The National Preparatory Association is proud to announce the newest expansion program for the upcoming season. Out of Nova Scotia, Halifax Prep will be ready to compete against the best!
Halifax Prep will be transitioning from Colchester Christian Academy in large part due to it’s central geography that the city of Halifax provides.
Owners Naofall ‘Ming’ Folahan and Stephanie Folahan spearhead the leadership at Halifax Prep.
The coaching staff will be lead by head coach Marcus Eaton, professional strength and fitness coaches, tutors and a physiotherapist to prepare their players for the “physicality” of the NPA.
“We place emphasis a lot on film work, and having a lot more practice times in order to be better prepared for the elite competition,” said Coach Folahan.
Ming brings great experience to Halifax Prep having played Division I basketball at Wagner College. Folahan is the All-Time leading shot blocker at Wagner College and still holds the record for the most blocks in a single game.
After college, Folahan had workouts with several NBA teams including the Knicks, Spurs, and Nuggets before signing a professional contract in the NBL.
Halifax Prep possesses some of the East Coast’s best talent including a very strong guard combo of Cairo Berry and Julius McGee.
“Cairo Berry is an electric PG, who always looks to push the ball on offense, while on the defensive side of the ball he sets the tone for the rest of the guys with his tenacious D. Alongside Cairo we have another high IQ guard in Julius McGee, his ability to knock down open shots, while still looking to set up his teammates with crafty ball handling is unmatched,” said Eaton.
With the high energy guards leading the offence, coach Eaton says they will be a run and gun team and get out in transition for easy buckets. On the defensive side of the ball, they want to be aggressive and gritty with an ‘in your face’ style.
Having an exciting and talented team will bring much-deserved attention to the East Coast. Ming also believes Halifax Prep will inspire the next generation.
“Having Halifax Prep here home in the East Coast will ultimately give our top athletes an opportunity to stay home and still compete against the top level competition in the nation. I also believe having a high elite program in Nova Scotia will help motivate our younger athletes to continue to grow within the sport of basketball, as they will be able to watch the best players in the Nation here at home every Fall,” said Stephanie Folahan.
Halifax Prep will be competing in the Northeast Division along with the 2016-2017 National Champions, Canada Top Flight Academy (Ottawa, ON), St-Laurent Express (Montreal, QC) and New Brunswick’s Rothesay Netherwood School.
The NPA, launched November 2016 is coming off a successful inaugural year, making Canadian basketball history and crowning the first ever high school national champion, as Ottawa’s Canada Topflight Academy claimed the title.
Stay tuned on NPH for more expansion new coming soon, as progams will be announced from across the country.
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