Founder of Rise Above Basketball, is now heading into his sixth year since founding the RAB program. Most recently, Carter served as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Salem State University under Head Coach Chris Harvey. Before entering Salem, Carter was the Associate Head Coach at Framingham State University where he was staffed for two seasons. Carter’s career began at Boston College High School where he played two years of varsity basketball under Coach William Loughnane. From there he went on to play at Framingham State University for Coach’s Don Spellman & Paul Wholey. Carter was selected Captain in his junior season and helped lead the Rams to a 9-3 conference record before falling in the MASCAC conference championship. During his career the Rams appeared in the conference tournament four times and made a pair of appearances in the ECAC Division III New England Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament. Carrying over as captain, in his senior season Brendan led the team in rebounds, blocks and minutes. He has played in 95 collegiate games and brings much experience and knowledge to the RAB program. Brendan has volunteered with a number of different enrichment programs and camps throughout his basketball career. Carter graduated from Framingham State University with a Bachelors Degree in Communications.
Michael is heading into his first season as the Girls Head Varsity Coach at Whitman Hanson Regional High School and has been appointed as Girls Director for us here at RAB. In 2018, Mike was awarded MBCA Assistant Coach of the Year! Previously, Costa served as an Assistant at East Bridgewater High School for one season. Mike’s career began at Boston College High School where he played two years of varsity basketball under Head Coach Jerry Morelli. While Michael was at BC High, he was a two time Catholic Conference Champion in both the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons. During the 2003-2004 season, Mike was the starting point guard for the Eagles who went 19-5 that season and was named a Catholic Conference All-Star. From there, Michael went on to play four years of college basketball at Framingham State College. He was a three year starter and a two time captain during his junior and senior seasons. During his career at Framingham State, Michael helped lead the Rams to two MASCAC conference championship appearances as well as two ECAC Division III New England Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament appearances. During his sophomore year at Framingham State, Michael was #4 in the nation for Division III in steals. In each of his last two seasons, he finished with over 200 points 100 rebounds and 100 assists. Michael graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and he now works as a Special Education Teacher.
Rico was most recently an Assistant Coach at Stonehill College for two seasons. Prior to Stonehill, DePaolis worked as an Assistant at Wheelock College under Head Coach Matt LeVangie. Rico played his collegiate ball at Framingham State University, where he was both a teammate and player of Brendan Carter. Rico walked onto the Varsity basketball program at FSU, and ended his career as a two-year captain of the team. During his junior season DePaolis lead the MASCAC in three-point percentage shooting an oustanding 42%. In his tenure DePaolis appeared in over 80+ collegiate games and started in 50. Prior to FSU, Rico played his high school basketball at Watertown High School where he was apart of a State Championship team during his junior season. Rico began with RAB’s 3rd Grade AAU team in 2013 and did a great job being a mentor to our young players! Most recently, Rico is the COO as well as Head Coach for our Varsity "Carter/DePaolis" team. Rico brings valuable experience as well as a notable work ethic to the Rise Above family and we are very happy to have him on board.
Ryan has been recently appointed Varsity Head Coach at Xaverian Brothers High School. Prior to this, Ryan was on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (W.P.I.) coaching staff for three seasons. During that time WPI has sported an overall record of 38-16 (.703) and an 18-10 ledger (.642) in the ultra-competitive NEWMAC. Sheehan's career began at Bishop Feehan High School (Attleboro, MA) where he scored exactly 1,000 points in only 43 games played. He led the Attleboro Area in scoring his Junior & Senior year and the state of Massachusetts in scoring his Senior year. After Feehan, Sheehan had a standout four-year career at Nichols College. Ryan set the all-time standard for points (2,106), games played (106), free throw attempts (597) and free throws made (497). He also recorded the most free throw attempts (193) and free throws made (158) in a season. In all, his name appears a total of 46 times in the Bison record book. The 2014 Jostens Trophy finalist (D3 Player of the Year), was also elected as a 2-Year Captain by his coaches and teammates. He was a three-time Academic All-District honoree (2012, 2013, 2014), a CoSIDA Academic All-America first teamer as a Junior and a CoSIDA Academic All-America second teamer as a Senior. Ryan was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 campaign. Sheehan graduated from Nichols with a 3.9 GPA and a degree in International Business & Marketing.
