MEET THE TEAM
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 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 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 is the assistant varsity coach at North Smithfield High School. He is also currently 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 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 the Varsity basketball coach for Highlander Charter School. 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. He is currently the junior varsity coach at Barrington High School.
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 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, where they reside in Cranston.
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 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. 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 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 currently a senior at Roger Williams University, where he is playing in his fourth season as a member of the mens basketball team, as well as majoring in business management.
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 is the coach for Saint Ambrose boys basketball in Lincoln. He has been the head coach for Lincoln Rec basketball for over 4 years as well as the head coach for Northmen Hoops boys basketball in North Smithfield and head coach for Lincoln YMCA boys basketball. Coach Mulligan is also the Assistant Coach for RIYBA Boys Lincoln Travel Team since 2021. 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 over 20 years where he has held the rank of patrolman, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. 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
Ed Cunanan is the Head Coach of Mount Saint Charles Academy Varsity Girls’ Basketball. The Mounties have had two great seasons under Coach Cunanan and looking to make another deep playoff run this year. Last season, Coach Cunanan was awarded Division II Coach of the Year by the RIGBA.
Coach Ed has been coaching girls basketball for more than ten years. Before taking over as HC, Coach Ed was Mount JV coach for two seasons. Prior to MSC, Coach Cunanan coached girls’ basketball at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Woonsocket, winning one CAL championship. Coach Ed has been with the Magic for several seasons and his squad cut down the nets at ZG Nationals in 2022. In his playing days, Coach Ed 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 Ed joined his hometown Woonsocket Police Department right after high school and has over 33 years of service in policing. He currently holds the rank of Captain in the Command Staff. Coach Ed 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 11 years. Coach Cunanan also teaches Criminal Justice at Mount Saint Charles Academy.
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—a volleyball player at New England College.
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 enters his senior year at The University of Rhode Island.
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 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 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 Organizational Leadership. Coach Rue is currently the Manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Neighborhood Health Plan of RI.
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 many years including basketball, soccer, baseball, flag football and is the Vice President of the Cumberland Youth Baseball and Softball League as well as the Web Director for the Cumberland Youth Basketball Association. He currently coaches middle school basketball, 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 Tom Whitaker
Coach Tom Whitaker is an assistant varsity basketball coach at Bishop Hendricken High School. Tom helped coach Hendricken to five RI State Championship Titles (2018, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023). He also coached the Hendricken varsity team to the Johnston Rec. RI High School Summer League Championship in 2022 and league runner-up in 2023. 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 twenty-eight years. He currently teaches at an elementary school in Attleboro for grades K-4th grade.
In addition to teaching and coaching, Tom has over thirty-four 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 Patrick Bell
Coach Patrick Bell started out his coaching career as a Video Coordinator during the 2017-18 season for the Northern Vermont University-Johnson men’s basketball team, then transitioned to being a student-manager for the team from 2018 to 2020. During his time there, he took part in recording practices and breaking down game film, assisted the coach in team scouting and game management, and ran the team’s social media. In the summers during those years, he would help coach teams for Hoops By The Sea in Narragansett, winning the high school league twice in three years. After graduating college in 2020, he went on to coach the Prout Girls Basketball Team, serving as a varsity assistant and head JV coach and helped make the playoffs in his first season. Coach Bell also serves as the Athletic Director for Monsignor Clarke School, and has coached numerous teams during his time there.
Coach Skyler Delgado
Coach Skyler Delgado started playing AAU for Rhode Island Magic in 8th grade and continued with the program up until his junior 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 Strategic Communication. 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. Coach Skyler is now entering his second year with the Community College of Rhode Island’s Women’s basketball team, as he was team manager in 2022 and promoted to an Assistant Coach for the 2023 season.
Coach Jacob Lawton
Coach Jacob Lawton attended Smithfield High School where he was a part of their basketball team for 4 years. Jacob played on the varsity team his senior year and was also selected as one of the teams’ captains by his fellow teammates. He has multiple years of basketball experience in Smithfield, playing since he was eight years old, and now continues his experience by returning to help coach.
