MEET THE TEAM
Coach Jay Blouin
Coach Jason Blouin has been involved with AAU basketball since 2009 and has coached with the Rhode Island Magic since its inception. During that time, he has coached various grade levels, from 5th grade through 9th grade. In addition to coaching AAU, he was a major part of the Moses Brown School boys’ basketball program from 2005-2019. He first started in 2005 as the Quakers junior varsity head coach. During the 2008 and 2009 seasons, they captured the Division III State Championship. In 2012, he was named varsity head coach and during his time as head coach, his teams qualified for the playoffs for five straight years. In 2014-2015, Moses Brown won the Division III-Central regular season title and earned the #1 seed in the playoffs. Coach Blouin was also recognized as the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Division III Coach of the Year.
In his time away from basketball, he has been enrolled with the Rhode Island Army National Guard for the past twenty fou years and is also employed for the state joint operations center. He also completed his Bachelor’s degree at Roger Williams University with a degree in Technology Leadership and Management in 2017 and earned his Masters from Ohio University in Coaching, Education and Physical Science in 2019. He is married and has three sons, two of whom are currently a part of the Rhode Island Magic program.
Coach Dean Brugnoli
Coach Dean Brugnoli brings a tremendous amount of high school and college coaching and playing experience to the program. Dean was a three year varsity starter and All-Division player for the Toll Gate Titans from 1997-1999. His senior team won the Division 1 Central title and he still holds the all-time school record for wins in a season. Dean went on to play for Salve Regina University for a season in college and was part of a Seahawk team that won their regular season conference title, coming up just short in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament championship game. Since playing in college, Dean has coached at various levels of basketball, as he has begun to coach his son in recreation, travel and AAU.
Coach Henry Coleman
Coach Henry Coleman is the Varsity Head Coach for the Mount Saint Charles Academy Boys Basketball team. He began his career as an assistant head coach at Feinstein High School from 2002-2008, making the playoffs every year and culminating in winning the Division III State Championship in 2006 and the Division II State Championship in 2007. He then was named interim head coach at Central High School from 2008-2010, leading Central to the playoffs in 2010. That year, he was recognized as the 2009-2010 Division I Rhode Island Basketball Coaches Association Head Coach of the Year. From 2010-2014, he was the assistant head coach at Shea High School, helping them make the playoffs three times, including finishing as the 2012-2013 Division II Championship runners-up. In 2013-2014, Coach Coleman was hired as the head coach of Mount Saint Charles Academy. In 2014-2015 and 2018-2019 seasons, he was recognized as the Division III Rhode Island Basketball Coaches Association Head Coach of the Year. He also currently serves on the Rhode Island Basketball Coaches Association Executive Board as the President and Webmaster. Henry is also the Mount Saint Charles Middle School Golf Head Coach.
Coach Coleman graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health & Physical Education. He has been a Health & Physical Education teacher at Hope High School since 2005. He is the He is married to his wife Melissa and they have three daughters.
Coach Billy Cumplido
Coach Cumplido is an Assistant Coach for the Boys Basketball team at St. Raphael Academy. Coach Cumplido spent over 10 years coaching on the collegiate level, most recently an assistant coach at Brown University in 2004-2005. Other than Brown, he has coaching experience at Rhode Island College as Associate Head Coach (2003-2004), University of New Hampshire (2002-2003), Plymouth State University (2001-2002), Davidson College (1999-2001), and St. Joseph’s College, NY (1998-1999). Cumplido has been a member of the NABC for over 20 years and is an associate coach for USA Basketball. Cumplido has worked numerous summer camps such as Eastern Invitational, Hoop Mountain, Duke, Michigan, and Five Star Basketball Camps.
Coach Cumplido began his coaching career as the Associate Head Coach under Jon D’Alessandro at the College of St. Joseph’s from 1996-1998. He received a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Salve Regina University in 1996. He has also attained a Masters in Education from the College of St. Josephs and recently completed his Masters in Construction Management at New England Institute. Cumplido is a graduate of Saint Raphael Academy of Pawtucket, RI. Cumplido resides in Pawtucket with his wife Kelly and his two daughters, Julianna and Dazay and currently works as a Project Coordinator for East Coast Interiors out of Warwick, RI.
