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  • 2018 - 2019
    Head Coach: Matthew Fava

    2017-18 Record: 13-7 (NEPSAC Class "A" Quarterfinals)
    2016-17 Record: 20-4 (NEPSAC Class "A" FINALS)
    2015-16 Record: 19-7 (NEPSAC Class "A" Semifinals)
    2014-15 Record: 17-8 (NEPSAC Class "A" FINALS)
    2013-14 Record: 11-5 (NEPSAC Class "B" Quarterfinals)
    2012-13 Record: 20-4 (NEPSAC Class "B" CHAMPIONS) 

    2011-2012 Record 18-8 (NEPSAC Class "B" Semifinals)
    2010-2011 Record 13-13 (NEPSAC Class "B" Semifinals)
    2009-2010 Record 19-6 (NEPSAC Class "B" Semifinals)
    2008-2009 Record 18-8 (NEPSAC Class "B" Quarterfinals)


    2018-2019 Season Outlook:
    The Suffield Academy boys' basketball program is one of the strongest independent school sports traditions in all of New England. The Tigers have advanced to the NEPSAC playoffs in each of the previous ten seasons. Our program currently boasts three dorm proctors, four admissions tour guides, and five new student mentors. The boys are leaders on campus and excel in the classroom. The team earned a 3.45 GPA last year and is working hard to surpassing that mark this year. Most of our student-athletes also compete at the varsity level in the fall and/or spring, standing out on the football and soccer fields, the tennis courts, the track, and the golf course.
     
    Leading the charge in the 2018-2019 season will be tri-captains Nkosi Cooper ’19, Alec McGovern ’19, and Jalin Sinclair ’20. Brett Bischoping and Joe Rousseau provide vital senior leadership, while Leo Edo and Tyler van Dyke are ready to take big jumps in productivity in their junior seasons. We are also excited to welcome the following newcomers to the roster: Tyler Pereira ’19, Justin Barron ’20, Radostin Dimitrov ’20, Jaden Dottin ’20, George Bauer ’21 and Micawber “Mac” Etienne ’21.
     
    Suffield will participate in three showcase events this season: Zero Gravity Prep Classic, NERR Coaches vs Cancer Scholar Roundball Classic, and BasketBull Holiday Classic. NEPSAC Class A conference play features over 20 teams fighting for just eight playoff spots and includes traditional powerhouses like Avon Old Farms, Hotchkiss, Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield, Loomis Chaffee, Milton, Taft, Trinity Pawling, and Williston Northampton. Additionally, the Tigers will play the maximum allowed six games against Class AA/AAA opponents (Cheshire, Masters, MacDuffie, South Kent, Wilbraham & Monson, Worcester), challenging themselves to compete against some of the best high school teams in the country.
     
    Suffield Academy has graduated nine college basketball players in the last two years alone: Bryce Butler ’17 (Susquehanna), Manny Chuckwu ’17 (University of Guelph), Patrick Harding ’18 (Bryant), Griffin Kornaker ’17 (Middlebury), RJ Mhoon ’18 (Fisk), Matt Redhead ’17 (Franklin & Marshall), Jaden Robinson ’18 (Georgetown), Tyreek Scott-Grayson ’17 (UAB), Garrett Stephenson ’17 (WPI).
     
    Many previous Tigers have continued their playing careers at the collegiate level and used basketball as a tool to help earn admission to some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world: Amherst, Babson, Bentley, Bucknell, Colby, Columbia, Connecticut College, Hamilton, Lafayette, Middlebury, Providence, Rochester, Skidmore, Stonehill, Wentworth, Vassar, Wesleyan, and Yale

    Notable Alumni:
    Vinny Del Negro '84 played 12 seasons in the NBA with five different teams. Del Negro later served as head coach for the Chicago Bulls from 2008 to 2010, leading them to the NBA playoffs in both of his seasons at the helm. From 2010 to 2013, Del Negro coached the Los Angeles Clippers, helping them improve their win total each season, setting a franchise record for single season wins in his final season, and guiding them to two playoff appearances.

    Suffield Basketball Tradition
     
    The Suffield Academy boys’ basketball program is one of the strongest traditions in all of New England. On six occasions (1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1992), the Tigers have brought home the New England Championship. The Orange and Black have made runs in the New England Tournament each of the last two seasons. In 2009, the fourth seeded Tigers were knocked out in the quarterfinal round of the Western New England Tournament by a very talented Kent School team. The team finished 2009 with a 14-7 record. After a tough start to the 2009-10 season, which included two losses by two points or less, the Tigers reeled off 11 wins in their next 13 games, which included a trip to the Loomis-Chaffee Holiday Tournament finals, and going 8–1 in the month of January. The Orange and Black finished the regular season with a record of 15-8 (14-4 in the Western New England Conference), which was good enough to earn the Tigers the third seed in the Western New England Tournament. In the quarterfinal round, the Tigers hosted a very talented, sixth seed, Choate-Rosemary Hall team. On the day the Orange and Black knocked down 16 three-pointers en route to an 88-73 victory. The Tigers would get knocked out in the semifinal round by eventual champion, Kent School. 
     
