Coaches

Head Coach - Robert Casperson

      Born and raised in Juneau, Casperson follows a strong family tradition on to the JDHS basketball court. His parents, JDHS graduates, both spent their fair share of time in the gym. His father, Bruce, played high school basketball for Juneau in the 50’s and mother, Christine, was a cheerleader for JDHS. Bruce even spent time coaching Junior Varsity basketball and teaching history at JDHS.

      The youngest of five children, Casperson grew up watching his older brothers play and coach the sport of basketball. His oldest brother, Kevin, was the Crimson Bears Boys Basketball Junior Varsity coach for 12 years.

      “As someone that was born and raised in the capital city, I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the new head coach for the boy’s basketball team at Juneau-Douglas High School,” says Casperson, “I could not have reached this point without the support of my wife and kids, my family, friends, and the community, and for that I am very thankful.”

      The family ties come full circle - one of the players on Bruce’s JV team in the 60’s was George Houston, who then became Robert’s high school coach. When Robert got into coaching at JDHS (under Coach Houston), he had another well-known basketball name on his team – Thunder Mountain Head Basketball Coach John Blasco.

      While playing under Coach Houston, Casperson and the Bears were 93-15, including a since unmatched 25-2 season his senior year. He graduated from JDHS in 1996, a three-year letterman in basketball and two-year varsity letterman in baseball.

      Robert Casperson began working with the JDHS basketball program in 1999, and coached the C-Team from 2000-2006, amassing 85-12 win-loss record. He led the JDHS JV team from 2006-2011, and had a cumulative record of 92-20. Coach Casperson had also been the head Boys Basketball Coach at Floyd Dryden Middle School from 2000-2009 helping the team secure multiple Fast Break Club Tournament championships. He also worked with the local Hooptime (AAU) organization in an advisory and coaching role during its formative years.

      Coach Casperson is proud to be a part of the program that he grew up with and enjoys the opportunity to give back to his community. “Throughout the years, Juneau basketball has established a long history of young men focused on dedication, discipline, and teamwork. It is my intent to build upon these pillars of success. I look forward to the continued support of the community as we work together to maintain a program that Juneau will be proud of on, and off the court,” he says.

      Coach Casperson is a Member of the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches. He earned his Associates in Arts and Sciences at Shoreline Community College, and Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree with an emphasis in Social Science from the University of Alaska Southeast. He also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Alaska Southeast. He is a Language Arts/Social Studies teacher Floyd Dryden Middle School. Robert and his wife, Paula, have two children.



Returning senior guard, Kaleb Tompkins, accepts a $1000 donation check on behalf of the JDHS boys basketball team from Mark at Mendenhall Auto for successfully raising the most money at the Hot Dog Fundraiser held October 3, 2015