Hensley Charles begins his first stint as a college basketball coach for the 2011-12 season.
Hensley Charles was a former high school and college player for Head Coach Corey Lowery. At Hillside High School Charles was an All-County and All-State performer who led his team to a Mountain Valley Conference Championship and a State Sectional Finals appearance. After graduation, Charles received a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at Niagra University where he won the MAAC conference Championship as a Freshman and his team went along and played in the Division I NCAA March Madness Tournament. After deciding he wanted to be re-recruited Charles enrolled at Middlesex County College to play for his former high school coach. Charles earned 1st Team All-American honors averaging 17 pts and 13 rebounds and led his team to a 25-2 record, GSAC championship, and the Finals of the Region XIX tournament. Charles received another athletic scholarship to attend West Virginia State University. At West Virginia State, Charles won another conference championship and participated in the Division II NCAA tournament.
Charles graduated from West Virginia State with a degree in Sociology.
Over the last two years, Coach Jean-Paul has assisted with a renaissance of Essex County College Wolverine basketball. Over the last two seasons, the Wolverines have an overall record of 44-15. The Wolverines have dominated Region 19 over that span, going 31-1. The Wolverines reached the Region 19 championship game in the 2011-2012 season.
The 2012-2013 Wolverines finished the season with an overall record of 25-8 and an undefeated mark of 16-0 in Region 19. They went on to win the Region 19 tournament and receive a bid to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Danville, Illinois. In addition, nine student-athletes have gone on to continue their education and basketball careers at four-year colleges.
During the 2009-2010 season, Coach Jean-Paul was an assistant coach at Middlesex County College and helped lead the Blue Colts to a semifinal berth in the Garden State Athletic Conference, Region 19 playoffs.
From 2004-2009 and the 2010-2011 season, he was an Assistant Varsity Coach at his alma mater St. Mary's High School in Elizabeth. During his tenure at St. Mary's, the varsity program had a record of 87-54, won two Mountain Valley Conference titles and helped send over 15 student-athletes to the collegiate level to play basketball. He served as the head freshman coach from 2004-2006 and the head junior varsity coach during 2006-2007 season.
Coach Jean-Paul graduated from Rutgers University in 1999 with a degree in Journalism. He is the Director of Admissions at St. Mary's High School and currently resides in Elizabeth.
The former men's basketball Special Assistant at Rutgers University, Coach Kalola enters his third season as an Assistant Coach on Coach Lowery's Staff.
Coach Kalola graduated in 2001 from Piscataway High School, where he earned 9 varsity letters in 4 different sports. He went on to join the basketball program at Rutgers University as a student manager. Coach Kalola served as an integral part to the Rutgers men's basketball program throughout his undergraduate days. He earned his dual degree in Exercise Science/Sport Studies and Psychology in 2005 and after graduation Coach Kalola joined the coaching staff at Rutgers. He assisted with the day-to-day operations of the Division I Big East Program, including recruiting/scouting, practice/game planning, video filming/editing, and camps/clinics. Coach Kalola continued his coaching career in 2008 as the Head Freshman Boy's basketball coach at Union High School. During his final season at Union, he led his team to the championship game of the freshman post season tournament.
Last season as an assistant at Essex County College, Coach Kalola helped the Wolverines to a 25-8 overall record and a regular season Region 19 and Garden State Athletic Conference championship. Only sixteen teams advance and Coach Kalola helped lead the Wolverines to Nationals played in Danville, Illinois. Currently, Coach Kalola teaches third grade at Franklin Elementary School in Union Township, New Jersey. Coach Kalola is a native of and resides in Piscataway, NJ with his wife Pinki Kalola.