     
    Our Schedule
     
    Suffield plays one of the toughest schedules in all of Class B, which includes. This season will be highlighted by games against Regional and National Powers, Cushing, Wilbraham-Monson, Loomis Chaffee, Choate, Deerfield, Salisbury, and Avon Old Farms. The Tigers will travel for two in season invitational’s. In early December, the Orange and Black will play in the Hoop Mountain Invitational at Marianapolis Prep, later in the month; they will participate in the Bob Southall Holiday Tournament at Loomis Chaffee. Each of these tournaments will feature some of the top Prep Programs and players in the Country.
     
    Our Players
     
    Many Suffield basketball players have gone on to play at the collegiate level. Previous Tigers have gone on to play at Amherst, Babson, Bentley, Bucknell, Clark, Delaware, Gannon, Lafayette, Maine, Mercyhurst, Middlebury, North Carolina State, Providence, Rochester, Rhode Island College, Skidmore, Springfield, St. Anslem, St. Johns, Stetson, Stevenson, Stonehill, Wesleyan, Wheaton, Wofford, along with other colleges and universities. 
     
    Vinny Del Negro '84 played 12 seasons in the NBA with 5 different teams (Sacramento, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Golden State, and Phoenix). In June of 2008, Del Negro was named the Head Coach for the Chicago Bulls, who he led to the NBA playoffs in each of his two seasons at the helm. This past summer, Del Negro was named Head Coach of the Los Angles Clippers.
     
    Our Coaches
     
    Jeff Depelteau ‘02 enters his third season at the helm of the Tigers. Depelteau has led the Orange and Black to the Western New England Tournament in each of his first two seasons, posting a career record of 30-16 (.652). 
     
    As a high school player, Depelteau was a captain and leading scorer (19.3 ppg) of the 2001 Western Massachusetts Division II Championship South Hadley High School team. He then completed a post-graduate year at Suffield Academy where he was the second leading scorer on a team that won 12 games and narrowly missed the New England Tournament. Depelteau finished his high school career (South Hadley and Suffield) with over 1100 points. Before a career-ending knee injury, Depelteau played two seasons at Wheaton College (MA).
     
    Depelteau has coached and lectured at such camps as Hoop Mountain Super Week I and II, Hoop Mountain Academic All-American, Five-Star, and Hoop Group Academic Elite.
     
    Dave Godin has worked with the basketball program in each of his thirty years at Suffield. He began his career at Suffield serving as the junior varsity basketball coach, and as a varsity assistant for Dennis Kinne. Godin later was named head varsity coach and led the program to hundreds of wins over his 19 seasons as head coach, including a New England Championship in 1995. In 2008, Godin decided to hand over the reigns to Depelteau and has served as assistant coach since. 
     
    Coach Depelteau says of Godin, “Dave was one of the best coaches I have been lucky enough to play for, and now I feel just as lucky to have him by my side on the sidelines. He is passionate about the game of basketball, and he takes pride in working with all of the young men in the basketball program. He is a great mentor, not only to our players, but also to me.
     
     
     
     

Team Coaches

  • Head Coach:  Matthew Fava
    860-386-4450
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  • Coach Sean Atkins
    (860) 386-4446
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  • Coach David Godin
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Team Roster

Overall Statistics
W L T %
14 8 0 63.6

Game Schedule

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Home
League
vs.
Master's School
Loss 48-59
Playing Fields - Kinne Court located in Perry Gymnasium - 1
Away
League
vs.
Noble and Greenough
Win 47-46
St. Andrew's School
Home
League
vs.
Trinity-Pawling School
Win 63-50
Playing Fields - Kinne Court located in Perry Gymnasium - 1
Away
League
vs.
Hotchkiss School
Loss 48-59
Hotchkiss School
Away
League
vs.
Milton Academy
Win 49-40
Babson College
Away
League
vs.
MacDuffie School
Loss 67-86
South End Community Center
Away
League
vs.
Wilbraham and Monson Academy
Win 78-76
South End Community Center
Home
League
vs.
Taft School
Win 71-60
Playing Fields - Kinne Court located in Perry Gymnasium - 1
Home
League
vs.
Worcester Academy
Loss 58-66
Playing Fields - Kinne Court located in Perry Gymnasium - 1
Home
League
vs.
Williston Northampton School
Loss 55-62
Playing Fields - Kinne Court located in Perry Gymnasium - 1
Away
League
vs.
Cheshire Academy
Win 71-57
Cheshire Academy
Home
League
vs.
Kent School
Win 51-39
Playing Fields - Kinne Court located in Perry Gymnasium - 1
Away
Cancelled
League
vs.
St. Paul's School
St. Paul's School
Away
League
vs.
Avon Old Farms School
Win 60-54
Avon Old Farms School
Away
League
vs.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Win 69-64
Choate Rosemary Hall
Home
League
vs.
Loomis Chaffee
Loss 45-57
Playing Fields - Kinne Court located in Perry Gymnasium - 1
Home
League
vs.
Avon Old Farms School
Win 67-47
Playing Fields - Kinne Court located in Perry Gymnasium - 1
Home
League
vs.
Westminster School
Win 74-65
Playing Fields - Kinne Court located in Perry Gymnasium - 1
Away
League
vs.
South Kent School
Win 81-67
South Kent School
Away
League
vs.
Deerfield Academy
Win 59-47
Deerfield Academy
Away
League
vs.
Williston Northampton School
Loss 71-83
Williston Northampton School
Home
League
vs.
Salisbury School
Win 71-62
Playing Fields - Kinne Court located in Perry Gymnasium - 1
Home
League
vs.
Milton Academy
Loss 54-62
Playing Fields - Tisch Field House - 00
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