Busacca wrapped up his first season as the Head Coach of the Curry College men's basketball program in 2018-19. He took over the reigns of the program after two years as an assistant coach at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. During his two-year stint on the staff at Manhattanville, he coordinated the development of student-athletes on and off the floor, counseling the squad to a 3.42 team cumulative grade point average. On the court, Busacca helped develop and recruit the 2017-18 Middle Athletic Conference (MAC) Freedom Rookie of the Year, among other All-Conference performers. Busacca has experience conducting clinics at the Hoop Group Top 100, PGC and OneBasketball while also serving as the assistant coach for the Staten Island Musketeers Association AAU Program and a junior varsity assistant coach at Moore Catholic High School. As a student-athlete at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa., Busacca was a four-year member of the basketball team. He served as a captain during 2015 and captured many individual honors. Busacca was the Wendy's Male Athlete of the Year in 2015, the MAC Conference Player of the Year, MAC First Team All-Conference, D3 Hoops All-Region First Team, NABC First Team All-Region, D3 News Honorable Mention All-American, Freedom Conference Championship MVP, ECAC Second Team All-Star, Misericordia Team MVP, and a 1,000 point scorer.
Reedy wrapped up his first season as the Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator of the Curry College men's basketball program in 2018-19. He took over the lead assistant job after two years as an assistant coach at Wheelock College. In his first season with the Colonels, Reedy implemented study hall sessions in conjunction with Academic Services, which led to the first 3.0 team grade point average in program history. In addition, he was in charge of designing Adidas gear packages for all student-athletes and coaches. Reedy also played a key part in recruiting 12 student-athletes as a part of the Class of 2023. Reedy also plays an integral part in all parts of the program including scouting, recruiting, and on-court coaching. He also maintains the video database of all games through Synergy and develops scouting reports from the film. During his two-year stint on the staff at Wheelock, Reedy was instrumental in helping the program reach new heights. In his first season, he helped the Wildcats to a 12-14 overall record in 2016-17, earning the programs' first home playoff game since 2012. Off the court, Reedy created scouting reports, collaborated with the Head Coach to develop game-day and recruiting strategies and mentored student-athletes in their on-and-off court development. Following the '16-'17 season, he was promoted to Associate Head Coach. In the new role, Reedy continued his regular duties and added a few more, including maintaining the video database for all games through Hudl and Synergy. Reedy helped develop and recruit student-athletes, including multiple New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Week winners and Player of the Week winners. Reedy also has experience as the Head Coach of Rise Above Basketball 16U team in Boston in 2019. He mentored the youth on self-confidence, building trust with teammates, friendly competition, and personal growth. As a student-athlete at Wheelock, Reedy was a member of the men's basketball team from 2013-16. He also played one year at New England College in Henniker, N.H. During his time at Wheelock, he served as a team captain and holds all-time program records in field-goal percentage in a season and a career. Reedy graduated from Wheelock in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Sean is entering his first year (‘19-‘20) as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Eastern Nazarene College. His HS coaching career began in 2014 at C. Milton Wright HS where he was an Assistant Coach on varsity for 5 seasons including the 2016 season where C. Milton Wright won the 3A Maryland State Championship; first in program history. Sean was also the JV head coach for his final 2 seasons at C. Milton Wright. In 2017, Sean went on to join Coach Seth Goldberg's staff at St. Paul's School for Boys as an Assistant Coach/Director of Operations for one season before becoming the Head Coach at Eastern Tech HS in 2018. Sean has worked as a coach for the Harford Starz, a small AAU organization out of Bel Air, MD and at multiple basketball camps such as Jay Bilas Skills Camp at Queen’s University, Mike Brey’s Camp at Notre Dame, Shaka Smart’s Camp at VCU, Seth Goldberg’s Basketball Camp & Coach Morgan Wootten’s Camp at Frostburg University. Sean received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kinesiology from McDaniel College.
Carl started his basketball career at Brockton High School where he was a basketball, track & football standout. From there, Carl went onto UMass Boston where he played both basketball & track. As a freshman, Carl was named to the Little East All-Rookie Team. Following his freshman season, Joseph earned the following accolades Little East First Team All-Conference, Little East First Team All-Defense, D3Hoops All-Region Selection. Carl concluded his career at UMB finishing 6th in All-Time scoring. Coach Joseph has been on the RAB staff for the past three years & is the current 8th Grade coach.
