The Fierce was founded in January of 2016 by Scott Lipow, after he had coached various AAU clubs and travel programs throughout Connecticut. Scott was the head coach for the 2017-18 Fairfield Fierce 8th grade travel team that captured the Fairfield County Basketball League (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.

John Redding
Head Coach

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, where 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.

Joe Bartolomeo
Head Coach

Joe played his high school basketball as a forward at Fairfield Warde High School, graduating in 2012. After attending the University of Massachusetts-Amherst he has been coaching basketball and baseball at Fairfield Country Day School since 2016. While coaching at FCDS, Joe has been able to work with players of many ages ranging from grades 4 through 9. He believes teamwork is one of the most important parts of the game and that it is necessary in order to have success both on and off the court.

Rob Hansen
Head Coach

Rob has been involved in basketball for as long as he can remember. He was a member of his high school team for four years and played for a year in college while studying in England. After school, he played in numerous leagues throughout Connecticut, and has only recently hung up his sneakers. In addition, Rob has been a successful travel coach for many seasons. He offers over ten years of high school coaching experience and is currently a member of the boy’s coaching staff at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, CT. Rob has been a middle school history teacher in Milford for almost 20 years.

Matt Bindner
Head Coach

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 5 years youth travel in Westport. Matt has been with the Fairfield Fierce since the Spring ’17 season. In the fall ’18 season, he led our 8th grade team to the Zero Gravity War on the Floor Tournament Championship. Matt has a Masters in Physical Education, was a special education teacher in Milford for many years, and has recently become a Federal Correctional Officer!

Matt Bennett
Head Coach

Matt was a multiple sport athlete throughout his youth. He played varsity basketball at Norwalk High School and played football at the collegiate level.  He continues to be a sports enthusiast and has found passion in coaching.  Matt enjoys passing on his knowledge and love for the game of basketball by mentoring and developing young athletes.  He brings a structured and motivating coaching style for players to excel, and cultivates strong work ethics that are valuable on and off the court.

Matt Holcomb
Head Coach

Matt played his high school hoops as a center for South Windsor High School. He began coaching in 2008 in the Fairfield PAL program. Since then, he has coached both boys and girls in grades 4 thru 8. Matt prefers to play a defense first, up-tempo style that keeps the kids engaged while having fun and learning the game. He always tries to get the kids to understand the mental side of the game. His players develop a life-long love of the sport. Matt’s teams have won CT Hoopfest and multiple FCBL championships.

Chris was a three sport athlete at Notre Dame High School playing basketball, football and baseball. He decided to play baseball at the JUCO level at Norwalk Community College. While at Norwalk, Chris began coaching basketball at the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club. He then moved on to coach at the Sterling House Community Center in Stratford during the winter months. Currently Chris is coaching 5th and 6th grades at St. Marks in Stratford. During the spring and summer he also coaches baseball for the Stratford Baseball Association.

Jon Dinihanian
Head Coach

Jon played basketball at Bunnell High School in Stratford, CT and was a member of the team’s first Southwest Conference Championship. Jon began coaching at Green Farms Academy while he was earning his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University. His final project for undergrad looked at communication between teammates on the basketball court and how it leads to their success. Jon continues his love for sports every day as he oversees the Club and Intramural Sports at Fairfield University. Jon completed his Masters in Communication in December 2019 which is why communication is always one of his main focuses with his players.

Sam Radding
Head Coach

Sam was both a guard and forward at Fairfield Ludlowe High School for over 2 seasons. He is a National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) certified basketball coach and has been coaching professionally for the Rye, NY Parks & Recreation Department since 2016. He also works as a referee. Sam has coached with the Fierce program since the spring 2018 season. He still plays basketball whenever he can.

Laurence Spekterman
Assistant Coach

Laurence is a middle school teacher for grades 7 and 8 at Capital Preparatory School in Bridgeport, CT. In this capacity, Laurence started and coached the first middle school basketball team at Capital Preparatory. He also organized the first annual Faculty versus Student basketball game on March 9, 2018. Laurence has coached with the Fierce program since the spring 2019 season.

Jacob Miller
Assistant Coach

Jacob recently graduated from the University of Delaware. He has experience as a practice player with his college’s Division I Women’s basketball team and Men’s Club team. Jacob grew up playing AAU basketball in and around Connecticut, and has been watching the game his entire life. Jacob uses his passion and love for basketball to fuel his coaching style.