RHODE ISLAND MAGIC DIRECTOR
David Tedeschi started coaching basketball during his senior year of high school, when he volunteered to coach a U-14 recreation team at Cranston League for Cranston’s Future (CLCF.) That year, coaching sparked an interest and passion that has continued over 30 years later! Over those years, David has coached basketball at every level from U-10 recreation to varsity. Throughout college, he coached numerous recreation and travel teams at CLCF and began his coaching career at the interscholastic level coaching middle school, freshman, and junior varsity teams in Cranston as well as serving as an assistant to the head coach for varsity at Cranston West. In those jobs, he was responsible for practice and game planning, scouting, and player development.
While coaching in Cranston, David graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Health and Physical Education and began his career teaching in Providence at Feinstein High School. During his first two years at Feinstein, he started a basketball program which led to them joining the Rhode Island Interscholastic League for the 1997 season. He served as the junior varsity coach and helped the varsity team improve from 3-17 their first year in the league to 17-3 the following year.
David took a year off from coaching boys to start a girls’ program at Feinstein HS, and during that year, he also earned his master's degree from Providence College in Counseling. He was named the varsity coach at Feinstein High School for the 2001 season. He was able to build a program that made the playoffs seven out of the eight years that he was the head coach. His teams also won the Division III state championship in 2006 and the Division II championship in 2007. During his eight years as a varsity coach, he was named Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Coach of the Year two times and his teams were nominated for the Sportsmanship Award four times. After the 2008 season, David stepped down as a varsity coach to begin coaching his two sons, his oldest now a graduate student at Florida State University and his youngest a junior at Roger Williams University and a member of the men's basketball team.
Throughout his coaching career, David’s philosophy has remained constant. Provide a positive experience to players while teaching them the game of basketball in a fun, yet challenging environment. David states that “Basketball emulates life and I truly believe the lessons coaches teach their players in practice and games can be utilized in school and life. As a coach for the past thirty years, that was my focus and as the director of the Rhode Island Magic, it is the same.”