Here at Rising Star Basketball School, we bring in the best so you can learn from the best. Here are some of our esteemed guest speakers and former coaches in our programs.
Mike Longabardi has been a guest speaker at Rising Star Basketball School. He joined the Celtics prior to the start of the 2007-08 season from Houston where he had worked for the previous five seasons as an assistant coach/video coordinator, video coordinator and assistant video coordinator. The native of Brooklyn, New York has also previous coaching experience in the college ranks with Pfeiffer University, Adelphi University, Lafayette College and Towson University. He was on the coaching staff that led the Lafayette Leopards to the Patriot League title.
Andy Greer is a former coach and guest speaker at Rising Star Basketball School. Greer is an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls … lprior to this role, Greer was a scout for the Portland Trail Blazers primarily responsible for evaluating talent for trades and free agency … he has held three different assistant coaching positions in the NBA, most recently with the Memphis Grizzlies (2007-09), as a member of Marc Iavaroni’s staff … prior to his time with the Grizzlies, Greer spent four seasons with the Houston Rockets (2003-07) under Jeff Van Gundy and two seasons with the New York Knicks (2001-03) under head coach Don Chaney … in addition to his NBA experience, Greer coached at the collegiate level for nearly two decades … he spent four years as head coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy … Greer also spent four years at Northern Illinois University, where he logged three-and-a-half seasons as an assistant coach and a half-season as the team’s interim head coach. Greer received his first coaching job as an assistant coach at Genesee Community College in 1983 … he also coached collegiately at Mansfield University, Brandeis University, Boston University and the University of Southern California
Greg Herenda is a former UMASS Lowell Coach and has been a guest speaker on several occasions at Rising Star Basketball School. A four-year player at Merrimack College, Herenda would land his first head coaching job in 2006 at Elgin Community College in Illinois, before spending one season as head coach at Division III Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa., in 2007-2008. His resume includes stints as an assistant or associate head coach at six other schools, including Seton Hall, where he worked under George Blaney for three years in the 1990s and played a key role in recruiting former St. Patrick star Shaheen Holloway.
Alex Popp, Director of Men's Basketball Operations for Holy Cross. Formerly of from Middlebury (Vt.) College, where he served as the associate head coach for the last two seasons. The Panthers had a great deal of success during Popp's time on the staff, posting a record of 26-4 during the 2011-2012 season and a 25-4 mark in 2012-2013. Middlebury also advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2013 NCAA Division III Tournament, after making it to the Sweet Sixteen in 2012.
Popp was previously an assistant coach at Springfield (Mass.) College for two years, while earning his master's degree in sports management. He helped the Pride to a pair of winning seasons, with the team posting an overall record of 29-24 during his two years on the staff. Popp also has a great deal of experience as a coach at summer basketball camps around the country.
Brian Walmsley, Head Coach Wheaton College
Entering his 17th season as head coach of the Wheaton College men's basketball team in 2013-14, Brian Walmsley has compiled a 222-200 record in his tenure. Walmsley is the winningest coach in program history, and two seasons ago became just the second men’s or women’s hoops coach to reach the 200-win milestone with a 63-61 win over Springfield on January 13, 2011 at Emerson Gymnasium.
Four years ago, Walmsley led the Lyons to a third-place finish in the highly competitive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). In 2007-08, he guided a young squad to Wheaton's ninth NEWMAC Tournament semifinal round appearance in ten seasons. Walmsley coached the 2005-06 team to the program's second-straight Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament title.
Before arriving in Norton in 1997, Walmsley spent six years as an assistant men's basketball coach at Division I Harvard University while also serving as director of athletic promotions. He played a significant role in helping guide the team to its most successful season in 51 years, as the 1996-97 squad went 17-9 and tied for the runner-up spot in the Ivy League.