An MVP Board of Directors
Harry Williams, President
Tunde Harry Williams Jr., Founder of Team Genesis, was born in Nigeria in 1982. Shortly thereafter, his parents moved to Houston, Texas, with the dream of providing a better life for their family to come, which would include four more children. Entering high school at 6’2, Williams was enrolled in a skill-development program founded by his godmother, giving him the opportunity to train with a former College All-American, NBA star and head coach. This training, along with highly competitive play in the AAU circuit led to Williams’ being awarded regional basketball honors in a region that has produced top professional athletes, many of which Williams faced in his high school career. Williams went on to compete in college at the Division I level, receiving a full scholarship from Liberty University, where, as a captain, he assisted in leading his team to a Big South Championship. In his final year of eligibility, Williams’ promising basketball career was cut short due to a vascular necrosis of the hip. When a professional basketball career became no longer an option, Williams was forced to focus on his education. He graduated with a degree in Business Management, leading to a successful career in the financial industry. At age 22, a tragic family event led Williams to take custody of his younger brother. Moving his brother from Texas to Virginia to complete his final three years of high school, Williams used this time to mentor his brother spiritually, academically and athletically. His brother received state basketball accolades and recognition, and later a full athletic college scholarship.
In 2009, Williams began developing a plan to continue his godmother’s vision of granting young athletes a platform to showcase their athletic skills for an opportunity to further their education. This is the foundation on which Team Genesis was founded.
Ryan Mantlo, Member
Ryan Mantlo enters his third year as head coach of the Cape Fear Community College Sea Devils. Last season Coach Mantlo was named district coach of the year as he helped guide the Sea Devils to their first ever conference title and a spot in the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. In his short stint at CFCC, Mantlo has averaged over 19 wins a season while producing at least one first team all-conference player each season. He has also produced the school’s first ever basketball All-American. Mantlo is an accomplished player and leader and carries with him a degree from Liberty University in the area of Sports Management. At Liberty University, Mantlo served as team captain helping lead the Flames to a Big South conference championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Himself a scholar, Mantlo coaches with a philosophy that is built on education and character. His knowledge of NCAA regulations and sanctions will pay dividends for Team Genesis’ Gifted Athletes Program.
Benny Snipe, Vice-President
Benny Snipe grew up in Summerville South Carolina, and played high school football for John McKissick, currently the winningest high school football coach in America. After his high school career, Benny was inducted into the Summerville High School Hall Of Fame as a Three-Sport Letterman.
Benny went on to play at South Carolina State, then for the Charleston Hawks semi-pro football team, where he holds multiple records .He then signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was part of the 1994 AFC Championship team. He was traded to Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1995 where he played out his career.
Upon finishing his successful professional career, Benny coached in South Carolina at Lewisville High School in Richburg, SC. He is currently an Assistant Football Coach at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Virginia, bringing his expertise to coach the running backs.
In additional to Team Genesis, Benny is active in various community service outreach programs throughout the region. He hosts the annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, which provides College Scholarships to local high school youth in South Carolina and Virginia. Benny is also the owner of B&S Promotions, a group that helps single mothers buy their first home.
With Benny’s experience and understanding of athletics at all levels, he adds tremendous value to Team Genesis.
Regina Richardson, Secretary
Regina Richardson comes to Team Genesis from the corporate world, bringing technical knowledge balanced with the ability to translate into non-technical – and a sense of humor. While honing those marketable skills, she also fine-tuned an ability to teach to many learning styles, adapting the material to suit the learner with great success.
Supporting those real-world experiences is an educational history that includes a double major in Physics and Computational Science from Hollins College (now Hollins University), and completion of Secondary Education Certification at the same time.
Tutoring remains a very important part of Regina’s repertoire, as she was a volunteer tutor for Team Genesis, as well as tutoring other students, some for several years. Humor, structure, and the willingness to listen to the needs of the kids keeps her a viable commodity among students and teachers, alike.
Kia Wilson, Member
Kia Wilson’s background is in Sales and Marketing. Her experience ranges from sales and marketing in the world of hospitality to working closely with celebrities. Kia now hosts a successful “who’s-who” of celebrities website. This is done with her extensive social media knowledge, public relations experience and networking skills, all of which she willingly volunteers to Team Genesis.