BOYS Basketball Program
The Boys Basketball Program consists of four Middle School teams, a Junior Varsity team, and a Varsity team. The program practices and competes in the Semmes Gym and Alumni Gym. The Varsity team reached the regional playoffs in 2015 and has averaged 16 wins a season over the last six seasons. The Basketball Program is building a winning tradition under the direction of Head Basketball Coach Chip Stroud, who is in his seventh season leading the Eagles.
Girls Basketball Program
The Episcopal Girls Basketball Program is made up of two Middle School teams, one Junior Varsity team, and a Varsity team. The teams practice and compete in the Semmes Gym and Alumni Gym. The Girls Basketball Program is led by Stacey Rutenberg who is entering her second year leading the Eagles.
About the Coaches
Coach Rutenberg is in her 2nd year as the Girls Basketball Program Director. Following her days as a three time captain and four time varsity letter winner at Oregon State, Stacey entered the coaching ranks at Northwest Florida State College. After one year as an assistant coach for the Raiders, she then went on to serve in a similar capacity at New Mexico State University. Most recently, Stacey has served as a program director and head coach with Jacksonville Basketball Academy for four years. Before coming to Episcopal, she also spent a couple years as the varsity assistant for Providence High School’s girls basketball team. Stacey has just finished her second season with the Eagles.
Chip Stroud has been coaching basketball for 14 years. He has coached the boy’s varsity basketball team for the last seven years at Episcopal. Coach Stroud won the John Ryan award for coaching excellence in 2015. This past season, 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 division 1 and future NBA players including the likes of Duke’s Grayson Allen and Florida’s Patric Young. Prior to that, Coach Stroud served as an assistant at his alma mater, Valdosta State. As a player at Valdosta State, Coach Stroud played in two NCAA Tournaments