Brendan recently became an Assistant Coach for the Men's Basketball Program at Eastern Nazarene College. Brendan has been with the RAB program for two years and is the current 5th Grade Boys Coach. Coach Cunningham most recently served as Head Coach of the Stoneham High School Freshman team. Coach Cunningham is also a recent graduate of Mount Ida College where he received his Bachelors Degree in Sport Management. Brendan's basketball career began at Quincy High School where he was a three year Varsity starter & two year Captain. In 2014, Brendan was selected as a Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic. Cunningham played in over 100 games in his college career.
Corey is a graduate from Scituate High School where she played basketball for four years. After high school, she went on to play four years of college basketball at Bridgewater State University. While at Bridgewater State University, she was a three year starter and two time captain her junior and senior years. Within the four years, she helped lead her team to three MASCAC tournament championships. Corey holds a few records at BSU. She is the second all time leader for 3-point field goals made in a season with 58 total and second all time leader for 3-point field goals made for her whole career with 180 total. She is the third leader for highest career free throw percentage with 76%. Lastly, Corey holds the record for highest free throw percentage in a game with 100% (13 for 13), verse Westfield State University. After college, she coached at Scituate High School as the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach for 6 years. Corey graduated from BSU in 2012 with her bachelors in Criminal Justice and again in 2015 from American International College with her Masters in Education. Corey currently works full time as a special education teacher for Marshfield Middle School.
Stephen will be serving as an Assistant Coach for the Braintree High School Varsity program this coming year. Coach Murphy has been with the RAB program since spring of 2019 and is the current 9th Grade Boys Coach. Coach Murphy Graduated from Framingham State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in criminology as well as played for the Framingham State Men’s Basketball team in 2014 and 2015. Stephen's basketball career began at Braintree High School where he was a four-year Varsity player, three-year starter, and captain his senior year. In 2013, Stephen was selected as a first team Bay State Conference All Star, as well as a Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic.
Steevan joined the Rise Above Family in the Fall of '17 coaching the 4th and 7th Grade teams. Steevan brings 9 years of experience to the table. From his Alma Matta West Roxbury High School where he served as a volunteer assistant coaching and fall league head coach. Steevan started two years varsity as the point guard, two time City League All-Star, and team MVP. Attended Framingham State University and played three years, was apart of the teams that set records, and made history during a great three year run! Steevan graduated with a degree in Human Services and currently works full time as a Social Worker for the Commonwealth. Steevan has volunteered and helped run several basketball camps in the inner city and loves spending time teaching the youth.
Sarah most recently wrapped up her first season as Assistant Varsity and Junior varsity coach at the Dana Hall school for the 2019-2020 season. She took the assistant coaching job after her first season with the RAB program and is the current 5th grade girls coach. Coach Sarah also coached 4 years of special olympics leading her team to 4 straight state gold medals. Coach Sarah is a recent graduate from Lesley university with a Bachelors in Psychology and Education specializing in special education. She is currently getting her masters in Applied Behavioral analysis as Simmons University. Sarah's basketball career began at Triton Regional High school where she was a two year starter on varsity. She continued her playing career at Wheelock college where she was an inaugural part in turning the program around and helping lead the team to three straight winning records and playoff runs. Sarah broke the records at Wheelock College for Shot blocks per game, Blocks in a season and blocks in wheelock history averaging 2.2 a game and leading the top of the NECC for 3 seasons straight. Sarah was also top 5 in rebounds all four years as well as All-Scholar team maintaining a 3.8 GPA over the course of her career and finished her final year playing at Lesley University. Coach Sarah also played two summers for a select USA team called Beyond sports playing in Spain and Italy.
