from OBU in Arkadelphia. He also got certified to teach and coach from Henderson State. He is currently the manager for FedEx Freight in Conway and has worked for FedEx Freight for 20 years. His wife LeSha is one of the coaches for the Falcons Volleyball where all his daughters are very involved. His girls also started playing softball this year with the Falcons.

Ben was raised in a pastor’s home and grew up in Arkansas, Kansas, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. He graduated High School from Cabot, AR, but now considers Conway home. Ben is a graduate of Central Baptist College with a major in Pastoral Ministry and has a Masters in Christian Leadership. He completed doctoral studies with an emphasis in Administration and Servant Leadership at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His doctoral work culminated in developing a ministry strategy to reach Deaf peoples with the gospel of Christ. He has been on staff at Central Baptist Church in Conway since 2001 where he currently serves as Associate Pastor for Missions and Education. Ben and his wife Amy have been married since 2000. They served as foster parents for several years and now have four children, Connor, Claire, Christopher, and Caroline. Connor and Claire both have been involved with Falcon basketball and Claire (Saucy) plays volleyball. Chris and Caroline are already looking forward to playing for the Falcons.

Joe is a lifelong Arkansan. He and his wife, Connie, have been married 21 years, and they have 6 children (Maggie 19, Joey 17, Zeke 14, Henry 11, Max 8, and Eleanor 4). Two of his boys play Falcon basketball. Joe is a Hendrix graduate and he is in real estate development. His interests are whatever his kids’ interests are. Joe coached his sons in baseball for several years.