Coach Matt D’Ambra
Coach Matt D’Ambra is in his tenth season coaching Bishop Hendricken High School, where he has been the head coach for the freshman basketball team. Prior to coaching at Bishop Hendricken, he coached the Immaculate Conception grammar team for 18 years and has AAU coaching experience with the RI Hawks from 2008-2011, where he coached at the varsity level. In addition, he coached girls AAU from 2011-2014 with the RI Breakers. Prior to his extensive coaching career, Coach D’Ambra was a standout high school player, playing at North Providence High School from 1986-1989. In 1988, he was selected second team all-state and helped lead his team to the 1988 Division II championship.
Coach D’Ambra graduated from Syracuse University in 1993 and has worked at Morgan Stanley as a financial planner for the past 25 years. He is married to his wife Christina and they have four children; Madison 19, Caitlyn 13, Michael 12, and Chase 10 where they reside in Cranston.
Coach Anthony Paiva
Coach Anthony Paiva graduated from Central Falls High School in 1997, where he played basketball and football all 4 years, winning three divisional championships between both sports.
Coach Paiva loves teaching, guiding, and being around kids and has been active in the basketball community, having coached CYO, recreational, travel, and competitive basketball. He currently is the active president of the recreational basketball league in North Smithfield that serves over 300 players. He also serves as the travel director for the town. He not only coaches basketball, but also coaches baseball at the recreational, all-star, and AAU levels. The most enjoyable part of coaching to Coach Paiva is watching kids getting better through the game of basketball while learning life lessons that will prepare kids for their journey through life.
Coach Anthony Paiva currently resides in North Smithfield, RI with his wife and two children. Coach Paiva graduated from CCRI, graduating with two Associates of Science degrees in Criminal Justice and Business Management. He then transferred to Rhode Island College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He is currently employed at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management as a Regional Manager.
Coach Dave Wishart
Coach Wishart started his coaching career over 30 years ago. He was a three-sport athlete playing football, basketball, and track at Tollgate High School. Dave also worked at the Kent County YMCA for ten years in different sport/teen programs. After starting his family, he got back into basketball at St. Rose of Lima School in Warwick, first with the middle school girls team, then with the 3-6 grade boys. He was there for five years before moving to Toll Gate Freshman team in 2017-2018. That is also when he joined the RI Magic coaching staff.
As a teacher in elementary school he realizes the importance of teaching the basic fundamental skills and then building on those skills. This philosophy translates to basketball as well, when the player learns the fundamentals and then builds on those, both the player and the team will be successful.
Coach Wishart graduated from Springfield college with a Bachelor of Science. He is an elementary teacher in Warwick, RI.
Coach Jeff Kurbec
Coach Jeff Kurbec not only coaches with the R.I. Magic, but was involved with the creation of the program in 2014. He has been coaching AAU basketball since 1999, when he started with a fledgling program called the R.I. Challenge. Over that time, he has coached dozens of players who went on to play at all levels of college basketball, including in Division 1 conferences such as the Big East, ACC, Atlantic-10, America East, Patriot League, Metro Atlantic (MAAC ) Northeast Conference, and numerous Ivy League teams.
Over the years, he has taken teams to Live Period tournaments all over the country, including four trips to Las Vegas where they compiled a 19-6 record. Two of those teams went on to reach the Final Four in major Vegas tournaments placing second in 2004 and third in 2005. He has also taken teams to Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, New York City, Orlando/Disney Wide World of Sports (six times). Among those trips have been four appearances in National Championship tournaments.
He also spent twelve years on the Boys Basketball staff at Smithfield High School, starting during his junior year in college and being part of Smithfield's transition to Division 1 as one of the smallest public schools in the state. During that time, Smithfield won three division titles, reached the Final Four on four occasions, and won the 2001 Division 1-A State Title at the Providence Civic Center. Coach Kyrbec is returning to work with the Smithfield High School Boys Basketball staff this year.
Coach Kurbec also coaches Cross Country and Track at Smithfield High School, and since 2001, has been one of the Directors of the Sentinel Striders, a USATF Junior Olympic running club that is nationally recognized. In that time, the Striders have had over 50 runners earn All-American honors, including three National Champions, and in 2013, their 11-12 Boys Cross Country team won the National Championship in San Antonio, Texas.
Jeff graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and after six years in public accounting, now works on the financial side at Elmwood Sports in Cranston.
