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.
Coach Derek Klein started off his High School career at Lawrence where he was the starting point guard his Freshman year and received All-Conference his Junior year. As a Senior, he transferred to LuHi where he started alongside NBA star Tobias Harris and won the 2009 NY State Federation title. He then went on to play for SUNY Brockport where he was a 3-year captain and ended his career 4th all-time in assists. Currently, he continues to be one of Long Island’s rising coaches and trainers as he is in his 3rd year as Assistant Coach for the powerhouse LuHi Boys Varsity team.
Coach EJ Parry played at LuHi, helping the Crusaders win the 2009 NY State Federation Title. From there, he went on to play for SUNY Brockport for 2 years. Currently, he assists with the LuHi Boys Varsity team running all social media accounts and the LuHi Basketball Academy. This past year he founded the Mandy’s Mark Memorial Classic, a High School All-Star game which helps raise money for Pediatric Cancer Awareness and Research.
Coach Christina Raiti began her high school career at Plainview JFK as a 7th grader before she transferred over to LuHi in 9th Grade. At LuHi she was a 4 year starter and led the Crusaders to their 1st NY State Federation title in 2011. After high school, she went on to play for Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where she was a 2-year captain for the Bantams. After college, Raiti returned back to LuHi where she is currently the Assistant Athletic Director and the Assistant Coach for the powerhouse Girls Varsity team. This past year, she worked alongside other LuHi staff members and help found the 1st ever Mandy’s Mark Memorial Classic, a High School All-Star game which helps raise money for Pediatric Cancer Awareness and Research.