Posts by Pat MacAdams

Year 1 Success

As the first official year as Level Up LI came to a close, we are very proud of our accomplishments and more importantly the growth of our players and teams. Of our 10 teams in the Spring season, (all coached by former college basketball players) 9 teams qualified for the Island Garden Super League Playoffs. Of those 10 teams, 3 won League Championships. Congrats to the players, coaches and parents on 3rd Grade Boys - White, 6th Grade Boys - Blue and 6th Grade Girls - White. The total differential in points for the 3 Championship Games were a combined 6 points! We look forward to carrying this momentum into the upcoming season.

Year 1 Success

As the first official year as Level Up LI came to a close, we are very proud of our accomplishments and more importantly the growth of our players and teams. Of our 10 teams in the Spring season, (all coached by former college basketball players) 9 teams qualified for the Island Garden Super League Playoffs. Of those 10 teams, 3 won League Championships. Congrats to the players, coaches and parents on 3rd Grade Boys – White, 6th Grade Boys – Blue and 6th Grade Girls – White. The total differential in points for the 3 Championship Games were a combined 6 points! We look forward to carrying this momentum into the upcoming season.

Championship Video

Championship Video 2

Upcoming Skills Clinics

October Skills Clinics

Join former college players and current coaches Derek Klein and Carson Neihoff on October 3rd and 10th from 6:15-7:30pm at LuHi (131 Brookville Road, Glen Head, NY). The clinic is Co-ed and is for all ages and skill levels. Registration will be $40 per player which you can pay at the door.


Columbus Day Preseason Skills Clinic

Join former college standouts and Professional overseas standouts Jesse Winter and John Randazzo for our Columbus Day Preseason Skills Clinic which will take place on Monday, October 8th. It will be open to both boys and girls and will be broken up by age. 3rd-5th grade will run from 1:00-2:45pm and 6th-8th grade will run from 3:00-4:45pm. The clinic will be held at Cove Sports Academy (27 Cedar Swamp Road, Glen Cove, NY). The cost will be $45 when registering online, $50 when registering at the door. Limited spots will be available. Register here now: http://levelupli.leagueapps.com/camps/836479-level-up-li---columbus-day-preseason-clinic

Carson Niehoff: Coach/Trainer

Coach Niehoff began his basketball playing career at West Islip High School where he was a 3-year starter on varsity and a 2-year captain. He finished his senior season ranked 3rd in Suffolk County in scoring and finished as one of the All-Time leading scorers there. He helped lead the program to the most successful season in 30 years and was then selected to represent the Long Island Region as a starter for the silver medalist Empire State team in 2004. From there, Carson continued his playing career at SUNY Cortland where he was a 3-year starter and selected captain for his Senior campaign. He finished on the 1,000 point scoring list and received All-SUNYAC honors his Senior season. After college, he was selected as a member of the Washington Generals basketball team that plays against the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. After that, he spent 2 seasons at St. Anthony’s High School as the Freshman boys basketball coach. As recent as 2016, he was the Varsity Head Coach at Inwood Academy in Washington Heights, NY. As a coach and trainer, Niehoff values dedication, passion and the willingness to expand players game beyond their limits, through versatility and having a strong basketball I.Q.

Zachary Tousignant: Coach

Coach Zachary Tous started his basketball career at Long Beach High School where he was a 3-sport varsity athlete. From there he played basketball at SUNY Brockport for 3 seasons where he was one of the hardest workers for the Golden Eagles. Currently he is the Assistant Girls Varsity coach at Long Beach High School. We are excited to have him onboard as his energy, excitement and love for the game is contagious.

David Muchnick: Coach/Trainer

Coach David Muchnick joins the Level Up LI family as a trainer in his 17th year of college basketball as a player and coach. Muchnick was a 4-year player and 2005 graduate of SUNY Geneseo, a captain his senior season, and remains top-10 in program history in 3-point percentage. Currently, he is an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at John Jay College in Manhattan, assisting the Bloodhounds in all aspects of the program. For the last 3 seasons, Coach Muchnick was the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Maine Maritime Academy. In his tenure rebuilding the program, he led the Mariners to their best conference record since 2010-11 and is responsible for the best 3-point shooting team in school history. Before Maine Maritime, Muchnick was the Interim Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY where he was the school’s 2013-14 Coach of the Year. In addition to other coaching stops, Muchnick began his coaching career as the top assistant at SUNY Cortland from 2005-2008 and helped the Red Dragons to 2 20-win seasons and a NCAA Division 3 Tournament 2nd round appearance. Combined throughout his years, Muchnick has recruited and coached 17 All-Conference performers, 14 1,000-point scorers, 2 NCAA All-Americans and 2 international professionals.