|Alma Mater:||High Point '10|
Kaplan has been coaching since he was in high school and is in his first season at Catholic University. His primary role is to assist with day-to-day operations.
While working last season as an assistant coach at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., Kaplan contributed to James Sapp’s multiple accomplishments. The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference recognized Sapp as its Player of the Year. The National Association of Basketball Coaches honored him as a third-team All-American and named him to its Honors Court for academic achievement. Kaplan also recruited most of Centenary’s 2017-18 recruiting class.
From 2013-16, Kaplan was JV associate head coach and varsity recruiting coordinator at South County High School in Lorton, Va. In 2015, the Stallions won the first conference championship in school history.
In the two previous years, Kaplan coached under Andy Gray at Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, Va. In 2011-12, the Indians advanced to the state Elite Eight with a record of 27-3. The mark included a 17-game winning streak. The Washington Post gave them a final ranking of 14th. The following season, Gar-Field finished 22-5 and captured the Virginia AAA Cardinal District championship.
Kaplan began coaching youth basketball while attending W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Va. He was an Honor Roll student one semester prior to graduating in 2006.
While at High Point (N.C.) University from 2006-10, Kaplan was founder, player and head coach of the school’s club team. The squad competed against other colleges, and two players walked on to the Panthers varsity. He also observed nearly every men’s and women’s practice and would assist as requested.
For three years (2012-14), Kaplan was director of the Turnpike Invitational Tournament, the largest youth tournament in Northern Virginia. He has worked as a high school referee and at camps throughout the country. A sampling includes those at Navy, Virginia Tech, Centenary, Texas Tech, Virginia and Maryland. This past summer, he worked camp at North Carolina.
Kaplan graduated from High Point in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in recreation management and was recognized as the major’s top senior. He minored in athletic coaching. His fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, named him 2010 Brother of the Year.
Kaplan was born Feb. 26, 1988 in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the son of Paul and Sidney Kaplan and has one sister, Amy. He lives in Fairfax.