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Whippany AAU Director & Coach

Mergin Sina

Mergin Sina

Bio

Coach Mergin Sina – is the Heat Elite AAU Director. He has been with Hoop Heaven for over ten years and has coached or mentored numerous players who went on to play in college. His AAU teams have a national reputation and play in mainly elite level events. He is also the Head Varsity Boys Coach at perennial top 20 ranked HS, Gill St. Bernards.

Whippany Manager & Coach

Coach Slackman

John Slackman

Bio

John Slackman – is the AAU Director and manager her at Hoop Heaven. He has been coaching has been coaching High School Basketball for over 6 years and has been a head coach for the last 3 years. He is currently the head girls’ basketball coach at Pope John High School. He played high school basketball at the powerhouse, Oratory Prep and on the collegiate level at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. He also received his Masters in Sports Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has been inducted in the Hoop Heaven Hall of Fame.

Whippany Asst. Manager & Coach

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Alison Litzky

Bio

Alison Litzky is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with degrees in Sports, Entertainment & Event Management and Facilities Management. She played 4 years varsity basketball at Wayne Hills High School. Presently, Alison is Assistant Manager at Hoop Heaven and coaches several youth basketball teams including AAU. In addition to coaching, Alison provides private basketball training for all ages.

Whippany Asst. Manager & Coach

Cody Curatolo

Cody Curatolo

Bio

Cody Curatolo – Assistant Manager, Coach and Personal Basketball Trainer. He played basketball at Jefferson High School, and AAU with the Hoop Heaven Heat as well as the NJ Panthers. As basketball trainer, he continues to aid all individual players reach their ultimate goals, whether it is making their travel team, high school team or eventually playing collegiate basketball.

Whippany Asst. Manager & Coach

Kyle Lorenz

Kyle Lorenz

Bio

Whippany Coach

Kyle Just

Kyle Just

Bio

Kyle Just – is currently in his third season as a varsity assistant coach at Gill St. Bernard’s. He’s also been an assistant at St. Benedict’s Prep, Morris Catholic, and Parsippany High School. He has been coaching at Hoop Heaven for the past five years year round. He coaches both Elite and regular AAU teams at top area events.

Whippany Coach

Rocco Carnevale

Rocco Carnevale

Bio

Rocco Carnevale played multiple positions at West Essex High School. He has been coaching AAU teams and house teams for 7 years at Hoop Heaven and won several championships. He runs many of Hoop Heaven’s clinics and offers private lessons.

Whippany Camp Director

Bill Maranz

Bill Maranz

Bio

Bill Maranz (Coach M) – is the Camp Director. He has coached both in college and professionally. He currently works with the Brooklyn Nets in addition to running basketball programs in the Essex County area. Coach M’s enthusiasm and creativity make Hoop Heaven Basketball Camps known throughout the state.

Whippany Coach

Jason Banzhaf

Jason Banzhaf

Bio

Jason Banzhaf is currently in his 3rd year of coaching House and AAU teams at Hoop Heaven. He does private lessons and instructional clinics. Jason played college basketball at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Coach Jason is third all-time in Catholic University Men’s basketball history in both points and rebounds.

Whippany Desk Staff

Sandeep Suresh

Sandeep Suresh

Bio

Sandeep Suresh has worked at Hoop Heaven for the last 6 years. He played basketball at Parsippany High School.

Whippany Coach

John Carvhlo

John Carvhlo

Bio

Whippany Coach

Brett Coleman

Brett Coleman

Bio

Brett Coleman has been coaching at Hoop Heaven for the last 5 seasons in both for AAU and house teams. Brett is from Livingston, is the oldest of 4 brothers and recently graduated from Montclair state university with a teaching degree in physical education and health.

Whippany Coach

Brandon Danzy

Brandon Danzy

Bio

Brandon Danzy attended Morris Knolls High School, graduated in 2008. Played football and basketball, then went on to play basketball at CCM. He has been coaching for 6 years and coaches kids from 5th to High School. He just started at Hoop Heaven in fall 2014.

Whippany Coach

Mike Tierney

Mike Tierney

Bio

Mike Tierney- is going into his third year coaching AAU teams at Hoop Heaven. He was a two year varsity player at West Essex High School. He comes from a family of coaches. His father was the long term Boys Varsity coach at West Essex. He is also an IAABO ref.

Whippany Coach

Jabari Jackson

Jabari Jackson

Bio

Whippany Coach

Don Trifari

Don Trifari

Bio

Whippany Coach

Tony Pujol Photo

Tony Pujol

Bio

Tony Pujol – is one of our newest Elite AAU coaches. He was recently a top Assistant Men’s Coach at the University of Alabama before returning to NJ to spend more time with his family. He also offers private lessons and works with some are top HS players in their development.

Waldwick Coach

Chris Howell

Chris Howell

Bio

Bridgewater Coach

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson

Bio

Ian was a standout at Pace University and has coached AAU at Hoop Heaven for the past six years,

Waldwick Coach

Jeffrey Ingallis

Jeffrey Ingallis

Bio

Bridgewater Manager & AAU Director

Mark Gnapp

Mark Gnapp

Bio

Currently the AAU Director and Manager of Hoop Heaven Bridgewater. Played HS basketball at Parsippany and than went on to play college basketball at Susquehanna University. Over 25 years experience of coaching HS basketball. A former Morris County Star Ledger “Coach of the Year” and has coached and trained numerous collegiate players.

