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Our coaches

Most of our coaches have experience coaching/playing at either the college or high school level. Below are the mandates, priorities, and responsibilities of each of our coaches with his or her team and they are in a very specific order…

  1. Develop individual skills.

  2. Develop great teammates.

  3. Coach to inspire enjoyment of the game.

  4. Coach to be basketball players, not robots.

  5. Once 1-4 are met, we coach to WIN the game.

SUPERNOVA COACHING STAFF

Heath “Noopy” Texeira is our 6th Grade Girl’s coach. His basketball career spans over 30 years in a variety of roles including player, scout, recruitment, player development, trainer, management, assistant and head coaching. Whether K-12, travel leagues, AAU, college, clinics, combines, professional (PBL, NBL & ABA), or international basketball, the goal of developing athletes to work to their full potential both on and off the court are his priorities. In his efforts with young athletes, together they work to improve skills, deepen understanding of the game, and to set clear goals. Noopy conveys the principles of being part of a team, representing an organization and carrying themselves as athletes.

Brian J. Greenwood is our Varsity Girls Coach. Brian has been playing, teaching and coaching basketball for over 40 years. An accomplished athlete, Brian played basketball in high school, college and in Ireland. As a proven coach and skills trainer, he has had the opportunity to coach and teach players at all levels of the game. Brian is a skills instructor for Breakthrough Basketball, an international organization providing intense, high level training, skills instruction and resources for players, coaches and parents all over the world. The founder and lead instructor for Bring It Basketball, Brian is currently the Head High School Girls Coach for Supernova in Hanover.

Brian takes a games versus traditional approach to coaching basketball. He emphasizes Zero Seconds-Basketball Decision Training(BDT). Mind training which bridges the gap between skills training and game application. His players learn ballhandling, shooting and decision-making skills in a random, game like environment which increases their enjoyment, retention and transfer helping them become more complete and effective basketball players.

Brian is success driven and results oriented. An avid student of today’s game, he is an expert at teaching the fundamentals of basketball, footwork and developing player’s skills and confidence both on and off the court.

Brett Stinchfield is the coach for our 3rd, 4th, and 9th grade boys teams.  He has been coaching for Starland for 3 years. He played at East Bridgewater High School and has a degree in Sport Management from UMass-Amherst. While at UMass, he was a student manager for the UMass Men’s Basketball team and the UMass Football team where he worked closely with  head coach’s Derrek Kellogg and Mark Whipple helping shape his coaching style he uses today. He is currently the Freshmen Basketball Coach at Marshfield High School.

Dave Jordan is the coach of our Varsity Boys team. He has been coaching Basketball at Starland for 3 years. He is currently the Junior-Varsity Basketball coach at Scituate High School.

Peter Burke is the coach for our 9th Grade Girls team. He has been coaching Basketball at Starland for two years. He is a graduate of Silver Lake High School and of UMass Dartmouth. During his time at UMass Dartmouth, he was a manager for the Men’s Basketball team. Peter works on improving individual skills and emphasizes the importance of team work both on and off the court.

Joe Cunningham is the coach for our 8th Grade Girls team. He has been a player, coach, recruiter, and student of the game for over 35 years. A two year Braintree High School player, Coach Cunningham also played Junior Olympics for four years, AAU for 5 years, and has participated in the Bay State Games. He has been part of the Supernova coaching staff for 3 years. Coach Cunningham brings a unique perspective to player management and development that cannot be matched elsewhere. His ability to read a player’s personality in combination with their strengths and weaknesses makes him an extremely valuable asset to the Supernova coaching staff.

Stephen Elliot is the coach for our 7th Grade Boys team. He has been coaching at Starland for 2 years. Coach Elliot started playing basketball at 10, and received his first scholarship as a 7th grader to attend the Pocono Invitational basketball camp where he learned to shoot from legend Herb Magee, the “Shot Doctor”.   During his High School career in Pennsylvania, Coach Elliot won a State title as a Junior, and as a Senior won multiple team and regional awards. He received a basketball scholarship to Marymount California University (formerly Marymount College) where he had a Top 10 ranking in 3 point shooting percentage (42%) in all divisions in California as a true freshman.  Coach Elliot transferred and graduated from the University of Southern California (USC).

