Coach Darren started his basketball career at West Hempstead High School (WHHS) where he was a 3-year varsity starter and 2-year team captain. At WHHS, Darren received two All-Conference awards, one All-County award, and won back-to-back Conference Championships. After graduating from WHHS, he attended Long Island University – CW Post where he red-shirted for a year. He made a quick stop at Misericordia University for his red-shirt freshman season, but later transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson University – Madison Campus (FDU) to finish up his remaining college basketball years. At FDU, Darren became an outstanding performer being the 3rd leading scorer in the conference his junior year and obtaining All-Conference and Team MVP honors during his tenure there. After college, Darren is looking to give back to the game that has given him so much. Outside of Level Up, Darren is the Basketball Director at Tyler Hill Camp in Pennsylvania.