About Shootin School

OUR mission

Shootin’ School Basketball’s mission is to teach and develop basketball players of all ages and skill levels offering them the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to take their basketball game to the next level while instilling life-lessons and values such as character, teamwork, discipline, respect, and sportsmanship.

SHOOTIN’ SCHOOL trainers

ANTH0NY PASSALACQUA
Owner / Head Instructor

Coach Anthony has been training basketball players for the past 10 years. He played High School basketball at Wagner High School on Staten Island where he was a 1,000 point scorer. He then walked on and played 2 years for the Wagner College (DI) Men’s Basketball Team. Later, he transferred to Steven’s Institute of Technology (DIII) where he played a significant part in the programs first NCAA DIII Sweet 16 appearance. Anthony was a captain in his senior year. That year he became a 1,000 point scorer at the college level. He broke many of the schools shooting records (3 pointers in a career (239), 3 pointers in a season (99), 3 pointers in a game (10), 3 point FG’s per game (6th in the nation, 3.8), 3 point FG percentage (18th in the nation, 41.3%). Anthony has also been a coach of the Staten Island Stingrays AAU basketball program for the past 9 years. In addition, he is the Co-Owner and founder of Because We Can Sports, an Integrated Sports Program that works with young athletes that have disabilities.

MICHAEL PASSALACQUA
Scheduling Director / Head Instructor

Coach Mike has been training youth basketball players for the past 10 years. He played High School Basketball at Wagner and played a few games at the varsity level as a sophomore. He played an integral roll during his senior year when Wagner High School made it to the SIHSL Championship game. After high school, Coach Mike volunteered for 2 years as the assistant coach to Richie Buckheit for the Curtis High School Varsity Basketball Team. Coach Mike is passionate about teaching the youth and is currently a Certified Physical Education teacher.

SAL FABOZZI
Director Of Trainer Development / Head Instructor

Coach Sal is currently the Head Coach at ASA College (NJCAA, DI) in Brooklyn, NY. After playing four (4) years at St Peter’s High School, and being a part of 2 championship teams, he moved on to play three (3) years at Wells College. After college, he starting building up his coaching career. In the past few years, Sal has coached for Curtis High School Boys Basketball (3 years), St Patrick’s School in NJ (1 year), and ASA (Assistant Coach, 1 year). Sal is the Co-Owner and founder of Because We Can Sports, an Integrated Sports Program that works with young athletes that have disabilities.

JOE NESCI
Director Of Trainer Development / Head Instructor

Coach Nesci was the Head Coach at New York University Men’s Basketball from 1989 until his retirement in March 2018. Nesci has coached more games (782) and recorded more victories (512) than anyone else in NYU program history. Since his retirement, Coach Nesci has remains very active in the basketball community. Currently, he is coaching with a local High School Program and a local AAU program on Staten Island.

KEVIN SWANBERG
Director of Community Relations

Coach Kevin walked onto the CSI Men’s Basketball team as a freshman and by his junior year he was named a team captain. He kept his title as team captain until the end of his senior year. Coach Kevin played for the St Peter’s High School Boys Basketball team in High School. After college, Coach Kevin coached at Moore Catholic for the Boys Freshman team. He is also the Scheduling Director and a Lead Trainer for Because We Can Sports, an Integrated Sports Program that works with young athletes that have disabilities.

ANDREW KARTALIS
Instructor

Coach Andrew is currently on the Men’s Basketball Team at the College of Staten Island. He was a 4 year player at St Peter’s High School and was a part of the 2014-2015 championship team. As a senior he participated in the Staten Island Jacques Game and was selected as part of the 2015-2016 Staten Island CHSAA All-Division Team. Coach Andrew loves training young players. He has experience as a summer camp counselor and also dedicates time to working with Because We Can Sports, an Integrated Sports Program that works with young athletes that have disabilities.

CHRIS FABOZZI
Instructor

Coach Chris played basketball since he was a biddy. He wound up playing at CSI where his team went on to win the CUNY Championship in 2017-2018. He was a 3 year Varsity player at Curtis High School. In his senior year he led Staten Island in 3-point field goal percentage and averaged 4.4 3’s per game! He was part of a Curtis team that made it to the AA PSAL City Semi-Finals; only 1 other team has ever made it that far from Staten Island. Coach Chris has been through the Shootin’ School curriculum as a player and now as a coach! Coach Chris also trains for Because We Can Sports, an Integrated Sports Program that works with young athletes that have disabilities.

