Mater Dei Prep Announces Head Boys’ Basketball Coach
Mater Dei Prep is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Dennis Kazimir as the new boys’ head basketball coach. Coach Kazimir comes to Mater Dei Prep with 15 years of coaching and management experience on the collegiate and high school level. Coach Kazimir recently completed four seasons as the assistant coach and interim head coach at United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA).
Mr. Robert Eriksen, Mater Dei Prep Athletic Director, is excited to welcome Coach Kazimir to the Seraph community. "This is a great day for the Mater Dei Prep basketball program as Coach Kazimir brings an extensive resume of coaching and managing in the NCAA ranks to our school.”
Coach Kazimir’s attention to detail and incredible experience will ensure the future of the successful Seraph basketball program; which has competed in the Shore Conference Championship for the last three years winning two championships. “The overriding factor in the decision to hire Coach Kazimir was his organizational skill set and our focus on wanting to build a program with a long term view. Our ultimate goal at Mater Dei Prep is to position our student-athletes for success at the college level in academics as well as athletics. Coach Kazimir has the talent to bring that to fruition and will be working full time at Mater Dei Prep in our Development Office where he can focus on the students every day,” said Mater Dei Prep President, Mr. Don Galante.
Mr. Kazimir was a graduate assistant men’s basketball coach for Virginia Commonwealth University under head coach Shaka Smart. He was responsible for game-day operations, assisting with game and practice plans and scouting reports. He also served at Seton Hall University for two seasons under head coach Bobby Gonzalez as the Pirates’ Director of Basketball Operations. Mr. Kazimir also coached at Tiffin University as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator, Wright State University under Paul Biancardi as an administrative assistant and Rhode Island College as an assistant coach.
“Dennis Kazimir will be a terrific asset to the Mater Dei Prep basketball program as their head coach. Having worked with Dennis at Wright State University, I know his players will benefit greatly from his extensive background and his passion for the game. A great quality that he possesses is that he is a hard worker and dedicates himself to the task at hand. Dennis cares about people and goes out of his way to help everyone in his path. This is an outstanding hire for Mater Dei Prep,” said Paul Biancardi, ESPN National Recruiting Director for Boys High School Basketball.
"Mater Dei Prep hit a home run with the hiring of Dennis Kazimir. His infectious personality combined with an unrelenting work ethic makes this an exciting partnership in the New Jersey high school sports landscape," said Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports.
The process of choosing Coach Kazimir as the new boys’ basketball coach was very extensive. In total Mater Dei Prep had over 18 highly qualified coaches from the college and high school ranks apply for the position. The candidates were vetted by multiple Mater Dei Prep administrators, alumni and members of the community. “The Shore Conference is a very special place when it comes to high school basketball. Our candidate pool was incredible with many talented coaches interviewing for the position. I was overwhelmed by the number of high profile references from all over the country supporting these different candidates,” shared Mr. Don Galante.
Coach Kazimir got his start working in basketball at The Hoop Group in Neptune, New Jersey. He worked under Rob Kennedy in 2002 where he served as an operations manager, assisting with the planning and monitoring of the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camps & Clinics and also served as the Director of Team Tournaments.
Kazimir graduated Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management in 2000 and a Master of Education in Sports Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. Coach Kazimir is a Jersey Shore native that grew up in Brick, New Jersey and was a graduate of Donovan Catholic High School.
“I would like to thank Mr. Don Galante, Mr. Robert Eriksen and the entire Mater Dei Prep Board of Trustees for providing me with this platform to assist in fostering the development of our next generation of leaders. I am extremely appreciative to be a part of the Mater Dei Prep family and enthusiastic about leading this program as we strive to excel in the classroom and on the hardwood. I will use basketball as a vehicle to educate our student-athletes on the importance of continually developing their professional brand through virtues such as appreciation, accountability and resiliency. To come back home to New Jersey and be part of a dynamic and cutting edge academic institution is truly an honor. I am looking forward to working with the entire Mater Dei Prep community and grateful to be doing so at an institution that empowers young men and women to make a difference in the world,” said Coach Dennis Kazimir.
Mater Dei Prep is an independent faith- based college preparatory high school that fosters individuality and growth within an intimate and inclusive community. For more information about the Mater Dei Prep boys’ basketball program, or about other programs the school offers, please call 732.671.9100 or visit materdeiprep.org.