Norfolk State Men's Basketball Camps

C.J. Clemons
Assistant Coach

Carlton “C.J.” Clemons Jr. embarks on his fourth season as an assistant coach on the Norfolk State men’s basketball staff in 2018-19. He spent his first three years with the program helping NSU continue its upward trajection.

Norfolk State finished 12-4 and in second place in the MEAC regular season standings in each of Clemons’ first two years before going 11-5 and tying for fourth in his third season in 2017-18. The 2016-17 squad advanced to the MEAC Championship title game for the third time in program history.

NSU has also finished 17-17 overall each of Clemons’ first two years, running its streak of consecutive seasons at .500 or better to six. The Spartans also competed in the postseason in both 2016 and ‘17 in the Tournament.

The 2016-17 squad ran off a 10-game win streak during conference play, the second-longest streak in the program’s Division I history. A pair of players earned all-conference honors, including Jonathan Wade (first team) and Zaynah Robinson (second team). Jeff Short (first team) and Alex Long (all-rookie team) garnered conference awards during Clemons’ first season in 2015-16.

NSU set the school record for 3-pointers in his first season and then again in 2017-18. The program’s all-time top three seasons in terms of total 3-pointers made have all come during his first three years as assistant coach.

In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Clemons’ other duties include serving as the liaison for the athletics compliance department, running the program’s summer camps, fundraising, and serving as the liaison for local recruiting.

A local native and Norfolk State graduate, Clemons joined NSU after spending two seasons as the head coach at Bryant & Stratton during its first two years as a program. He led the Bobcats, a Division II member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), to a two-year record of 38-16 from 2013-15.

Bryant & Stratton advanced to the NJCAA Region 10 semifinals in 2015 on the way to finishing No. 13 in the nation in the D-II NJCAA rankings. Clemons earned the Region 10 Coach of the Year award, and the Bobcats had three players earn all-conference honors. The Bobcats scored slightly more than 78 points per game in 2014-15.

Before joining Bryant & Stratton, Clemons spent five seasons as the junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach at Booker T. Washington HS in Norfolk from 2008-13.

Prior to his start with NSU, he coached with the Boo Williams 17 and under AAU team from 2009-15, including the final three years as the head coach. He led the squad to a sixth-place finish at the 2013 AAU Division I National Championship.

Clemons also coached with the S.M.A.R.T. Athletes Basketball Camp, run by former Spartan Kyle O’Quinn, from 2012-15.

Clemons graduated from NSU in the spring of 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. He attended Salem High School in Virginia Beach.

Jamal Brown
Assistant Coach

Jamal Brown begins his third year as an assistant coach with the Norfolk State men’s basketball program in 2018-19. He arrived at NSU after spending more than 10 years in coaching positions throughout the MEAC and more than 15 years overall in the coaching field.

Brown’s first season with NSU saw the Spartans finish second in the MEAC regular season standings at 12-4 and advance to the 2017 MEAC Championship title game for the third time ever. They also made their sixth straight postseason appearance after competing in the Tournament.

Norfolk State posted a 10-game win streak during the middle of conference play, the second-longest win streak in the program’s Division I era. Guard Jonathan Wade earned first-team All-MEAC honors, and guard Zaynah Robinson earned a spot on the second team. NSU went 17-17 overall in 2016-17, its sixth straight season at .500 or better.

The Spartans followed that up by going 11-5 and tying for fourth place in the MEAC regular season standings in 2017-18 in Brown’s second season, finishing one game out of first place. The Spartans set the school record for 3-pointers and the D-I record for 3-point field goal percentage and rebounds per game as well.

In addition to his on-court responsibilities with the Spartans, Brown serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator, handles scheduling and team travel, and co-coordinates the team’s summer camps.

Prior to joining NSU, he spent a season as an assistant coach at MEAC rival North Carolina A&T in 2015-16 under head coaches Cy Alexander and interim coach Jay Joyner. The Aggies rallied late in the year to finish tied for sixth in the 13-team MEAC. Brown mentored the team’s post players, including third-team All-MEAC honoree Bruce Beckford.

Before joining N.C. A&T, Brown spent one year as an assistant coach at Winston-Salem State in 2013-14. The Rams finished 18-11 that year, including 11-5 in the CIAA, and advanced to the conference championship game.

The 2018-19 season will mark his 16th year coaching in the league and his 20th season overall as a coach. His familiarity with the MEAC also includes a five-year stint as the associate head coach under Frankie Allen at UMES from 2008-13.

Brown was directly responsible for recruiting and academics during his time with the Hawks. The team achieved a 3.0 GPA and an APR score of 1,000 under his guidance. He also recruited three All-MEAC players and three All-Rookie Team honorees. While at UMES, he was selected to attend the ACE Program for Minority Coaches in 2013.

His coaching career began at his alma mater South Carolina State, where he served as an assistant coach under Alexander for six seasons from 1997-03. While there, the Bulldogs had one of the most successful runs in MEAC history, playing in five tournament championship games in six seasons and claiming conference titles in 1998, 2000 and ’03.

Brown was the associate head coach under Alexander at Tennessee State from 2003-06. While there, he served as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and was instrumental in the program signing several future all-conference players. The Tigers also improved their win total by seven between Brown’s first and second years there.

He left Tennessee State to assume the head coach position at South Carolina State for one season in 2006-07. The Bulldogs finished tied for third in the MEAC standings that year, and the team’s GPA improved from 1.9 in the year before he arrived to 2.5 under Brown.

He graduated from South Carolina State University in 1997 with a degree in business marketing. While there, he was a member of the Bulldogs’ MEAC Championship team in 1996 that also shared the regular season title at 14-2.

A native of North Charleston, South Carolina, Brown and his wife Jennifer have two sons, Gilbert Jamal Brown II (16) and Grant Carter (3). He is an active member of the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Leonard Fairley
Interim Assistant Coach

Leonard Fairley will serve as an interim assistant coach in 2018-19 for the Norfolk State men’s basketball team. He is no stranger to the program, having first served as a student manager in 2011-12.

An NSU graduate, Fairley served as a student manager for three seasons from 2011-2014, assisting coaches with practices, video recording, film exchange, and travel and equipment. He was part of a Spartan program that won the MEAC tournament title in 2012 and the MEAC regular season title in 2013, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and NIT those respective seasons.

For four seasons from 2014-18, Fairley continued to volunteer with the program. He oversaw other student managers and video and film exchange while continuing to assist with practice, travel and equipment on a weekly basis. He also worked NSU’s summer camps and served as a bench assistant during games, both home and away, charting various plays and stats for the coaching staff.

Fairley received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Norfolk State in December of 2017.