The 2021-22 St. John Bosco Basketball Team added to the great tradition of the Braves Basketball Program. The Braves advanced to the CIF Division 1 Semi-Finals, and earned a bid to the State Playoffs for the 5th consecutive season. The 2021-22 season came on the heels of the Braves' 2020-21 CIF Southern California Div 1 Regional Championship win. There are currently 18 former Braves playing College Basketball, led by Sandy Ryan (Tulane) Josh Adoh (Bucknell), Lamaj Lewis (Loyola Marymount) and Scotty Washington (Cal Baptist) who are recently joined by 2022 grads DJ Henry (Cal Maritime), Marko Kenz (Northwestern College) and Christian Estrada (Biola).
The 2022-23 team is led by returning All-League junior Jack Turner and All-League Sophomores Elzie Harrington and Kade Bonam. They are joined by a great combination of returners and newcomers, including seniors Delyle Williams and Mateo Duran. Last year's CIF Semi-Final run follows the State Regional Championship as the Braves continue to be one of Southern California's best and most consistent programs.
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About Head Coach Matt Dunn
Coach Matt Dunn is entering his 22nd year as a head coach, and 8th year leading the Braves at St John Bosco. Coach Dunn owns a career record of 421-176, with 154 of those wins coming from his time at Bosco. He had previous coaching stops at St. Augustine High School in San Diego as an assistant coach, and then Head Coach at Villanova Prep in Ojai and Damien High School in La Verne. Some highlights of Coach Dunn's career include qualifying for the playoffs in all 22 seasons as a head coach, winning the first two basketball League Championships in the history of Villanova Prep, and winning the 2013 CIF Title and 2015 California State Title while coaching at Damien. In his time at Bosco, the basketball program has become one of the most consistent programs on the West Coast. The Braves have qualified for the prestigious Open Division in 4 of the last 5 years; The 2018 team advanced to the Southern California Finals, including 3 wins over future NBA Rookie of the Year Evan Mobley. The 2021 team led by current Division 1 guards Lamaj Lewis (LMU) and Scottie Washington (CBU) won the Southern California Regional Championship, only being stopped from the State Title due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Most importantly, Coach Dunn and his staff continue to send Braves on to compete at the collegiate level. There are currently 18 former Braves playing college basketball, led by Lewis and Washington, Sandy Ryan (Tulane), and Josh Adoh (Bucknell). They were recently joined by 2022 grads DJ Henry (Cal Maritime), Marko Kenz (Northwestern College) and Christian Estrada (Biola).
Coach Dunn met his wife Joy while studying Business Administration at the University of San Diego, and together they are the proud parents of Kylie, 19, Justin, 17 and Dominic, 14.