Coach Elliot has 11 years of coaching experience, with a focus on core skills development through repetition, attention to small details, and the creation of a strong mental focus.  He helps his players develop a strong sense of team work and self, as well as understanding that many lessons in basketball can be transferred to life.

Ryan Keelan is the coach for our 8th Grade Boys team. He has been coaching basketball for 10 years, mainly through the town of Stoughton. This will be his second season coaching Basketball at Starland. Ryan is a graduate from Stoughton High School as well as at University of Rhode Island. Coach Keelan focuses on teaching each player the principles and the fundamentals of the game. He has a grit and grind philosophy that develops hardworking leaders both on and off the court. He is currently the Junior-Varsity basketball coach at Hull High School.

James (“Jim”) Morocco is the coach for our AAU Development Program. He enters his first season with Supernova.  Jim holds a degree in Fitness Management from Fitchburg State University where he lettered in basketball for 4 years. Known for his defensive tenacity and 3-point shooting ability, Jim worked tirelessly each offseason to continue to improve his skill set, earning the honor of team captain as a senior. Post collegiate playing career, Jim made several appearances on the sidelines as an assistant coach for both men’s and women’s NCAA Division III programs.  A genuine student of the game,  Jim regularly attends clinics and camps to enhance his knowledge of the game. He believes that coaching is as much about building relationships , then it is about ‘X’s’ and ‘O’s’. Jim is entering his 3rd season as a varsity assistant at East Bridgewater High School and is in the process of completing his Massachusetts Teachers Certification/Licensure . 

Mike Cogburn is the coach for our 4th Grade Boys team. He has been involved with basketball as a player and or coach for a combined 30 years at all youth through high school levels, including high school level AAU experience. His philosophy has always been simple yet effective: confidence and discipline bring success, and success breeds more confidence. Fundamentals come before x’s and o’s, and development on working as a team and understanding roles is just as important. Mike is often quiet in practice and that changes during game time. But his formula is always 2 parts encouragement and 1 part constructive criticism!

Ryan Nolan is the assistant coach for our 9th Grade Boys team. He is the former assistant varsity assistant coach for Pope John High School in New Jersey. He has past experience as a head Junior-Varsity coach and freshmen coach. Many of his players have played for UMass, Sacred Heart, LSU, Oregon, and some have made it to the NBA. He has a strong focus on individual skill development and fundamentals. He is entering his 7th season as a high school assistant and his first season as part of the Supernova coaching staff!

Kyle Plant is the coach for our 5th Grade Boys and 10th Grade Boys teams. He is entering his 2nd year with Supernova and his 8th year coaching youth sports. As a multisport athlete at Plymouth North High School, he learned many valuable lessons that he looks to pass on to his players. He believes in developing schemes that best fit his player skill sets. His main goal is to develop leaders both on and off the court. He is currently an assistant coach for Marshfield High School.

Jimmy Smith is the coach for our 7th Grade Boys team. He has been coaching Basketball at Starland for 2 years now.  He played 3 years of Varsity Basketball at Pembroke High School and is studying History and Special Education at Bridgewater State University.  He is currently the program assistant at Pembroke High School.  

Kevin Jackson is entering his second season for Supernova and eleventh overall. Prior to this season, Jackson has coached mainly through the youth programs in Stoughton. With a strong passion for the game, Coach Jackson has built a Philosophy to balance work and fun into his teams. Work hard, and play harder is his message that surrounds his team. Overall, Coach Jackson is the perfect Players’ Coach. He develops relationships with his entire team in strive to increase their confidence levels while reaching their next step to the ladder of success.