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

Jesse Winter: CEO & President

Coach Jesse Winter started his basketball career at South Side High School where he was a 2-year captain and a standout player. Just recently he was inducted into the program’s Hall of Fame for his achievements of being All-Long Island and leading the team to the Nassau County Championship Games. After high school, Jesse played at SUNY Cortland where he was a 2-year Captain. For the Red Dragons, he was the All-Time Leading Career Scorer in the school’s history, 2nd All-Time in assists and a 2-time All American that helped lead the team to a SUNYAC Championship that advanced to the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament. After College, Jesse played 1 season of professional basketball in Israel in the National League for Ramat Hasharon. Jesse is currently a FIBA Certified basketball trainer.

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.

Alyson Brennan: Coach/Trainer

Coach Alyson Brennan began her basketball career at Holy Trinity High School where she was a 4-year Varsity starter and a 3-year captain. She was awarded All-League her senior season. After high school, Brennan went to St. Thomas Aquinas College. As a Spartan, she was a 4-year starter and a 3-year captain. She was placed on the All-Rookie team her Freshman year. Last year she was the Head Girls Varsity Basketball coach at Holy Trinity High School. This year she is the Assistant Coach at St. Dominic's High School.