MEET THE TEAM
Coach Mark Bonneau
Coach Mark Bonneau's hoop experience spans almost 30 years! His playing career started at Bristol High School in 1986 playing for the legendary Dom Raiola (a RIBCA Hall of Famer) and continued at Bridgewater State where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and played under New England Basketball Hall of Fame coach Joe Farroba. It is no wonder that Mark started his coaching career immediately after college. He coached at three high schools in Massachusetts over a 12 year period at the Freshman and JV levels. A majority of that time was spent coaching at Attleboro High School where Mark has been a Physical Education and Health teacher since 1998. Mark has also been the Varsity Golf Coach at Attleboro since 2001. He also coached baseball and softball for short stints over his career at Attleboro High. Mark went on to receive his Masters of Secondary Education from Fitchburg State.
Mark, his wife Sara and their three boys have called Barrington home since 2002. Since moving to Barrington, Mark started the Barrington Youth Basketball Association which provides competitive travel basketball to over 100 boys and girls throughout the year. His decision to join the RI Magic staff was a simple one after watching his son and many players from Barrington flourish under the tutelage of Magic coaches. Mark’s life has been committed to helping young people develop the personal skills needed to be successful in life. He has chosen sports, specifically basketball, as his main tool to achieve this goal. Mark was mentored by many great coaches along the way and learned many valuable life lessons as a result. He is now extremely excited to pass along some of those lessons as a member of the RI Magic’s coaching staff.
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 while also currently holding the role of assistant varsity coach for his alma mater, the Toll Gate Titans.
Coach Henry Coleman
Coach Henry Coleman is the Varsity Head Coach for the MountSaint 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 Cranston West High School. 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 eighth 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 HS from 1986-89. 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 Ramon De Los Santos
Coach Ramon De Los Santos (aka Coach Bones) started off his coaching career as an assistant coach for the RI Magic in 2014 and continued to gain experience by coaching for the Johnston Recreation Department, where he led his first team to the championship game. Ramon has continued coaching for the RI Magic and Johnston Recreation Department in a head coach capacity. Ramon was a two-year letter winner at the now closed Feinstein High School under Coach Tedeschi. Ramon graduated from Bryant University and works as an IT Auditor. In his free time, Ramon likes to spend time with his wife and two young sons, Romeo and Royce, along with watching basketball.
Coach Brandon DiPaola
Coach DiPaola graduated from Coventry High School in 2009, where he was a three-year varsity starter. Coach DiPaola was also involved AAU, playing for the RI Hawks for 9 seasons. After high school, Coach DiPaola went on to play college basketball for the Soaring Eagles of Elmira College in Elmira, New York, where he was a 2-year captain. After graduating with a degree in Business Management, Coach DiPaola joined the coaching ranks under the tutelage of Coach Randi Torgalski at Elmira College, where he served as the Junior Varsity Assistant Coach for two seasons. After returning to Rhode Island, Coach DiPaola was named Head Coach of the Portsmouth High School Boys Freshman Basketball team, leading Portsmouth to a first place finish in the conference and an appearance in the state championship game. Currently, Coach DiPaola is the Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at North Smithfield High School.
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 Matt Fontaine
Coach Fontaine was a two-sport athlete at Cranston West from 2003-2006 where he was a senior basketball captain who finished runner-up in the 2006 Division 1 state tournament. In 2006 Coach Fontaine was an All-Division basketball player as well as being selected to the 2006 All State baseball team.
Coach Fontaine went on to play 4 years of college baseball at Eastern Connecticut State University. After finishing his baseball career Coach Fontaine returned to Cranston where he began his coaching career. He has coached at various levels for the past eight years which has included youth basketball all the way up to high school varsity basketball. Coach Fontaine has coached in Cranston youth recreational leagues, as well as directed clinics for children in grades K-5 helping develop basic fundamentals and skills. At the high school level Coach Fontaine has been an assistant coach at Cranston High School West, Mount Saint Charles Academy, and Coventry High School. In November 2018 Coach Fontaine was named the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Pilgrim High School in Warwick, RI.
Coach Fontaine earned his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University, and also has his Associate’s degree from New England Institute of Technology in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Coach Fontaine currently resides in Warwick with his wife Amanda and their daughter Averly.
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 Rick Harris
Coach Rick Harris has coached at the helm of the CCRI Knights men’s basketball program for over 10 years. Under his leadership CCRI has compiled an extremely impressive record in Region XXI play. The 2011-12 Knights’ 31-5 record set a new school mark for most wins by a CCRI basketball team. In addition, the 2011-12 Knights advanced to the national championship game for the second time in school history.
Coach Harris came to CCRI with more than 20 seasons of experience coaching high school basketball. He made his mark on the Rhode Island scene as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Cranston East High School from 1990 to 2006, compiling 230 wins. Under his direction, the team won three consecutive RIILDivision 1A State Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and was the state finalist runner-up in 2001. The team also won four RIIL Division 1 League Championships in 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2004. Harris was chosen as Rhode Island Basketball Coaches Association (RIBCA) Coach of the Year in 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2004. He also received the prestigious honor of being inducted into the RIBCA Hall of Fame in 2019.
