Coaches

Rick Turner

Head Coach and National Coordinator for 

Jamaica Basketball 


In January of 2019, Jamaican Basketball Association President, Mr. Paulton Gordon announced that veteran US coach, Rick Turner, will become the National Coordinator and Coach for the Jamaican Men’s Basketball Program.


Coach Turner finds himself realizing a dream come true.


“I am so excited about this opportunity and the chance to be a part of a leadership team that puts Jamaican Basketball on the map, on the international stage”, Turner said. “From the moment I first walked off the plane in Kingston back in 1999, I fell in love with the country and the incredible Jamaican people who have always treated me with genuine kindness and respect. The passion of the Jamaican people, the knowledge of the game, along with the outstanding athletic talent made me realize right away that there was great potential for a world-class programme.”


Turner comes to the Jamaican Men’s National Team with 30 years of coaching experience having coached his first team at the young age of 19. He went on to work for nine seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, first assisting Director of Scouting, Gary Wortman and later with head coaches, Bernie Bickerstaff and George Karl.


He left the Sonics to pursue coaching full-time and started as an assistant at Bellevue College before becoming the school's head coach. Under Turner’s leadership, the Helmsmen went to the NWAACC tournament three straight years, including a final four appearance and a Coach of the Year award.

Turner left Bellevue and spent a season at the University of Washington with Coach Lorenzo Romar. That year, behind Nate Robinson and Brandon Roy, the Huskies went to the second round of the NCAA tournament.


A long strange basketball trip began from there, as Turner went on to coach teams in the Continental Basketball Association, the American Basketball Association and even the Chinese Basketball Association. It was on this journey that he decided to write a book, which he did, titled “If My Name Was Phil Jackson…Would You Read This? The anonymous adventures of an anonymous coach”, chronicling the crazy adventures of life in the hinterlands of professional basketball.


Turner promises to work with the JABA leadership team to not just focus on the Men’s Senior Team, but to also help build a great foundation within youth basketball in the country and abroad that will grow firm roots and bear fruit for many years to come.


“We will win games, believe that, but we will also be putting a system in place that will provide continuity and sustainability for the program into the future. We will be training not only great basketball players but also creating confident leaders who will achieve great things on and off the basketball court.” Turner said.


To go along with NBA, NCAA, CBA, ABA, AAU, high school and junior college experience, Turner has experience with international basketball as well. Not only has he coached in the Chinese Basketball Association and run basketball clinics in Germany and Spain but he also currently heads up the largest basketball camps in the Caribbean in Jamaica and Haiti with the Jumpball Basketball Programme.

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Rick Turner - Head Coach, National Coordinator, and President of Jamaica Basketball Project

Coaches + Board of Directors

Omar Parker

Rohan Robinson

Rohan Robinson

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Assistant Coach and Consultant for Jamaica Basketball


Coach Omar Parker has been in basketball for over 30 years. First, as a player at the University of San Diego, BYU-Hawaii and professionally in Germany and as a coach at Boise State University, Washington State University and the University of Missouri.


Coach Parker is very familiar with Jamaica as he was one of the founders of the Jumpball Basketball Programme, working in its early years at St. George’s and overseeing the transition to the National Stadium as the program grew. Most recently, Coach Parker returned from college coaching, back to his native Seattle where he has been coaching at a local area high school.


“Omar Parker has one of the best basketball minds of any coach I’ve ever met. He is a tireless worker with a passion and energy that is contagious. There’s no one better and our program is fortunate to have him” Turner said of Coach Parker.

Rohan Robinson

Rohan Robinson

Rohan Robinson

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Assistant Coach and Director of Player Personnel for Jamaica Basketball



Rohan Robinson has been involved with Jamaica Basketball on both the Men’s and Women’s side for many years – as a player from 1996 to 2008 and then as a coach for the women as recently as 2018.


He coached Mavisville Prep to a school league championship in 2018 as well as Excelsior to the 2018 College Championship. He has coached in the NBL with the St. George’s Slayers, a league where he once starred and coached the EXED Heats to the championship of the SDF/NIA Howard McCatty League. Coach Rohan grew up in Kingston and attended Holy Trinity as a youth. Coach Turner has known Coach Robinson for two decades.


“I am so excited and very lucky to have Coach Rohan join our staff. Winning seems to follow him wherever he goes and the experience he has as a player and a coach in Jamaica will not only benefit our own players, but will certainly be an invaluable asset for me as well. I have the utmost respect for what Rohan has achieved in basketball and I can’t wait to share this journey with him.” Coach Turner said of Robinson.

