Coaching Staff

Anthony Mickelson


Responsibilities: Head Men's Basketball Coach

Anthony Mickelson, a former Calvary Warrior basketball player himself, is now entering his fourth season as head coach. Over the past three seasons under Mickelson, Calvary has established the reputation of playing with a “never quit” mentality, which has produced respect around the league.

While a student athlete for the Warriors, Mickelson was an Academic All-American. He received an associate's degree in Biblical Studies from Calvary Bible College in 2005. He received a bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education from William Jewell College in 2007 and a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Cornerstone University in 2009. Mickelson has also previously coached basketball at Faith Christian Academy in Kansas City, MO. In addition, he coached basketball camps for many years including Don Eddy Basketball Camps based in San Antonio, TX. 

"My favorite Bible verse in the context of sports," says Mickelson, "is I Timothy 4:8 because it helps us keep athletics in perspective, seeing that it has some profit, but pales in comparison to the profit brought by godly living through personal faith in Jesus Christ." Coach Mickelson's goal is to use Calvary basketball to extend the great commission to the basketball court and beyond--mentoring players in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and allowing them opportunities through basketball to share about the good news of Jesus Christ. Since coming to Calvary, he has worked to build the Warrior program on the foundations of a positive "attitude, effort, and unity." This is a standard that the players have come to expect. 

Mickelson and his wife, Crystal, met at Calvary and reside in Kansas City. They have two children. 

Abe Freeman

Responsibilities: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Abe Freeman graduated from Calvary in 2014. Abe played basketball at Calvary for three full seasons and was a team captain his junior and senior years. He was also an ACCA Academic All-American two times. During his time at Calvary, he enjoyed his time on the court, but more than that he enjoyed meeting his wife, Sydney, there.  Abe is continuing his education at The Expositors Seminary in Kansas, where he and Sydney reside. They are expecting their first child, a son, sometime this fall semester. Abe looks forward to contributing to Calvary basketball in a new way this year, as he comes alongside Coach Mickelson. He is eager to get to know this year's players better and spend time with them, developing basketball skills and encouraging spiritual growth. Abe’s favorite Bible passage is Hebrews 12:1-3. He says that this passage “is a great reminder daily to actively seek to forsake sin in my life and look to Christ and His sacrifice in spite of the many challenges and difficulties in this life.” 


Cameron Vande Velde

Responsibilities: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Cameron Vande Velde graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and a minor in Coaching. Most recently, he helped coach GABL Elite teams through Sports Management Associates.  He was the assistant basketball coach at Heritage Christian Academy during their 2012 season and their assistant soccer coach during the 2015 season. He also spent two years as an assistant basketball coach with the Metro Academy Mavericks, a local Christian homeschool organization. Cameron has a genuine love for the game of basketball and wants to pass on his knowledge and love of the game to others. His coaching philosophy emphasizes sportsmanship, team unity, and competitiveness while having fun and glorifying God – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men (Colossians 3: 23).