NEPA Elite is our highest level of club basketball that plays some of the best talent in the country and in prestigious tournaments all over the northeast. This level is for players who are looking to play at the next level and can compete on a high level on a daily basis. NEPA NXT Travel is our youth affiliate to NEPA Elite. This program has a vision of complete skill development and competitiveness. NEPA NXT will focus on enhancing each players skill set, growth of basketball IQ and understanding of the game, and take an overall approach to molding our players into a complete player. As players go through the NEPA NXT program, our mission is to make sure they are ready for the next level and are fully ready to take on the NEPA Elite mentality and perform on a regional and national level.
HELPING ATHLETES REACH THEIR GOALS
Growing up in Northeast, PA, Kevin is fortunate to be one of eight children to Margi and Brian Clark. He attended grade school at St. Paul’s School in Scranton, PA and later moved on to Dunmore High School for secondary education. After graduating from Dunmore in 2007, Kevin moved to Queens, New York where he attended St. John’s University and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Arts with a minor in Business Administration. He decided to continue his education even further a bit North of the city to Pace University, where he completed his Master’s of Science in Educational Studies in 2014. Kevin and his wife, Annie, have put down their roots in NEPA. Coach Clark is currently the Executive Director of Riverfront Sports, founder of NEPA Elite Basketball and oversees all basketball operations at the facility. He is also the boys head basketball coach at his alma mater Dunmore High School and head coach of the nationally-renowned NEPA Elite 17U Girls Team which won the Hoop Group Championship in 2020 and 2021.
Director of Basketball Operations
Christian graduated from Lackawanna Trail in 2008 where he lettered 3 years as a varsity basketball player and was a 2008 Lackawanna League All Star. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration from Drexel University and was a Practice Player for the Women’s basketball program (2009-2013) that won the postseason WNIT tournament in 2013. Head Coach at Lackawanna Trail High School from 2014-2020 (6 seasons) where he produced 3 Lackawanna League First Team All-Star players and 4 Lackawanna League Honorable Mention players. During the 2018-2019 season, led Lackawanna Trail to its first AA District II playoff win since 2013 and an appearance in the AA District II semifinals. In the following 2019-2020 season his team competed for a Lackawanna League Division IV championship, won another AA District II playoff game, and appeared again in the AA District II semifinals. The Lions posted a 14-10 overall record in the 2019-2020 season – the school’s first overall winning record for the program since 2010. Currently Christian is the Assistant Varsity & Head JV Coach at Mid Valley High School. Christian’s current job responsibilities at Riverfront Sports include managing and overseeing all the administrative and logistical aspects of our basketball programs.
Director of Program Development – Basketball
Attended Bishop Hannan where his 1999 team earned PIAA State Runner-up status in Class A. Brian was also named team MVP, Lackawanna League All-Star and Regional All-Star. Brian after attended Misericordia University where he played Basketball earning himself a degree in Business Administration and minor in Human Resources. Brian while attending college, coached Misericordia Basketball during his senior season and earned the 2003 Coach’s award. After college Brian spent 3 seasons as the Head Coach of the Lackawanna College Men’s Basketball Team. Brian’s current Riverfront Sports responsibilities include coaching the NEPA Elite 17U boys team.
Director of Coaching
Andrew Kettel started his coaching career in 1998 as a volunteer assistant coach for the Scranton Prep Cavaliers freshman team, moving up to the junior varsity and varsity level in 2000. In 2002, Coach Kettel was hired as the head JV coach and guided the Cavaliers for the next four seasons accumulating over 60 wins. He also served as Athletic Director at St. Paul’s School.Coach Kettel was selected as one of 50 Positive Coaching Alliance’s 2017 Double Goal Coach National Winners presented by TeamSnap. Coach Kettel was also presented with the Walter Venesky Award by the Bochicchio Sports Initiative. NPF Sports named Kettel the 2017 District 2 Big School Coach of the year.Coach Kettel has served as the chairman of Coaches vs. Cancer of NEPA since 2008. In that short time, his efforts have helped to raise over 1.2 million dollars in the fight against cancer.