Kantrow’s life in basketball started at an early age. At age five, he was a member of the original Tiger Tots, a group of youngsters that performed at halftime of LSU basketball games and all across the country.
He grew up in the Baton Rouge area, attending University High before moving to Shreveport where he graduated from Loyola College Prep in 1988. He attended LSU in Baton Rouge before returning to Shreveport where he received a bachelor’s degree from LSU-Shreveport in 1992.
Kantrow became the youngest high school coach in Louisiana when his alma mater came calling. At just 23 years old, Kantrow became the head coach at Loyola where he led the Flyers to two district championships. At Loyola, he posted a .680 winning percentage, was twice-named District Coach of the Year and Caddo Parish Coach of the Year three times.He sent multiple players to Division 1 Programs over his career there.
Five years later, he moved on to the college ranks joining Perry Clark’s staff at Tulane in 1996. There he helped guide the Green Wave to a 20-11 record, the Conference USA National Division crown and two consecutive postseasons.
When Clark was hired as the head coach at Miami in 2000, Kantrow went with him as a member of the Hurricanes staff. There he helped lead the Hurricanes to a 40-21 record and two consecutive postseason appearances. The Hurricanes set a school record of 24 wins in the 2001 – 2002 season. He was also responsible for improving offensive efficiency in his first two seasons to 74.8 points per game, the highest since 1988–89 season.
In 2003, Kantrow got his first collegiate head coaching opportunity when he was hired by St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he was named CAC Coach of the Year in his first year. Five of his former players are currently High School or Divison 1 basketball coaches.
Kantrow spent two seasons at St. Mary’s before family obligations brought him back to Louisiana. He returned home to Baton Rouge to assist his family in opening popular Baton Rouge restaurant Bistro Byronz restaurant in 2005. Over the years he helped grow the Bistro Byronz Family of restaurants to four restaurants in Baton Rouge, three locations of Bistro Byronz (Mid-City, Zachary and Willow Grove) and Flambee Cafe at Willow Grove.
In the meantime, Kantrow revitalized his passion for coaching by creating the Brock Kantrow Basketball Academy. He renovated a mid-city Baton Rouge gymnasium and grew the academy to over 150 kids in its first year of operation.
This endeavor catapulted Kantrow into a much larger role when he became Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Basketball and Volleyball Association. Operating as a co-operative venture with BREC, they opened the Team Sportsplex, a $3.5 million, 30,000 square foot multi-sport indoor athletic facility.
Team Sportsplex is the largest indoor basketball facility in Baton Rouge and the largest indoor volleyball facility in Louisiana. Kantrow oversaw the initial funding, construction and programmatic management of Sportsplex. He formed and facilitated the most successful youth basketball league in Baton Rouge with over 800 players of all ages, highly successful camps and clinics, junior and high school development leagues, as well as offering individual instruction.
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