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The Fierce is founded by Scott Lipow. Scott has coached various AAU clubs and travel programs throughout Connecticut. He was the head coach for the 2017-18 Fairfield Fierce 8th grade travel team that captured the Fairfield County Basketball League (FCBL) “AA” Championship, ranking that team above over 70 other travel teams throughout the state. He is a Wisconsin Badger and has benefited from being a super fan of Coach Bo Ryan’s exceptionally fundamental Big Ten teams from 2001 to 2015.
Scott owns a marketing agency — Six7 Marketing — that is based here in the Fairfield County area. Striving for achievement outside of basketball sets us apart from other programs. We care about the entire development of your child. For Scott, there is no better feeling than watching a group of young men reach their full potential and truly come together as a team.
Scott’s commitment to the growth of young athletes as both players and men is irrefutable.
— Doug Scott, New England Prep School Coach of the Year
Judah played basketball at Stratford High School at both guard positions. He previously coached at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, and has been with the Fairfield Fierce since the Fall ’16 season. Judah’s love for an old school style of play brings passion and a defensive mindset to the Fierce program. His charisma and focus towards player development has raised the expectations for our players and parents, present and future seasons alike.
Matt played 4 years of Division III college basketball at Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut. Since his playing days, Matt has coached 5 years of High School Freshman basketball and as an assistant to the Varsity Head Coach. He has also coached 5 years youth travel in Westport. Matt has been with the Fairfield Fierce since the Spring ’17 season. Matt has a Masters in Physical Education and is currently a special education teacher in Milford, CT.
John started his basketball career playing at Brooklyn Powerhouse Boys and Girls High School. He went on to play JUCO basketball at Columbia-Greene and Mohawk Valley Community College, where he was named All-America in 1999. John concluded his college years playing for Dowling College; where he lead the basketball team to the Division II NCAA tournament. John Redding continues to hold the top ten all time in points per game, field goals made and attempted, and steals for Dowling College. John began coaching inner-city youth in his home town of New York City and continues to coach middle school students in varied cities throughout Connecticut; with a total of 10 years in coaching.
Cleveland played 3 years of high school basketball at the guard position with Central High School in Bridgeport, CT. After his High School career, Cleveland went on to coach basketball for 4 years at the Bridgeport Boys and Girls Club. Cleveland’s energy and love for the game of basketball enables him to work with players on the fine details of their skill sets.
Sam is a National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) certified basketball coach. In 2016, Sam began coaching professionally for the Rye, NY Parks & Recreation Department. He coaches 6th to 8th graders in Rye. In 2017, Sam was hired as a head coach for 7th grade travel in Westport. He also works as a referee. Sam played basketball throughout middle and high school, and he still plays whenever he can.