Coach Jack Madden
Coach Jack Madden’s hoop experience as a player and coach span over 25 years. Jack was a three sport varsity player at Chelsea High School in Chelsea, Massachusetts and went on to coach varsity football and basketball at his alma mater for 3 seasons. Jack took a break from coaching and got married and started a family and concentrated on his family and career.
In 1997, Jack’s son Sean started to play basketball and Jack came out of retirement to coach his son and the coaching passion immediately returned. Jack became head basketball coach, sports coordinator and basketball tournament director at Mercymount Country Day school in Cumberland for 8 years. In 2006 Jack was hired to be the boys’ basketball coach at North Cumberland Middle School. During his 12 seasons at NCMS, he had a 79% winning percentage, won 6 division titles and went to 5 state final fours, including the 2015 state runner up. He has had only one season in his career where his team has not qualified for the playoffs. Jack moved onto the Head Varsity Coach of Mount Saint Charles girls basketball. He is back at North Cumberland Middle School as the boys basketball coach.
In 2006, Jack was the recipient of RI Philanthropy Award for his work at Mercymount Country Day school. Jack is also currently a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island.
Coach Mike Willard
Coach Mike Willard brings a wealth of coaching experience at many different age levels having coached youth, middle school, JV, and Varsity basketball. Mike got his start in coaching in 2002 by establishing a middle school team at Pablo Casals Elementary School on the Westside of Chicago after graduating from North Park University. In 2007, Mike moved home to Rhode Island and began teaching at Highlander Charter School. While at Highlander, he reestablished the middle school basketball team there. From 2011-2013 Mike coached the JV Girls at La Salle Academy for a year and then spent two years coaching the Varsity Girls team at Mount Pleasant High School. In 2014 Mike founded and has been the Varsity basketball coach for Highlander Charter School since then. He led his team to the championship game in the RI Coastal Prep League in three of the school's first five years, and won the RI Coastal Prep League championship in 2016 and 2018. Mike has also coached AAU and youth travel teams. Before coming to the Magic, Mike spent 2 years coaching RI Crush's 18U team and has coached youth teams for BYBA for the past several years.
Mike has been an educator for over 20 years both here in Rhode Island and in Chicago teaching second grade and kindergarten. In 2017, Mike became the high school principal at Highlander Charter School and served in that role until 2022. Mike thinks of himself as a teacher first. After school, he just happens to teach kids who enjoy playing basketball! Mike has a degree in early childhood education from North Park University, where he played Division 3 basketball, as well as a masters degree in educational leadership from National Louis University. Mike resides in Barrington with his wife and two children.
Coach Michael Hebert
Coach Mike Hebert is a lifelong fan of basketball. He has been with the Magic as an assistant coach starting in 2018 and has coached various youth teams at the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island, MacColl YMCA, and Cumberland Youth Soccer Association since 2008.
Coach Hebert played football for South Kingstown from 1991-1993. He graduated from Bryant University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Vice President and Assistant Treasurer for the Eaton Vance and Calvert mutual funds.
Coach Hebert enjoys coaching players on the finer technical points and presenting new ways to teach basketball concepts. He resides in Cumberland with his wife and two children.
Coach Michael Tartaglia
Coach Mike Tartaglia is currently the Smithfield Head boy’s JV and Assistant Boys’ Varsity coach at Smithfield High School. Coach Mike joined the staff at Smithfield in 1991 and has shared in the success of Smithfield rising from Class C to Division 1, winning State championships (JV and Varsity) in all divisions and making several Final 4s, while being the smallest public school in Division 1.
Coach Mike continues to coach in the Smithfield youth leagues as well as previously coaching St Philip’s teams for 32 years, as he is extremely committed to developing strong fundamentals with the younger generation of basketball players for the Smithfield program.
Coach Mike is a lifelong resident of Smithfield, a 4 year player on their Basketball team, a graduate of Nichols College (a fun fact is he played varsity tennis at Nichols and was on their undefeated D3 championship team) and is married to wife Holly and is the proud father of Hayley, Zach and Mikey.
Coach JJ Pierpaoli
Coach JJ Pierpaoli was a 2 year Varsity starter at Smithfield High Schooland all division player for class B north. Smithfield won the B north division in 1996. After high school, Coach JJ was a2 year player for Community College of Rhode Island from 2000-2002 and named captain his second year.
