Boys Basketball consists of four Middle School teams, a Junior Varsity team, and a Varsity team. The Varsity team reached the regional playoffs in 2015 and has averaged 16 wins a season over the last eight seasons. The Basketball program is building a winning tradition under the direction of Head Basketball Coach Chip Stroud, who is in his tenth season leading the Eagles. The program practices and competes in the Semmes Gym and Alumni Gym. Additionally, the school fields boys’ basketball teams at the Beaches and St. Mark’s Campuses beginning in the third grade.
Episcopal Girls Basketball is made up of three Middle School teams, one Junior Varsity team, and a Varsity team. The teams practice and compete in the Semmes Gym and the Alumni Gym. Coach Durden has coached the Girls Junior Varsity team for four years and is now entering her first year leading the Girls Basketball Program Director and Varsity Head Coach. Additionally, the school field girls’ basketball teams at our Beaches and St. Mark’s Campuses beginning in the third grade.
About the Coaches
Chip Stroud has been coaching basketball for 16 years. He has coached the Boys Varsity team for the last nine years at Episcopal. Coach Stroud won the John Ryan Award for Excellence in Coaching in 2015. In 2017 Coach Stroud was an assistant coach for the McDonald’s All American game in Chicago. He helped coach half of the nation’s top 24 players. Prior to coming to ESJ, Coach Stroud served as the associate head coach at Providence School where he won a state championship and coached numerous college basketball players and future NBA players including Duke’s Grayson Allen and Florida’s Patric Young. Prior to that, Coach Stroud served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Valdosta State. As a player at Valdosta State, Coach Stroud played in two NCAA Tournaments. His wife, Bridgett Stroud, is the Learning Specialist at the St. Mark’s Campus and they have two children, Lauren ‘33 and McKenzie ‘35.
Kayla Durden is in her first year as the Girls Basketball Program Director and has served as the Junior Varsity Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach for the last four years. Coach Durden was the 2019 recipient of ESJ’s John Ryan Award for Excellence in Coaching after leading her team to a 13-1 record with key wins over Bolles, Raines, and Providence. In addition to coaching at ESJ, she has served as an AAU Coach, River City Coach, and a trainer with Jacksonville Basketball Academy. As a player, she led Providence to the regional playoffs twice and was named the team’s most outstanding player. She holds a B.A. in marketing from the University of North Florida.