Seton Hall Prep basketball has established a rich tradition steeped in the success of its program, not simply in a diverse collection of titles, trophies, and wins, but formed from the fabric of a family of coaches, players, managers, administrators, and fans that devote year after year to the betterment and development of SHP basketball.

Prior to current Head Coach Kevin Williams being named only the third head coach in the program since just after the end of WWII, Frank “Finn” Tracey (1948-1977) and Bob Farrell (1978-2011) guided the Pirates to a total of 1,282 victories, with 505 and 777, respectively.

Coach Tracey’s teams won three Essex County Tournament titles, in 1951, 1952 and 1956, and also two Non Public “A” state titles in 1961 and 1964.

Coach Farrell won a remarkable 12 Non Public “A” state titles, 10 Essex County Tournament championships, and two Tournament of Champions championships. His teams also won 24 out of a possible 27 Iron Hills Conference championships and two Super Essex Conference/American Division championships since conference realignment in 2009.

Kevin Williams, who served as an assistant under Farrell for 15 years, has started his tenure with an outstanding 87% winning percentage, amassing a record of 95-14 since taking over in 2012. Coach Williams’ teams are a combined 46-4 in SEC/American Division conference play, which includes three Super Essex Conference championships. He and his teams have also put their stamp on the Essex County Tournament by winning three championships in those four years. The overall record during those four years in single elimination county tournament play is 15-1. The 2015 team finished with a 25-2 record, including an unblemished record in conference and county tournament play.

Part of establishing the Seton Hall Prep Basketball brand has been the program’s success in national tournaments over the past 30 years. A 1985 Beach Ball Classic contest against Crenshaw HS (CA) in Myrtle Beach, S.C. marked the programs first win over team ranked #1 in the USA Today poll. In 2015, the Pirates won the Roundball Rotary Classic in Charleston S.C., defeating Class 4A South Carolina State Champion Wando High School on a three point shot by T.J. Gibbs ’16 with only two seconds remaining off a great drive and kick from his backcourt mate Steve Ferraro ‘16. Along the way, SHP knocked off then ranked #9 in USA Today Super 25, L.I. Lutheran (NY) in the semi-final.

Putting on the blue and white for Seton Hall Prep Basketball represents the tradition and history of the program, holding true to the ideals of unselfishness, hard work, preparation, and sacrifice which have been passed through generations of Pirate Basketball faithful.

For detailed awards, history, and accomplishments, click here.

  • The Prep retires the silver Essex County trophy by winning ECT titles in ’51,’52 and ’56 (which still sits in SHP Trophy case til this day)
  • SHP, led by Coach “Finn” Tracey wins school's first of many Non Public “A” State Championships in ’61 and ‘64
  • Defeated #1 in USA Today Crenshaw HS at Beach Ball Classic in December 1985; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • 1986- Coach Farrell wins his first Non Public “A” state championship by defeating CBA.
  • The 1991 team led by Brevin Knight (Stanford, NBA), Wardell Strickland and Ira Bowman (UPenn, ‘76ers) sets a school record for victories with 31
  • Won 3 Non- Public “A” State titles in a row ’91,’92,’93
  • Won 5 Non- Public “A” State titles in a row ’96,’97,’98,’99,’00
  • Won 5 ECT Championships in a row ‘96,’97,’98,’99,’00
  • 1998- Basketball captain Jeff Miller (Seton Hall) wins MSG/ Daily News Tri-state athlete of the year, as an all-state player in football, basketball and baseball. Miller finished with 1324 career points.
  • 1999 team led by Brandin Knight (Pittsburgh, Houston Rockets), Marcus Toney-el (Seton Hall) and Mark Curry (Delaware) wins school's first TOC title and finishes 30-1, Ranked #4 in USA Today Super 25, #1 in MSG/Daily News Tri-state poll and #1 in Star-Ledger Top 20
  • 2002- Coach Farrell named to coach East team of McDonald’s All-American Game
  • Won back to back ECT titles in ’04 and ‘05
  • 2005 team led by Chris Andrews, Andrew Pusar (Harvard) and Brandon Costner (NC State) wins second TOC title and finishes 30-1, Ranked #5 in USA Today Super 25 and #1 Star Ledger Top 20
  • Won 3 Non- Public “A” State titles in a row 2005, 2006, 2007
  • 2007: Prep team led by Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh), Gary Wallace (Robert Morris), and Jason Banzhaf (Catholic) wins ECT and finishes 30-1.
  • 2008 Ashton Gibbs breaks Keven McDonald's (UPenn, Seattle Supersonics) career scoring mark and finishes with 1882 points ahead of McDonald's 1774.
  • 2009 team wins last Iron Hills Conference Championship – winning the last 20 years in a row. SHP finishes 424-32 in IHC.
  • 2010 team wins SEC Conference Championship going 14-0 in inaugural year of SEC.
  • Coach Farrell concludes his brilliant career in 2011, finishing 26-4, SEC Conference Champion, ECT Champion and another Non – Public “A” North championship and an appearance in the Non Public “A” state championship.
  • 2011- Sterling Gibbs (Texas, Seton Hall, UConn) passes older brother Ashton to become SHP’s all-time leading scorer with 1984 points.
  • 2012 –Kevin Williams named Head Coach and goes 26-3 in his first year including SEC Conference Champion, ECT Champion, Non-Public “A” North State Champion and an appearance in Non-Public “A” state championship.
  • Three consecutive ECT titles (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • 2015- Undefeated in SEC/Conference champions, ECT champions, Rotary Roundball Classic Champions.

