Bishop Kenny Head Boys Basketball Coach Marks 300th Win
For the past sixteen years Coach Jerry Buckley has been the face of Bishop Kenny High School boys’ basketball. Recently Coach Buckley reached a significant milestone in his career earning win number 300 in a game against a very strong Bolles team. When asked about the win Buckley said, “I was very excited and feel blessed to coach at a school that emphasizes academics, athletics, and preparing students for college and life on and off the court.” As the Director of Office of School Counseling Buckley is keenly aware that academics is the number one priority of all teachers and coaches at Bishop Kenny.
Buckley’s coaching career at Bishop Kenny began in 1999 when he was named coach of the freshman team followed by six years coaching the junior varsity team. Since taking leadership of the varsity program Coach Buckley’s teams have finished as state runner-up once (2016), made two final-four appearances, won two regional championships, and eight district championships. Buckley said, “It’s a complete team effort across the board and the guidance of my assistant coaches is paramount. Not only do they bring tremendous basketball knowledge to the team, but more importantly, they serve as role models for the young men in our program.” I am thankful for the support of these gentlemen; Byron Allmond, Tom Connolly ‘87, Jeff Tranovich, Jim Hayes, Jon Pichardo’90, and Errol Gonzales ‘95.
Coach Buckley grew up playing basketball. He was a member of the Catholic University team from 1989 through 1993. Basketball is definitely a Buckley family tradition. Buckley’s sons, Patrick ’19 and Daniel ’21 both currently play for Catholic University as guards. Coach Buckley is committed to building the program and continually striving to be competitive with the best teams in Florida.
Pictured: (L-R) Front: Gavin Meehan ’22, Jackson Burnett ’23, Barrett Baker ’23, Merensly Florestal ’23, Drew McAtee ’22, Diego Dionisio ’23, Justin Gist ’24, Braxton Gruver ’22, Ja’Kari Harris ’22,
Backrow: Asst. coaches Errol Gonzales ‘95, Tom Connolly ‘87, Jeff Tranovich, team manager JP Thorton ‘23‘, Tong Tong ’24, Sebastian Consuegra ’23, Alex Ritter ’23, Oluwaji Eziemefe ’24, Harrison Groom ’22, Kyle Sulayman ’22, team manager J.T. Webb ‘22, head coach Jerry Buckley, Asst. coaches Byron Allmond, Jon Pichardo ‘90.