Kerwin Forges named boys basketball head coach at KIPP Renaissance

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KIPP Renaissance has hired St. Augustine assistant coach Kerwin Forges as its new boys basketball head coach.

Forges served as a top assistant under Purple Knights head coach Mitchell Johnson for the last four seasons.

Forges previously served as an assistant coach at the University of New Orleans under Mark Slessinger from 2011-14. Prior to working at UNO, Forges was an assistant coach at St. Mary’s High School in Natchitoches from 2006-11.

Kerwin ForgesForges played at Northwestern State from 2003-06 when Slessinger was an assistant coach there. Forges was a standout player at John Ehret from 1998-2002.

“I think it is a wonderful opportunity,” Forges said. “The school is rebranding and going back to Douglass High. It is an exciting time. It is my first chance to be a head coach. I worked with great coaches in Todd Matney at St. Mary’s, with coach Slessinger at UNO and with Mitchell Johnson at St. Aug. They were great mentors and I learned a lot from them. I appreciate them greatly.”

Athletic Director Corey McCloud made the call and Forges accepted it enthusiastically.

“I am very grateful to Corey for giving me the opportunity to lead the program,” Forges said. “I will not let him down. We will work very hard to produce a winning product and one that everyone can be proud of.”

KIPP Renaissance went 11-17 a year ago competing in a tough 3A district with Sophie B. Wright, KIPP-Booker T. Washington, McDonogh 35, Cohen and International High.

Forges is setting a high ceiling for his new program.

“I think the possibilities are unlimited,” Forges said. “It is a highly ranked academic school. It can be a special job. I want to help influence the lives of kids on and off the court. That is my main goal.”

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