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Rodrick Harrison Head Coach

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Rodrick Harrison is currently the head coach at Mount Zion Preparatory Academy. From 2009-2012, he was an assistant coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School located in Baltimore, Maryland where he helped lead the team to 3 State Championships 2009-2012. During the summer of 2011, Harrison also coached Under Armour’s Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team, the B’More Panthers, in which several players received Division I scholarships to schools such as Loyola University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Prior to that, he served as a head coach from 2007-2009 at the Cardinal Sheehan School in Baltimore. His teams placed 2nd in the league for two years for the Catholic Middle Schools of Maryland. As an energetic and intense coach, he develops guards and scouts other teams in preparation for games. In his experience as a coach, Harrison has forged many great relationships with collegiate basketball programs around the country.

Player Experience: Rodrick Harrison was the starting guard for the University of Maryland Baltimore County from 1996 to 1999. During the 1998-1999 season, Harrison was named MVP of the team. Harrison was a member of the 1998-1999 team that achieved the most consecutive wins in the North East Conference, as well as winning a conference championship in 1999. From 1995-1996, Harrison played at Catonsville Community College, where he was ranked #4 in Junior College (JUCO) Division II. While playing at Catonsville, he made the 2nd team All-Region JUCO team as a freshman averaging 20 points a game, 5 assists, and shooting just over 45 percent from 3-point range. As a high school student, Harrison attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School from 1991-1995. During this time, he averaged 12 points, 7 assists, 4 steals, and 4 rebounds a game, and played on three teams that were ranked top 10 in the nation. He also won 3 State Championships and finished his senior year with his team being ranked No. 7 in the country by USA Today.

Brian Scott Associate Head Coach

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Brian Scott aka Coach “B” is currently the associate head coach at Mount Zion Preparatory Academy. Brian has been Associate Head Coach since 2012 the program’s first year. While at Mt Zion coach B spent several years with Baltimore’s Finest as well as Team Thrill AAU programs. With Baltimore’s Finest Coach B started as an Assistant Coach with the 17U team and eventually became the Head Coach, soon after, he became the Assistant Director of the program. With Team Thrill Coach B’s position was College Recruiting Coordinator, in that position Coach B’s responsibility was to develop and maintain relationships with college coaches nationwide. Coach B’s responsibilities with Mt Zion Prep include planning practices, on-the-floor coaching, breaking down film, and assisting players with the college recruiting process. Coach B is also responsible for assisting and planning travel as well as game day preparation. From 2009-2012, Scott was an assistant coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School located in Baltimore, Maryland. In his three years as an assistant coach, Dunbar won three consecutive State Championships from 2009-2012, as well as the Baltimore City Public School Championship in 2011-2012. In addition to coaching players on the court, he helped plan and execute all academic policies to ensure student-athletes remained in good academic standing. During the 2003-2004 season, he coached at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and helped the head coach with game time planning. Scott also coached at the collegiate level, serving as the Student Assistant Coach at Barton College from 1998-1999.

Player Experience: In high school, Scott played for the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly) varsity team where he helped lead them to their first-ever regional championship game, and was chosen to represent Poly in the East vs. West All-Star game. He finished his senior year at Poly averaging 15.9 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, and leading his team to an 18-6 record. Scott continued his athletic career as a small forward shooting guard at Catonsville Community College in Maryland where, as a freshman, he averaged 15.4 points a game, leading the school to a 14-13 record and the school’s first winning season under Coach Luke D’Alessio. During his sophomore year, he averaged 15.6 points per game, while the team finished 28-7 and ranked #4 in the nation. Scott played in the Maryland JUCO All-Star game and finished his career with more than 100 three-pointers and averaged 15.5 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. He continued his career at Barton College where he helped Barton win the 1996-1997 CVAC Conference Championship finishing 22-5. Scott was instrumental in helping Barton College make the 1996-1997 NCAA Division II National Tournament, the school’s first time ever making it into the tournament.

Rodney Elliott Assistant Coach

Rodney Elliott is currently the assistant coach at Mount Zion Preparatory Academy. Elliott is also an assistant coach with Under Armour’s Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team, B’More Finest. He is proficient in teaching the fundamentals of basketball while effectively bridging the gap between the coach’s vision and the players’ execution. Elliott has experience with developing lesson plans for beginners learning the game of basketball. He coached junior team players at the international level in exhibition games and organized mini basketball tournaments for recreation club members. During the summers he works with various basketball camps at the University of Maryland, Loyola University, and others throughout Maryland. A dynamic speaker, Elliott has been requested by numerous schools in the U.S. to impart his wisdom as a coach and experience as a former professional basketball player for Boca Juniors (Argentina) and Levallors (Paris) to name a few. An advocate for giving back to the community, Elliott has volunteered at youth centers such as the Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCA, coordinated team-building exercises for local businesses, and helped organize fundraisers for youth sports programs.