Coach JJ started his coaching career immediately following college as Assistant Coach from 2002-2007 at the Community College of Rhode Island. They made a National championship tournament appearance in 2006. He then moved on to St. Andrews School in Barrington, RI as Assistant Coach from 2007-2008 where the team was the Nepsac Class B Champions. Following his time at St. Andrews School, JJ became the Assistant Coach at Medway High School in Medway, Massachusetts from 2008-2013. The team won three Consecutive Tri- Valley League championships.
Currently, JJ is the Smithfield High School Assistant Coach, starting in 2019 for both junior varsity and varsity. Coach JJ resides in Greenville with his wife, daughter and twins boys.
Coach Chris Cicchinelli
Coach Chris Cicchinelli has been coaching basketball for the past 16 years. He started his coaching career right out of college as a head JV and assistant Varsity coach at Lakeland High School in Lakeland, Florida where he helped rebuild a team that had not been preforming well for 4 years prior. During his time there the team was district champions 3 times and went on to play in the state tournament as well. Coach Chris’ coaching role was to manage all aspects of the defensive side of the ball, and coach all post players. His claim to fame is that he had the opportunity to coach basketball to the Pouncey Twins, Mike Pouncey who is the center for the LA Chargers and Maurkice Pouncey who is the center for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They both were 6’5” 290lbs in high school. From Lakeland high school he moved onto East Ridge High School in Clermont, Florida. He again was a defensive and post player coach. In 2011 Chris moved to Rhode Island where he was a head JV and assistant Varsity girls coach at Durfee High school. During his 3 seasons there he helped rebuild a team that consistently had below 500 seasons to becoming district champions and making the state playoffs. After Durfee, he took some time to coach his son’s YMCA teams when he was in the 3rd and 4th grade. Being able to coach his son and his friends the aspects of the game was a great time for him and the kids.
For the past two years Chris has been the Head Girls coach at Tiverton High School. His first season they went 4 and 14. 80% of their loses were by no more than 4 points. He had a young team and they put in a lot of work during the summer and this past season they went 9-9 making the D2 tournament. They lost in the first round by 4 points. Basketball is a passion of Chris’ where he loves coaching, but he also play 2-3 days a week in a competitive men’s league. He also runs a lunch time 25 minute king of the court league at Durfee High School where he teaches. This is a hand selected group of 9-12 graders that play king of the court and he teaches them how to improved their one v one skills.
Coach Chris earned his undergraduate degree at Florida Southern College and his masters at American International College. He teaches physical education and health at Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts and is the assistant track and field coach at Roger Williams University. He is very excited about and looks forward to coaching with the RI Magic organization.
Coach Josh Bland
Coach Josh Bland has a wealth of basketball coaching experience. He has been part of building programs at the NCAA Division I (Yale), II (Bridgeport), and III (Oberlin) levels. He has also run an international basketball instruction company that worked with everyone from second graders to professional players. He has been very lucky to travel the world coaching and experiencing other cultures including trips to Nigeria, South Korea, Brazil, Italy, and Slovenia. He has been to 7 NCAA tournaments, won multiple conference titles, and helped over 30 players on their way to professional contracts. He loves helping young players utilize their talents and develop the habits to be their best on and off the court and lift those around them.
Coach Bland grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He teaches high school science at Highlander Charter School and is currently an assistant coach at Rhode Island College. He resides on the east side of Providence with his wife and young son.
Coach Joel Mulligan
Coach Joel Mulligan attended Lincoln High School, graduating with the class of 1988 where he played football, baseball, and track. He also played night league basketball for the town of Lincoln. He graduated from CCRI with an associate degree in criminal justice. Coach Joel then attended Roger Williams University where he obtained a bachelors degree in Criminal justice.
Joel has coached for two years for Saint Ambrose boys basketball in Lincoln. He has been the head coach for Lincoln Rec basketball for 4 years as well as the head coach for Northmen Hoops boys basketball in North Smithfield and head coach for Lincoln YMCA boys basketball. His extensive coaching resume also includes coaching for both Lincoln Boys & Girls Rec. soccer, assistant coach for boys Lincoln Competitive Soccer and head coach for Lincoln Little League Baseball.
