The Chicago Journal

Your Gateway to the Heartbeat of Chicago

Coach Dorsey Sims III: A Beacon of Inspiration in Basketball and Beyond

Coach Dorsey Sims III: A Beacon of Inspiration in Basketball and Beyond
Photo Courtesy: Coach Dorsey Sims III

By Lennard James  

Coach Dorsey Sims III, affectionately known as “Lil Coach,” is a towering figure in both the Greater Memphis community and the broader realm of basketball. With a rich familial legacy and a passion for the game instilled from a young age, Coach Sims III has not only made significant contributions to the sport but has also been a guiding light for youth across the country.  

Born into a basketball dynasty as the son of the late legendary 4-time Hall of Famer, Coach Dorsey Sims Jr., Coach Sims III’s roots are deeply entrenched in the game. His upbringing, surrounded by basketball luminaries like Marcus Haynes and John McClendon, laid the foundation for his profound understanding of the sport.  

Coach Sims III’s journey in basketball began at Chattanooga Riverside and Memphis Melrose High School, where he honed his skills and developed a deep appreciation for the game. Following his high school graduation in the Class of ’77, he pursued further education at Claremore Jr. College and Oklahoma City University. It was during this time that he served as the Student Sports Information Director under the late Head Basketball Coach Ken Trickey, further refining his knowledge and expertise in the sport.  

Beyond his achievements on the court, Coach Sims III’s commitment to community involvement is truly commendable. Serving on the Executive Board of Special Olympics/Memphis Branch and working with organizations like Suskie Sports, Inc., he has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to uplifting others. His involvement with the China Basketball Association, facilitating a cultural exchange through a decade-long contract, highlights his global impact.  

In his hometown of Memphis, Coach Sims III has been instrumental in various initiatives, including the Awareness Basketball Clinic and the Martin Luther King Jr. Tournament. His role as Assistant Director of the latter has been pivotal in elevating its status within the community. His enduring commitment to youth development has earned him recognition, including the Shelby County and Memphis Achievers Award on multiple occasions.  

Notably, Coach Sims III’s influence extends beyond the basketball court into the spiritual realm. As an active member of Olivet Fellowship Baptist Church, he serves as a Ministerial Assistant and contributes to the Power Ministry Committee, embodying his dedication to faith and service.  

Throughout his illustrious career spanning over three decades, Coach Dorsey Sims III has been a mentor, a leader, and a source of inspiration for countless individuals. His impact on the basketball community and the Greater Memphis area is immeasurable, reflecting not only his prowess in the sport but also his unwavering commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others.  

As Coach Sims III’s legacy continues to unfold, his journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of mentorship, community engagement, and spiritual enrichment. He stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration, lighting the way for future generations both on and off the basketball court.  

Coach Dorsey Sims III’s remarkable journey embodies the essence of dedication, mentorship, and community engagement. His unwavering commitment to basketball and his profound impact on the lives of others have cemented his legacy as a beacon of inspiration in both the Round Ball World of Sports and the Greater Memphis community.  

As Coach Sims III continues to inspire and uplift, his talents will shine brightly at the Memphis Sports and Event Center on April 13, 2024, for the “On the Scene Sports presents Diamonds & Gems in the Rough” event. Featuring the Unsigned Seniors and All-Star Basketball Classic Games, this occasion promises to be a celebration of talent, resilience, and camaraderie.  

For those eager to witness the excitement firsthand, ticket information is available at  Join us in honoring Coach Dorsey Sims III’s contributions and experiencing the thrill of basketball at its finest. Unsigned Seniors and All-Star Basketball Classic Games. For ticket information go to  

 Published by: Holy Minoza

Share this article


This article features branded content from a third party. Opinions in this article do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of The Chicago Journal.