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Kevin Jones
Assistant Coach

Kevin Jones enters his second season as an assistant coach on the Norfolk State men’s basketball staff in 2016-17 after helping lead NSU to a tie for second place in the MEAC regular season standings in his first year.

In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Jones’s other duties include organizing the team’s workout and practice schedules, serving as the program’s liaison for the athletics academic department and NSU Housing & Residence Life, handling community outreach initiatives, and helping run the program’s summer camps.

During his first season with the Spartan program in 2015-16, NSU tied for second in the MEAC standings at 12-4 while also finishing 17-17 overall, its fifth straight year with a .500 or better record. The Spartans also advanced to the MEAC tournament semifinals for the third straight year and to the postseason for the fifth straight season.

After competing in the tournament, NSU is now the only program in the MEAC to compete in the postseason each of the last five years. The Spartans had a pair of all-conference performers in All-MEAC first-team honoree Jeff Short and All-Rookie Team member Alex Long.

A native of Baltimore, Jones spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach at Coppin State. There, he helped lead an Eagle team that averaged better than 71 points per game and paced the league in scoring. CSU also ranked first in the conference and seventh in the nation with 9.5 3-point field goals per game, as well as third in the MEAC in 3-point field goal percentage.

Prior to his time at Coppin State, Jones spent two seasons as an assistant varsity coach at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. During his first year with the program, St. Frances went 30-4 during the regular season and reached as high as No. 18 in the ESPN national rankings and No. 1 in the state of Maryland. He also served as the assistant athletic director during his time there.

Jones coached at the AAU level for six years from 2009-14. He also worked as the assistant director of intramural recreation and sports at his alma mater Bowie State from 2004-06 and spent two and a half seasons as the student coordinator for the men’s basketball team from 2003-05. The Bulldogs reached No. 1 in the NCAA Division II rankings during his time with the program.

Jones graduated in spring of 2011 with a bachelor’s in sociology from Bowie State.

Carlton Clemons
Assistant Coach

Carlton “C.J.” Clemons Jr. begins his second season as an assistant coach on the Norfolk State men’s basketball staff in 2016-17 after helping NSU keep its upward trajection in his first year with the program.

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

In Clemons’ first year with the program in 2015-16, the Spartans went 12-4 in the MEAC, tied for second in the regular season standings. NSU also posted a 17-17 overall record, the fifth straight season of finishing .500 or better.

After advancing to the MEAC tournament semifinals for the third straight year, NSU also competed in the tournament, its fifth straight postseason appearance. The Spartans set program records for fewest turnovers per game, most 3-pointers and free throw percentage while averaging their most points per game in the last 16 years.

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 was hired in May of 2016 to serve as an assistant coach with the Norfolk State men’s basketball program. He arrived at NSU after spending more than 10 years in coaching positions throughout the MEAC and 15 years overall in the coaching field.

In addition to his on-court responsibilities with the Spartans, Brown will serve as the program’s recruiting coordinator, handle scheduling and team travel, and co-coordinate the team’s summer camps.

He most recently spent a season as an assistant coach at MEAC school 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 2016-17 season will mark his 14th year coaching in the league and his 18th 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 (14) and Grant Carter (1). He is an active member of the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Kelvin Hawkins
Special assistant to Head Coach
Kelvin Hawkins embarks on his 14th season working with the men’s basketball program during the 2016-17 season. After holding the title of director of basketball operations for five years, he will now enter his first season as the Special Assistant to the Head Coach.
After serving as a volunteer assistant coach his first eight seasons with the program, Hawkins became the director of operations in 2011-12 when NSU won the MEAC Championship and upset No. 2 seed Missouri in the NCAA Tournament.
He held the same title in 2012-13 when NSU followed that up with a 16-0 MEAC regular season record. The Spartans have made five straight postseason appearances, including in 2013 when they secured the league’s automatic bid to the NIT and the last three seasons in the tournament.
Hawkins has also served as a volunteer assistant football and boys basketball coach at Indian River High School in Chesapeake since 1999. In his spare time, Hawkins also runs the Coach Hawk Basketball Clinic each summer for under-privileged children in the Hampton Roads area.
A Chesapeake native, Hawkins graduated from NSU with a bachelor’s degree in recreation in 1990.

Antoine Perry
Director of Basketball Operations

Former Spartan player Antoine Perry was hired in May of 2016 to serve as the director of operations for the Norfolk State men’s basketball program.

His duties at NSU include assisting with certain aspects of recruiting, managing the team’s budget, film exchange and video operations, hiring and supervising team managers, assisting with compliance issues, and serving as the co-coordinator of the Spartan Nation basketball camp.

Perry will also oversee the strength and conditioning program for both the NSU men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Prior to joining NSU, he was a graduate team manager for the Virginia Tech men’s basketball program of the ACC for two seasons from 2014-16, where he performed a variety of duties under head coach Buzz Williams.

Before his time at Tech, he was an assistant coach at Nansemand River High School in Suffolk for three seasons while working a variety of camps in the Hampton Roads area.

A native of Norfolk and a graduate of Booker T. Washington HS, Perry played for four seasons on the Spartan basketball team from 2006-10. He competed in 77 games with the Spartans, including nine starts, during his four-year career.

Perry earned his degree in business management from Norfolk State in 2010.