For SHP Basketball's footprint at the collegiate and professional level, as well as former Pirates who are now coaches, click here.

      • Chris Andrews - Yale
      • Dallas Anglin - Northern Colorado
      • Tyrone Barley - St. Joseph's University
      • Pat Bosworth - Boston College
      • Ira Bowman - UPENN, NBA: PHiladeplphia 76ers
      • John Caprio - Georgetown
      • Donald Carey - St. Peter's College
      • Tom Cook - Fairfield
      • Brandon Costner - NC State
      • Jordan Costner - St. Peter's College
      • Mark Curry - St. Peter's College
      • Anthony Drejaj - St. Louis University
      • Frank Drejaj - Manhattan College
      • Michael Everett - University of Albany
      • AShton Gibbs - University of Pittsburgh
      • Sterling Gibbs - UCONN
      • Darien Henry - University of Maryland
      • Kerry Keating - Seton Hall University
      • Shayle Keating - Rutgers University
      • Kevin Kelly - Farleigh Dicksinson University
      • Brandin Knight - University of Pittsburgh, NBA: Houston Rockets
      • Brevin Knight - Stanford University, NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers (1st Rd. #16 Overall 1997 NBA Draft)
      • Mel Knight - Seton Hall University
      • Tom Lacey - US Naval Academy
      • Mark Madden - University of Vermont
      • Mike Malone - Loyola College - Md.
      • Keven McDonald - UPENN , NBA Seattle Supersonics (42nd Overall NBA Draft)
      • Stephon Mosley - St. Francis (PA)
      • Pete McLaughlin - University of Virginia
      • Jamar Nutter - Seton Hall University
      • Tony Peters - St. Francis (PA)
      • Ryan Peterson - Seton Hall University
      • Andrew Pusar - Harvard
      • Jose Rebimbas - Seton Hall University
      • Spencer Weisz - Princeton
      • Mike Shannon - Providence College
      • Robert Sullivan - George Mason
      • Dominick Taylor - Brown
      • Marcus Toney-El - Seton Hall University
      • Frantz Volcy - Seton Hall University
      • Gary Wallace - Robert Morris
      • T.J. Whitaker - University of Vermont
SHP BASKETBALL COACHING TREE
  • Mike Malone - HC - Denver Nuggets (NBA)
  • Brandin Knight - AC - Rutgers University
  • Kerry Keating - HC - University of Santa Clara
  • Anthony Drejaj - AC - Linden HS
  • Marcus Toney-El - HC - North 13th St. 
  • Dennis Quinn - AC - Seton Hall Prep
  • Greg Walsh - AC - Seton Hall Prep
  • Tim Gardner - AC - LIU Brooklyn (women)
  • Tariq Francis - HC - George Westinghouse HS (PA)
  • Ira Bowman - AC - UPENN

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