C.J. Clemons joins Norfolk State basketball staff

norfolk state logoThe Norfolk State athletics department announced Thursday that Norfolk State graduate Carlton “C.J.” Clemons has joined the Spartan men’s basketball program as an assistant coach.

Clemons arrives at NSU after spending two seasons as the head coach of Bryant & Stratton College in Virginia Beach. A graduate of Salem High School, Clemons brings extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads basketball after spending time at Booker T. Washington High in Norfolk and coaching with the Boo Williams 17 and under AAU team.

“Adding C.J. to our program was a huge accomplishment,” said NSU head coach Robert Jones. “He has a big presence in Virginia basketball and especially in the 757 community. He will immediately strengthen our recruiting ties in the area. As an NSU grad, he possesses a special Spartan passion. He is a great basketball mind, and I look forward to working with him.”

In addition to his coaching duties at Norfolk State, Clemons will serve as the liaison for the athletics compliance department, supervise the team’s student managers, help run the program’s summer camps, and handle all of the team’s community outreach initiatives. Because of his extensive ties in the area, Clemons will also be in charge of local recruiting.

He led Bryant & Stratton, a Division II member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), to a two-year record of 38-16 during the program’s first two years of existence beginning in 2013-14. The Bobcats advanced to the NJCAA Region 10 semifinals in 2015 on the way to averaging 78 points per game and finishing as the No. 13 ranked team in NJCAA D-II.

Before joining Bryant & Stratton, Clemons spent time as the junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach at Booker T. Washington HS from 2008-13. Prior to his start with NSU, he coached with the Boo Williams 17 and under AAU team from 2009-15, including the final three years as the head coach. Clemons also coached with the S.M.A.R.T. Athletes Basketball Camp, run by former Spartan Kyle O’Quinn, from 2012-15.

Clemons graduated from Norfolk State in May 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. His hiring completes NSU’s coaching staff after the appointment of Kevin Jones as an assistant coach earlier this month.


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