Hoop Group Staff

The Hoop Group is the worldwide leader in basketball instruction. Since 1963 the Hoop Group coaching tree has grown and developed some of the best coaches in the business. It’s Hoop Group’s commitment to fulfill the dreams of thousands of young boy’s and girl’s through the game of basketball. Listed below is the current Hoop Group full time staff:


Rob Kennedy

Hoop Group President

Rob Kennedy is President of Hoop Group. Rob has been involved with the company from the beginning, but became an official part of Hoop Group over 27 years ago. Rob brings an experts’ knowledge and a rich understand of basketball and the game’s history to the position.Before Hoop Group, Rob graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelors in Political Science. He became an assistant coach at Monmouth University and worked as a color commentator for multiple sport networks including Comcast Sports Network and ESPN Regional. Today, Rob continues to provide color commentary for the MAAC Conference during the college basketball season and sits on the board for ESPN’s TBT Tournament.


Matt Pooley

Hoop Group Vice President

Matt Pooley is the Vice President at Hoop Group. Matt has been with Hoop Group for over six years. During that time, Matt has been involved in all branches of the company. His current role encompasses overseeing Hoop Group Elite, company wide marketing and finance, and external partnerships including sponsorship and eSports. Matt is a graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was a member of the basketball team at RPI, being named a captain his senior year.


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Jeremy Freeman

Camp Director

Jeremy Freeman joined Hoop Group as Director of Recruiting in the summer of 2019. Jeremy was the Director of Basketball Operations at The College of Holy Cross for one year prior to his arrival. Originally from Baltimore, Jeremy coached with Adidas grassroots program, Team BBC, for three summers after graduating from Cornell University. While at Cornell, Jeremy was a student manager and graduated with a degree in Applied Economics and Management in 2015. 


Brian Petruzzelli

Camp Director

Brian Petruzzelli joined Hoop Group in the summer of 2019. Prior to his arrival, Brian served as Special Assistant to the Head Coach at Saint Peter’s University. A New Jersey native and graduate of Montclair State University, Brian started his career as a graduate assistant at Saint Louis University from 2016-2018. 





Vincent Johnson

Camp Director

Vincent (Chico) Johnson joined Hoop Group in the summer of 2019. Vincent was the Head Coach at Pope John XXIII High School for 3 years prior to his arrival. Vincent started his career at Lehigh University as the Director of Basketball Operations (2014-2015) before becoming a head coach in the high school ranks.