Cathedral Academy Coaches

Isaac Brown

Isaac Brown became the assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Florida A&M University in August 2019. Prior to this, he served as a coach for five seasons at Coastal Carolina under the esteemed head coach Cliff Ellis. During his time at Coastal Carolina, Isaac played a pivotal role in helping the team reach significant milestones, including appearances in the NCAA Tournament, the Postseason Tournament, and the College Basketball Invitational.


As a former four-year letterman for the FAMU men’s basketball team, Isaac’s firsthand experience as a player at the collegiate level has provided him with valuable insights into the development and growth of student-athletes. Additionally, he has been recognized for his academic achievements, being named to the All-MEAC Academic team in 2011 and 2012.

Isaac graduated from Florida A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in graphic communication in 2012, and he furthered his education by obtaining a master’s degree in education in instructional technology from Coastal Carolina University in 2015. Isaac’s dedication to both athletics and education aligns perfectly with our school’s mission of fostering growth in our students.

Pat Stuart

Coach Stuart is in his 32nd year of coaching.  He has coached football, baseball, and cross country in Florida, Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina. He is in his 10th year of coaching cross country.  Excited about re-starting the Cathedral Academy Cross Country team last year, and thrilled that the team competed at the SCISA State Cross Country Invitational in Columbia, SC.  Coach Stuart is an avid runner himself and will compete in his 8th marathon this spring.  When asked what he loves about coaching cross country, Coach Stuart replied, “I like the competitive nature of running. A runner that is willing to put in the time, effort, and miles, can accomplish great things in this sport and can learn a lot about themselves along the way.  Like many things in life, in cross-country, you get out of it what you put into it. The combination of hard work and being a good teammate are indicators of success for our team.

Blake Ferguson

Blake Ferguson is in his fifth year as head coach of the varsity boys basketball team at Cathedral Academy. It is his seventh year coaching and Cathedral Academy overall. Blake is a former Cathedral Academy athlete who lettered in football, basketball, and soccer. Blake was the MVP of the basketball team three years and once on the football team. He also won a state championship in soccer while at the Academy. Blake went on to play college basketball at North Greenville University for four years where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Blake has accumulated 80+ wins in his first four seasons as head coach, three final fours, and made the state championship game once. Blake says that he is excited about next year’s team with three returning starters and some young talent returning.

Jen Brace

Jen Brace began her time as a volleyball player in sixth grade. As a lefty, Jen grew into a right side hitter.

From 8th grade to 12th she played in 5 club seasons for teams like Metro American and NVVA getting the opportunity to play in tournaments all across the country.

After her sophomore year Jen was able to compete for a spot on the CHRVA National Team and moved on to compete at the National High Performance Championships.

Jen committed to play for The Citadel Military College of South Carolina and went in to compete on the NCAA Division I Southern Conference.

While a cadet at The Citadel, Jen earned a Bachelors in Business Administration.

After graduation Jen married a Cathedral alumni, Niko Brace and moved to Fort Benning, Georgia for him to complete Army Training. From Fort Benning, Jen and Niko moved to their first official duty station as a military family to Fort Drum, New York.

Here Jen and Niko established a military teen ministry called Club Beyond.

Being a part of this organization was an absolute joy.

Teens are a passion for Jen and she is so excited to be a part of the sport she has long loved while encouraging young girls to compete hard and honor the Lord on the court.