Coaches

Keith Ruiz – Trainer

Coach Keith Ruiz started his basketball career at South Side High School where he was a 2-year starter, Captain and an All-County player his Senior year. From there, Ruiz went on to play at SUNY Fredonia where he played for 3 seasons where was a Captain his senior year.

Rob Carroll – Coach

Coach Rob Carroll started his basketball career at Connetquot High School. He was a 2-Time All-Conference Player, 3-Time All-League Player and a 3-time varsity team MVP. Rob led the league in scoring his senior season and is a member of the Connetquot Basketball Wall of Fame. From there he went to NYIT where he helped his team to the Conference Semi-Finals for 2 years. After graduation he began his coaching career as the Assistant Coach of St. Joseph’s College in LI for 3 seasons

Erin Tully – Coach

Coach Erin Tully started her basketball career at Sacred Heart Academy. She was a 2-year varsity starter and captain both years while earning the Coaches Award. She then played college basketball at CW Post where her team made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 tournament. It was the most successful season that the school had in decades. Erin is excited to join the Level Up family and have her passion for basketball live on through her players.

Kristin Ciccone – Coach

Coach Kristin Ciccone started her basketball career at Long Beach High School, where she was a 4-year starter, Captain and an All-County Selection. From there, Ciccone attended SUNY Cortland to play college basketball. As a Red Dragon, she helped lead her team to 3 NCAA Tournament appearances and an overall record over her 4-year career of 97-19 which is a school record. Individually, she lead the team her Junior year in minutes played, assists and steals and as a Senior she lead the team in steals for the 2nd straight year. After college, she was the Top Assistant Coach at SUNY Cortland for 2 years. For the past 7 years, Ciccone has been the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Long Beach High School. Her program has introduced 2 All-State players, 5 All-County players, 4 All-Class players, 6 All Conference players and 1 Defensive Player of the Year.

Maurice Richardson: Coach/Trainer

Coach Maurice started his basketball career at Holy Trinity High School. From there, he went to SUNY Purchase where he played 4 years where he helped his team to 2 conference championships. After college, he got into coaching and skills training. Recently, Mo was the JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant at Island Trees High School.

Carlos Valdez: Coach/Trainer

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.

Trevor Stark: Coach/Trainer

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.

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.