Russ Schoene

Rohan Robinson

Russ Schoene

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Assistant Coach and Consultant for Jamaica Basketball 



Russ Schoene is not only an outstanding coach, but was also a great player, having spent seven years in the NBA as well as seven years playing professionally in Italy.


After his playing career ended, Coach Schoene joined the coaching staff at Bellevue College before moving on to the University of Washington where he worked with head coach Lorenzo Romar. Russ also worked in the NBA Operations department for ten years and has been involved in coaching at the youth basketball level.


“Russ has done it at the highest levels, both as a player and a coach. At 6 feet, 10 inches tall (209cm), he has the unique perspective, having played at the wing as a pro and as a post in college. So he has great insight for today’s player that is versatile and not necessarily confined to one position. Coach Russ has a great way with players and will be a tremendous asset in working with our guys and to our program in general” Turner said of Coach Schoene.

Cleon Morgan

Cleon Morgan

Russ Schoene

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Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development for Jamaica Basketball 


Coach Morgan joins the staff of the National Team for his first go-around in international competition. However, his background as a player at GC Foster College and now as the head coach, will go a long way in helping to make the transition a smooth one.


"I've known Coach Morgan since he was a camper at Jumpball many years ago. I love his focused approach to his work, his dedication to basketball and his passion for winning. He is someone who I feel confident in saying, will never get out-worked - and that approach will have a tremendous influence on our players and staff." Coach Turner said.


Kyle Plank

Cleon Morgan

Kyle Plank

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Assistant Coach and Consultant for Jamaica Basketball 


Kyle Plank is very familiar with the city of Kingston; Jamaican Basketball and the country in general - having come as a volunteer for the Jumpball Programme for the past 15 years. Coach Plank is from Holland, Michigan where he teaches Physical Education at West Ottawa High School and is currently on the coaching staff at Hope College – his alma mater, where he played for legendary Div III coach Glenn Van Wieren.


“Of his many outstanding qualities, Coach Plank has two in particular that will make him a great addition to our staff. First, his love for and relationship with, Jamaica and her people. And second, is his exceptional teaching skills. There is something to be said for the familiarity that he has and the relationships he has built already within the Jamaican basketball community. He is credible among Jamaican coaches and players and dependable for his long volunteer service in the sport within the country. We have a great working relationship, he is someone I have boundless trust in and he is a guy who will help make us better.” Turner said of Coach Plank.

Nyron Hurd

Cleon Morgan

Kyle Plank

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Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting and Video for Jamaica Basketball


Coach Hurd joins the Men's National Program after serving as an assistant coach for the Jamaican U17 team in their 2019 summer tournament in Puerto Rico. He has been involved with all levels of coaching in the Kingston area over the past 17 seasons including Vauxhall, Excelsior and presently, Camperdown HS as well as community teams, the Eastern Pistons and the Rae Town Raptors. He has worked with Excelsior Community College and The Caribbean Maritime University. Coach Hurd also runs free clinics for kids every Saturday where he gives his time back to the community from which he came, to help serve the local youth in making good choices, to motivate and inspire while also learning this great game.


"I am really excited to have Coach Hurd... Stumbo... join our staff. He has a personality that fills a room and a huge heart for the sport. He has given so much of his time to kids in helping them become better basketball players and better people - that he deserves an opportunity to affect the program at the highest level. He will do an outstanding job throughout our entire program and will oversee our video and scouting needs. I'm really proud to have him part of our team." - Coach Turner

Damon Sullivan

Damon Sullivan

Damon Sullivan

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Assistant Coach and Director of Player Performance


Coach Sully has been holding it down on the Central Jamaica basketball scene for over a decade. He joins the staff of the National Program where he - with help from Coach Plank - will oversee player performance with a focus on Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition and Mental Preparation. Coach Sullivan has had tremendous success as the Head Coach for Northern Caribbean University and Church Teachers College as well as Glenmuir and Manchester High Schools where he has won ten ISSA High School Championships.


"Coach Sully is a dedicated soldier of the game of basketball. I knew right away when I met him as a coach at Star Search Camp a few summers ago that he has a tremendous focus and willingness to learn and be a fantastic coach. The role he is going to take on is somewhat new to this program and I think his background and abilities will be a perfect fit." - Coach Turner