Coach has been employed by the North Kingstown Police Department for 24 years where he has held the rank of patrolman, detective, and sergeant. He is married with two children and lives in Lincoln RI. Coach Joel plays in a men’s basketball league and just love the game of basketball!
Coach Ed Cunanan
Coach Ed Cunanan has been coaching girls’ basketball for ten years and is currently the Head Coach for Mount Saint Charles Academy Varsity Girls’ Basketball. Before taking over the program, Coach Ed was MSC JV coach for two seasons. Prior to MSC, Coach Cunanan was a head coach of girls’ basketball at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Woonsocket, where he led his team to one Catholic Athletic League championship, was twice the runner-up, and made the playoffs every year but one. Coach Cunanan led two successful Magic squads this past Spring, with one team cutting down the nets at ZG Nationals. In his playing days, Coach Cunanan was a starter for the varsity basketball team at Woonsocket High School, where he was also captain and an All-Class A selection for the Novan football team.
Coach Cunanan joined his hometown Woonsocket Police Department right after high school and has over 31 years of service in policing. Currently, Coach Ed is a Captain in the Command Staff in charge of Operations. He holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University, where he has been teaching as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Justice Studies and at University College for the last nine years. A few years ago, Coach Cunanan took on another role as a high school teacher at Mount Saint Charles Academy where he teaches Criminal Justice.
In addition to serving his community as a police officer and youth coach, Coach Cunanan has dedicated a great deal of his life to helping others. He was the founding President of the non-profit organization “Hearts with Hope,” dedicated to helping WHS alumni facing serious illnesses or catastrophic life occurrences. He is the coordinator of the Woonsocket Police Copswalk, a team relay run from Woonsocket to Washington DC that has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for the families of officers killed in the line of duty.
Coach Cunanan lives in Woonsocket with his wife Jennifer, and he is a “girl-dad” to three daughters, Lindsey, Lauren, and Lily.
Coach Matt Bannon
Coach Matt Bannon brings almost 20 years of coaching experience to the Magic program. He was a two year starter and captain at Warwick Veterans Memorial High School and went on to be a starter and captain at Dean College. Following college, Coach Bannon has been a coach at the high school and middle school levels. Coach Bannon sits on the board of Warwick Youth Basketball. And he is the Co-Director of Player Development for Warwick Youth Basketball along with Coach Dean Brugnoli. Coach Bannon is also currently a travel coach at the 4th and 7th grade levels in the Warwick Warriors program and is the assistant coach of Warwick Veterans Middle School’s boys team.
Coach Tory Pachis
Coach Tory Pachis is a lifelong basketball enthusiast who played at the high school and intramural college level. While at UConn in the 90s, Tory played on a practice team that regularly competed against the UConn women's basketball team. Tory has coached over 30 youth basketball teams over the last decade at various levels from recreation to competitive travel and AAU teams. His passion for coaching stems from helping young people improve their skills, confidence and leadership on and off the court. Tory, his wife Stacy and their four children live in East Greenwich, RI. Outside of basketball, Tory is the Vice President of Marketing for Amica insurance.
Coach Chinwe Okorie
Coach Chinwe Okorie played collegiate basketball at Mississippi State University where they were a national finalist in the 2017 NCAA championship game. They were invited to and won Best Team recognition at the ESPYS in 2017. Coach Chinwe was invited to the WNBA New York Liberty training camp upon graduating with a Bachelors degree in both Business Administration and Marketing, and French. After training camp, she received professional basketball offers from China, Israel, and France. Instead, Chinwe decided to pursue a Masters degree in French and Management Information Systems where she also worked as a teaching assistant at Mississippi State University. In her final semester of graduate school, she decided to pursue a second Masters degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a concentration in Human Factors and Ergonomics. She worked as both a Graduate Research Assistant in Wearable Technology, and a Graduate Teaching Assistant, while committed to leadership and membership roles in several campus organizations.
Coach Chinwe loves to impact and mentor young women to see themselves as unstoppable forces, and as individuals who can become the best version of themselves on and off the court.
Coach Tim Swenson
Coach Tim Swenson grew up in Millbury, MA where we went to high school and played several varsity sports, including basketball and baseball. Growing up, he had to battle through several major injuries/surgeries that kept him off the court for long stints of time, and helped him pursue an education for his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Springfield College.
