These are some of the coaches who run our training clinics
and are also available to book for privates lessons at the Academy.
Barboza has achieved success as a coach, trainer, and player. His coaching resume includes leading the Boy’s Woonsocket High team to the State Championship game. He was also an Assistant Coach at Framingham State as well as the Strength and Conditioning coach at UMASS Lowell.Barboza also has an extensive playing career. After being a multi-sport star in high school, he committed to Eastern Connecticut State University to play hoops. At ECSU he instantaneously became a rebounding and scoring threat, totaling 700 boards and 1,400 points in his four years as a starter. He was also named Team Captain and Team MVP for three seasons! In 2001, Barboza was inducted into his alma mater’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
After his fruitful collegiate career, he started two years for the Washington Generals/Harlem Globetrotters. He then spent four years playing professional ball in Portugal, leading his team to a country championship appearance and two division crowns.
During his coaching and playing days, he developed a passion for training. He is committed to not only improving clients as basketball players, but as athletes in general. His Complete Player Program and individual workouts hone in on skill development, positional teaching, and strength and agility training. Throughout the years he has trained NBA players like Rick Fox as well as dozens of collegiate athletes! You could be the next great player he works with!
Colin Halpin, coming off an extremely successful career at Suffolk, has also developed a passion for coaching and training. He is now the head assistant men’s basketball coach and is excited to share his knowledge at the Academy.
Prior to Suffolk, Halpin dominated the Catholic Conference at BC High. He was a key member of three conference championships and earned a spot on the Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic team his Senior year. In college he continued to excel on the court. In his four-year career, he totaled 1300 points and 500 boards for the Rams.
Tommy McDonald is probably known best for his three point shooting capabilities, as he is certainly a marksman. He attended Cushing Academy before going on to play his college ball at Norwich University in Vermont.
While at Norwich, McDonald rounded off his game, becoming a complete player. This led to him being named a team captain his senior season, while also becoming an all-GNAC performer. In addition, he joined the Cadets 1000 point club in his senior campaign. While Tommy is relatively new to the coaching scene, he brings a great passion and knowledge for the game and is eager to join the staff at the Academy.
As a coach, Cottrell began his career as the First Assistant Coach for the Women’s Team at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. He then went on to become the Boys’ Varsity Coach at Palmer High School in Palmer, MA. Coach Cottrell then worke
d as the First Assistant Coach of the Men’s Team at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. He also coached in the Boston Exposure League which helps develop professional basketball players from all over the world.
In addition to his coaching experience, Coach Cottrell achieved great success as a player. Cottrell was a part of 10 straight championship teams throughout his high school and college career. He was a member of the 1990 Maryland 4A State
Championship Team at Annapolis High School. He received both USA Today Honorable Mention All American and McDonald’s Honorable Mention All American and was invited to Nike ABCD All American Basketball Camp for the top recruits in the country.
Following high school, Cottrell attended Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine where he was a part of an undefeated team which won the New England Prep School Championship. Cottrell then signed his letter of intent to play for Coach John Calipari at the University of Massachusetts. Cottrell was part of the “Refuse to Lose” Era at UMASS and was part of five Atlantic 10 Championships and five NCAA tournament appearances which culminated in a Final Four appearance in his senior year. Cottrell received numerous awards during his career, but the one that he is most proud of is being named the “Most Improved Player” on his UMASS team.
After his college career, Cottrell went on to play in Austria. When he returned to the United States, he played for the Delaware Blue Bombers in Wilmington, Delaware for three seasons.
Like his father Kevin, Matt is passionate about both coaching and training. He enjoys being an active part of young players’ development and seeing them grow as both athletes and leaders.
Barboza thrived on the court in both high school and college. At Bishop Hendricken High School, he led the squad to 3 Rhode Island State Championships and was a part of the Rhode Island State Championship during his senior campaign. Before heading to college, he spent one season at Marianapolis Prep and was named New England Prep All-Star.
Barboza started his collegiate career at Franklin Pierce University. He then transferred to Johnson and Wales, where he established himself as a threat from down town. During the 2013-2014 season, he led the conference in three-point shooting at 51%.
The youngest Barboza also has experience in coaching, training and playing. His desire to share his own experiences and mentor younger players makes coaching and training a perfect profession for Branden.
Like his brother Matt, Branden had a productive high school career. At East Providence High School, he was named the High School Christmas Tournament MVP. Barboza also received Second Team All-League honors for Division 1 Rhode Island schools. He now plays at Suffolk University, where he has become a key scorer and overall contributor for the Rams.
Erin Fahey is what some people would refer to as a gym-rat. Having just earned her degree from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, she is both eager and excited to attack her coaching career.
Erin was a stand-out at St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, before taking her talents to Umass Dartmouth. While there, she saw a steady rise in every major statistical category from year to year. She was elected a co-captain for the Corsairs in her senior season, where she averaged over 7 rebounds per game and shot better than 70 percent from the free throw line. She has worked various camps and clinics for Coach Kevin Barboza throughout high school and college. As she put it, “There is nothing more rewarding than giving back to young players and teaching this game the right way.”
Ryan Sasso created quite a name for himself in the area while attending Bishop Fenwick High School. While there, he was elected team captain for both his junior and senior seasons; while also joining the school’s 1000 point club. He was also a unanimous all-scholastic selection.
After high school, Sasso went on to graduate from Wheaton College (MA). Following that, he went south to North Carolina and joined the coaching staff at Pfieffer University. Then, he came back to the North East to become an assistant at Endicott College. He is excited about his up-coming time with the Academy, “I can’t wait to see players learn and apply the fundamental skills we will teach!”