Coach Carlos Valdez was raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico until he was 17 and moved to Hudson Valley, NY to play his Senior basketball season at Minisink Valley High School. During his one year there he helped lead his team to a Section 9 title. Valdez then attended Mount Saint Mary College and played 4 years of basketball. As a Knight he completed his career as the only player in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. He was an All-Conference player for 3 seasons and was just recently inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame. After college, Carlos played professionally in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic for 3 years in 2 FIBA Leagues.
Coach Trevor Stark started his basketball career at Robert F. Kennedy High School where was a 2-year Captain. He was the school’s All-Time Leading Scorer and finished 2nd All-Time in assists. He then attended Hilbert College in Buffalo, NY, where he was 1st Team All-Conference in his Junior and Senior years. He capped his Hawk career as a 1,000 point scorer and the 8th highest All-Time scorer in the school’s history. He also helped lead the team to its first regular season conference championship. He finished 1st All-Time in free throw percentage and 2nd All-Time in assists. After college Trevor played 3 seasons professionally in Israel for Hapoel Tzfat and Hapoel Maboaim.