Coach Harris served as treasurer of RIBCA for 10 years. He is the director of the Rick Harris Hoop Skills Basketball Camp, and has worked for the Los Angeles Lakers at their annual summer camp held in Santa Barbara, California since 2000. In 2011, he was promoted to camp director by Rondre Jackson, director of player development of the Lakers.
Coach Harris earned degrees from CCRI, Rhode Island College and Providence College. In addition to his duties at CCRI, he is a special education teacher in the Cranston School Department. He was born in Providence and resides in Cranston with his wife, Lucy, and their two children.
Coach Josh Keys
Coach Josh Keys is a native of Bel Air, Maryland where he was a three year varsity starter. Coach Keys was a 2x All County player and led the conference in scoring his senior year. In addition, throughout high school, Josh played AAU for the Maryland Mustangs.
Following high school, he attended Elmira College in upstate New York to play basketball and received a degree in Business Management. While at Elmira, Coach Keys became the school’s all-time 3 point leader, became a 1000 point scorer and sits 7th all-time for career free throw percentage. Josh has coached previously with the now defunct Bay State Flash and coached at both the middle and high school age groups. Coach Josh brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and playing experience to the program.
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 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 is now the Head Varsity Coach of Mount Saint Charles girls basketball.
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. He has been married to Melanie Levesque Madden for 31 years and has two grown children, Sean and Danielle.
Coach Colby Menard
Coach Colby Menard has been passionate about sports and particularly basketball since he was young. Colby played basketball and baseball for Warwick Veterans from 2009-2013. Following graduation Colby began coaching in the Warwick recreation league, where he has been coaching the past several years. He also coaches the 9th/10th grade travel team in Warwick. Colby graduated from Rhode Island College in 2019 with a B.A. in Political Science.
Coach Colby’s philosophy is to use the knowledge of the game, combined with his successes and failures from his playing days, to help players learn the game of basketball and help them develop their game and as young men as well.
Coach Rich Norris
Coach Rich Norris has coached various grade levels throughout his time with the Magic. He is also the Junior Varsity Boy's Basketball Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Head Coach at Mount Saint Charles Academy. Coach Norris' coaching experience, began in the Providence Recreation League at Neutaconkanut Recreation Center and John Hope Settlement House, where he reached the city championship twice. During the 2013-2014 season Coach Norris served as a volunteer assistant varsity coach on the Central High School Boy's Basketball staff as well as serving the same role with the Mount Saint Charles Academy back in 2014-2015.
Coach Norris has worked in education since 2009, serving as an academic advisor, teacher and school counselor at Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School in Providence. He is currently a Vice Principal at 360 High School in Providence. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and History from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Providence College. In his final year of graduate school Coach Norris served on the study hall coordinating team under the direction of Debra Cohen at the University of Rhode Island in the last year of Coach Jim Baron's tenure and into the beginning of Coach Dan Hurley's term.
Coach Norris enjoys community involvement. He is the founder of the Gilbert Stuart Gentlemen Association and the Jorge Alvarez Gentlemen’s Academy, a boys group that focuses on leadership and personal development in young men. He is also one of the founders of 300 Men, a Providence based nonprofit group that serves as proactive positive role models for young people. In his free time he enjoys photography, physical fitness and traveling.
Coach Mike Willard
Coach Mike Willard brings a wealth of coaching experience experience at many different age levels. Mike has been an educator for over 20 years both here in Rhode Island and in Chicago teaching second grade and kindergarten. Most recently, Mike has transitioned to administration as the Principal of Highlander Charter School. Mike thinks of himself as a teacher first. After school, he just happens to teach kids who enjoy playing basketball!
In 2014 Mike founded and has been the head coach for Highlander Charter School since then. He has led his team to the championship game in the RI Coastal Prep League in two of the school's first three years, and won the RI Coastal Prep League championship in 2018. Before coaching at Highlander, Mike served as the girls varsity coach at Mount Pleasant for 2 years, and was the JV girls basketball coach at La Salle Academy. Outside of coaching high school teams, 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 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. Mike currently lives in Barrington with his wife and two children.
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 Dean Felicetti
Coach Dean Felicetti is on the sidelines with the Rhode Island Magic; however he has been a constant, positive presence during skills practices over the last few years. In addition to coaching with the Rhode Island Magic, he has been coaching AAU basketball, providing consultative skills work and assisting in player development at the individual level, as well as group technique specific higher basketball learning since the early 2000s. Coach Felicetti created the now thriving Chariho Youth Basketball Association (CYBA). From one team in its inception in 2010, to the now thriving program with kids from 4th-9th grade, the CYBA serves as a feeder system to his Chariho High School current JV and Varsity Basketball 2016 Division III Rhode Island State Championship teams.