NICOLE SIPP
Instructor

Coach Nicole attended Tottenville High School and played basketball all 4 years. After High School she continued her basketball career at Neumann University where her team advanced to the CSAC championship game 2 out of 4 years. In the off-season at Neumann, Nicole would help run clinics for boys and girls from ages 6-12. She is currently attending Monmouth College for for Master’s Degree, however, she has found the time to coach 3rd and 4th grade girls teams at OLSS. She also coaches girls flag football for the Next Level Sports Flag Football League. Nicole has been through the Shootin’ School curriculum as a player and a coach.

DANIEL WALLIS
Instructor

Coach Dan played two years of varsity basketball at CSI/McCown High School. After graduating, he did not want to let basketball out of his life completely. He immediately signed up to be a referee for the Catholic Youth Organization. Coach Dan has been a referee for over 2 years and has a great understanding of the game. He builds great rapport with young players and teaches them the fundamentals they need to succeed on the court.

ERIC REYES
Instructor

Coach Lou has been through the ranks at Shootin’ School. He started off playing for Coach Anthony as a Staten Island Stingray and a Shootin’ Schooler in the 3rd grade. He knows the Shootin’ School framework from both perspectives, a player and a trainer. Lou is passionate about working with players and giving back to the community. As an 8th grader he participated in the Staten Island Jacques Game. He is currently playing in High School for St. Joseph by the Sea and is still a Staten Island Stingray!

NERMINA BRACIC
Instructor

Coach Mina was a 4 year varsity basketball player at her High School in St. Louis Missouri. She played AAU basketball for the Lady Rebels. Although, Coach Mina loves playing basketball, her true passion is soccer. She was a 4 year varsity soccer player and captain of her High School team. Coach Mina is currently on the Women’s Soccer team at the College of Staten Island where she is the 2nd leading goal scorer for the team! She loves helping kids learn the game of basketball. Coach Mina also trains for Because We Can Sports, an Integrated Sports Program that works with young athletes that have disabilities.

THOMAS BOGDAN
Instructor

Coach Lou has been through the ranks at Shootin’ School. He started off playing for Coach Anthony as a Staten Island Stingray and a Shootin’ Schooler in the 3rd grade. He knows the Shootin’ School framework from both perspectives, a player and a trainer. Lou is passionate about working with players and giving back to the community. As an 8th grader he participated in the Staten Island Jacques Game. He is currently playing in High School for St. Joseph by the Sea and is still a Staten Island Stingray!

CALVIN CRESS
Instructor

Coach Calvin has been coaching for over 20 years. He is passionate about developing youth players and getting their game to the next level! He has coached at Curtis High School, Moore Catholic, and Port Richmond High School. At Moore he was an assistant during the winningest season in Moore Catholic history (20-6). He was the Head Coach at Curtis in 2006 when the team won the Junior Varsity Island Championship. Coach Calvin is currently a coach for Above and Beyond Basketball, an AAU program, where his team plays on a regional level.

JOE FIUMEFREDDO
Coaching Intern

Coach Joe has been playing basketball for 10 years! In fact, when Joe was 7, Coach Anthony was his AAU Coach for the Staten Island Stingrays. Joe won 3 island championships during his CYO playing days. He is now playing at Monsignor Farrell High School. Joe has been a trainee at Shootin’ School since he is in the 2nd grade. He knows the Shootin’ School Curriculum and training techniques from both perspectives; player and instructor. Last year, Joe was named the M.V.P of the SIHSL Freshman Basketball Tournament. His team won the Island Championship and then went on to with the NYC CHSAA Championship! Coach Joe loves working with kids and is passionate about helping them master the fundamentals of basketball.

LOUIS ALDORASI
Coaching Intern

Coach Lou has been through the ranks at Shootin’ School. He started off playing for Coach Anthony as a Staten Island Stingray and a Shootin’ Schooler in the 3rd grade. He knows the Shootin’ School framework from both perspectives, a player and a trainer. Lou is passionate about working with players and giving back to the community. As an 8th grader he participated in the Staten Island Jacques Game. He is currently playing in High School for St. Joseph by the Sea and is still a Staten Island Stingray!

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