Coaching Staff

Metro West Swarm


Marcus Douthit

  • Graduated from Providence College

  • Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 NBA draft

  • As a junior in Providence, Douthit finished 11th in the NCAA Men's Division I with an average of 3.0 blocks per game. The following year as a senior, he improved to seventh with an average of 3.2 blocks per game, third in the Big East Conference


Palmer Hallagan

  • Hartwick College Basketball Player

  • 2019-Present -Smithfield High School – JV Head, Varsity Asst. Basketball Coach

  • Swarm AAU Coach 2018-Present

  • Coached multiple Youth, Middle & High School players 

Rhode Island Swarm


PJ Thibodeau

  • Co-Captain of the Saint Raphael Academy basketball team (Class of '88)

  • Captain of the West Point Preparatory School basketball team (Class of '90)

  • Played 1 season for the US Army

  • 4 year member of the Rhode Island College basketball team

  • 2005- Present Youth Basketball Coach

  • 2016-Present AAU Coach

  • Director of Cranston Youth Basketball Assoc. & Travel Basketball Coordinator

  • 2018-Present Senior Director Rhode Island Swarm


Rob Wilson

  • 12 years with South Kingstown, RI Rec Basketball

  • 2016- Present AAU Coach

  • 2018- Present Head Coach of the Chariho boys middle school basketball team


Keith Holubesko

  • 1995 Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Bridgewater State College

  • 1997 Head Varsity Girls Basketball position at his alma-mater Rogers High School

  • Five-Star Basketball Camp staff and functioned as a Station Master, Lecturer and Head Coach

  • Since 2001, Coach Holubesko the been the Head Boys Varsity Coach at Case High School in Swansea, MA,  the Head Girls Coach at Gaudet Middle School, and is currently the Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach for the Prout School

  • Basketball Coach for RIYBA over multiple seasons 

  • USA Gold License Coach

  • 2018-Present Swarm AAU Coach

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James Sweeny

  • 3rd Year Head JV/Assistant Varsity Coach Cranston West High School Boys Basketball

  • Five years in local Cranston youth recreational and CYO programs

  • AAU Coach 2019-Present

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Jennamarie Ayala

  • 10+ years of basketball playing experience

  • Tolman HS (4 years)

  • CCRI (2 years) - First year took Regionals against Monroe College (New Rochelle, NY / Second year made it to Nationals in Chicago, competed up until the Sweet 16

  • Participated in multiple AAU squads throughout youth

  • 5+ years of basketball coaching experience

  • Enjoys coaching the youth because it gives opportunities for athletes to expand their knowledge, strengths, leadership and communication skills with the grace of patience within themselves

Central Mass Swarm


Mike Rapoza

  • 2019- Present Director of Swarm New England

  • 2016- Present Ana Maria Basketball Player

  • GNAC Rookie of the Year (2016-2017)

  • GNAC Defensive Player of the Year (2017-2018)

  • Anna Maria’s all-time leading rebounder

  • Currently 6th- all-time in scoring

  • Completed his undergraduate degree in three-years, graduating with a 3.95 GPA and double majoring in secondary education and history

  • Continuing his education with a master degree in Education


Lynn Nichols

  • Salve Regina University 1994-1998 – played basketball 4 years, started 3 years at point guard, Captain senior year

  • AAU Coach 2017-Present

  • Won 23 championships over 7 seasons, including 2 back-to-back Zero Gravity National Championships (spring 2018 & 2019) and 1 Zero Gravity State Championship (spring 2017)

  •  Assistant basketball coach Grafton High School – 1998-1999


Steve Carrington

  • AAU Coach 2016-Present

  • 2019-Present Assistant Basketball Coach Shepherd Hill Regional High School

  • 2017-2019 Head Basketball Coach North Brookfield

  • 2014-2016 Head Coach for Boys and Girls at Holy Trinity

  • Numerous ZG Championship Wins

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Scot Neri

  • Babson College Basketball Player

  • Assistant Basketball Coach Portsmouth High School, 2 State Titles

  • Travel Director and Coach for Charlton Wildcats

  • AAU Coach 2018-Present

  •  In the spring of 2019, our 5th grade girls team entered five tournaments, winning all 5 including the state championship. We lost our first game of the year and finished the year with 19 straight wins, ending the spring 19-1


Todd Minarik

  • Played at Bartlett High School from 1988-1992 compiling a 66-17 record while being selected twice to the Border Conference All-Stars (top vote getter in Senior Year), earning a Top Performer Selection in USA Today as well as selected to the Telegram and Gazette All-Star team

  • Inducted to the Bartlett High School Athletic Hall of Fame 

  • Has coached for Swarm for 11 seasons

  • Believes it is essential to help youth players understand the value of hard work and how to persevere form one's failures to achieve one's goals as these lessons can be applied to future real-life situations outside of sports

