COACHING STAFF & TRAINERS

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Ian Daley

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Coach Ian Daley, our dynamic leader, has been the face of Old Bridge youth basketball for over 20 years. His unwavering approach, passion, commitment and sense of pride has produced winning players and teams at every age group. A strong emphasis on fundamentals is the core of his approach to developing young players. In addition to directing camps and clinics in Old Bridge for more than 15 years, Coach Ian leads the off-season training and conditioning program for the Old Bridge boys’ varsity basketball team. He founded and head coached the Garden State Knights AAU basketball program and most recently the Hoops Academy, one of the most competitive AAU programs in the state.
Coach Ian is a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he was a basketball and track standout, twice-earning membership on the NCAA Division 1 All-American Track & Field team. In 1983 Coach Ian became the youngest NCAA Division 1 Head Track & Cross-Country Coach when he entered the coaching ranks at his Alma Mater. During his tenure, he received numerous awards, including “Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year” honors. He was elected to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Mehdi Benkabbou

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Coach

Coach Mehdi brings a wealth of passion and commitment to the program. He played two years of varsity basketball for Old Bridge High School. Afterwards, he led the Middlesex County College basketball team as the team captain for two years. His leadership on and off the court earned him an Academic All-American award and an academic scholarship to Rutgers Business School.
Coach Mehdi prides himself on his involvement with the local youth programs. In 2017 he founded a local basketball program which has since joined forces with the OB Hoops family. He has coached AAU and Travel basketball for over five years. His passion for basketball and mentoring the youth are evident in his commitment to the kids and the community.

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Femi Adeleye

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Coach

Coach Femi has coached at the AAU and travel level for over five years. A three-year varsity player at Old Bridge High School, he was best known for his sweet stroke, which earned the best shooter in Middlesex County and one of the best in the state of New Jersey! His ability caught the eye of multiple Division 2 and Division 3 schools. He opted to go to William Paterson University where he discovered a love for training and developing the youth. As a successful youth basketball coach, he has won multiple league and tournament championships. Coach Femi prides himself of the betterment of young athletes on and off the court.

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Giovanni Castro

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Coach

Giovanni Castro began his coaching career in 2010. Since then his focus has been to teach core fundamentals and teamwork values to help youth athletes improve their skills and knowledge of the game of basketball. The same qualities that drive him to be successful working hard and setting high standards are the same ones he uses at practice. His first group of girls-the Class of 2018, are playing at elite high schools and are the recipients of several D1 scholarships. Coach Castro’s 2nd team of girls-the Class of 2022, already has young ladies enrolled at the basketball powerhouses Rutgers Prep and St. Johns Vianney.  Basketball has been his life-long passion before he began coaching so it is quite natural that his undying love for the game eventually begins to infect those he coaches. As a result, Coach Castro is always willing to put the time and energy into turning any of his girls who show promise and dedication into an elite player.

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Dennis Scire

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Coach

Coach Dennis, a resident of Old Bridge, begins his fourth year as an Assistant Coach with the Old Bridge Hoops Academy.  Coach Dennis has three sons, one in Rutgers, a second is a catcher at Kean University and the youngest is in his final year in the OBHA program.  He has mastered in-game statistics, instrumental in guiding the coaching staff’s objective game-time decisions. For the last twelve years, Coach Dennis has served on the Executive Board at Sayrewoods South Little League.  He is also a savvy baseball mind as he has managed his three son’s Little League teams to a combined 14 district titles.

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Michael Guidetti

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Coach

Coach Michael Guidetti is tremendously passionate and knowledgeable about the game of basketball. He has coached the Woodbridge Middle School boys’ basketball team for the last four years, leading them to the championship game the last three years. His experience includes assisting on a highly respected and successful coaching staff along with leading basketball camps for over twenty-five years. Coach Michael believes that in order to be successful, one must always be willing to work hard in practice and when playing or coaching a game. His passion and desire for the game reflect in how he once played and continues in how he coaches.

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Marcus Crawford

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Trainer

Marcus Crawford is a resident of Old Bridge and graduate of Old Bridge High School, has played at the highest levels of basketball including the Florida International University men’s basketball team. After college, he began working at various camps and clinics and volunteering with the Old Bridge High School boys’ basketball team. Marcus is one of the most dynamic young trainers in the area. His ability to assess, train, mentor and educate young players has been a valuable asset to the Old Bridge Hoops Academy. He is committed to providing first-class training and development for youth basketball in Old Bridge.

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Joshua Daniell

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Trainer

Coach Josh began his basketball journey playing in Old Bridge’s Jonas Salk Middle School. His experience playing in the Old Bridge Travel program began under Coach Ian himself! He attended St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth and played on the varsity team coached by Kevin Boyle. His team consisted of various Division 1 athletes and NBA players such as Kyrie Irving, Michael Kidd Gilchrist and Corey Fisher. During his high school career, he played in AAU tournaments as part of Team Jordan coached by Peter Marston. After graduating from St. Patrick, he received a Division 1 scholarship to Wagner College in Staten Island coached by Dan and Bobby Hurley Jr. and later played for one year at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Coach Josh has been an assistant director at the Kevin Boyle Basketball Camp, Marston Athletics Camp, and Old Bridge Basketball Summer Camp. In addition, he is now entering his third season of touring with the Harlem Globetrotters! To Coach Josh basketball is more than just a game; it is an opportunity to learn about life.

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Mike Pineiro

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Trainer

Like many of our coaches, Mike Pineiro comes to our program with a history of basketball involvement both as player and coach. It’s worth noting that Coach Mike played high school basketball for Hall of Fame Coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony in Jersey City, NJ. He then went on to compete at the collegiate level, playing 2 years at Bloomfield College and 2 years at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Mike is currently serving as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Mater Dei Prep High School. He has also served as Boys Varsity assistant at Cardinal McCarrick High School, Mater Dei Prep High School (2 Shore Conference Championships 2016, 2017), and St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen, NJ (1 Greater Middlesex County Championship 2019).

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Jerry Grospe

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Trainer

Originally from Staten Island, NY, a 3-year captain at Msgr. Farrell HS (’88) where he was named to the NY Daily News and NY Post All-City Teams. Played 4 years at Fordham University (’92) in The Bronx, NY. From 1998-2001, Head Coach Moore Catholic HS, Staten Island (Freshman and JV), Currently coaches NJ Misfits Travel Team (7th/8th grade) and NJ Bulldogs National 12U and regional 14U teams. Last year coached the South River HS Varsity team at the Monroe Sports Center HS Fall League. Counselor/Coach at Monmouth University Basketball Camp, the NJ Bulldogs Dogpound Basketball Camp and Monroe Township Basketball Clinic. He also serves on the Board of Directors, Staten Island Philippine American Group-NY (Filipino Basketball Organization organized in 1987).