Founded by Raffi Boyadjian who shares a passion for teaching basketball the right way and is dedicated to providing an outstanding basketball and life experience for boys and girls ages 6 and up. " It is our goal to provide a safe and positive environment where all children feel valued and can feel great about their accomplishments". Raffi Boyadjian
As a Watertown native, 'Coach Raf' was the Captain, defensive stopper, and awarded MVP of the 1980 Graduation Class. He has coached basketball and played alongside Division I players at the Watertown Boys and Girls Club Summer League. His area of expertise is shooting. He once made 1,000 shots in 2 hours and won multiple shooting competitions (where he made 100 free throws in 5 minutes)to donate to charity organizations.
He teaches mental focus and consistency of shooting.
Samantha LaForgia (Coach Sam)
[College Athlete, Basketball Coach, Personal Trainer]
Coach Sam was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. She has been playing basketball since the 3rd grade, all the way up through college. She has over five years of experience coaching youth and high-school summer camps, clinics, rec-leagues, and more. Sam also spends her summers volunteering at special needs camps. She has a Master's degree from Merrimack College in Exercise Science and stays active within colleges and universities in the Boston area.
In addition to playing and coaching in her free time, she stays involved in higher education, personal training, and teaching yoga with experience in health, wellness, and fitness. She also loves to be outside running, hiking, biking, and even exploring.
CPR/AED - American Heart Association
CPT - NSCA
200 RYT - (yoga instructor)
Born and raised in Boston, Jessica grew up playing basketball from five years old into college. She has coached AAU elementary school level to high school level with a broad focus on basketball as a whole. She teaches ball-handling, shooting, defense, basketball IQ, strategy, and the fundamentals for all ages. "I am here to spread knowledge of the game and get every player to the next level," Jessica says. "My goal is for you to reach your goal."
Jessica gives athletes the tools and strategies to be successful both physically and mentally.
[Certifications: First Aid/CPR, American Heart Association]
Coach DaeShawn Beasley was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He played basketball at Wright State Lake University, where he currently holds the record for points, assists, and rebounds. He played professionally in Orlando, Florida, for the Florida Flight Basketball Association and Italy and Spain. He has been coaching basketball for the past four years. Three of those years were at the high school level in Orlando, Florida, and the last year he has been the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Pine Manor College. Coach Beasley has a wealth of basketball knowledge to offer our young athletes. He believes in progression, not perfection, as his means of training. He emphasizes the repetition of fundamentals in basketball.