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Brent Wren                                                 
 Boys Varsity Head Coach

Coach Wren is in his 1st year of coaching at Eastside High School.  For the past 5 years Coach Wren has been successful as the head boys’ basketball coach at Liberty Middle School in Newton County. 

Coach Wren is an educator originally from Westbury, New York.  He attended Armstrong State College (known now as Armstrong State University) where he played basketball during the 95-96 season.  Coach Wren has been committed to the improvement of basketball fundamentals in Newton County youth.  He has directed a community-based Scholar Shots basketball camp at the middle school level for the past 5 years.  These endeavors and opportunities have assisted in the fundamental development of many Newton county basketball players.

Coach Wren’s basketball philosophy is rooted in fundamental development of skills (offensive and defensive), understanding and commitment to a team concept, respect, and discipline.


Coaching Experience

  • 2009-Current Head Boys Basketball Coach
  • Liberty Middle School
  • Overall Record 63W—20L Winning Percentage 75.9%
  • 3 NewRock Championship Appearances (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14)
  • One Newrock League Title (2013-14)
  • Two NewRock League Runner-Ups (2011-12, 2012-13)
  • 2008-2009—Head Boys Basketball Coach, Clements Middle

Educational Background

  • B.S. Biology, Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • M.S. General and Special Education, Middle Grades 5-9, Touro College
  • Ed.S Curriculum & Instruction, Lincoln Memorial University

Marquis Gilstrap
Boys Varsity Assistant Coach

Marquis Gilstrap is in his 5th year of coaching basketball at Eastside High School.  Coach Gilstrap is the Assistant Varsity Coach. 


Coach Gilstrap is a graduate of Eastside High School and one of the most prolific scorers in the history of Newton County high school basketball.  He played college basketball first at Gulf Coast Community College where he garnered Honorable Mention All America honors and then at Iowa State University where is he named to the All Big 12 team after leading the conference in rebounding.  Coach Gilstrap played professional basketball in Turkey and Slovenia as well.


Coach Gilstrap has been instrumental in developing the basketball players individual skill sets and strength and conditioning during the summer and pre season months leading up to regular season play.