Hakeem is heading into his second year with the Rise Above program. Returning to the world of basketball Hakeem has been rebuilding the Belmont High School Football program over the past 5 years (2014-19) as an offensive positional coach, defensive backs coach and assistant defensive coordinator. In that time Belmont won its first game in 4 years (2010-14) as well as their first playoff berth in 10 years (2008-18) and graduated some of the first Division 1 recruits from the town in recent memory. Hakeem was an assistant Varsity Men’s Basketball Coach under Sam Doner (2015-16) at Natick High School. Prior to that Hakeem was an assistant coach under Dave Hoffman (2008-11) for the Bay State Jaguars. Hakeem tore his labrum walking on the MBB team at the University of Hartford (2008-09) where he then transferred to Framingham State and played football as a defensive back. Hakeem graduated with a degree in sociology and a minor in psychology. Before that, Hakeem played high school basketball at Natick High School.
Coach Donoghue recently finished his second season at Canton High School Coach as the Head JV Coach. Paul is entering into his sixth year with the RAB program. Paul began his playing career at Archbishop Williams High School where he was a three year varsity player. At "Archies", Paul was part of an elite level basketball program that were CCL Champions and Eastern MA Champions. From there, Paul went onto coach at Archies for three seasons where he served as the Freshmen Head Coach, JV Assistant Head Coach & Assistant Varsity Coach. Paul has played a major role in the development of our young players. Paul heads into the 2018 season as our 13U Assistant Coach as well as our 15U Head Coach.
Coach Nunez was a two-year varsity starter at Whitman-Hanson High School where he helped win the first league championship in school history. Nunez was also recognized as a 2007 Atlantic Coast League All-Star. Following his playing career, Nunez became the Freshman Coach and Varsity Assistant at Whitman-Hanson since 2011. Since 2011, the Panthers have won four Patriot League Championships ('14, '16, '17, '18) and were back to back Division 2 South Sectional Champions ('16 and '17). Coach Nunez has been with Rise Above Basketball since the Fall session of 2016 working with the class of 2022.
Stephen is entering into his third season as a coach for the RAB program. Steve has been a longtime member of the RAB program dating all the way back to 2014. Fabrizio is entering into his second season as a member of the Emerson College Men's Basketball program where he is playing under former Boston College Hall of Famer & NBA alum Bill Curley. Prior to Emerson, Steve was a standout for the Duxbury High School program. Coach Fabrizio is currently a Head Coach in our 5th Grade boys program.
John is entering into his second year as a collegiate athlete. Gates was heavily recruited out of the RAB program before becoming a member of the WPI Men's basketball program. This season, Gates will be entering into Suffolk University to play under Head Coach Jeff Juron. John has worked as a lead counselor at countless RAB camps & clinics.
Coach Perron spent his last five years on the Clark University men’s basketball staff as well as having a role in the Sports Information department. Perron had coaching stints at Mansfield High School as a Varsity assistant and at Franklin High School as the Head Freshman Boys Coach prior to his graduation from Framingham State University in 2015. He played one season of men’s basketball at FSU after having a decorated career at North Attleboro High School. At North Attleboro High, he was a four-year varsity player, three-year starter, and led the team to its first back-to-back state tournament appearances in 10 years. He was a two-time Hockomock League All-Star and a two-time Sun Chronicle All-Star as well. Perron joined the Clark University men’s basketball program as an assistant coach right out of college and he has been responsible for everything from recruiting, scouting, in-game adjustments, practice planning, and skill development. He has worked camps around the country for major basketball enterprises such as Hoop Group, the Academic All-American Camps, Championship Basketball School, and the Ivy League Elite Camps. He recently earned his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Counseling from Providence College in 2019 and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from FSU
Coach McCabe played his high school basketball at Canton High School, where he was a three year letter winner. McCabe was elected a captain as a junior and senior during his time at CHS. He also was elected a Hockomock League All- Star and a first team all conference selection as a senior as well as a 2 time Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic selection. Following his time at CHS, McCabe played four years at Framingham State University. During college, McCabe was a 2 time captain and was named to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team 3 times during his career. Coach McCabe has played significant minutes in over 95 College games and recognizes the hard work, dedication, and commitment it takes to take your game to the next level. After his playing days, McCabe accepted an coaching position at Canton High School. Coach McCabe was an integral part of the coaching staff that helped lead the Bulldogs win their first Hockomock League championship since 1992 and their most successful season in 26 years. His main responsibility was player development, where he would focus on specific skill development of players. He was also responsible for implementing practice plans, and scouting other opponents.