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OUR TEAM

Meet the squad! Coach Derek Klein, Coach Christina Raiti and Coach Leon Pursoo, work hard to emulate the Empire Mentality in all aspects!

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Meghan Caskin

Girls 9th Grade Empire Coach

Meghan Caskin is a high level skills trainer in Suffolk County. She began her career at Sachem North High School, was a 2-year captain, Freshman Rookie of the year, and is one of the towns all time leading scorers. Meg continued her collegiate career at Fairfield University where she was a 4-year starting guard, team captain, made All-Academic Team, and was ranked 7th in school history for assists and minutes per game. Currently, Coach is known for her detailed work and high energy workouts.

Shannon White

Girls 8th Grade Empire Coach

Coach Shannon played at St. Anthony's High School where she was a solid contributor. She continued her collegiate career playing at SUNY Cortland. She is currently the Head Varsity Girls Coach at St. Dom's High School. She is an extremely skilled coach who is meticulous with her work.

Joe Cavallaro

Boys 7th Grade Empire Coach

Coach Joe Cavallaro went to Harborfields High School and is going back this year to coach their Junior Varsity basketball team. After high school, he studied at St. Johns University for four years where he was able to work under Coach Chris Mullin with the Men's Basketball team. Coach Cavallaro has a strong passion for defense and player development.

TJ Hefele

Boys 6th Grade Empire Coach 

Coach TJ Hefele graduated High School from Friends Academy in Locust Valley, LI. At Friends, Coach was a 3x Nassau County Class C Champ, 2x Long Island Class C Champ, NY State Class C State Champ, Class C All NY State Player and a 2x All County Player. Coach Hefele then went on to play collegiate basketball at SUNY Cortland. His success continued as Coach TJ was a 3 year starter and captain and 2x SUNYAC champ!

Mike McVeigh

Boys 5th Grade Empire Coach 

Coach McVeigh played high school basketball at Lynbrook High School where we was a two time All County Player. After playing at SUNY Cortland from 2014-2015, he was an Assistant Varsity Coach at Locust Valley High School. Coach has been the Junior Varsity Coach at Plainview Old Bethpage for the past 3 years where he is also a Physical Education Teacher. He loves working with young athletes to improve themselves and have fun!

Brandon Becker

Boys 4th Grade Empire Coach

Coach Becker played varsity basketball at Plainview JFK High School under Coach Mike Harris. Most recently he worked for Hoops 101, an international basketball training company where he focused on footwork, proper mechanics, and the detailed breakdown of movement on the court to simplify basketball skills. Brandon was the Assistant Basketball Director at Camp Wah-Nee and has also worked at college camps including Hofstra's basketball camp.

Aaren Edmead

Boys 6th Grade Empire Coach, Former Coach at Combine Academy in North Carolina

Coach played high school basketball at Deer Park High School under the direction of John McCaffrey, where he earned four varsity letters while helping the Falcons to three Suffolk League IV titles. Lauded as the 2014 Long Island Player of the Year by Newsday. Also named Suffolk County Boys Basketball player of the Year by Newsday. Two-time All State pick, Three-time All Suffolk League IV and two-time All-Long Island selection. Played four years of Division 1 basketball starting at Wagner College and finished his college career at North Carolina A&T.

Edmead recently coached at Combine Academy (NC) for two years. At Combine, he was the head coach of the Post Graduate White Team while assisting and training Combine's nationally ranked high school team.

Brian Haggerty

Boys Varsity Assistant Coach at St. Francis Prep

Coach Haggerty played high school basketball at St. Francis Prep where he currently serves as their Boys Varsity Assistant Coach. Coach has a strong passion for skills development and that is one of his main roles at his alma matter. Coach Haggerty played 4 years of college basketball at Manhattanville College and was fortunate to continue his career playing pro ball in Spain. After playing, Coach has dedicated his time to training, coaching and giving back to the game he loves!

Andrew D'Eloia

Coach

 Huntington

In 2010 Andrew founded AD Hoops training in Brooklyn and ran programs at Bishop Ford High School and Bishop Loughlin High School. Andrew was responsible for launching Loughlin’s inaugural Basketball Camp. In addition Andrew has been a featured clinician/instructor at FST, Villanova Basketball Camp, Hoop Start USA, St. John the Baptist, St. Anthony’s, St. Dominic’s, & LI Back to Basics Basketball. Andrew was an assistant at Hunter College.

 

Prior to his time at Hunter Andrew spent two years as a Volunteer assistant at Northport HS and one year at Bishop Ford HS in Brooklyn. At both schools he focused on player development.  In the summer of 2011 Andrew coached the Nike Battle of the Boroughs Brooklyn All Star Team which featured former Brooklyn Net star Isiah Whitehead. In the summer of 2012 he conducted the one week “Zip Workout” for 15 D1 players.  He has coached numerous AAU and CYO teams including St. Patrick’s, Brooklyn Comets, LI Hoosiers, and Holy Name. He also assisted the Horizons youth program in Brooklyn. In the fall of 2012 Andrew was an assistant on the Suburbs team that beat NYC in the Metro Classic All Star Game.

