Below: Damien Upshaw, Mikell Clark, Demarius Cress, & Shakur Martin particpated in the Orange-White Classic
Below: 2015 PG Demarius Cress of Killeen captured top PG of the Camp Honors for the 2nd straight year. Cress is the son of Texas D-1 Ambassadors Coach Darrell Cress.
Texas D-1 Ambassadors coach Darrell Cress has two passions – the military and basketball. Cress has balanced his time helping out the U.S. Army in whatever capacity with coaching players on an AAU level.
Cress has spent the last five seasons coaching with the D-1 Ambassadors program, but last year, he missed the GASO series after being deployed to Iraq. This year, he’s back in the coaching seat and trying to lead his team to a GASO championship.
“My job required me to go overseas every 24 months,” Cress said. “Usually, I try to time it so I can coach, but I had to miss out last year. It was the first time in 10 years, and that killed me.”
Cress is coaching a team featuring 2011 standouts such as Deon Mitchell, Jaleel Williams and Eric McClellan. The Ambassadors won Pool 1 over the Texas Blue Chips White, Believe Basketball and the Dallas Hot Shots. Cress’ team is scheduled to face the Austin Ice in a first-round NBA Division championship-bracket game.
“This is what I love to do; it’s my passion,” Cress said of coaching. “One of our kids asked me why I don’t coach high school ball. Being in the military the last 24 years, that’s really hard to do. I felt I could best serve the kids by giving them something in the off-season, and this is a great opportunity for me. Without this, I wouldn’t be fulfilling my own dream.”