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The Fierce is founded by Scott Lipow. Scott has coached various AAU clubs throughout Connecticut, and travel programs in the Fairfield County Basketball League (FCBL). He is a board member for the FCBL. Scott was the head coach for the 2017-18 Fairfield Fierce 8th grade travel team that captured the 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 favorite NBA players include Kawhi Leonard and anyone that prides themselves in playing high level defense.
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 4 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. There 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.
Trevor started his basketball career playing with Kempsville HS in Virginia Beach before transferring to perennial prep power Cape Henry Collegiate as a Junior and Senior, where he was an All-Conference and All-State performer. He was ranked as one of the top 100 Prep School players in the country in 2000 by Hoop Scoop. He also won state and national championships with AAU Powerhouse ‘Boo Williams’ that same summer, where he was 1 of 12 Division I players that included JJ Redick (76ers) and John Gilchrist (2004 ACC Tournament MVP). Trev went on to play Division I basketball at The University of Hartford, where he started games in each of his four years. He went on to teach and coach in the New Haven Public School system, where he led Davis Street Inter-district Magnet School to an undefeated Championship Season in 2012. He also led the East Coast Elite AAU team to a 16u State Championship in 2013. Trev has nearly 15 years of overall experience coaching at the middle and high school level.
Cherelle played high school basketball at Kolbe Catherdral and won two state titles. She then went on to play Division 1 basketball at the University of Hartford, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. After graduating, she took her talents overseas to play professionally in Latvia, Lithuania, and Denmark. Cherelle has been coaching basketball of all ages for 6 years. She moved to the boys side, coaching the Westport Hawks in the fall of ’16 and ’17. Her motto is ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard’.
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.