Waldwick Asst. Manager & Coach

Norman Gomez

Norman Gomez

Bio

Waldwick Coach

Joe Colombo

Joe Colombo

Bio

Joe has spent the last four years on the sidelines of the Pequannock Girls Basketball program as the JV & Assistant Varsity coach where he helped win the North 1 Group 2 State Sectional Title his first year on staff. Before joining the Lady Panthers, Joe served as the JV coach at DePaul Catholic High School for 4 seasons and was later named Head Coach at Mary Help of Christians Academy. Currently in his second season at Hoop Heaven, Joe runs camps, clinics and private shooting instruction for girls and boys of all ages. Over the last 10 years he has coached in several other AAU, CYO, and Travel programs in Northern NJ. Joe has also worked as a team coach and site manager for Player’s Choice Women’s College Evaluation Showcases.

Waldwick Coach

Paolo Trujillo

Paolo Trujillo

Bio

Paolo is an Assistant Varsity coach at Dumont HS where he was once a former standout following a 3-year collegiate career. Coach Paolo is now entering his 5th season as an AAU coach at Hoop Heaven.

Waldwick Manager & AAU Director

Don Trifari

Kyle Sabella

Bio

Kyle Sabella was an All-County basketball and soccer player at Morris Catholic High School and a former college player at FDU-Madison. He has been coaching Boys High School basketball for 15 years as a top assistant coach at Morris Catholic High School, Elmwood Park High School & Dumont High School. He is currently entering his second year as the Head Boys Varsity Coach at Fair Lawn High School. Kyle has been coaching at Hoop Heaven since 2001 and took over as Manager of the Waldwick facility in 2008 where he also serves as the AAU and Camp Director.

Waldwick Coach

Don Trifari

Atom Johnston

Bio

Atom Johnston has spent the last 6 years as the Boys’ Assistant Varsity Coach at Westwood High School, in addition to coaching both the Freshman and JV basketball teams where he helped lead Westwood’s Varsity to the North 1 Group 2 State Sectional Final twice as well as qualifying for the Bergen County Tournament for his respective teams in each of his 6 seasons. Prior to this, Atom has held the positions of JV coach at Clifton High School, and Head Coach for both Clifton and Westwood’s middle school teams. Atom is in his first season at Hoop Heaven, but previously ran his own AAU team for 7 years called Team G which was based first out of Clifton, and then out of Westwood. He has privately trained players of all ages, ranging from elementary school to college players from all over North Jersey for 15 years.

Waldwick Coach

Don Trifari

Paul Salisbury

Bio

Former Boys Head Varsity Coach at Old Bridge High School.

Waldwick Coach

Don Trifari

Jimmy Kenny

Bio

Former Boys Assistant Varsity Coach at Dumont High School.

Waldwick Coach

Don Trifari

Bryan McCourt

Bio

Bryan McCourt is a former all league player at West Milford High School and is now entering his 5th season as a boys assistant coach at Fair Lawn High School. He is now entering his second season as an AAU coach at Hoop Heaven.

Waldwick Coach

Don Trifari

Adam Sidrow

Bio

Former Boys Head Varsity Coach Dumont High School.

Bridgewater Coach

Quinton Redding

Quinton Redding

Bio

Coach Q was two sport athlete at Dean College. He has been coaching AAU for 6 years at HH. Multiple players he has coached has gone on to play college basketball. His teams are known to be fundamentally sound and always outworking the other teams.

Waldwick Coach

Steve Herget

Steve Herget

Bio

Steve Herget is returning for his second year at Hoop Heaven. He teaches at Elmwood Park High School/Middle School and also serves as the schools assistant varsity boys basketball coach.

Waldwick Coach

Don Trifari

Joe Columbo

Bio

Joe Colombo has spent the last four years on the sidelines of the Pequannock Girls Basketball program as the JV & Assistant Varsity coach where he helped win the North 1 Group 2 State Sectional Title his first year on staff. Before joining the Lady Panthers, Joe served as the JV coach at DePaul Catholic High School for 4 seasons and was later named Head Coach at Mary Help of Christians Academy. Currently in his second season at Hoop Heaven, Joe runs camps, clinics and private shooting instruction for girls and boys of all ages. Over the last 10 years he has coached in several other AAU, CYO, and Travel programs in Northern NJ. Joe has also worked as a team coach and site manager for Player’s Choice Women’s College Evaluation Showcases.

 

Bridgewater Asst. Manager & Coach

Tiara Simpkins

Tiara Simpkins

Bio

Tiara had an outstanding career at College of NJ and has coached AAU for the past seven years. Tiara also played professionally for the Harlem Ambassadors

Bridgewater Coach

Don Trifari

Matt McKinney

Bio

Matt is a recent graduate from Rutgers university with a degree in Human Resources. He was a dual athlete at Watchung Hills playing basketball and lacrosse. He also played a few AAU seasons for the Hawks.

 

Bridgewater Coach

Don Trifari

Fedak Arashi

Bio

Fedak played at Middlesex HS and currently is a Rutgers University student pursuing a degree in Health Administration. This is coach Fee’s second year coaching AAU at Hoop Heaven

 

Bridgewater Coach

Don Trifari

Ryan Merten

Bio

Ryan was a 3 year varsity starter at Bridgewater HS and has coached AAU for the past four years.

 

Bridgewater Coach

Don Trifari

Byron “BJ” Hamby

Bio

BJ attended Bridgewater-Raritan High School and was the 2002 Somerset
County “Player of the Year.” He continued his playing career at Kean University where he scored over 1000 points and was an All-conference player. BJ is a former Varsity Head Boys Coach at Parsippany High School. He currently holds a BA in Health and Physical Education and is pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership.

 

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