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Head Coach> John Kemp

Coach John Kemp is a lifelong resident of Hartford CT.  John has been coaching for twenty-two years starting out when he was eighteen years old.  He has coached on many levels of basketball from peewee children to Pro Am adults and has had his share of successes and disappointments. John loves every aspect of basketball, when he isn’t coaching he is usually referring. Coach Kemp spends a lot of his spare time studying basketball videos and plays in order to perfect his coaching craft.  John loves the challenge of taking a program from the bottom and brings the program over the hump to achieve the goal and reach the top. Every player that Coach Kemp has coached or trained has gone on to play at the next level; for example many of his younger players have played varsity basketball as freshmen.

Some of Coach Kemp’s career highlights include:

  • 2010 Greater Hartford  Pro-Am –Runner-up CT Flight
  • 2010 CT Grizzlies 13u-1st ever Championship Game
  • 2006 Foxwoods Casino Tournament Champs-Gussie Wortham Bulls
  • 2005 City of Hartford Safe Haven Basketball League Outstanding Partnership Award
  • 2002 $10,000 Shoot Out Runner-Up
  • 2000 Reverend Sinclair Award

Coach John Kemp works for the Hartford Public School System as a Special Education Para Educator for John C. Clark Elementary and Middle School also located in Hartford, CT. He loves to give his services to the community as a coach, mentor and referee.  He has also been the No Freeze Shelter Coordinator for the Salvation Army until the program ended.  Coach Kemp loves to give back to the community with a Program (Baller’s University, Born to Be Educated, Educating the Community for a Better Tomorrow).

Coach John Kemp is married to Debra and has three children: Jasmine, Joh-nyrah and Deven, two God children and a host of students from the present and the past that has touched his life.

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