From 2011-2016 Coach Felicetti served as the JV Basketball Coach – Assistant Head Coach Varsity for Chariho High School in Wood River Jct. Rhode Island. Several of Coach Felicetti’s duties included, practice and game management, player assessments, skills, fundamentals, teamwork, etiquette and all areas of dribbling, passing, rebounding, shooting and basketball techniques that ultimately helped his target basketball students be prepared for the next level. Prior to coaching Junior Varsity, Coach Felicetti had coached AAU, Summer, Travel, D-League and High School basketball programs for several years. He is currently varsity head coach at The Prout School since 2016. Coach Felicetti holds a degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York and is the Co-Founder and Partner in The Oliver Group, a local legally driven Forensics and eDiscovery technology company. As a thriving local business owner, Coach Felicetti brings his entrepreneurial spirit coupled with his experience as a college basketball player and years of skills development to seamlessly fit into the already established, professional and experienced Rhode Island Magic family.
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 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 Kyle Valenzuela
Coach Kyle Valenzuela was a three year Varsity starter at Mount Hope High School, earning first Team All Division in each of those three years. He went on to play at Roger Williams University in his hometown of Bristol, RI. After high school, he coached freshman basketball at his alma mater before coaching at Kickemuit Middle School in Warren, RI. He is currently the head freshman basketball coach at LaSalle Academy in Providence.
Coach Valenzuela started his own youth basketball program, the Bristol-Warren WolfPack, a RIYBA affiliated program, in 2018. In his inaugural season, he started with two teams. In one year, the program has expanded to six teams! He provides over 70 middle school athletes the opportunity to play competitive travel basketball throughout the year. In 2018, Coach Valenzuela also founded the Valenzuela Basketball Academy, which includes skills clinics for middle school through college age athletes. Coach Valenzuela is passionate, determined, and very dedicated to the game of basketball.
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 Russell Arruda
Coach Russell (Russ) Arruda has been fanatical about all sports his entire life, but coaching basketball is his passion. Russ has coached at various levels of basketball for approximately 25 years. With the exception of a few years, Russ has been part of the Westerly Youth Basketball League (WYBL) from 1996-2020. He has coached both boys and girls from grades 3-9 and in 2017 he joined the WYBL Board, where he was nominated by the board to be Vice President (VP). Russ served as VP for two of his three seasons.
Russ has also had two stints as an assistant coach in Westerly for two very successful boys Middle School (MS) teams. From 1998-99 he was the assistant coach of the MS Prout Crusaders. In 1998 Prout won the MS RI Catholic Athletic League. From 2012-2014 he was the assistant coach for his home town Westerly Bulldogs. Westerly made the RIBA playoffs 2 of those 3 seasons.
From 2015 on, Russ, along with many others in his home town, has concentrated on continuing to build the Westerly girls basketball program. Russ has coached girls’ basketball in the WYBL since 2015. In addition to coaching recreation he has also coached the WYBL “Select” competitive girls’ team for the past three seasons. Additionally, he has coached the Westerly Middle School girls summer league team which played in the competitive Narragansett league. In the 2019 summer league, the Westerly girls finished runner up.
Russ’s basketball philosophy is very simple: give 100%, be a great teammate, and have fun.
Coach Russ has been employed at Electric Boat for the past twenty years. The last six years he has been a supervisor in the Contracts organization. Russ has been married to his wife Michelle for twenty years and has three children; Alexa, Jacob, and Ariana.
Coach Josh Bland
Coach Josh Bland comes to the RI Magic with 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 is excited to help the young players that are part of the RI Magic 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 moved to Rhode Island a couple of years ago and loves it! He currently resides on the east side of Providence with his wife and young son.
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 Josh Yeaw
Coach Josh Yeaw serves as RI Magic's strength and conditioning coach as well as leads individual and small group workouts. Josh brings over 30 years of playing, coaching and personal and group training experience to the program and is a tremendous asset in helping player’s meet their individual strength and conditioning goals as well helping players improve their basketball skills.
As a player, Josh was a 3 year varsity starter at Shea HS and then continued to play in college at the University of Maine-PL and Des Moines CC in Iowa. After playing, Josh began his coaching career coaching in youth leagues in Iowa, North Providence and Pawtucket. He then moved on to coach middle school and was instrumental in bringing middle school basketball back to Providence, which continues today. Following that, Josh began coaching at the high school level, first at Juanita Sanchez HS and then at Classical HS, helping Classical win the state championship in 2014.
While coaching, Josh also began to work at local gyms, completing his personal certification license. Josh has worked at Foundry Orthopedics as their strength and conditioning coach and was responsible for helping patients with their rehab as well as developing strength and conditioning programs for individuals and teams. Josh then created his own business, which in addition to focusing on designing strength and conditioning plans for athletes focuses on individualized nutritional assessments/body fat screening along with bio analogics compositions. Josh graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Health/PE and Exercise Science and from the University Rhode Island. He currently is a health/PE teacher at Dr. Jorge Alvarez HS.