Delaware Swarm


Christopher McNeal

  • Dickinson College 2014-2018 Basketball Player, 2014-2015 Conference Championship team and NCAA Sweet 16 team

  • 2018 Assistant Coach at Rosemont College, part of first Conference Championship in school history

  • AAU Coach 2019-Present


Kyle Giddens

  • North Hampton High School

  • Morris College, degree in history - ran track 

  • Works for Delaware Graduates

  • Coached at Mount Door Middle (Florida) and Cape Henry Collegiate School (Virginia Beach)

  • Works with Hoops Life Sports Training

  • Coached at Lake Forest High School (Delaware, girls)

  • Currently JV Head Coach at St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, DE


Russell Bradberry

  • Entering his second year with Swarm AAU Basketball

  • Over 5 years of collegiate coaching experience

  • Has worked with athletes from elementary to college

  • Spent 3 years as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Kutztown University, one of the winningest programs in Division II basketball 

  • Served as the Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Alvernia University 

  • Specializes in defensive fundamentals and overall player growth

Kentucky Swarm


Paris Cherry

  • Played Trinity High School, NH (top 25), ranked #1 player in New Hampshire

  • Played DI at Coppin State University

  • Played DII at Fisher College

  • Two season with CT TopBallerz & 7 Cities Knights -earning multiple NBA D-league tryouts

  • 2010 Training Camp spot with the Maine Red Claws

  • Coached multiple Pro, Highschool, Middle School, and AAU throughout United States

  • Current Head Coach for Highland Latin School (Louisville, KY)

  • Coach Cherry currently is director of Hoopsmasterz Basketball, skill development program in Louisville which works with players of all levels from elementary age to the NBA!

New Jersey Swarm


Ben Badeen

  • 2017-Present Regional Director of Tri-State Swarm

  • Holy Family University (NCAA II) Basketball Player

  • Coached for the 76ers Basketball Camps

  • Certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine with a specialization in sports performance

  • Coached College, High School as well as Middle School teams


Andre Hardy

  • Played DII College Basketball

  • 1  Season with Eastern Basketball Alliance, Philadelphia Live (Semi-Pro)

  • 4 years of coaching experience on elementary, middle school and high school levels

  • AAU Coach 2018- Present

Westchester Swarm


Kelly Lynn

  • High school Varsity center all 4 years at Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, NY

  • Captain of team junior and senior year

  • Played one year at Dominican College in Rockland County 

  • Coached at St. Clare's School in the Bronx for 5 years. 2 of those years the team won division champions

  • Nationally certified Personal Trainer and Sports and Conditioning Coach


Rion Mahabal

  • High School Junior Varsity & Varsity Basketball Coach at Sacred Heart High

  • New York Minutemen AAU Basketball Coach (2016-2019)

    • May 2019 Under Armour Classic Champions


Coach Laura

  • Graduated from White Plains High School

    • 4-year Center/Forward Starter averaging 10 PPG and 14 RPG

  • Played collegiately at SUNY Morrisville

    • Starting PF/F averaging 17 PPG and 8 RPG

  • 22 years of coaching experience

    • 3 years in the Tri-County area

    • 7 years in the Westchester County area

  • 6 years coaching at MVP Basketball Summer Camp

  • Two years at Youth Sports Cares


Coach Andre

  • Grady High School, playing two years of Varsity Basketball from 1991-93

  • Two years playing at Spartanburg Methodist College

  • Iona College player from 1995-1997

  • Head Basketball Coach at Seton Hall basketball camps 2001

  • Assistant coach/trainer with Monroe College 2005-2007

  • Middle School Girls Basketball Coach at Unity Preparatory Charter School from 2015-2019

  • Unity Preparatory Charter High Basketball Coach School 2016-2018. Led team to first appearance in the championship game 2017

  • Broncos Women's Basketball Assistant 2019-present


Coach Jason

  • All Time Scorer HHS History (1,114 pts)

    • Average 28 RPG, 11 RPG, 4 APG senior year

    • 3-year starter

  • 1 year at St Thomas More Academy

  • 2 years at University of Southern New Hampshire

    • Full D2 Scholarship

  • Transferred to Barry University in Miami, FL

    • Full D2 Scholarship 

  • Coached 6 years of high school basketball at Mamaroneck HS, Greenwhich HS, Rye Country Day HS

  • Private Lesson Trainer since 2004


Coach Eric

  • Four years at Cincinnati Christian High School

    • Two year captain

  • Two years playing at Southeastern College in Tampa, FL

  • Over 15 years travel and AAU Boys & Girls Coaching Experience

    • Greenwich Stars 2018-2019

  • JV and Varsity Coach at The Spence in Manhattan 2019-2020


Coach Gerard

  • Attended Binghamton University

  • Served as a student manager for the Binghamton University Bearcats Division I Men's Basketball program from September 2004-May 2008

