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.
Scott’s commitment to the growth of young athletes as both players and men is irrefutable.
— Doug Scott, New England Prep School Coach of the Year
Judah played basketball at Stratford High School at both guard positions. He previously coached at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, and has been with the Fairfield Fierce since the Fall ’16 season. Judah’s love for an old school style of play brings passion and a defensive mindset to the Fierce program. His charisma and focus towards player development has raised the expectations for our players and parents, present and future seasons alike. In the fall ’18 season, Judah led our Freshman Team to the Vertical Hoops Fall Tip-off 2018 Tournament Championship.
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!
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.
Andrew has a variety of youth coaching experience and holds youth sports values consistent with the Fierce program: team over individual, hard work, sportsmanship and fun. He possesses strong knowledge for the game of basketball. Andrew has been with the Fairfield Fierce since the Fall ’19 season when he led our 4th grade team to the Vertical Hoops Spring Tip Off Tournament Title. Andrew is also a professional actor and has been a member of the Gotham television series cast!
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.
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.
Cleveland played 3 years of high school basketball at the guard position with Central High School in Bridgeport, CT. After his High School career, Cleveland went on to coach basketball for 4 years at the Bridgeport Boys and Girls Club. Cleveland’s energy and love for the game of basketball enables him to work with players on the fine details of their skill sets.
Sam is a National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) certified basketball coach. He has been coaching professionally for the Rye, NY Parks & Recreation Department since 2016. Sam has coached with the Fierce program since the spring 2018 season. Sam also works as a referee. He played basketball throughout middle and high school, and he still plays whenever he can.