Coach Jesse Bopp is entering his third season at the helm of the Vermont Academy boys’ basketball program, having led the Wildcats to a 35-27 record (.565) and a pair of NEPSAC AA playoff appearances in his first two seasons in Saxtons River. During that span, Bopp has coached five All-New England selections and facilitated the development of several players now experiencing successful careers at various levels of college basketball, including at the University of Montana, University of Vermont, Quinnipiac University, LeMoyne College, Skidmore College, and Wesleyan University.
Bopp arrived in Saxtons River after two years working at the Division I college level. In 2009-10, he worked on staff at Virginia Commonwealth University under head coach Shaka Smart (while earning his Master’s degree in Sport Leadership), where he was a part of the Rams’ 27-win College Basketball Insider Championship team and coached current Milwaukee Bucks forward Larry Sanders. Before his time in Richmond, Bopp was a member of Billy Donovan’s staff at the University of Florida, where he was a part of the Gators’ 25-win season in 2008-2009 and an integral part of the skill development of current NBA players Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets) and Vernon Macklin (Detroit Pistons).
Bopp played his college basketball at Plymouth State University in nearby Plymouth, New Hampshire, graduating in 2007 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2003-04, he was a member of a Panther team that went 24-6 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. While at Plymouth, Bopp ran his own AAU program, the Northeast Hoops Squad, which produced 26 players that went on to play at various levels of college basketball.
Bopp lives in on campus in Alumni Hall and serves the school community as a dorm parent, freshman class advisor, and the assistant dean of students.