ALL OF OUR COACHES & TRAINERS HAVE COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYING EXPERIENCE!
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.
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.
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.
Coach Kimani Jackson attended St. Anthony's High School where she helped lead her team to 2 Long Island Catholic League Championships. Following high school, she attended Molloy College in Rockville Centre on a full basketball scholarship. For the Lions she was a 2-year captain and finished in the Top 5 in Field Goal percentage in the ECC Conference 4 consecutive years. Kimani also received 2nd Team All-ECC honors her Senior Campaign and was selected as a 2-year Most Valuable Player for the team. After college, she played one year of Semi-Professional basketball in the WABA for the Long Island Storm. Currently Kimani is the head coach of the JV girls basketball team at St. Anthony's High school. As a coach and trainer, Kimani looks forward to transferring all of the wisdom and life lessons that basketball has taught her both on and off the court. She enjoys presenting challenges to her players not only from an athletic development basis but also improving their mental toughness and discipline.
Coach Ryan Spadaford began his basketball career at South Side High School where he was a 3 year starter and a 2 year captain. He lead the team to a Nassau County Championship title and received All County 2x and an All Long Island selection his senior year. After high school, Spadaford received a Division 1 basketball scholarship to the US Naval Academy. When suffering an injury after his Freshman year, he decided to transfer to Tufts University. As a Jumbo he was a 2 year starter and captain who played a large part in helping them advance to their 1st ever NCAA Elite 8 appearance.
Coach Shannon White began her basketball career playing for Saint Anthony’s High School. As a Junior, she was a member of the Long Island team that competed in the Empire State Games. From there, she played collegiately for SUNY Cortland, where she was a captain her Senior year. Currently, Shannon is entering her second year as the Head Coach of the Junior Varsity Girls Basketball team at Saint John the Baptist High School. Shannon also took part in the 2017 Alzheimer’s All Star game as an assistant coach for the Suffolk County Girls team.
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. Currently, she is the Head Girls Varsity Basketball coach at Holy Trinity High School.
Coach Zachary Tous started his basketball career at Long Beach High School where he was a 3-sport 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.