Coach Tim went on and played 3 full seasons from 2012-2015 for the Pride, and every team reached the NEWMAC conference finals, as well as the NCAA Division III tournament. He also traveled with the Pride to Japan, to take on their future Olympic team in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and to celebrate 100 years of basketball in Japan (courtesy of Dr. James Naismith – Springfield College alumni).
Coach Swenson is currently a licensed Physical Therapist, and owns his own business, Primal Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in Warwick, RI. He is board certified in the treatment of orthopedic conditions, specializes in injury prevention, and works closely with athletes of all ages to help them achieve their goals and stay in the game. His passion and love for basketball has kept him involved with coaching and skill development. Tim is a proud dog dad, loves spending time outdoors, especially at the beach, and plays basketball as often as he can.
Coach Tom Whitaker
Coach Tom Whitaker is an assistant varsity basketball coach at Bishop Hendricken High School. Tom helped coach Hendricken to four RI State Championship Titles (2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022). He also coached the Hendricken varsity team to the Johnston Rec. RI High School Summer League Championship in 2022. During that time, he has worked at several clinics and camps such as Hoop Mountain for the New England region and is currently one of the assistant directors at Best Hoops Premier Basketball Camp in Warwick, RI. He previously coached in the Massachusetts Metrowest Youth Basketball Travel League for Dighton-Rehoboth from 2016-2020. While coaching In the Metrowest League, he also coached AAU for the Massachusetts Illusions from 2016-2020. Prior to that, he had coached youth baseball in Rehoboth for five years.
Coach Tom’s high school coaching experience also includes ten years as the head varsity baseball coach for Our Lady of Fatima High School, winning two Tri-State Championships and three conference titles, where he was also the physical education and health department head and athletic director. He also coached varsity football at Seekonk High School for four years.
Coach Tom graduated from Seekonk High School where he played varsity football, basketball and baseball, then went on to Bridgewater State University where had earned both a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in exercise science. Tom has taught physical education and health for students in kindergarten through 12th grade for over 27 years. He currently teaches at an elementary school in Attleboro.
In addition to teaching and coaching, Tom has over thirty-three years’ experience in the fitness industry. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and speed-agility trainer having trained dozens of high school and NCAA Division I, II and III athletes for football, baseball, basketball, softball, lacrosse, volleyball, golf, crew, swimming, rugby and track and field. He has also worked as the strength and conditioning consultant for both the U.S. Olympic Windsurfing & Sailing Teams and the U.S. Eastern Regional Fencing Teams. Tom currently lives in Rehoboth with his wife Lyn, and their two children Kaelyn and Connor
Coach James Thomas
Coach James Thomas began his basketball career at Cranston High School East where he played for three years. Upon graduation, Coach Thomas continued his playing career at Rhode Island College. In his senior season he finished in the top three in rebounding and blocked shots. Coach Thomas was an assistant coach at Rhode Island College after graduating in 1999 with a degree in physical education. Since then Coach Thomas has coached at various levels before joining the Magic.
Coach Scott Marques
Coach Scott Marques began coaching 30 years ago in the Cranston Public school system first as a volunteer Varsity Assistant at Cranston East (1991-1992) and Cranston West (1992-1993). Then as Head Boys Coach at what was then Bain Junior high school in Cranston, Rhode Island (1993-1996). He next coached the first Freshman Boys basketball team at Cranston West (1996-1997). He then became the Head Boys JV and Varsity Assistant coach at Cranston East (1997-2000). From there, he graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Education and began working in the Providence School system. Shortly after, he became the Head JV and Varsity Assistant Boys coach at Feinstein High School in Providence, under Rhode Island Magic director David Tedeschi (2002-2006). He has also been the Head Boys JV and Varsity Assistant at Davies High school in Lincoln, Rhode Island (2012-2014) while employed there as a long term substitute teacher.
He is currently the head Varsity Girls coach at The Prout School. He is also the Athletic Director and APE/PE/Health teacher at The Grace School, a private K-8 school within the Meeting Street agency in Providence, Rhode Island. He is also the President of the Cranston Girls Travel Basketball program formerly known as CYGBA, and its 6th Grade Girls Travel coach. He lives in Cranston with his wife Kristen and has three children Alyssa, Jack and Madeleine.