Jacob has worked with the younger groups in the winter rec season as well as throughout the summer season in Smithfield. He is now in his first year as the head coach for the Smithfield 5th grade travel team and looks to continue growing as a coach while being with the Magic.
Along with coaching, Jacob is attending Rhode Island College entering his senior year majoring in graphic design.
Coach Kyle Haberle
Coach Kyle Haberle has been a member of RI Magic since the program was established, continued to play throughout his high school years and is now joining the staff this season. Prior to graduating from Smithfield high school in 2019, Kyle was a 3-year varsity starter and was a 2-time all division honors recipient. His coaching experience includes being an assistant JV and varsity coach at his alma mater. Kyle is currently a senior at Rhode Island College studying wellness and exercise science.
Coach Josh Loomis
Coach Josh Loomis has had a passion for sports his entire life. He enjoyed great success as a player with both the Rhode Island Breakers and New England Playaz AAU programs while in high school. He attended St. Andrew’s and graduated in the class of 2009 with three varsity letters. His college career was cut short due to injuries. It was in those years though, that he would discover his love and natural abilities for coaching.
He later moved to Florida in pursuit of a degree in sound design and music production. While living there, he began running individual skills training with 6th-8th grade boys.
After accepting a job opportunity in the music industry, he moved back up north to New York City where he continued to hone the skills of middle school basketball players on his off days.
Josh is extremely excited to help RI Magic players maximize their ability and realize their potential in life through the great game of basketball. He currently lives in North Providence.
Coach John Gyra
Coach John Gyra graduated from Toll Gate high school class of 2020 after 4 years of showcasing his basketball knowledge, growth and development including earning the spot as captain of his team. John’s competitive nature shined through 10 years of consistent year-round AAU tournaments playing primarily point guard and shooting guard. Post graduation, John served in the military exercising discipline, teamwork, and the ability to push his limits physically and mentally. These skills transferred into his career in 2023 when he founded 401 Hoops, a comprehensive, player-focused program designed to shape the mindset and skills of determined and dedicated basketball players.
John has been involved in multiple basketball summer teaching camps, PGC leadership training, experience as an assistant coach for the Magic varsity team and leads multiple state-wide skills/player development trainings for players throughout Rhode Island. 401 Hoops has allowed John to invest his undivided focus in his players, training ages 5 years to college age and pro-level where he competently creates individualized player development routines proven to enhance ball handling, agility, shooting, play retention, successful habit formation, and strength and conditioning. John’s love for the game drives his dedication to his players creating a culture where players feel unconditionally supported. They noticeably improve throughout each season opening up more opportunities for their current and future basketball careers.
Coach John Wozniak
Coach John Wozniak is originally from Pittsburgh, PA where he played at South Park High School. John was a point guard playing all 4 years on the varsity team. After taking some time off from basketball to focus on his career he decided it was time to get back to the game he loved. Over the last 8 years, John has been an active Smithfield Youth Basketball Association board member. He is currently the President of SYBA, coached three Smithfield State Boys Championship teams in 2021 (4th Grade), 2022 (5th Grade), and 2023 (6th Grade). He also coached the 3rd Grade Smithfield Girls State Championship team in 2023. His passion for coaching stems from helping young people build life skills that go beyond the basketball court. His focus will always be about the team, teamwork, sharing the ball, doing what’s right, and most importantly when life doesn’t go your way that you respond positively.
Coach Wozniak graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sports Management/Business Administration. He is a Retail Sales Director for Targus for the last 15 years. He is married to his wife Nicole and has two children.
Coach Colby Menard
Coach Colby Menard s currently the Junior Varsity head coach for Scituate High School. He was previously the Junior Varsity head coach at Coventry High School. Colby has coached in the Warwick recreation league since graduating high school. Coach Colby’s philosophy is to use his knowledge of the game, combined with his successes and failures from his playing days, to help players learn the game of basketball and develop as young men and women as well.
Colby graduated from Rhode Island College in 2019 with a B.A. in Political Science.