Player Experience: Elliott attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland from 1990-1994. A double threat, he excelled in both football and basketball, each team winning multiple state championships. As a senior, Elliott was heavily recruited by schools across the country for both sports. Keeping the pipeline open and wanting to stay close to home, he accepted the offer to play basketball at the University of Maryland College Park and was a member of the team from 1994-1998. During his senior year, he averaged 15.4 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game. As a Terrapin, Elliott learned to compete at a very high level, battling every day with players like Keith Booth, Joe Smith, and Obinna Ekezie. This experience prepared him for his professional International basketball career playing in Europe and Southern America where he had the privilege of playing for more than ten years. As a professional player in Argentina, Elliott averaged 12 points per game and 6 rebounds per game. He assisted with practices by creating game plans, analyzing game film, and generating team study tapes and scouting reports. In France, Elliott helped lead the team to two Division Regular Season Championships, reaching post-season births both seasons. Being voted team captain by teammates and coaches, he made All-Star games in several of the countries he played for. As a result of playing abroad, Elliott not only benefited from learning different styles of basketball but was also able to appreciate and assimilate various cultures. These combined experiences allow Elliott to bring a varied perspective to young men that dream of playing basketball at the next level.

Martino Vincenzo Pepe Assistant Coach/Player Development

David Butts is entering his second season at Mt. Zion Prep. He comes to Mt. Zion Prep after spending one season at N.C A&T a Division I University in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). In his one season, Butts assisted Joyner in helping the Aggies orchestrate one of the best turnarounds in NCAA Division I history. N.C. A&T improved by 17 games from 2016-17 to the 2017-18 season to go 20-15 overall. The Aggies .571 winning percentage in 2017-18 was the school’s best in 26 seasons. Butts also helped the Aggies secure their first 20-win season in five years and just their third in 30 years. N.C. A&T also finished undefeated (12-0) at home for the first time since the 1987-88 season. Butts has also spent time on the prep, junior college, and collegiate levels. Spending one season at Division III Rosemont College. During the 2016-17 season, Rosemont went 16-11 overall and 13-5 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. The Philadelphia native also spent one season (2015-16) at Rise Academy Prep in Philadelphia and had a three-year stint (2012-15) at Cecil College, a junior college in North East, Md. In 2010, Butts received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Alvernia University in Reading, Pa.

Joshua Broderick Assistant Coach/Operations Director

Joshua Broderick previously served as a student manager at St. John’s University under head coach Chris Mullin. During his time with the Red Storm, Broderick would assist the staff with the day-to-day operations of the program and become a vocal point in various player development workouts during practices. He would also serve as an Operations Intern for the program while part of the 2018-2019 St. John’s NCAA Tournament team. Previous to his two seasons with St. John’s, Broderick would serve as a student manager for the Nassau Community College Lions in Garden City, NY. His responsibilities would include various travel arrangement tasks, practice preparation, and reporting live statistics to the Coaching staff during games. In 2016 and 2017, Broderick would be part of back-to-back NJCAA Division III Region IV Championships as well as two NJCAA Division III National Tournament Appearances with a 3rd place National finish in 2016. During his high school career, Broderick would spend three seasons playing for Team NJ Select Stars in Linden, NJ. Broderick would earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management with a Minor in Business at St. John’s University in 2019 and an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Nassau Community College in 2017.

Renard Smith Athletic Director

Renard Smith was appointed the full-time head coach at Bowie State University – July 15, 2010, after serving as the Interim Coach of the BSU Lady Bulldogs for four months and has more than 20 years of experience as a Coach, Athletic Administrator, and Educator. Prior to his current appointment, Smith served one season as an assistant coach at Bowie State. Before coming to the Bowie State campus, he was employed by Baltimore City Community College (2003-2010) in several capacities; Interim Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director, and Health and Wellness Instructor.

In the Fall of 2005 while serving as the Interim Athletic Director, Smith was also named Head Woman’s Basketball Coach. The Dean of Student Affairs at that time (McCarrol Nole) gave Coach Smith the task of rebuilding the athletic programs for Baltimore City Community College and wanted him to start with Women’s Basketball. Rebuild, is just what Renard did in only five seasons. Coach Smith’s team became a Maryland JUCO conference leader and he became one of the MDJUCO conference’s top coaches.

Renard was named the 2010 Coach of the Year for winning both the MDJUCO Conference Title and the NJCAA Region XX Championship. His team finished the season with an undefeated record of 27-0, were Nationally Ranked 16th in the country, and had the #1 Nationally Ranked Defensive Team in the country the entire 2009-2010 campaign.

“Coach Nard” is what the student-athletes affectionately called him. He began his athletic career during the summer of 1988 as a Coach and Summer Athletic Program Director for Baltimore City Parks and Recreation. Renard has coached and taught in Baltimore City Public and Private Schools and has even worked in a Catholic school environment at Saint Frances Academy where he served as an assistant Coach for the Boys Varsity Basketball team. In February 2005 Saint Frances won the Baltimore Catholic League Championship. Renard has even gained professional experience by serving as the Director of Basketball Operations for the American Basketball Association (ABA) semi-professional Basketball team the Baltimore Pearls.

Stephen Colbert Admissions Director