Staff

Mike Byrnes

CEO/OWNER

mbyrnes@swarm-basketball.com

Mike has had a wide variety of success through the game of basketball. After spending three years as an Assistant Coach at WPI and Nichols College, he stepped away from the college game and began to focus on youth basketball.

After taking over the Central Mass Swarm in January 2016, Mike quickly grew the program to 20 teams. He has now further expanded the organization into (13) States, with over 200 teams. The Swarm is now the largest Club Basketball programs in the Country. Mike's vision for the program is to teach players to play the game the "right way". He would like to continue to expand the brand all over the country.

In addition to the Swarm, Mike is also the Head Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach at Shepherd Hill Regional High School. In his first year in the winter of 17-18, Shepherd Hill took home the Clark Tournament Large school title. In addition, they were also crowned D2 Central Mass Champions, and advanced to the Massachusetts Final Four. Mike was also awarded the MBCA Central Mass Coach of the year.

Alice Mullen-Rusin

president

alice@swarm-basketball.com

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Alice comes to the Swarm after a variety of success within the sports industry over the past decade.

Mullen is a four year letter winner from the Rhode Island College Women's Basketball team. She is six in all time most games played at Rhode Island College, Most Valuable Player in the 2009-2010 season, and was team captain her senior season.

A 2010 graduate of Rhode Island College, Mullen stayed on at her alma mater to serve as an assistant on the Anchorwomen’s staff the following year. She helped guide RIC to a program record-tying 20-7 record and the second round of the Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament for the first time in six years. Mullen had a hand in recruiting the Anchorwomen’s standout freshman class that helped them to the Little East regular season and championship titles in 2011-12.

In 2011, Mullen left RIC for Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts where she accepted the position as top assistant coach. After just one season, Mullen was promoted to head coach where she would spend the next five seasons. At the time, Mullen was the youngest NCAA head women's basketball coach at the age of 23 in her first season at the helm. Mullen guided the program to post season action twice and coached numerous all-conference players during her tenure. Her squad was also recognized for receiving the highest team GPA on campus in nearly every semester under her guidance. In May of 2017, Mullen stepped down from head coach to accept a full-time faculty position at the College

In addition to her dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and women’s studies, Mullen holds an MBA from Nichols in May, 2014. She is currently a doctoral student Troy University pursuing a Ph.D. in Sport Management.

Mullen is a 2011 graduate of the Nike/WBCA So You Want to Be a Coach program and has coached at several regional camps, including the Blue Star Exposure Clinic, Boston College Women's Basketball Camp, Hoop Mountain Exposure Camp, and the Batastini School of Basketball Camp.

KASEY AYER

director- new england

kasey@swarm-basketball.com

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Kasey was a Marketing Major and Sports Management Minor at Nichols College, graduating with a 3.9 in both programs of study. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude and received designation for being enrolled in the Honors Program, Emerging Leaders Program, and Zeta Alpha Phi Academic Honors Society. Kasey worked for three years at Mohegan Sun as a Marketing Representative and completed an internship with Boston College in their Athletic Fundraising department. Kasey was a four-year letter winner with the Nichols College Softball program and was named captain in the 2017-18 season.

collin kimsey

director- tri-state and mid-atlantic

collin@swarm-basketball.com

Collin Kimsey has joined our staff as the Director of our Tri State and Mid Atlantic Teams. Collin attended the University of Maine and received degrees in Marketing and Management. Collin comes to Swarm with experience coaching and directing club basketball in Raleigh, North Carolina for the past 4 years. In addition to his AAU basketball experience he has previously led Sports Delegations to the Bahamas to play in International Basketball Tournaments. Collin offers tremendous experience and knowledge of the international sports travel experience. In addition, Collin also takes pride in volunteering and being involved in his community. He has volunteered regularly for the Special Olympics, and the Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC.

evan pycko

director- midwest and south

evan@swarm-basketball.com

Evan Pycko has joined our staff as the Director of the Midwest and South. Evan comes to Swarm with a variety of experience in the luxury hospitality industry. Through his work in hospitality, Evan worked as a manager overseeing a large staff where he lead several hotels across the country. Evan graduated from Nichols College with a General Business degree. While in school he gathered experience in a variety of sporting fields while leading the Intramural Basketball League, rock climbing club and club golf programs. Evan's athletic background earned him two time Elks New England free throw champion status and All-State golfer in high school. In addition, Evan is the co-founder of the annual Kevin Gomez basketball tournament. All proceeds go to the Kevin Gomez Scholarship, which is awarded to a male and female basketball player each year to help support their future basketball aspirations.

mike rapoza

regional director - New England

mrapoza@swarm-basketball.com

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Mike Rapoza has joined our staff  as the Director of our New England teams.  Mike has been coaching several of our Central Mass teams over the last few seasons and we are thrilled to bring him on board in a full time role. Mike was the GNAC Rookie of the Year (2016-2017), GNAC Defensive Player of the Year (2017-2018), Anna Maria’s all-time leading rebounder, and currently 6th all-time in scoring. Mike also completed his undergraduate degree in three-years, graduating with a 3.95 GPA and double majoring in secondary education and history. He is now working on his master’s degree in Education, and will play his final season with the Amcats this winter.

marsha fasolo

account manager

mfasolo@swarm-basketball.com

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