Meet The Coaches

Antwain Turner
(Athletic Director, Head Football Coach, Chaplain, and MS Basketball Coach)

Antwain Turner grew up in Atlanta, GA and graduated from Lakeside High School in 1997. Upon graduation, he later attended Savannah State University where he awarded a football scholarship and majored in Computer Information Systems. In 2002, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree at Savannah State University. Contrary to his goals in college, he decided to follow the passion God placed in his heart, which was to work with youth. He continued his education and received a Masters Degree in Ministry at Covington Theological Seminary. Antwain began his career at Bethesda Academy in August of 2002. Currently, he serves as the Chaplain, Athletic Director and the Head Football Coach and Middle School Basketball Coach. He had the privilege of pioneering the football program at Bethesda in 2004, beginning with eight-man football. As the head football coach, Antwain has led the Bethesda Blazers to winning three Region Championships and two State Runner-ups. He has had the opportunity to Coach in four All Star games. In addition, he has also earned the SCISA Region Coach-of-the-Year in 2015 and 2019. He also received the Prep Sports Report Coach of the Month for 2015, Savannah Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coach of the Month in 2016. As an Athletic Director, he has led the Bethesda Athletic Program to winning two State Championships and four State Runner-Ups in basketball, as well as one State Championship in Track-in-Field and two State Runner-Ups. He is married to Petrina Turner and they have three handsome young men, Jadon, Jordan, and Justin Turner.


 Clevan Thompson

(Head Basketball Coach, Assistant Football Coach, and Head Track Coach)

Clevan Thompson was born in Kingston, Jamaica where his love for education, athletics and a passion for helping people began. Coach Thompson relocated to Bell Glade, Florida and graduated from Glade Central Community High School. Upon receiving a football scholarship, he attended Savannah State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Education from American Intercontinental University and a Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from American Public University. Coach Thompson has been employed by Bethesda Academy since December of 2002.  During his tenure, Coach Thompson has served as Defensive Coordinator for Football; Head Coach for Junior Varsity Football, Varsity Basketball and Head Coach for Track and Field.  Coach Thompson has led the Varsity Basketball program to twelve Final Four appearances and eight State Championships resulting in two state titles. He has also led Track and Field to one state championship. Coach Thompson has received both GISA and SCISA Basketball Coach of the Year awards, as well as a SCISA Track Coach of the Year award.  Coach Thompson has also been a part of the Down Under Sports group where he has coached internationally for 6 years. 


Doug Dixon

(Defensive Coordinator for Varsity Football and Strength Coach)

Doug Dixon has twenty years of head coaching experience and has built and developed successful programs at three different schools. As the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, he spent eight years at Riverside Academy and led the football team to a State Championship in 2005 with Dr. Hughes as the Head of School. He became the Head Football Coach of Mount Pisgah and remained there for six years. Finally, he became the Head Football Coach for St. Andrews in Savannah for the past six years. Altogether, Doug has amassed over thirty years of coaching experience. He has also assisted at Jenkins and Thompson. He has won five Region Championships and he has won Coach-of-the-Year five times. He has also received State Coach-of-the-Year. He is married to Cindy Dixon and together they have four children, Katie, Dylan, Jacob and Tate.




David Thomas

(Head Middle School Football Coach. Varsity Assistant Football Coach. JV Head Basketball Coach. Middle School Head Track Coach. Bethesda Graduate)

David Thomas, Bethesda Alumnus (Class of 2011) and a three sport All-State player for Bethesda Academy, has been on the Blazers coaching staff since 2018. He is now the Head Middle Football Coach, JV Basketball Coach, Varsity Assistant Basketball Coach and the Head Middle School Track Coach. Prior to joining the Blazers Coaching Staff, David worked two years as the Athletic Director and the Head Varsity Basketball Coach for Can Academy from 2015-2017. Individual skill improvement is important to Coach Thomas. He spends many hours training and preparing young men on the football field, in the Blazer Arena and in the weight room to reach their full potential. 




Chelsea Shafer, ATC

(Athletic Trainer from Chatham Orthopedics)

Chelsea Shafer grew up in Upstate New York. She graduated from Barry University with a Bachelor Degree in Science and a concentration in Athletic Training. After college, Chelsea worked for ESPN Wide World of Sports and then moved to Savannah, GA. She is BOC certified and licensed in the state of Georgia. Chelsea is currently employed by Chatham Orthopedics and Bethesda Academy.






Chris Randall

(Varsity Football Assistant: Offensive Line Coach)

Chris Randall has been the Offensive Line Coach and Assistant Defensive Line Coach for Bethesda Academy since 2016. He has led youth programs and youth teams for over ten years. He is the husband of Stephanie Randall and the proud father of Triston, Matthew and Jessica Randall. 






Troy Peters

(Varsity Assistant Coach: Wide Receiver Coach. Bethesda Graduate)

Troy Peters, Bethesda Alumnus (Class of 2015), was an SCISA All-State Wide Receiver and Cornerback for Bethesda Academy. He played in the North vs South All Star game and also made All State in GISA Track-in-Field. He currently serves as the Wide Receiver’s Coach at Bethesda Academy.






Londen Berksteiner

(Middle School Assistant Football Coach. Operations Manager for Varsity Athletics Assistant Basketball Coach)

Londen Berksteiner, A Bethesda Alumnus (Class of 2014), has joined the Bethesda Coaching staff. Londen received his Bachelor Degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.  While pursuing his degree, he had an opportunity to serve as the Operations Manager for The Morehouse Basketball Team. Londen currently serves the Bethesda Athletic Program as the Operations Manager, Assistant Middle School Football Coach and the Assistant Basketball Coach.