Coach Kevin Briggs
Coach Kevin Briggs, a Providence Rhode Island native, began his basketball career at Central High School and graduated in 2007. He played junior college basketball at ASA College in Brooklyn, New York, then played professionally overseas in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. Coach Briggs has traveled the world and played with the Washington Generals who play against the Harlem Globetrotters. He is currently playing in the ABA (American Basketball Association) with the Providence Pirates. The American Basketball Association is a men’s professional basketball league with over 160 teams across the United States, Australia and Mexico. Coach Briggs also coaches and trains young athletes to pass on his knowledge and experience from all levels of basketball and has previous coaching experience at the AAU level.
Coach Skyler Delgado
Coach Skyler Delgado started playing AAU for Rhode Island Magic in 8th grade and continued with the program up until his senior year of high school. He played four years of high school basketball for Cranston High School East. Coach Skyler now attends Rhode Island College pursing his Bachelors degree in Business Administration. At 19 years old, Coach Skyler became one of the youngest basketball coaches in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League as he was appointed Head Junior Varsity Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach of the Burrillville High School Girls basketball team. He is looking to advance to a varsity coaching position within the next few seasons and advance to the college ranks as well.
Coach Ryan Bonneau
Coach Ryan Bonneau began his career with the RI Magic as a player starting in 2013 through his high school career and contributed to the Magic program at national competitions in Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He attended Barrington High School where he was a four year varsity member and coach/counselor at Eagle’s Basketball camp. Ryan was co-captain his senior year, and was awarded all division honors and the Courageous Award by the Rhode Island Basketball Coaches Association in 2020. He is continuing his coaching and basketball experience with the RI Magic as he completes his sophomore year at The University of Rhode Island.
Coach Justin Tedeschi
Coach Justin Tedeschi has been a part of the Rhode Island Magic since its inception, first as a player and now as a coach. He was a part of teams that traveled throughout the East Coast to compete in national tournaments in his time as a player. He attended Smithfield High School, where he was a three year varsity starter, and was named team captain senior year. He earned all league honors in both his junior and senior seasons and was awarded the Joe Hassett Scholarship following his senior season.
Justin has helped coach with the RI Magic, assisting with running the tryouts and helping coach a varsity team as well. He has also worked several summer basketball camps, including the Roger Williams, RI Magic and the prestigious Hoop Mountain camps. Justin is now a rising junior at Roger Williams University, where he will be playing in his third season as a member of the mens basketball team, as well as majoring in business management.
Coach Ruben Tejada
Coach (Rue) Ruben Tejada began his basketball career during his high school years playing varsity basketball for Tollgate High School. A sports enthusiast, he also played Volleyball and ran Cross Country for Toll Gate High School. After high school, Coach Rue became an EMT and then a firefighter within the state of Rhode Island. He currently holds an Active EMT- Cardiac license within the state of RI.
Switching careers, he went back to school and obtained his Associates Degree in General Studies, Bachelors Degree in Public Administration, Masters Degree in Community Development and is currently working on a second Masters Degree in Leadership.
Coach Rue embraces youth sports due to his son being an avid player and his younger son starting his sports career. He has been coaching youth sports for 7 years including basketball, soccer, baseball, flag football and serves on the Cumberland Youth Baseball and Softball League as well as the Cumberland Youth Basketball Association. He currently coaches AAU Basketball, Travel Basketball, AAU Baseball and Town League Baseball.
With Coach Rue’s passion for delivering a product of development, positivity and competition, he is a great fit for the Magic Family!
Coach John Palazzo
Coach John Palazzo has coached at various levels of basketball including, recreation, travel and high school basketball. He has been the Assistant Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at La Salle Academy since 2012. John was a three year varsity basketball player for La Salle Academy graduating in 2002. He attended and graduated from Sacred Heart University earning his B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Business. Coach Palazzo is a Certified Public Accountant and holds his M.B.A. from Johnson and Wales University. He is also an adjunct graduate school professor at various colleges and universities in Rhode Island.
Aside from his day job, Coach Palazzo is heavily involved in his community serving on many non-profit boards. He is the Director of Basketball for CLCF and coaches his son's youth recreation and travel basketball teams for CLCF. He is also on the Board of Directors at Cranston Western Little League and coaches his son's team.
Coach Patrick Bell
Bio to come.