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OUR TEAM

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

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Andrew D'Eloia

Coach/Co-Director of Operations 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.

Terrance Murchie

Coach

Coach Terrance Murchie was a 2010 Graduate from H. Frank

Carey High School. He played basketball for 3 years at Carey High School, was 2x All County player, and was 1,000 point scorer over his 3 year career (4th all time in school history). He currently holds the record for the most 3 pointers made in school history. After Graduating High School, Coach accepted a scholarship to play basketball at Division II, Mercy College, part of the East Coast Conference. Coach graduated from Mercy in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  He is currently pursuing Tri Certification Masters degree in Elementary, High School Ed, and Special Education. He is a Teacher Assistant at New Hyde Park High School.

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.

Messiah Reames

Coach

We are fortunate to have coach on staff as he brings a very intense, unique skill set.  Coach spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach at Longwood College, developing strategic drill work for individual performance for both guard and post players, as well as working with student-athletes as an academic coach. Prior to his time at Longwood, Reames spent seven years as the head coach of the Philly Triple Threat AAU girls’ basketball team for 9th-11th graders, leading the team to a 2012 Chicago Nike National Championship. His squad also finished runner-up in the Boo Williams Invitational in 2013 and earned an Elite 8 appearance in the Tennessee Battle of the Boro in 2015. Reames helped numerous players earn Division I scholarships in his tenure.  He also served as the head coach of the Harriton High School girls’ varsity basketball team in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, from 2012-16, leading the team to the most wins in a four-year span in school history. Reames helmed the squad to a pair of Central League semifinal and AAAA District appearances while posting the best regular season in school history in 2013-14 with an 18-5 record. Most recently, Reames was an assistant coach on the 19-20 Hofstra Women’s Basketball Staff.  

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.  

Kayla Koch

Coach

Kayla is the Assistant Athletic Director at St. Joseph's College as well as an Adjunct Professor in Sports Management at SUNY Old Westbury. Kayla played four years of varsity basketball at Kings Park High school and just finished her first year as the Head JV Girls Basketball Coach at KP. 

Mike Clark

Coach

Mike was a product of NYC basketball in the mid-to-late 90’s.  He went from Jamaica HS to the University of Rochester before heading back home to NYC to start his coaching career over 15 years ago.  After 10 years of coaching kids, he has had a countless number of athletes attend top notch high schools, Division 1, 2, and 3 institutions, and JUCO colleges.  One of his most recent just landed in the NBA! Coach Clark took a few years off to focus on his two sons and godson as they competed in high school and college. In that span, Coach also co-founded one of the area’s top NCAA Certified Recruiting Services.  Coach prides himself on his scouting efforts that aid in providing over $4 Million in scholarships and funding for student athletes and their families. During the 2017-18 basketball season, Coach Clark came out of his coaching hiatus to join the Boys Basketball staff at LuHi where he is an Assistant Coach on the Junior Varsity team as well as an assistant to the Varsity Team when the JV season is over.

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.

DEREK KLEIN