Basketball - Varsity Boys
2019 - 2020
Head Coach: Alexander Popp
Boys’ Varsity Basketball Matriculation, 2015-2018: UChicago, Vanderbilt, Western New England University, William & Mary, Manhattan, Arizona, Butler, Carnegie Mellon, Colby , Harvard, Jacksonville, Rhode Island, San Diego State, St. Lawrence, Tufts, Louisville, Miami, Missouri, UVM, Virginia Commonwealth, Wake Forest, WV Wesleyan, and Xavier.
Prep Basketball Accomplishments, 2015-2018: NEPSAC Finalist in 2015, NEPSAC Champions in 2016, NEPSAC Final 4 in 2017. Simisola Shittu ’18 named McDonald’s All-American in 2018.
Thank you for your continued support and interest in Vermont Academy Basketball. My name is Alex Popp, and I am head basketball coach at Vermont Academy, the only traditional coed boarding school in Vermont serving ninth through postgraduate student-athletes from around the country and the world since 1876. I am thrilled to take this opportunity to share with you our rich tradition of top-tier basketball at our historic school in beautiful New England.
Vermont Academy prepares the student-athlete academically, athletically, and socially for the next level. College placement is a top priority for our staff, and the foundation that we provide allows graduates to be productive when they arrive on the college campus of their dreams.
Recognized globally as the best high school league in the country, the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) is consistently well represented in the NBA Draft. VA Wildcats are recruited by all high-major programs as well as the world-class Ivy League, whose emphasis on academic and athletic excellence aligns perfectly with our program goals. In addition to getting face time with and exposure to some of the most highly respected names in college basketball, you will be coached, mentored and challenged by experienced professionals dedicated equally to both your athletic success and development of character.
In my work as a coach, it has become increasingly clear to me that athletes who model basketball as a framework for learning all of life's lessons - both on- and off-court - are more successful as young adults. A holistic approach to sport - one that blends academics, leadership, service, and personal interests - is increasingly favored over a singular, linear path. My philosophy has helped propel young athletes from high school careers to elite college programs and beyond.
Over the course of my career I have learned from and collaborated with some of the best coaches in the world. As an instructor, I have leveraged those experiences and developed a coaching style centered on fundamentals, balanced with an energetic and team-focused approach. Consistency and unrivaled work ethic are hallmark characteristics of any successful basketball player, and I strive to inspire those qualities in every student-athlete and in every facet of their life. I challenge all of our players to commit to our culture of old school fundamentals and new school vision.
If the prospect of playing basketball at the highest level, getting an excellent education to prepare you for college, and being welcomed into a diverse community of individuals from around the globe interests you, please call our Office of Admission at 802-869-6229 or my mobile at 617-877-4571 to arrange a visit and come see Vermont Academy in person. I look forward to speaking with you soon.
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