    • Observed the rules and regulations of NCAA sports, applied and learned key coaching skills, facilitated drills for athletes, composed video tape footage for scouting and analyzing talent, managed the packaging and delivery of scouting tapes

  • Served as a coach for Camp of Champions sponsored by Binghamton University Summer 2004 and 2005

  • Currently volunteering at Bronx Community College with the Women's Basketball Team

    • Serves as a volunteer coach and video coordinator while working full time at the college as a Student Support Specialist/ Advisor

  • Obtained a BA in English and a Master's in Social Sciences with a concentration in Student Affairs and Diversity from Binghamton University and a Master's in Public Administration CUNY John Jay College, graduating with honors in 2017

Iowa Swarm

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Alvin Sims

  • University of Louisville 1993-1997 (Top 50 Greatest Players Club)

  • 12 year professional career in the NBA, Greece, Italy, France, and other European nations

  • 1997-2009 Position: Guard

  • Currently trains young basketball players all across the Midwest

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Roger Johnson

  • Has coached girls varsity basketball in eastern Iowa for several years

  • In four years as a head coach his team won three conference championships 

  • Worked many youth summer camps for years including Tom Davis' University of Iowa camps and all of the old Quad-City Thunder camps

  • Currently works with the North Scott Junior Lady Lancers program

Great Lakes Swarm

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Antonio Taylor

  • Great Lakes Swarm Site-Director

  • Taylor has been coaching for over 18 years

  • Graduate of Horace Mann High School (1992) and Ivy Tech Community College University (1997) where he holds a BS in Education

  • Currently a Health and Physical Education teacher as well as the Athlete Director of 21st Century Charter School of Gary 

  • Experience includes Head Varsity girls basketball at 21st Century Charter School of Gary, Lighthouse Charter School and Thea Bowman Academy as well as both girls and boys Junior Varsity at Lew Wallace High School


Steve Helm

  • North Idaho College and Montana State, 4 year Basketball starter

  • Led my college teams to a regular season conference championship, 3 conference tournament championship game appearances, one national tournament appearance

  • 1st Team Frontier All-Conference, Frontier Conference MVP, 3rd Team NAIA All-American, and a Member of the Montana State University - Northern Athletic Hall of Fame

  • Assistant Coach with Tennessee Wesleyan University

  • JV Men's Coach with Ancilla College

  • Head Basketball Coach with Ancilla College for 5 years

  • Assistant Women's Basketball Coach with Valparaiso University (DI)

  • Head Basketball Coach at Calumet College

  • Coached AAU for many seasons


Thomas Smith

  • Graduated from Horace Mann High School in Gary Indiana, class of 1992

  • Lettered in varsity football, basketball and track

  • Nominated to the McDonald's All American team and received several college offers for football and basketball

  • Played basketball for 2 years at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

  • Left basketball due to significant knee injury, started coaching youth boys basketball in 1997 with his first travel team

  • Became a high school head coach in 2010 at Lighthouse College Prep Academy and started coaching a 6th grade girls travel team 

  • 2013- Switched over to high school girls at Lighthouse College Prep Academy and won 3 sectional titles in 4 years

  • Currently the Head Girls and assistant boys coach at Thea Bowman Academy 

  • Trained and coached over 300 boys and girls in Northwest Indiana, helping many kids get in college

  • Family man with 6 children- works as a Firefighter in Gary and part-time as a youth care specialist at Campagna Academy

  • Loves to see children thrive in school and the community- basketball is his heartbeat, life and love!

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Aaron Haggard

  • Played at Hammond High School Varsity, Midwest Prep and Indiana State University

  • Gary Dunes Charter School 7th & 8th Head Coach / Gary 21st Century Charter School Head Assistant Coach / Ancilla Domini College Assistant Coach 

  • Second year with Swarm


Loreal Brown

  • 21st Century Charter School Coach for 2 years

  • Coached at Thea Bowman for 2 years as well

  • Played basketball since she was 8 years old

  • Community leader helping the youth in Gary stay out of gangs

  • Second season with Swarm 

Cincinnati Swarm

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Chris Richards

  • Cincinnati Swarm Coach

  • All time leading scorer and rebounder at Southern High School

  • Played 3 years at Thomas More University 

  • Two years of head coaching experience with 8 years of assisting and helping out various programs in KY

  • Actively coaching and training in the NKY/Cincinnati area

Long Island Swarm

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Matthew Hirdt

  • Currently attends St. Joseph's College where he is on the academic honor roll, studying elementary education 

  • Member of the men's basketball team where he competes in the Skyline Conference

  • The last two years, Matthew has helped coach the Miller Place junior varsity program in workouts and summer league play