Hensley Charles begins his first stint as a college basketball coach for the 2011-12 season.
Hensley Charles was a former high school and college player for Head Coach Corey Lowery. At Hillside High School Charles was an All-County and All-State performer who led his team to a Mountain Valley Conference Championship and a State Sectional Finals appearance. After graduation, Charles received a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at Niagra University where he won the MAAC conference Championship as a Freshman and his team went along and played in the Division I NCAA March Madness Tournament. After deciding he wanted to be re-recruited Charles enrolled at Middlesex County College to play for his former high school coach. Charles earned 1st Team All-American honors averaging 17 pts and 13 rebounds and led his team to a 25-2 record, GSAC championship, and the Finals of the Region XIX tournament. Charles received another athletic scholarship to attend West Virginia State University. At West Virginia State, Charles won another conference championship and participated in the Division II NCAA tournament.
Charles graduated from West Virginia State with a degree in Sociology.
Coach Jean-Paul has an extensive resume that includes successful stints at the high school and college levels. From 2004-2009 and the 2010-2011 season, he was an Assistant Varsity Coach at St. Mary's High School in Elizabeth. During his tenure at St. Mary's, the varsity program had a record of 87-54, won two Mountain Valley Conference titles and helped send over 15 student-athletes to the collegiate level to play basketball. He served as the head freshman coach from 2004-2006 and the head junior varsity coach during 2006-2007 season.
During the 2009-2010 season, Coach Jean-Paul was an assistant coach at Middlesex County College and helped lead the Blue Colts to a semifinal berth in the Garden State Athletic Conference, Region 19 playoffs.
Coach Jean-Paul is the Director of Admissions at St. Mary's High School and currently resides in Elizabeth.
The former men's basketball Special Assistant at Rutgers University and freshman boys' basketball head coach at Union High School, Coach Kalola joins Coach Lowery's Staff as an Assistant Coach.
Coach Kalola graduated in 2001 from Piscataway High School, where he earned 9 varsity letters in 4 different sports. He went on to join the basketball program at Rutgers University as a student manager. Coach Kalola served as an integral part to the Rutgers men's basketball program throughout his undergraduate days. He earned his dual degree in Exercise Science/Sport Studies and Psychology in 2005 and after graduation Coach Kalola joined the coaching staff at Rutgers. He assisted with the day-to-day operations of the Division I Big East Program, including recruiting/scouting, practice/game planning, video filming/editing, and camps/clinics. Coach Kalola continued his coaching career in 2008 as the Head Freshman Boy's basketball coach at Union High School. During his final season at Union, he led his team to the championship game of the freshman post season tournament. Currently, Coach Kalola teaches third grade at Franklin Elementary School in Union Township, New Jersey. Coach Kalola is a native of and resides in Piscataway, NJ.