 

Currently Andrew is the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at his Alma Mater Northport High School. In his first season (2012-13’) the team achieved a 22-3 record and won the Long Island Championship for the first time since 1995. He was named the Newsday/MSG Varsity and LongIslandBasketball.com Coach of the Year. Northport has made the Suffolk Final 4 in 5 of the last 8 years.. In 2015-16 Northport finished the season 19-2 with the only two losses coming to the two teams that appeared in the L.I. Championship. This past season the Tigers were 22-2 with both losses coming to Suffolk champ Brentwood. Their resume included a win over the Nassau Champion Baldwin. Since Andrew’s arrival at Northport High School in 2012 the Tigers have achieved a record of 133-41. Andrew was inducted into the Northport athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

As a player at Hobart College Andrew garnered NABC DIII East Region All-American Honors, he was the Empire Athletic Association “Athlete of the Year” and was a 1,600 point scorer. He held Hobart’s records for 3 pointers in a game with 10 for 17 years. He was also a key member of the Statesmen Lacrosse team that won the D3 national title in 1993 and was also a member of the 1st Hobart D1 team in 1995. Andrew was inducted into the Hobart College Athletic Hall of Fame in November of 2012.

Eric Smiles

Coach/Co-Director of Operations Huntington

Prior to becoming the Hostos Community College Athletic Director, Smiles spent six years at Long Island University Post as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach (2013-2019) which is an NCAA Division II institution in the East Coast Conference. During his tenure, the pioneers made four conference tournament appearances while Smiles coached six all conference players, four 1,000 point scorers and for the 2017 and 2018 seasons Smiles’s teams had the highest GPA of any men’s team at LIU Post averaging over a 3.2 GPA. During his tenure, they were also one of the best defensive and rebounding teams not only in the ECC but in all of Division II. The pioneers finished first in the ECC in defensive FG% and rebound margin three times with many of those years statistically being in the top 20 nationally.

 

Prior to his tenure at LIU Post, Smiles was the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Farmingdale State College for nine seasons (2004-2013), which is a NCAA Division III institution in the Skyline Conference. During those years, Smiles was selected Skyline Coach of the Year three times, Basketball Coaches Association of New York Coach of the Year two times, D3Hoops.com Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, Metro Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year and NABC Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.

 

During his time at Farmingdale State, they won four regular season Skyline Conference Championships, had six 20 plus win seasons, three Skyline Conference Tournament Championships and appeared in four NCAA Tournaments reaching the Elite Eight in
2009. During that span, Smiles developed and coached nine all conference players, five 1,000 point scorers, three Skyline Conference Players of the Year and two All-Americans including AJ Matthews who signed with the New York Knicks.
For two years Smiles was also the head coach of the Long Island open men’s basketball team in the Empire State Games capturing a bronze medal in 2007 and a gold medal in 2008. Smiles also served on the BCANY board of directors’ form 2006-2012 as well as the Division III Atlantic Region advisory committee from 2006-2009 and the Division II East Region advisory committee from 2016-2019. Smiles also currently serves as the chairperson for Men’s basketball in NJCAA Region XV.

Michael McSloy

Coach

Michael McSloy was named head coach of the St. Joseph's College (L.I.) men's basketball team in April of 2019.

McSloy arrived in Patchogue from Gettysburg College where he served as assistant men's basketball coach for the 2018-19 season. As recruiting coordinator, McSloy garnered commitments from 12 student-athletes from eight different states. He also directed the scouting of all opponents and formulated the program's off-season training program.

From 2016 to 2018, McSloy was assistant coach of the New York University men's basketball team and helped develop three All-UAA Players and a conference Rookie of the Year.

McSloy held assistant coach positons at Vassar College (2015-16), Connecticut College (2013-15) and SUNY Maritime (2012-13) before working at NYU. At the latter, McSloy played two seasons as a junior and a senior from 2010 to 2012 and earned Skyline All-Conference Second-Team accolades. The Kings Park, NY native spent the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons at SUNY Oswego and was the 2009 Team Attitude Award winner.  

A 2013 Maritime graduate with a degree in International Trade and Transportation, McSloy has worked with Elite/Exposure Basketball Events & Camps since 2013.

Stu Coleman

Coach

Stu Coleman is a graduate of St. Joseph's College and Syosset High School. He played Varsity Basketball at Syosset, receiving All Nassau County honors. He also played four years at St. Joseph's College. Coach Coleman has over six years of coaching experience, which includes AAU.  He is a member of the LuHi JV and Varsity staff. In addition, he is a Nassau County Board referee.

Leon Pursoo

Coach

Coach Pursoo was the Varsity Boys Head Coach at Eagle Academy for Young Men II from 2012-2018. Prior to his head coaching position, he was an assistant at Medgar Evers College from 2010-2012.  Coach played at LIU Southampton and excelled on and off the court. Coach Pursoo is very passionate and energetic.

Chris Rube

Coach

Coach Rube is currently the Boys Varsity Head Coach at Kings Park High School. He was the League IV (Suffolk A) 2019 Coach of the year and continues to take the Kings Park program to new levels.  In addition to his coaching abilities, coach was a two-time captain during his collegiate career at SUNY Fredonia. Coach is eager to work with the boys and is passionate about teaching the fundamentals of the game.  

Mike Ferreira

Coach

Coach Mike is the head Varsity Girls Coach at Syosset where he has led the Braves to many successful season. In 2017, Coach was named coach of the year by Nassau County Section VIII.  Coach is extremely excited to develop this group of girls and is eager to have them succeed this fall season.  

Zach Tousignant

Coach

Coach played collegiate basketball for 3 years  at SUNY Brockport where he was an honorary captain his final season. Coach T majored in Physical Education and completed his masters in Adapted Education.  He is currently in his 4th season as the Long Beach Varsity Girls Assistant Coach. Coach has a strong passion for the game of basketball and enjoys teaching the youth the "right" way to play.